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What does the new world of work mean? I’m Aaron Levy, the Founder of Raise The Bar, and over the last decade I’ve been immersing myself in this question. Everyday I get to talk to fascinating leaders about what the new world of work looks like and how they are working to create it. I’m excited to start sharing those conversations with you all on this podcast, Raising The Bar on Leadership.


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What does the new world of work mean? I’m Aaron Levy, the Founder of Raise The Bar, and over the last decade I’ve been immersing myself in this question. Everyday I get to talk to fascinating leaders about what the new world of work looks like and how they are working to create it. I’m excited to start sharing those conversations with you all on this podcast, Raising The Bar on Leadership.






Checking Our Hue-man Biases | Wanda Lee Florestine, Director, Outreach (People Development/DEI), GRID Alternatives

In this episode, we are joined by Wanda Lee Florestine, Director, Outreach (People Development/DEI) at GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit on a mission to transition to clean, renewable energy by making renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. In addition to that powerful work, Wanda is an author and in the process of publishing her second book; if that doesn't keep her busy enough, she does DEI training & workshops in her local community.


Intentional Speed and Structured Reflection | Barr Moses, Co-Founder & CEO, Monte Carlo

In this episode, we welcome Barr Moses, the Co-Founder & CEO of Monte Carlo, a data reliability company and creator of the industry’s first Data Observability Platform. Barr and I discuss the importance of speed; not just speed for the sake of moving fast, but focused, intentional speed. We talk about how it’s helped her grow and scale Monte Carlo and how she’s put structures in place to help her team move at speed and take the time to reflect, reevaluate, and move forward even faster. Lastly, Barr leaves us with probably the most important nugget of all about authenticity. You’ll have to listen to the end to hear that one.


Building A Meeting Culture Aligned with Employee Identities | Matt Martin, Co-Founder & CEO, Clockwise

Matt is the CEO and Co-Founder of Clockwise and AI-powered scheduling app built to help teams and people make time for what matters most before Clockwise. He helped build RelateIQ, a company acquired by Salesforce for 390 million. He was previously a front-end software engineer. A civil litigator and a founder of a variety of software startups. Matt holds a BA from Dartmouth and a JD from UPenn in Philadelphia. In today's conversation, we talk about the challenge of moving from an individual contributor to a manager of people, of going from getting instant gratification to delayed gratification as you lead others, and how to best maximize your time during that transition.


Strategies For Reinventing Leadership Development In Your Company

On today's episode, we are joined by Aidan McCullen. Aidan is a change consultant and works with organizations to improve how they collaborate and create the environment for change. He is the Host and Founder of The Global Innovation Show, a speaker, board advisor, author, and a reinvention expert.


How Shared Ideas Shape Exceptional Project Outcomes | Keturah McCottry, Director, Learning and Development, Radancy

In today’s episode, Keturah McCottry, Director, Learning and Development at Radancy, the leading cloud-based talent acquisition software provider intelligently solving the most critical challenges for enterprises globally and delivering cost-efficient outcomes that strengthen their organizations, shares the importance of being open to change, her key tool to GSD, creating and then letting go so projects can spread their wings + more.


Fostering Trust Through Candor In Leadership | Rod Lacey, Chief People Officer, simPRO

In today’s episode, Rod Lacey, the Chief People Officer at simPro, a private SaaS company that provides cloud-based job and project management software to those in field service and trade contracting industries, introduces the concept of fostering trust through candor as a people leader. We dive deep into the 90-second rule, how to identify a great manager, tips for leading + serving teams across a multicultural organization, 3 questions to ask yourself before making an investment as a people leader, and more.


Feed The Hungry Team Members | Kelly Buchanan, Chief People Officer, Revinate

Welcome to the Raising The Bar on Leadership Podcast! We're excited to have you joining us today as we welcome the very insightful Kelly Buchanan, CPO at Revinate, to the show. In this episode you will learn: Kelly brings 20+ years of experience to her role as Chief People Officer at Revinate, where - as a proud boomerang hire - she oversees the team’s global people and culture strategy. She is also a founding member of Chief’s San Francisco chapter - a network focused on developing female executive leaders. Kelly’s had a wide range of experience as a people leader and in this conversation we dive deep into the importance of experimentation, what it looks like on a people team and how to get initiatives off the ground faster so your business doesn’t have to wait to reap the benefits. Enjoyed this convo? Don't forget to share it with your team.


Responsible transparency | Anitra St. Hilaire, VP of People, ThreeFlow

In today’s episode, Anitra St. Hilaire, the Vice President of People at ThreeFlow, a Benefits Placement Software that brokers and carriers use to maintain relationships and help employers make the best benefit decisions, introduces the concept of Responsible Transparency. We dive deep into the importance of communication and its impact on business performance and what it means to provide clarity and context in your communication.


A one size fits one employee experience: Mariah Nagy | Head of People, Monte Carlo

In today’s episode, Mariah Nagy, the Head of People at Monte Carlo, a company that helps data engineers improve their data reliability and downtime, talks about how they maintain culture and connection across a global and remote team. Mariah was a college athlete turned public accountant turned seasoned people leader with 15 plus years of experience scaling high growth global companies. In this conversation, we talk about the vulnerability cycle, a one size fits one approach to employee experience, and all the other things that it takes to grow a fully remote global team.


The unsexy journey to success: Laura Luckman Kelber | CMO, Double Good

In today’s episode, Laura Luckman Kelber, Chief Marketing Officer of Double Good, a virtual fundraising organization, selling premium popcorn to fund teams and non-profits, talks about the non-sexy stuff that builds successful teams, from stamina to deliberate practice and saying no as the core tenets of what builds successful leadership and successful companies. Laura is a strategic catalyst, a marketing wiz, a revenue accelerator, and productivity orchestrator.


The changing face of HR: Anthony Onesto | Chief People Officer, Suzy

In today’s episode, Anthony Onesto, a leading expert and published author on culture, human resources, and talent, joins us to talk about the changing role of HR and Gen Z’s impact on the workforce. Anthony has this fantastic high level view of the people space, the HR space and function, and its role within the business, and how that role is changing and will continue to change in the next couple of years. Anthony is currently the Chief People Officer at Suzy, the author of The New Employee Contract: How to Find, Keep, and Elevate Gen Z Talent, and the creator of Ella The Engineer and the Ella Project.


The secrets of leading a successful team: Doug Kofoid | CEO, EDITED

Doug Kofoid, the CEO of EDITED, a global leader in retail intelligence, has had a myriad of experiences leading and scaling successful teams. Before Edited, Doug ran DialogTech and led them through a successful exit. In today’s conversation, Doug dives deep into his varied experience to pull out some common traits that you can use to help your team succeed.


Examining the stages of psychological safety: Dr. Timothy R. Clark | Founder & CEO; Author, LeaderFactor

In this episode, Dr. Timothy R. Clark, Founder and CEO of LeaderFactor, and international authority in the fields of psychological safety and innovation, large-scale change & transformation, and senior leadership development, explores the stages of psychological safety in an organization and its relationship to vulnerability. Dr. Clark is the author of five books, including his new best-seller, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation.


Creating career portfolios not paths: Caroline Werner | Chief People Officer, LogicGate

In this episode, Caroline Werner, the Chief People Officer at LogicGate, a fast scaling organization that provides a modern risk management platform for enterprise businesses, discusses the concept of career journeys or portfolios and how they create a common language for top talent in your organization. We dive a mile deep into the benefits, the challenges, and the way a good career journey supports the future growth of your business.


Removing the barriers to change: Loran Nordgren | Author; Professor at Kellogg School of Management

In this episode, Loran Nordgren, Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and author of the bestselling book The Human Element: Overcoming the Resistance that Awaits New Ideas, explores why change often fails and how we can make change more aerodynamic by focusing on the barriers to change. Loran’s mission is to use behavioral science to make leaders and organizations better.


Why People Operations matter: Celia Balson | Founder & CEO, Work Friendly

In this episode, Celia Balson, the Founder & CEO of WorkFriendly, a people-first consulting agency that provides HR, recruiting and training support for companies as small as two people all the way up to Fortune 100 organizations, shares valuable insights she’s garnered from both her experience as a People Leader and helping organizations think and create their own people experience.


Building great teams: Ann Wauters | Keynote Speaker, Pro Athlete, Assistant Coach, WNBA Chicago Sky

In this episode, basketball champion Ann Wauters shares her lessons and experiences on what makes a great team - and she should know, as she’s played on many successful teams in her 20 year playing career. Now the assistant coach of the WNBA Chicago Sky, Ann mentors and coaches younger players. Ann shares her stories and lessons on what it takes to lead and be a part of high performing successful teams, both on the court and in the office.


Recognizing Women in Sustainability {a Panel Discussion}

Women have made great strides in driving corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability; in fact, more female corporate leaders are found in sustainability governance than other corporate leadership roles. As sustainability and Environmental Social Governance (ESG) become more important for organizations, many women are leading the way to a more sustainable future. In honor of the intersection of Women’s HIstory Month and Earth Month, RTB Leadership Coach Kimberly Flood talks to two women sustainability leaders to discuss and celebrate the contributions women have made in this space and provide actionable tips for anyone who wants to become more sustainable in their work and life.


Why setting context matters: Peter Geiregat | Chief People Officer, TVH

In this episode, Peter Geiregat, the Chief People Officer at TVH, a global leader in parts and accessories with over 5,000 employees worldwide, shares his lessons with us and goes a layer deeper in sharing how he actually puts those lessons into practice with his team. Peter's journey has ranged from law school to nonprofit work in Eastern Europe, to the tech sector. As the former Chief People Officer of Showpad, all of this has played a role in teaching him lessons about life and what it takes to create safety on his teams and enable teams to perform at a high level.


Why being an authentic leader matters: Winnie Park | CEO, Forever 21

In this episode Winnie Park, the new CEO of Forever 21, shares both her vulnerability and her humanity in the journey to become the leader she is today. Winnie, who has had an impressive career as a brand builder for two decades, goes deeper as she talks about how to build trust in teams, why relationship building is so important, and how a leader needs to show curiosity and humility.