Category Archives: Leadership

Mindy Mackenzie: C-Suite “Velvet Hammer” Who Continues to Surprise in Her Career

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Surviving – and succeeding – in corporate America while adapting to the different business cultures of Walmart, Campbell’s and Jim Beam. That’s what our guest, the “Velvet Hammer”, Mindy Mackenzie has done. She’s a speaker, author, CEO consultant and lecturer.

In this episode, Mindy shares the success she had when her executive team delivered a 106% return to Beam, Inc. in a span of 4 years.

Then, Mindy talks about her decision to take a step back from the corporate world to pursue other activities.

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Cynthia Hardy Young: From a Public Housing Project To Global Business Success

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In today’s podcast, Maribeth interviews Cynthia Hardy Young, former C-Suite executive, and now founder and CEO of Pivot Global Partners, a global consulting firm that has helped to raise company performance in many organizations. After her start growing up in a public housing project to global business success, Cynthia truly inspires.

Learn about the importance of customer connection in making tailor-fit solutions for companies in different fields, and the value of diversity in innovation and success in business.

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Ruth Ross: Diagnosing Work Disengagement and Solutions for Reigniting the Spark

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With 30 years experience as a human resources executive for top Fortune 500 companies, Ruth Ross has used her knowledge to finetune her theory on engagement in the workplace. In this podcast, she will talk about how engagement is key in raising productivity, and some tips for both manager and employee to improve engagement.

Ruth relates here the disengagement she herself experienced while working as a top executive, and how she used this realization as the foundation to build her now successful consulting firm.

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Margaret Heffernan: 3 TED Talks, Research & Books-Making A New Case for Business Diversity

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In this episode, speaker, author and international business leader, Margaret Heffernan, talks about her book, “Woman on Top”. She gives a few reasons why some women were able to start a business and achieve more with less.

Then, she gives her opinion about gender equality in the corporate world. She explains why past diversity campaigns failed and what can be done to change the mindset of leaders about this issue.

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Nancy Wright: Not Your Grandma’s Girl Scouts

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In this episode, Nancy Wright, CEO for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, invites us to remember and re-learn the real-world skills that the Girl Scouts offer. Things like leadership, confidence and love for the community. Plus, she’ll discuss different programs available for Girl Scouts –from STEM to business communication.

She’ll also share a story about her father, and how their conversation inspired Nancy to find a way to serve the community.

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