Podcasts

In The Modern People Leader Podcast, we go behind the scenes with HR executives to hear about their daily routines, what it means to be a Modern People Leader and we will discuss the latest topics in the HR world. Our goal is to keep you up-to-date on the latest trends, and to help spark conversations and change within your organization. You can access our episodes below. Or you can subscribe to The Modern People Leader directly on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Episode 11 – Leveraging LinkedIn to Build Your Employer Brand

In episode 11 our guest was Chris Walker, CEO of Refine Labs.

Chris has grown his business from 1 person to 20 in the past 16-18 months, and he plans on being at 100 by the end of 2022. 100% of their growth (on both the customer and people side) has come from the employer brand that they’ve been able to build on LinkedIn. He gives a full breakdown of how they do it. We then talk about how he vets 900+ candidates for roles, how they’ve built an army of employee advocates on social media, why they are a 100% remote-based company, and more.

Episode 10 – Al Polizzi (Chief People Officer at VetCor)

In episode 10, our guest was Al Polizzi, Chief People Officer at VetCor.

We talk about her love for dogs, how she transitioned from an English professor to HR, how VetCor is finding ways for employees to connect, their virtual onboarding “buddy system”, how they implemented their first-ever virtual career fair, why companies should stop selling an inauthentic version of themselves to candidates, her definition of employee engagement, how they’re connecting employees to teach one another, the “Tech Life” Facebook group for Vet Techs at VetCor, creating change champions for mental wellness programs, and finding “reverse mentors” across your front-line workers.

Episode 9 – Mental Wellness at Work (Gloria Chan Packer)

In episode 9, we discuss or our first expert session, we spoke with Gloria Chan Packer, the Principal Advisor at Recalibrate.

She shares her personal mental wellness journey, her thoughts on being in the midst of a mental health crisis, the obligation from organizations to support mental wellness in the workplace, what a modern mental wellness program looks like, why giant corporate subscriptions to Headspace might not be the answer, and how to measure the effectiveness of your wellness programs.

Episode 7 – Dilshan Ratnayake (EVP & Chief People Officer at Securonix)

In episode 7, we talk with Dilshan Ratnayake, EVP & Chief People Officer at Securonix.

Growing, shaping, and retooling leaders is like oxygen to an organization. Investing in your people who lead other people has an immediate ripple effect. Your leaders become multipliers. The converse is also true. If you don’t, you contract an organization. It becomes stale and you suffocate it. Dilshan Ratnayake, EVP & Chief People Officer at Securonix, shares how his team recently implemented a leadership development program for 22 executives.

Episode 6 – Hard Truths in HR

In 2020, there was an unprecedented amount of employee feedback collected as we worked through the challenges of the pandemic.


Between data from core HR systems and pulse surveys via SurveyMonkey, Google Forms, etc, people teams are sitting on gold.
In episode 6, we hit on the growing importance of people analytics, how HR needs to collaborate better as a function and the underutilization of HR tech.

Episode 5 – April Galda Joyce (Chief Culture Officer, Global Atlantic Financial Group)

When you create internal opportunities for your people, it sends a strong signal. It shows that you actually care about developing them – not just wringing every last bit of work out of them. It shows that you think they can be successful in so many different ways. And it shows that you see them as more than the role they currently sit in.

April Galda Joyce, Chief Culture Officer at Global Atlantic Financial Group, shares how her team has made this a priority & a recent example of when this happened.

Episode 4 – Debbie Shotwell (Chief People Officer, Stack Overflow)

In episode 4, we talk with Debbie Shotwell, Chief People Officer at Stack Overflow, about her career and her new role at Stack.

We dive into what her agenda will look like in her first 90 days, prioritizing mental health and wellbeing during these difficult times, the importance of employer branding, the secret sauce for engaging employees, and much more.

Episode 2 – Getting Real BI with Employee Engagement Data

In episode 2, we talked about what having true BI capabilities with your employee engagement data looks like:

What does it even mean to have true business intelligence. How to create a common data model across your feedback channels. How to pick a set of critical numbers or KPIs. The promise of AI/ML in HR Tech. Real BI vs. sexy static reporting.

Episode 1 – Taking Action on Employee Feedback

Lean into our “Top of Mind” format, where we discuss topics that are relevant, timely, and probably on the minds of a lot of people out there in HR.

Who should own action planning? What a modern employee feedback approach looks like? How to get to the crux of what your data is telling you? How to craft a narrative around your employee feedback? How to communicate results out to both the leadership team and company-wide?

Episode 19 – Emma Brudner (Head of People, Reggora)

In episode 19 Emma Brudner, Head of People at Reggora, joined us on The Modern People Leader.

We talked about what it has been like building out Reggora’s people processes from scratch, going fully distributed, and what they’re measuring on their first-ever pulse survey. Timestamps: how Emma made the jump from being a journalist to Head of People, prioritizing people processes being put into place, why she meets with every new hire, influencing without authority in HR, building the employee handbook & ensuring the policies are equitable, how going fully distributed is fueling headcount growth, how Reggora designed their first pulse survey, recruiting for industry-specific expertise, and the difference between radical candor and being a jerk.