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Feb. 15, 2024

Episode #30: Our CEO Is Blocking Team Success (And I’m the CEO!) with…

Dr. Steven Jones and guest host Sonia Bu catch up with Andrea Bordenca, CEO of DESCO Service and co-author of Growing Groups Into Teams. Andrea shares her personal journey of self-discovery and learning to learn which fundamentally shifted her...

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Feb. 8, 2024

Episode #29: Responsibility Transforms Teams with Juliana Vergara

Amy Vodarek and Heather Neely talk with Juliana Vergara, VP of Leadership and Executive Coaching with accounting firm FORVIS and co-author of Growing Groups into Teams. Juliana explains how she came to recognize the distinction between accountability...

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Feb. 1, 2024

Episode #28: A Mentor’s Legacy with Papanii Okai

Pam Fox Rollin and Elayna Alexandra talk with Papanii Okai, CTO of Venmo Engineering at PayPal, about lessons on leadership from the late Marc Smith Sachs. Marc, a principal of Altus Growth Partners and an extremely valued member of our …

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Jan. 25, 2024

Episode #27: The Relational Leader with Sailaja Manacha

Amy Vodarek and Dan Winter talk with Sailaja Manacha, co-author of Growing Groups Into Teams and Leadership Coach at . Sailaja brings her background in psychology to re-humanizing leaders and their teams. In today’s episode, we explore the...

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Jan. 18, 2024

Episode #26: Igniting Value in Cross-Generational Teams with Heather …

Dan Winter and Steven Jones talk about unlocking value in cross-generational teams with Heather Neely, co-author of Growing Groups into Teams and Principal Consultant with Altus Growth Partners. Heather reflects on the generational differences that...

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Jan. 11, 2024

Episode #25: Leading With Care with Bob Dunham

Kobe Bogaert and Jan Irene Miller of Altus Growth Partners speak with Bob Dunham, founder of the Institute for Generative Leadership and a contributor to the recently published Growing Groups into Teams. Bob Dunham has years of experience in...

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Dec. 14, 2023

Episode #24: Trust Makes or Breaks the Team with Amy Vodarek

Dan Winter and Elayna Alexandra talk with Amy Vodarek, co-author of Growing Groups into Teams and Principal Consultant with Altus Growth Partners. Amy shares one of the most common professional experiences that is an indicator of trust breakdown: side...

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Dec. 7, 2023

Episode #23: Forging Your Team at the Top with Pam Fox Rollin

Dan Winter and Amy Vodarek talk with Pam Fox Rollin, lead co-author of Growing Groups into Teams and Principal Consultant with Altus Growth Partners. Pam reflects on her commitment to efficiency, strategy consulting, and building teams that truly care...

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Nov. 30, 2023

Episode #22: Creating Brave and Diverse Teams with Dr. Steven E. Jones

Heather Neely and Dan Winter talk with Dr. Steven E. Jones, co-author of Growing Groups into Teams and Principal Consultant with Altus Growth Partners. Steven Jones has been a part of many diverse teams, to advocate for diverse communities. ...

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Nov. 16, 2023

Episode #21: Grow an Amazing Team from Scratch with Kobe Bogaert

Heather Neely and Amy Vodarek talk with Kobe Bogaert, co-author of Growing Groups into Teams and Managing Director at Altus, about his insight into teamwork and collaboration based on over a decade of consulting experience. Kobe, Heather, and Amy...

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Nov. 9, 2023

Episode #20: Leading Teams When They Don’t Exist with Jan Irene and B…

Kobe Bogaert talks with Jan Irene Miller, co-author of Growing Groups into Teams and Principal Consultant with Altus Growth Partners, and her colleague, Bridget Meyer, about their experience bringing electricity to a remote village in Zambia. ...

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Nov. 2, 2023

Episode #19: Uniting Remote Leaders into Teams with Dan Winter

Kobe Bogaert and Jon Osborne talk about remote teams and strategies to lead them with Dan Winter, co-author of Growing Groups into Teams and Principal Consultant with Altus Growth Partners. In Dan’s experience, all teams—whether they work remotely...

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Oct. 26, 2023

Episode #18: Conscious Culture Building with Kyra Kennedy

Kobe Bogaert and Dan Winter meet with Kyra Kennedy, co-founder, former CEO, and culture champion of Baratza, which develops, manufactures, and distributes high quality coffee grinders to consumers and professionals around the world. Kyra shares how...

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Oct. 20, 2023

Episode #17: Trusting Your Team with Phil Harkins

This week, Elayna Alexandra and Lynette Winter met with Phil Harkins, the co-founder and chairman of Prossimo Global Partners and the visionary behind Leaders24, a global summit for leaders. In today’s conversation, we cover: The...

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Oct. 12, 2023

Episode #16: A New Way to Lead: Power Dynamics with Nolitha Tsengiwe …

Kobe Bogaert and Steven E. Jones continue their discussion with Nolitha Tsengiwe, an experienced executive coach and registered psychologist, as well as director and founder of Courage to Lead. For the full context of this conversation,...

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Oct. 5, 2023

Episode #15: A New Way to Lead: Power Dynamics with Nolitha Tsengiwe …

This week, Kobe Bogaert and Steven E. Jones talk with Nolitha Tsengiwe, an experienced executive coach and registered psychologist, as well as the director and founder of Courage to Lead. Nolitha shares her incredible knowledge about the power...

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Sept. 28, 2023

Episode #14: Cultivating Change: New Tech in Agriculture with Ed Kuyp…

Dan Winter and Amy Vodarek speak with Ed Kuyper, the co-founder of Agtech Bio, an organization that brings in technology to build a cleaner planet with safer and smarter food systems. Ed shares his experience transitioning to the industry of...

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Sept. 21, 2023

Episode #13: The “New Normal” and Leading with Resilience with John R…

Elayna Alexandra and Steven Jones talk to John Register, an All-American long jumper and Paralympic Silver medalist. In today’s conversation, we cover: Adapting to change, overcoming adversity, and winning in life Embracing the “new...

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July 20, 2023

Episode #12: The Power of Healing and Grieving In Community with Lisa…

Steven Jones and Amy Vodarek continue their conversation with Lisa Simms Booth, Executive Director of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. If you missed Part 1, we highly recommend listening to Episode 11 first for the full context, available …

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July 13, 2023

Episode #11: The Power of Healing and Grieving In Community with Lisa…

Today, Steven Jones and Amy Vodarek host a conversation with Lisa Simms Booth on her personal and professional experience with cancer. Lisa Simms Booth is the Executive Director at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Founded in 1996, Smith...

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July 6, 2023

Episode #10: Building the Artisan Community in Africa with Alicia Wal…

Today, Kobe Bogaert and Pam Fox Rollin host a conversation with Alicia Wallace on artisan entrepreneurship in Africa and how accessing the US market can raise living standards for workers in Africa. Alicia is the co-founder and CEO of All …

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June 29, 2023

Episode #9: Adopting humanized DEI strategies for your company with N…

Today, our hosts, Amy Vodarek and Dan Winter, are speaking with a special guest, Nicole Stibbe, the founder and CEO of the consulting organization Soulwork Alliance. Soulwork helps develop forward-thinking organizations committed to advancing their...

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June 22, 2023

Episode #8: Unveiling Medical Racism: Making the Invisible Visible wi…

This week, hosts Steven Jones and Amy Vodarek delve into the topic of medical racism and its impact on marginalized communities. Our guest, Kaytura Felix, is a distinguished scholar in the Department of Health Management at Johns Hopkins...

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June 15, 2023

Episode #7: Challenging Racism in school and communities with Martha …

Today, our hosts, Steven E. Jones and Amy Vodarek talk with Martha “Marty” Swaim, founder and retired Executive Director of Challenging Racism. Challenging Racism educates and trains people to face and effectively engage in conversations about...

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