Category: Live

Stacey Talks Career Change with Samuel Adeyinka

Evolve Your Success founder Samuel Adeyinka sat down with me this week to talk about the dynamics of making a career change. Although Evolve Your Success focuses on connecting people with careers in the medical sales field, Samuel shares the top three things that candidates need to focus on across the board when looking to alter their career path.

We also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people to rely on social media, providing a golden opportunity for both candidates and recruiters to give themselves a real presence and expand their network. Samuel and I offer up tips and effective strategies for how to prepare for interviews and the importance of networking the right way.

If you’re considering a career change, you can’t miss this interview. Also check out my LinkedIn Learning Course, “Making a Career Change” for additional resources to help you move forward.

Stacey Talks Political Correctness with LaVada English

LaVada English and I took time this week to have a comfortable conversation about uncomfortable conversations. LaVada is the owner of L English Consulting, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations develop cultural transformation strategies. In this episode, LaVada and I talk about political correctness, the power of the media, and how organizations can approach real change to build a legacy worth leaving.

In the current climate, honest discussions about race and diversity are being quickly dismissed for fear of “getting too political.” However, these issues are not of a political nature, but a human one. LaVada delves into how the media not only propagates this divide, but also intentionally uses it to deflect focus from the real issues. We also exchange ideas about how to develop a questioning attitude when it comes to what we see, enabling us to, “think above the fray.”

Finally, we talk diversity and inclusion in the workplace, highlighting key questions that organizational leaders should ask themselves long before bringing in a D&I consultant, and why it’s important to know and understand our country’s history with racism. As 2020 finds us repeating behaviors and responses from the 1960s, LaVada calls us to the mat with this challenge: Are we going to allow ourselves to go back to sleep when we have an opportunity to seek greater understanding?

Stacey Talks Ageism with Vaughan Emsley

Generational marketing expert Vaughan Emsley joined me this week to discuss the somewhat-forgotten workplace bias of age discrimination. Vaughan is co-founder of Flipside, an agency that focuses on marketing to the 50 and older demographic. In our discussion, he shares data regarding the wealthiest group of individuals in the United States today (the 50+ crowd) and the companies that are unable to connect with them because of the exclusion of those same individuals on their creative teams.

Ageism is a conscious bias that permeates the marketplace from entry-to corporate-level positions and, many times goes unreported by those who experience it. In this interview, Vaughan sheds light on the causes of ageist recruiting—why businesses are exchanging institutional experience for youth, as well as strategies to enable older job seekers to effectively communicate their value and relevant expertise.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks Mentorship and Empowerment with Betty LaMarr

My guest this week is Betty LaMarr, founder and CEO of EmpowHer Institute. Betty’s nonprofit organization works to empower girls from 7th grade through high school by way of mentorship, training, and social/emotional support. With more than 100 mentors from a myriad of disciplines, EmpowHer Institute is helping these young women broaden their understanding of the opportunities available to them.

In this interview, Betty shares her inspiration for starting EmpoweHer in 2003, including a story about mentorship that altered the course of her own life. She also explains how the normally in-school program has pivoted in response to 2020’s social unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought about more opportunities and important conversations for the program’s 400 participants.

Finally, Betty and I discuss the joys of being a mentor, and how going virtual this year provides a platform for women outside of the Los Angeles area to speak into the lives of these young girls, empowering them to dream bigger dreams for themselves.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks Design Thinking as a Catalyst for Innovation with Saleema Vellani

Innovation strategist Saleema Vellani sat down with me this week to discuss design thinking, a creative process that focuses on empathy as a way to better understand a problem before working to develop its solution. Put more simply, it is the process of innovating solutions by first shifting our own mindset.

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, we’ve seen how challenging it is for people to change their thinking in order to change their behavior. For some organizations, the idea of moving past the status quo to a more inclusive workplace may seem insurmountable, especially with the negative stigma that sometimes goes along with “required diversity training.” Saleema and I discuss how interactive design thinking workshops are a fun and creative way to get teams thinking differently about innovation by changing their individual approaches to problem solving.

A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, Saleema believes that true innovation has to start with the individual. In her upcoming book “Innovation Starts with “I”, she explains that innovation is more than cutting-edge technology and out-of-the-box thinking–it requires the cultivation of a self-awareness that empowers individuals to unleash their inner entrepreneur and truly make an impact. To learn more about how design thinking is just one of many tools that lead to sustainable innovation, I share how you can pre-order Saleema’s book, which is scheduled for release this December.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks Diversity, Inclusion and Careers With Creighton Taylor

This week I was joined by Creighton Taylor, founder and CEO of Guided Compass, a technology platform that he fondly refers to as “eHarmony for students and employers.”

Creighton and the Guided Compass team have developed a systematic approach that matches students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds with resources, tools, and opportunities in a vast array of industries. 

Never before has there been a better time for people to make their own path. Unfortunately, issues of access still create a chasm between individuals and the means to do just that. In this interview, Creighton and I discuss how Guided Compass and other organizations are working to bridge that gap by providing tools and resources (often free or low-cost) to help people upskill and enter the career path of their choosing. 

Creighton also shares a practical experiment that he believes will not only help companies understand the foundational benefits of a diverse workforce, but will also provide valuable data that helps other businesses and industries move forward in developing a culture of trust and inclusion in their own workplaces.

Stacey A. Gordon and Yasmin Marrero Discuss Coaching

Leadership and Empowerment Coach Yasmin Marrero set aside some time this week to talk about the mission and process of personal and professional coaching, an inquiry-led process of self-discovery that empowers others to actualize fulfilling lives. With a background in neuroscience, organizational change, and leadership, Yasmin provides one-on-one coaching, as well as workshops and group counseling based on a client’s needs.

During our chat, Yasmin explains the importance of asking the right questions to help individuals define success for themselves, and then guiding those people toward goals that are based on their own values. We also discuss how coaching is different from mentoring, and how investing in oneself can be wholly transformative on both a personal and professional level.

Yasmin is so committed to equipping people with the tools they need to succeed on their own terms, that she even provides a free offer for anyone who wants to learn more about the coaching process. Learn more at iamyasminmarrero.com.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks With Erica Moore-Burton, Esq.

This week I had the chance to talk with Erica Moore-Burton, Esq., founder of Round Hill Legal Search, a Los Angeles legal services placement firm. For more than 16 years, Erica and her team have connected a vast network of legal firms with highly-qualified candidates to fill a wide range of legal positions.

In this video, Erica discusses the specific challenges that underrepresented minorities, especially women of color, face in the legal services industry. She also provides a fresh and innovative approach to the interview process, one that enables candidates to present their best selves without battling misconceptions before they even sit down.

Many firms are looking more closely at their employment metrics and how to retain diverse individuals, but the work of increasing awareness and changing perspectives is ongoing. I believe that there’s something different about the current environment, that the call for diversity and inclusion is resonating more than before. When people look back on this moment in history, what will they say about your company’s response?

Stacey A. Gordon Talks With Guest Niani Tolbert

Recently I had the opportunity to chat with Niani Tolbert, founder of the Hire Black initiative. What started as a Juneteenth commitment to provide resume review sessions for 19 black women has quickly evolved into large-scale allyship development among hundreds of recruiters and thousands of applicants. 

At this point in our history, companies are earnestly taking a hard look at their processes to identify where systematic exclusion is present. In this video, Niani provides practical ideas that recruiters and interviewers can implement TODAY to amplify diversity and inclusion in their hiring processes.

Niani also makes an exciting, first-time announcement in regards to the future of the Hire Black initiative!