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Colette Phillips – How to Lead Inclusively

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Show Topic:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are three distinct concepts. While many leaders focus on the diversity aspect of DEI, without an inclusive culture an organization will never achieve true diversity or equity.

How to lead with an emphasis on inclusivity is a trait that many leaders struggle to implement. In this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez as she speaks to Colette Phillips, President and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Founder and President of Get Konnected! and author of The Includers: The 7 Traits of Culturally Savvy, Anti-Racist Leaders as they discuss how to lead with a focus on inclusivity.

As Colette will discuss, the more culturally intelligent the leader, the more effectively leaders can function and create a more inclusive environment for employees.

About The Guest:

Colette Phillips is President and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications and Founder and President of Get Konnected! and The GK Fund. She is a strategic advisor for C-level executives and corporate teams and develops public relations branding and internal/external communications strategies.

She is frequently consulted by corporations and nonprofits on how to establish healthy, inclusive working environments and engage and serve culturally diverse consumers. An active civic leader and board member, she’s listed on Boston Business Journal’s Power 50 List.

Her new book is The Includers: The 7 Traits of Culturally Savvy, Anti-Racist Leaders. Learn more at or connect with her at:

Carlos Alvarenga – The Rules of Persuasion (Replay)

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Show Topic:
Have you ever wondered what makes someone convincing or why some messages persuade when others do not? Have you ever struggled with how to create a persuasive message story, or presentation? Do you want to understand how persuasion can be used to corrupt or to achieve dangerous ends?

In this episode, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with Carlos Alvarenga, Author of the new book , The Rules of Persuasion; How the World’s Greatest Communicators Convince, Inspire, Lead – and, Sometimes, Deceive exactly how persuasion works in all forms of human communication. Learn a clear and effective model you can use to put the elements and chemistry of persuasion to work for you in your personal and professional lives.

About The Guest:

Carlos A. Alvarenga is an independent researcher, author, coach, and the founder of PersuasionLab. In addition, he is Co-Director, Narrative and Storytelling, of the Museum Experience Lab, Fowler Museum at UCLA.

Before writing and coaching full-time, he worked as a management consultant and adjunct professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Prior to his current role, he was the Executive Director of World 50 Labs, the member-innovation team at World 50, Inc. Before World 50, he was a Principal in Ernst & Young’s Advisory Practice and, earlier, a Managing Director at Accenture.

Carlos is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in rhetoric and persuasion at the University of Maryland. He holds a B.A. in Humanities and Classical Greek from Hampden-Sydney College and completed the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania.

He resides in Bethesda, MD, with his wife, a physician/researcher at the National Institutes of Health, and is the father of two sons.

Jeremy Vesta – Addressing the Hidden Costs of Insurance (Replay)

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Show Topic:
Recent studies show that 31% of US healthcare costs can be directly attributed to “behaviorally influenced chronic conditions,” while 69% of costs are influenced by consumer behaviors.

  These statistics hold true for your workforce. The employees who walk through your door each day are managing more than just the workload; they have families, lives outside of work, and health conditions.

  Is there a way, however, that employers can commit to helping their employees understand their health conditions, embrace different treatment options and change their behaviors to positively influence chronic health conditions? The answer is yes; but it takes work.

  The good news, however, is that hard work has significant returns on not just your employees’ health, but also their commitment to your organization. In this episode of HR Power Hour, join Tawny Alvarez of Verrill as she speaks to Curally’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeremy Vesta, concerning addressing the hidden costs of insurance.

  In this episode Tawny and Jeremy will discuss the current issues employers are faced with concerning employees with chronic health conditions, the work that Curally has undertaken to provide employers with a path to respond to these challenges, and the positive long-term effects this strategy has on both employees and employers.

About The Guest:

Jeremy Vesta is Chief Financial Officer of Curally where he uses his expertise as an economist and his extensive business leadership background to empower companies to optimize their investment in their most valuable resource—their employees—through innovative strategies.

  Additionally, Jeremy is the Managing Director of Vesta Holdings, a company with diverse interests in the fresh beef industry. Among its ventures, Vesta Holdings is involved in beef manufacturing through Harmony Beef, a company established and run by Jeremy and his family.

  Before joining Vesta, he gained experience as a commodities trader at Bunge. One of Jeremy’s core beliefs is that to address the challenge of rising insurance costs, businesses must adopt new approaches that go beyond the surface-level factors like plan design, benefit providers, and coverage provided. Instead, the focus should be on identifying and resolving the underlying factors driving these costs. By doing so, business owners, benefit administrators, and HR leaders can effectively mitigate the impact of escalating insurance expenses.

Anna Papalia – Interviewology

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Show Topic:
Because 90% of hiring managers aren’t trained on how to interview, they fall prey to their implicit bias when judging candidates and making hiring decisions. Job seekers, equally as mystified by the process, follow stale advice, memorizing rote answers that aren’t true to who they are. In this episode, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with CEO and Author, Anna Papalia, her book: Interviewology; The New Science of Interviewing. Her book along with an interview style assessment Papalia developed, will help you determine which of four different interview styles you are and how you can dramatically improve no matter which side of the interview table you are on.

About The Guest:

Anna Papalia is the author of Interviewology: The New Science of Interviewing and a career influencer with over 1.5 million followers across social media platforms. She has consulted with Fortune 100 companies, taught at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and coached over 10,000 clients to interview better. Her groundbreaking discovery of Interview Styles revolutionized the way we teach and understand interviewing. She is also a public speaker at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and DisruptHR. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.