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Nov 20
Melanie Pump
Detox: Managing Insecurity in the Workplace


Nov 27
Replay – Mike Vien
Wellness for Modern Teams


Dec 4
Chris Pitre & Frank Danna
Love as a Business Strategy


Dec 11


Dec 18
David Ciullo
Retaining Top Talent in Turbulent Times


Dec 25


Jan 1
Replay Christopher Lee
New Tools to Coach, Counsel and Cheer



Chris Pitre and Frank Danna – Love as a Business Strategy

Saturday, December 4th, 2021 @ 10am

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Show Topic:

This is love as you’ve never seen it. This is a love that leans into the hard conversations.

A love that is equal parts inclusion and accountability. A love that focuses on solutions rather than dwelling on problems. A love that gets results.

On this episode of the HR Power Hour, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with co-founders of Culture + and authors Chris Pitre, and Frank Danna, their book Love as a Business Strategy, Resilience, Belonging & Success, which offers a new, people-first framework for achieving any business outcome.

About The Guest:

Chris Pitre’s Bio:

Chris Pitre is Vice President at Culture+ and Softway, co-creator and facilitator of Seneca Leaders, co-host of Love As A Business Strategy podcast, and WSJ Best Selling Author of ‘Love as a Business Strategy’. He manages the company culture and works to ensure that all projects, interactions, and deliverables reflect the company’s human-first approach.

Chris is a student of the world and enjoys anthropology, history, travel, and culinary experiences. His interests in global cultures naturally led him to travel around the world co-leading change management and leadership through Seneca, Softway’s workplace culture program.

Prior to his role at Culture+ and Softway, Chris managed global business development for the creative and automation practice within Astadia, an IT service management company. There, his clients were in the telecommunications, technology, and healthcare industries. He has experience in digital and social media, marketing, and communications. Chris is a native Houstonian who loves everything Beyoncé. He has a B.A. in Business Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Frank Danna’s Bio:
Frank Danna is the Director of Culture at Softway and Culture+, as well as the co-creator of Seneca suite of products and services, co-host of Softway’s Love As A Business Strategy podcast, and co-author of the WSJ Bestselling book ‘Love as A Business Strategy’. Frank has mastered the skill of storytelling through the study of human behavior, video content, mobile applications, design, and communication. He’s also a huge pop-culture nerd, dedicated husband/father, and coffee snob.

Since his start at Softway, Frank has been instrumental in the company’s growth and success, including the creation of GhostCodes, a Snapchat discovery platform with 1 million+ user (sold in 2019). He is a coffee aficionado and forged a partnership between Softway and a local Houston coffee shop to design a signature blend unique to the palates and drinking behavior of the company.

Prior to working at Culture+ Frank built his own media agency, Parabox Creative, where he was a pioneer in developing “viral” video content across Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter for over 100 top brands, including HBO, Twitter, and Coke. As one of the very first social media influencers/content-creators, he garnered 65 million total viral views for himself and his clients before selling the business to Softway. In his early career, he worked for a startup where he led the development and promotion of mobile applications for various industries. Frank has been a key speaker at various conferences across the globe, including SXSW in Austin, TX, IRCE, and Snaphappen.


Melanie Pump

Saturday, November 20, 2021 @ 10am

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Show Topic:

Unfortunately, many corporate environments are toxic and magnify feelings of insecurity.

In today’s episode of the HR Power hour, your host CMA’s David Ciullo discussed with author and CFO Melanie Pump her book, Detox, Managing Insecurity in the Workplace.

Melanie discusses her personal experience with toxic work environments, bullying bosses and negativity. Listen as we discuss what leaders need to know about the causes and impacts of a toxic work environment and the changes needed to make it better.

About The Guest:

Melanie Pump is an accomplished CFO and business leader. She is also the author of Detox: Managing Insecurity in the Workplace.

In the book, she shares her learnings and experiences on the impacts of toxic work environments. Melanie has appeared on CTV, FOX, ABC, and Sirius XM.

Her website,, includes more helpful insight on how businesses and employees can reach their full potential.


Mary Axelsen – CARE Change Framework – Replay

Saturday, November 13, 2021 @ 10am

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Mary Axelsen

Show Topic:

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to WeMaax Consulting Founder & CEO Mary Axelsen about CARE Change Framework and the work that WeMaax Consulting does in the Change Leadership arena.

From coaching circles to one-on-one leadership development programs on this episode we will discuss how organizations and leaders can bring their leadership team to the next level and how WeMaax helps leaders overcome many of the self-created impediments to change.

About The Guest:

Mary Axelsen is the Founder & CEO of WeMaax Consulting and a former global HR Executive with a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.

She comes with 20 years of experience consulting with and coaching global leaders and employees in all areas of HR. She has partnered with leaders to implement transformative change in a wide range of industries and functions across the globe to include:

•Fortune 500, public, private, nonprofit organizations; industries include Biotechnology, Financial Services, Insurance, Retail, Healthcare•Functions: IT, Supply Chain, Procurement, Sales, Marketing, Benefits, Operations, R&D.

She holds certifications in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion from Bentley University, Change Styles Indicator from MHS Assessments, 360 assessments from TeamTelligent, and Essential Facilitation from Interaction Associates. Her areas of specialty are organizational design, organizational and culture change, talent strategies, diversity, equity, and inclusion (emphasis on gender equity), and coaching. She is also an Olympia Leader Advisor with Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute and sits on the Governance Board for The Dempsey Center. She enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.


Elizabeth Johnston and Emily Waddell – Acing Accommodations

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Elizabeth Johnston

Show Topic:Emily Waddell

State and Federal law provide provisions in which an employer must make an accommodation for employees in certain specific situations.  Understanding what those situations are, appropriately responding to the requests, and being mindful that the accommodation that the company is providing is not gutting the job duties and responsibilities of the position are all areas where companies sometimes make choices that increase their liability under accommodation laws.
In this episode of HR Power Hour, join co-host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Verrill Labor and Employment Attorneys Elizabeth Johnston and Emily Waddell about not just understanding accommodation obligations, but also how to respond to requests to limit future liability.  That’s on the next HR Power Hour.

About The Guests:

Liz Johnston: A regular contributor to Verrill’s Taking Care of HR Business blog, Liz handles a variety of employment matters including working with businesses of all sizes to ensure that their policies are in compliance with the latest legal updates and are working effectively for the organization in practice. Liz also advocates for clients facing claims before state and federal courts, the Maine Human Rights Commission, and the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board.

Emily Waddell: Emily provides tailored legal solutions to support her client’s human capital and organizational objectives. As a member of Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, Emily uses her legal and business background to understand and solve complex employer and employee issues in the workplace. With her on-the-ground experience in labor arbitration, mediation, collective bargaining negotiations, and contract administration, Emily understands the importance of reliable legal support in high-pressure situations.