Your employment matters.
Changes in how we work are happening fast. Employers know they need to adapt to today’s workers and the demands of the marketplace. Whether you’re employed or unemployed changes in technology and AI have altered the jobs landscape forever.
Your employment success and survival depend on your ability to adjust to change. This 30-minute podcast with host Beverly Williams is here to advocate embracing change. We’re going to show you how to use it to your advantage.
You’ll hear from experts how have charted their careers successfully so far. We’ll cover trends and changes as they happen.
Get your workweek off to a good start with Your Employment Matters every Monday.
Episode 1 Listen Here
Beverly is an employment expert. In today’s inaugural episode, she breaks down how perception is reality and how to benefit from standing out.
Guest Alexis Jones joins Beverly to discuss how to transition in today’s job market.
Episode 2 Listen Here
Find out why you can become your own career adviser. Hiring a coach is a great option, but it’s not always possible. Knowing how to advocate for yourself is invaluable. Get insights to multiple options that are often overlooked. Many positions go unfilled for lack of knowledgeable skilled employees.
Beverly talks with Dr. Huber. He has a successful dental practice, he’s an avid runner and has a rock-star son. Seriously.
Episode 3 Listen Here
Networking works! Especially if you nurture your network all the time instead of only when you are in job-search mode. Dr. Julie Lane-Hailey Ph.D shares the single best question you can ask when you begin a new position. (This works in any job!)
Episode 4 Listen Here
It’s not every day that you get to talk to a rock star. Beverly interviews Sean Huber, a musician, songwriter and yes, a legit rock star.
Hear how Sean was able to follow his passion. He knew at a young age that he wanted to be in a band. Like most of us, his career didn’t take a predictable path.
Episode 5 Listen Here
Worker shortage? Yes! Today’s episode covers how economic and generational changes are impacting the workforce requirements.
Guest Dr. Betty Ann Cook joins Beverly and they discuss the new opportunities that are available. Many have increased in demand even more during the current pandemic timeframe.
Episode 6 Listen Here
Yes, you can build a successful and productive life after incarceration. Today’s episode discusses tips and tools on how to overcome barriers to employment and build a life for yourself and your family. Jason and Justin are sharing their expereince in the hopes that it will help others.
If you have anything on your record, face it head on. It is possible to get a job, but you will have to work hard to get a desirable one.
Episode 7 Listen Here
Beverly’s niece Erica McKenzie joins her on this episode to discusses the importance of acquiring skills and training to better position yourself for the current job market. While college is not for everyone, it is wise to look at the opportunities that a vocational program can offer. Vocational programs can be completed faster, with less expense, and lead to good paying careers. A great example of this is the health care industry, which is thriving in this economy.
Episode 8 Listen Here
Today’s guest is Maria Tabone, author of “The Holistic Root to Managing Anxiety.” This is a resource to manage the stress of life, including the stress that comes along with seeking employment. The information shared on this podcast is for informational purposes only. It is recommended that you seek the advice of a medical professional with any concerns.
Episode 9 Listen Here
To prepare yourself to thrive in the current job market you must stay informed about your company, be tactically aggressive, nimble, and flexible, and willing to step outside of your comfort zone. Our guest on today’s podcast tells us how he used these skills to catapult himself into a successful Mechanical Engineering career. His story is sure to inspire you to look at your opportunities in a new light.
Episode 10 Listen Here
John Arnold Jr. is today’s guest and our topic is important and timely. He is a former Deputy Director of the Newark (New Jersey) Police Department, and a former Captain of Detectives of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
“We have a problem where our badge is being tarnished.”
Episode 11 Listen Here
After 23 years in the ballet industry, our guest today, Michael Scolamiero, offers a plethora of advice for those who are looking to enter the Arts Industry. In this episode he shares how building a professional and personal brand has helped him take the next step in his successful career.
Episode 12 Listen Here
In today’s episode, Beverly talks with film producer Vincent Tabone, managing director and co-owner of VJT Productions, LLC. Vin says if you find yourself unemployed to find a job you can make money at and follow your dream while working.
Episode 13 Listen Here
Today’s episode is a great listen for anyone looking to move ahead in their career. Guest Rodney Abrams shares how he was able to create a successful career in engineering. It wasn’t always predictable. Rodney shares the key elements to creating your successful career.
Episode 14 Listen Here
Being a working actress is not easy. Today’s guest Sipiwe Moyo shares how the acting bug started early. She and Beverly talk about her training and how she’s been able to create a successful career in acting.
Episode 15 Listen Here
Entertainment is a diversion from the stressors of life. In this episode of Your Employment Matters, we are chatting with comedian par excellence, Ace Brown, who is doing his part to keep us laughing.
Ace Brown has been a stand- up comedian since the age of 8. He has appeared in Cheerios commercials as well as on Nickelodeon. Ace has also opened for great acts such as Paul Mooney, Tommy Davidson, Coco Brown, and The Kevin Hart. His comedy is not only entertaining, but adaptable to all audiences.
Episode 16 Listen Here
We often hear the advice to “do what you love” and today’s guest shows us how that worked for her. Caitlin White has loved the arts since she was a child. She saw herself on the stage and from there a career was born. It’s not the straight path you might expect. Caitlin’s story could be yours too if you are open to the possibilities.
Episode 17 Listen Here
Financial Literacy is defined as the ability to understand and effectively apply various financial skills including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing. Maritza Brown is on a mission to help others gain financial stability. Her business provides adice and support to small, start-up minority businesses.
Episode 18 Listen Here
Being born in a third world country made Dr. Owen Legaspi put a high value on education During our time together today, he will be sharing a bit of his journey to becoming a Health Care Entrepreneur. Find out why his plan B ended up working out so well.
Episode 19 Listen Here
Beverly talks to Phyllis Nichols, one half of the husband and wife team of SoundAdvice Strategies. They produce podcasts (including Your Employment Matters) for business owners and authors. Find out how she transitioned from a corporate position to business owner.
Episode 20 Listen Here
Beverly shares how she came to embrace the concept of embracing support for social injustices. She’s committed to doing more, saying more and mentoring those who are looking for support. Her guest Ash Harris shares his transgender story and the support that’s helped him be the real person he want meant to be.
Episode 21 Listen Here
“How would your life be different if you stopped worrying about the things that you cannot control, and started focusing on the things you can?” This powerful quote by author Steve Maraboli can also be applied to your employment journey. The reality is that a successful career is the sole responsibility of the individual, not their parents, their friends, their employers, nor their school. I’m on a mission to share what I wish I’d know when I began my employment journey.
Episode 22 Listen Here
The Pandemic’s effect on our economy is going to have a long term, far-reaching impact on public health and the global economy. We will rebound. We always do. We are resilient but we also need to be proactive.
Episode 23 Listen Here
During this period of COVID 19, life has changing for everyone. My guest today is Gettysburg College senior, Jessica Ken Kwofie. Because her city is considered a hot spot, her college has closed the campus to everyone except freshman. This leaves Jessica and her house mates taking classes online in the home that they have rented for the school year. Here how Jessica is managing what she calls her “forced entry into the real world.”
Episode 24 Listen Here
My guest for this episode of Your Employment Matters is Josh Nicks. Known as J-Nicks in the Atlanta area, he is an On-Air Personality for HOT 107.9. Although both of his parents are engineers, Josh knew that college was not his thing. During his high school years, he developed a passion for soccer and music, and was willing to use soccer as a vehicle to college.
Episode 25 Listen Here
My guest today is my friend, Wade Henderson. Wade is the former President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which was founded as the legislative arm of the Civil Rights Movement. As he brings the meaning of the March from 1963 to current day Wade quotes James Baldwin who said, “Not everything faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until faced.”
Episode 26 Listen Here
Today’s guest is Ann Prizzi, an Investment Banker and Vice President of National Securities Corporation. Investment Banking was not Ann’s destination when she graduated from high school, but a series of events led her to a career that she loves today.
Episode 27 Listen Here
It is no secret that leadership is a skillset that employers’ value, but unfortunately everyone in the leadership position is not an effective leader. Our guest today is Linda Dulye, the president and founder of Dulye & Company, a management and consultant agency. She also founded the non-profit organization The Dulye Leadership Experience.
Episode 28 Listen Here
The current employment landscape is more than a notion. To succeed in this highly competitive environment you will need to step outside of your comfort zone. Our guest, Lou Alexander, certainly stepped outside of his comfort zone. Lou graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and rhetorical studies. After a stint in the NFL, he is now a sales leader whose passion is to cultivate and develop new sales reps.
Episode 29 Listen Here
My guest today is Efram Reed, an entrepreneur running his third business after selling the first two. He’s credits networking and goal setting as two of the key factors in his success. He breaks down he he uses those strategies for success. Get his go-to goal setting process and make it your own.
Episode 30 Listen Here
Our guest today, Tahira Henderson, has a rather unique occupation. She is a Doula, or sometimes called a Perinatal Community Health Worker, in the Washington, DC area. A doula, who can be either male or female, is a trained patient companion in medical situations. Doulas offer support during pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum, and some are now are being trained to work with end of life patients as well. Their main focus is to make the patient feel safe and comfortable.
Episode 31 Listen Here
Word War I ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. Because of this we set aside November 11th to honor the men and women who have served in all branches of the United States Military.
Episode 32 Listen Here
COVID19 has impacted our lives unexpectedly and immeasurably. Workplace interactions with coworkers have been particularly limited. However, in person, or remote, the need to connect with and engage employees has remained a critical aspect of leadership, as well as the delivery of services to clients, customers, and employees.
Episode 33 Listen Here
Our guest for today’s podcast is my good friend Carolyn Powell. Carolyn, a graduate of Boston University, is a Human Resources Executive with over 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies. Her talents are many, and include Talent Management Planning, Succession Planning, and identifying High Potential Employees for Mission Critical Roles. In this part one episode, she’s sharing how companies evaluate prospective hires, and how to use that to your advantage.
Episode 34 Listen Here
Beverly continues her discussion with Carolyn Powell who explains the value and the significance of a 360 evaluation. “With the 360 evaluation, you are examined from all sides. Your supervisor, your peers, and any subordinates are asked for feedback regarding your performance.
Episode 35 Listen Here
Many challenges exist for Human Resource Professionals during this pandemic season. Because everyone does not have the necessary video platforms, face to face communication is almost impossible with some people. My guest today is employment attorney Michelle Lopez, who as a Human Resource Consultant specializing in Training and Development deals with this often.
Episode 36 Listen Here
Beverly continues her conversation with Michelle Lopez. The conversation starts with the changes in AI (artificial intelligence) in HR specifically. Is HR changing? Yes! AI is now helping to sort resumes.
AI provides cost-effective methods to evaluate data, recognize patterns and automate processes. Things all done by people, which will now be done with AI + people. AI and automation aren’t going anywhere which is why Michelle recommends doing your homework so you can be prepared for changes in your industry.
Episode 37 Listen Here
The ability to communicate effectively is a critical skill in today’s workplace. Writing and speaking are both essential.
How can you learn what you need to know to get where you want to go?
Episode 38 Listen Here
In a solo episode, Beverly talks about sexual harassment. This is an age-old issue and unfortunately most women (men too) have encountered.
How can you learn what you need to know to get where you want to go?
Episode 39 Listen Here
You’re going to love today’s episode It’s a fascinating conversation about healing, trusting yourself and building a business.
Today Beverly is talking to Andy Langberg about his professional journey. He started as a personal trainer (before that was really a thing) and built a business helping clients train and stay in shape.
Episode 40 Listen Here
As we celebrate Black History Month, let’s not forget the importance of knowing how to embrace differences and interact with people who may not look like us, not just for this month, but also for the upcoming months.
Today Beverly is talking to Dr. Diana Artis, CEO and founder of Olive Branch Educators, about her professional journey towards her mission in diversity, equity and inclusion. She started as a student of psychology and became a clinical psychologist.
Episode 41 Listen Here
It’s been more than a year since the pandemic first began. And while we see a lot of changes now compared to the first wave of Coronavirus, it’s important to realize that it’s not yet over.
Today Beverly talks to Dr. Leeroy Moyo, one of the frontline doctors fighting the war against COVID-19. After working his way through medical school, he became a physician who, for the past eight years, has taken care of hospitalized patients. At present, he’s Chief Hospitalist in the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System.
Episode 42 Listen Here
Get ready for an inspiring and fun conversation with Precious L. Williams also known as “Killer Pitch Master”. She is a Founder, CEO of Perfect Pitches and was featured in Forbes magazine, CNN, Wall Street Journal and so on.
Precious will share her employment journey, her tips and tricks together with some information on how women entrepreneurs needed to become the killer pitch master in all industries.
Episode 43 Listen Here
Sometimes the employment journey takes unexpected turns. At times, you may have control over the changes you encounter, and sometimes you may not. In the same way, the pandemic had an impact on many career transitions because of the effect it had on a country’s economic downturn.
Episode 44 Listen Here
The journey you make in a lifetime of career choices brings experience and compelling connections. These are the things that mold your creativity, perseverance, talent, mindset, and attitude that carries you through each employment chapter.
Beverly expresses shared appreciation for career mindsets with Anne Allen, a science major who explored microbiology and regulatory affairs before venturing to her digital services business.
Episode 45 Listen Here
It might seem as if we’re back to a relatively “normal” life these days, but COVID-19 has certainly changed us and challenged our coping skills. According to a recent Psychology Today article, two out of three adults are feeling more stressed because of the pandemic—and that could be worse among younger adults.
Today’s guest is Tracie Pinnock, owner and therapist at Pursuit of Happiness Therapy LLC, a virtual coaching and therapy practice helping busy, ambitious women dealing with various types of stress.
Episode 46 Listen Here
Our guest today brings a lot to our discussion, not only through her career, but also because of the reason why she redirected her employment. Women are the focus of her work, and you might be surprised to learn that families, friends and work relationships all benefit and improve when women focus on their personal growth and happiness. Jennifer is laser-focused on helping women realize their contribution and self-worth.
Episode 47 Listen Here
Our guest today, Dr. Brigette Serfaty, is distinguished in many ways: Associate Professor of Nuclear Pharmacy, Director of Nuclear Education online at the University of Arkansas and President of Aligned Engagement Strategies group (an executive wellbeing coaching practice focused on what matters, especially during COVID).
Episode 48 Listen Here
When people go through career changes due to catalytic events like this pandemic and they are forced to adapt and face the challenges it brings, it leads people to think of the bigger picture and a higher purpose it passes along the lines of choices one have.
In today’s episode, Tim Winders share his roller coaster employment journey from owning a conglomerate of real estate companies to filing for bankruptcy and being unemployed during the recession of 2008.
Episode 49 Listen Here
Over the years, the employment landscape continues to change. Even industry transitions bring rapid shifts in individual career choices and paths. Radical changes call for massive adjustments to be able to move forward, survive, and thrive.
Today’s episode features former Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of the Seattle Times, the largest news organization in the Pacific Northwest, David Boardman.
Episode 50 Listen Here
Today’s episode features the Lemonade Legend, Michelle Faust. She specializes in amplifying the voices of people who have experienced breakthrough moments in their lives. Michelle made it her mission to create the largest storytelling distribution network in the world through print and media exposure.
Episode 51 Listen Here
The pandemic has caused incredible loss and grief. Loss of a loved one, loss of job, loss of business, or loss of direction. Each loss is different and everyone goes through a different grief journey.
In this episode, Kathleen Blair will share her personal journey. It led her to inspire others to deal with life loss and grief with grace. Before starting her career as a grief and loss coach, Kathleen had a successful career in sales, the only woman on her sales team.