WorkLife

Ep 143. Jennifer Petriglieri: Couples That Work

Ep 143. Jennifer Petriglieri: Couples That Work

Jennifer Petriglieri is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and the author of Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive In Love and Work. Jennifer’s award-winning research and teaching focus on identity, leadership, and career development. She is particularly interested in how people’s close relationships shape who they become professionally and personally, and how moments of uncertainty and crisis make us who we are. Stew and Jennifer discuss the three key choice points that couples face, moments that challenge them to combine their parallel lives and form a joint life…[Click for more]

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Ep 142. Michael Kimmel: Men's Changing Roles

Ep 142. Michael Kimmel: Men's Changing Roles

Michael Kimmel is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, where he is also the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. He is a leading authority on masculinity and gender, and author of numerous books on manhood including Angry White Men as well as Manhood in America: A Cultural History, and his bestseller, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. Stew and Michael discuss the history of feminism, the changing social and economic forces that shape gender roles, the way boys are raised in our culture, what it means to be a man…[Click for more]

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Ep 141. Gopi Kallayil: The Internet of the Inner-Net

Ep 141. Gopi Kallayil: The Internet of the Inner-Net

Gopi Kallayil is Chief Evangelist for Brand Marketing at Google and author of The Happy Human and The Internet to the Inner-Net: Five Ways to Reset Your Connection and Live a Conscious Life. Stew and Gopi discuss bridging Eastern philosophy and Western technology…[Click for more]

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Ep 140. Chris Marvin: A Veteran's View on Patriotism, Service and Guns

Ep 140. Chris Marvin: A Veteran's View on Patriotism, Service and Guns

Chris Marvin is the principal for Marvin Strategies, a strategic communications firm that constructs narratives to change minds and solve social issues. Chris founded the Got Your 6 campaign to advocate for accurate portrayals of military veterans in the media. In this episode, Stew and Chris discuss the anniversary of 9/11, Chris’ military service, how veterans are civic assets, and how we can all become more engaged and better citizens….[Click for more]

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Ep 139. Alexis Smith and Pam Carlton: Black Professional Women at Work

Ep 139. Alexis Smith and Pam Carlton: Black Professional Women at Work

Alexis Smith and Pamela Carlton are co-authors of a research project called Making the Invisible Visible. Alexis Smith is an Associate Professor of Management at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Pamela Carlton retired as a Managing Director and Associate Director of US Equity Research at JPMorgan Chase. She is a corporate attorney with degrees from Williams College, Yale Law School, and the Yale School of Management and President of Springboard—Partners in Cross Cultural Leadership. Stew spoke with both Lex and Pam about the dual challenges black women face in the workplace. Their research provides important lessons for all of us…[Click for more]

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Ep 138. Andrew Stern: The Best Work of Your Life

Ep 138. Andrew Stern: The Best Work of Your Life

Andrew Stern co-leads the Learning & Development team at Squarespace in New York City. Prior to joining Squarespace Andrew was part of Bloomberg's Talent Development team and worked as a human capital consultant at Deloitte. Stew and Andrew (who was Stew’s student at Wharton) discuss what millennials want from their employers and how Squarespace is responding with cool programs and practices that attract and retain millennial talent…[Click for more]
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Ep 137. Eric Orts: Why Businesses Must Care for the Natural Environment

Ep 137. Eric Orts: Why Businesses Must Care for the Natural Environment

Eric Orts is the Guardsmark Professor at the Wharton School where he’s a Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics with a secondary appointment in Management. He’s also Faculty Director of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership. He has ongoing research projects on financial regulation and economic inequality and theories of democracy and the business firm. He’s also the author of The Moral Responsibility of Firms. Stew and Eric discuss the real and present danger of climate change and the reality that we currently have the technological solutions to address this issue, but lack the political will to do so. They discuss the importance of corporations taking their responsibility…[Click for more]

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Ep 135. Emily Oster: An Economist's Parenting Wisdom

Ep 135. Emily Oster: An Economist's Parenting Wisdom

Emily Oster is Professor of Economics at Brown University and a mom of two. She has written two parent's guides to the chaos and frequent misinformation that often occurs in the early years of parenthood -- Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool and Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong and What You Really Need to Know. Stew and Emily discuss how a one-size-fits-all recommendations may not be accurate or useful for individual children, parents, and families….[Click for more]

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Ep 134. Kimberly Ramalho: Building a Culture of Empathy

Ep 134. Kimberly Ramalho: Building a Culture of Empathy

Kimberly Ramalho is VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Rotary and Mission Systems, at Lockheed Martin where she is actively involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives and she serves as executive chair of the corporation’s Women’s Impact Network. Stew and Kimberly discuss the importance of valuing and respecting everyone in the organization, how to make such empathy real, and the benefits that a diverse workforce brings directly to the company and to customers…[Click for more]

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Ep 133. Josh Davis: Two Awesome Hours

Ep 133. Josh Davis: Two Awesome Hours

Josh Davis is the director of research for the NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI), a global institute dedicated to synthesizing scientific research and guiding its use in the business and leadership fields. Josh produced a wonderful book in which he shares this wisdom: Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done.  

Josh talks with Stew about strategies for creating the best conditions for two hours of extraordinary productivity each and every day in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed and, instead, to be more efficient, effective, and productive, with more of your attention available for the non-work sides of life... [Click for more]

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Ep 132. Christie Smith and Kenji Yoshino: Covering Your Identity at Work

Ep 132. Christie Smith and Kenji Yoshino: Covering Your Identity at Work

Christie Smith, Ph.D., is Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Apple. Previously she was Managing Principal for Deloitte Consulting’s West Division. She has decades of experience building and leading high performing teams. Kenji Yoshino, a Rhodes Scholar, is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law and the Director of the Center for Diversity Inclusion and Belonging. He was formerly the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He’s written several groundbreaking books, including Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. This episode begins with Stew and Christie discussing some common struggles experienced by LGBT individuals in the workplace. Christie explains how she dealt with these issues in the beginning of her career by hiding who she was. Kenji joins the conversation to talk about the research on covering -- disguising aspects of one’s true identity in order to fit in at work -- and how this is not only applicable to the LGBT community…[Click for more]

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Ep 131. Scott Behson: Working Dads Survival Guide

Ep 131. Scott Behson: Working Dads Survival Guide

Scott Behson is a professor of management at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he specializes in family issues. He is author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home.   Stew and Scott discuss the stigmas, the work and life conflicts, and the unique challenges fathers face in the workplace… [Click for more]

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Ep 130. John Baldoni: Grace

Ep 130. John Baldoni: Grace

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership educator, executive coach, and author of 14 books including GRACE: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us; Lead with Purpose, Lead Your Boss; and The Leader’s Pocket Guide. Stew and John discuss Grace, which focuses on how and why it’s essential for leaders -- for all of us -- to pay attention to common courtesy, comity, and civility in building connections in all parts of life…[Click for more]

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Ep 129. Jamie Ladge and Danna Greenberg: Maternal Optimism

Ep 129. Jamie Ladge and Danna Greenberg: Maternal Optimism

Jamie Ladge and Danna Greenberg are co-authors of Maternal Optimism: Forging Positive Paths through Work and Motherhood. Ladge is a Professor of Management and Organizational Development at Northeastern University. Greenberg is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Babson College. She studies work/life transitions. Stew talks with them about their findings, including the ways in which the transition to motherhood (and fatherhood) can, despite popular notions, have a salutary effect on your work life…[Click for more]

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Ep 128. Mike McDerment: No Work Face

Ep 128. Mike McDerment: No Work Face

Michael McDerment is CEO and Co-Founder of FreshBooks, the #1 accounting software in the cloud designed exclusively for service-based business owners and independent professionals, with more than 20 million users worldwide. And it is consistently recognized as one of Canada's best places to work. Stew and Mike discuss some of the creative “culture hacks” Mike uses to build an environment that breeds empathy…[Click for more]

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Ep 127. Caitlyn Collins: Seeking Work/Life Justice

Ep 127. Caitlyn Collins: Seeking Work/Life Justice

Caitlyn Collins is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis and author of Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving, a cross-national interview study of 135 working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Stew and Caitlyn discuss the cross-national differences Caitlyn observed in her research on working mothers in four countries. It was only the American women who blamed themselves for the stresses and strains of life as a working mother…[Click for more]

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Ep 126. Shawn Askinosie: Meaningful Work

Ep 126. Shawn Askinosie: Meaningful Work

Shawn Askinosie is CEO and Founder of Askinosie Chocolate as well as author of Meaningful Work: A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul. Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch, award-winning chocolate factory sourcing 100% of their beans directly from farmers in regions all over the world and sharing the profits with them. Its mission is to serve farmers, their neighborhoods, their customers, and each other by leaving the world a better place than they found it. The company has been named by Forbes as “One of the 25 Best Small Companies in America” and Shawn was also named by O, The Oprah Magazine, as “One of 15 Guys Who Are Saving the World.” Stew and Shawn discuss Shawn’s remarkable personal journey from being a phenomenally successful criminal lawyer, who never lost a case…[Click for more]

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Ep 125. Ellen Kossek: Evidence-Based Ideas for Managing Boundaries

Ep 125. Ellen Kossek: Evidence-Based Ideas for Managing Boundaries

Ellen Kossek is the Basil S. Turner Professor at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and the Research Director of the Butler center for Leadership Excellence. Ellen is an internationally recognized thought leader on employer support of work and personal life integration, gender, diversity, human resource innovation, and social change. Stew and Ellen discuss the various ways by which we manage interruptions or negotiate boundaries across different domains of life…[Click for more]

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Ep 124. Hal Gregersen: Questions Are The Answer

Ep 124. Hal Gregersen: Questions Are The Answer

Hal Gregersen is Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His new book is Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to your Most Vexing Problems at Work and In Life. Stew and Hal discuss the importance of posing questions and allowing them to sink in rather than jumping to answers and solutions and how to put yourself in a novel, even uncomfortable, situation that compels you to ask questions…[Click for more]

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Ep 123. Reem Kassis: An MBA Returns to Her Palestinian Roots

Ep 123. Reem Kassis: An MBA Returns to Her Palestinian Roots

Reem Kassis, a Wharton alum and former McKinsey consultant, is a Palestinian writer and her debut book, The Palestinian Table, was nominated for a James Beard award, short-listed for the Andre Simon Award and the Edward Stanford Award, and won The Guild of Food Writers First Book Award, received rave reviews from Anthony Bourdain and Michael Solomonov, and was named one of NPR’s best books of 2017. Reem is using the power of food and storytelling to share the Palestinian narrative with the world. Stew and Reem discuss the courage that it takes to step off the standard track and to realize the power of taking small steps…[Click for more]

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