SmartChickens El Diversity Drives Innovation & Growth Podcast by Gianni Quintana

Who is the Smart Chickens Podcast for?

It’s for thinkers, trendsetters, believers, and business folks, who support the “right to strive” for a better more equitable workforce culture to drive innovation and growth. 

Working Smarter Together.  For a global collective good. 

Diversity in WorkPlace                        

Diversity + Inclusion + Equity 

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                     Stronger Companies and Better World

What is the Smart Chickens Podcast?

Smart Chickens is intentionally a quirky, yet intelligently poised dialogue podcast. In this podcast, you will hear insights and uplifting stories of creativity, persistence, and professional insights to get better through your diverse experiences.

We will share meaningful dialogue to positively impact diversity in thinking and inclusion by dispelling stereotypes, tackling biases, and providing best practices to achieve greater cultural workplace competence to drive innovation and growth.

Our weekly goal is to unpack the real stories of our diverse guests and dive into their unique journeys of success.

We highlight both the wins and losses, what strategies worked, and how their “different way of thinking” made them, their teams, and overall their companies better.

Thoughtful Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity = Innovative, Kick-Ass Workforce Culture & World Class Companies

We will learn about the real-life journeys of successful trailblazers spanning different industries and business disciplines from entrepreneurship,cultural arts,sports and how diversity in thinking has helped them reach the top along their way.

  • How has their origin story shaped them and their journey in business and life
  • What book recommendations and advice do they have for aspiring entrepreneurs,business professionals, artist and thought leaders
  • What they are experiencing now within their industry and growth strategies
  • How they have honed into their diversity as one of their superpowers
  • How they are pivoting or getting better during these unchartered challenging times

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July 09, 2020

You’ll learn some valuable and practical strategies to:

  • improve your workforce diversity inclusion strategies
  • overcome micro-aggressions in the workplace
  • create an origin line and path to leverage your growth
  • accelerate your career progression by leveraging your diversity assets

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For our inaugural episode here at SmartChickens, “a diversity workforce spurs innovation and growth podcast” series, we are very honored to have Damian Rivera, CEO of ALPFA.org (Association of Latino Professionals For America) and former senior partner at Accenture North America.

In this episode, of our 2020 podstorm countdown from episodes 30 to 0, we had the pleasure to discuss Damian Rivera’s origin story, and why origin lines are important to our career trajectories.

We delve into his experiences growing up in Spanish Harlem, NY in the ’80s and getting his B.S. degree at Rutgers University in Bio-Chemical Engineering.

How his NewYoRican heritage and upbringing shaped his journey into a Fortune 500 company to become a pivotal organizational asset and one of the youngest Latino Accenture senior partners.

Tune into this episode, you’ll be blown away by our candid conversation and Damian’s authenticity, energy, and intelligent strategies to become 100% better through your diversity experience.

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In today’s episode, we have a very special guest Sam Hanna, Ph.D., former Chief Innovation Officer at PWC and Advisor to Alphabet, Amazon, and Executive in Residence at American University and Associate Dean.

We have a very heady and interesting global perspective conversation around the critical importance of your origin story, focusing on leadership and innovation, and AI or adaptive intelligence or predictive analytics in healthcare in the midst of C19.

Sam also provides us his unique upbringing experiences which have led him to understand the value of the global perspective but also where the gaps are to make our workforce regardless of the industry more diverse and innovative.

He shares with us some of his book recommendations to get 1% better, and advice he would give recent college graduates looking to enter the healthcare technology sector.

We also take a fictional trip with Michael J. Fox and his Back to the Future DeLorean to see what advice he would give a younger Sam.

July 14 , 2020

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July 16 , 2020

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In this episode, we have a very special guest, Michael Sabbag. He is an expert in Organizational Development and Leadership and author on culture, performance, strategy, and coaching. I had the pleasure of working with Michael at Learn.com, a SaaS leader in the HR ERP/TD software space, which was acquired by Taleo, and then Taleo was ultimately acquired by Oracle.

We have an interesting conversation around his background growing up and how The Boy Scouts and working summers in construction with his father taught him early on about work ethic and leadership.

We unpack his book, “Developing Exemplary Performance One Person at a Time”, which focuses on the 7 factors that drive exceptional work performance, based on his leadership and organizational development training research spanning decades of his real-life experiences across diverse industries and organizations.

We also discuss his point of view around diversity leadership and his current role within one of the largest public healthcare organizations in South Florida Broward Health during C19 and its impact on the healthcare workforce.

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In this episode of Smart Chickens, we have a very creative guest and powerful conversation with Gonzalo E. Veloz, or Gonz as his friends and peers call him in the creative b2b tech circles. We have an interesting conversation around his background growing up in Venezuela. We unpack many valuable lessons he learned from his struggles and hardships during his journey from Venezuela, to Austin Texas to study at Austin’s Film School and finally landing in the tech hub and the Silicon Valley of the East, the city of Boston.

Through his creative prowess in the tech scene, he has held creative positions with MassChallenge a start-up accelerator, The Grommet a product launch platform, and led/managed Drift Studios for Conversational Marketing SaaS leaders Drift while they catapulted to one of the best-known brands in SaaS.

He’s currently the senior video producer and creative with Alyce, Personal Experience Platform SaaS leader. He has certainly made a name for himself in B2B tech and is the founder of a new YouTube channel and LinkedIn series “ Creatives in Tech”, where he deep dives and explores the intersection of product marketing, sales and creative for b2b brands in tech and challenging the marketing status quo.

July 21, 2020

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July 30, 2020

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In today’s episode, we have a very special guest Morgan J. Ingram, named the top 50 Voices in Sales by LinkedIn. We delve into a powerful conversation around his background growing up in and around Atlanta, Georgia, and how his diverse background shaped his sales strategy throughout his meteoric career in sales.

We unpack three valuable lessons he learned from winning two state high school basketball championships. He played with NBA’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks, and we dissect how his basketball background has shaped his art of sales strategy.

He gives us pro tips that can help any salesperson to catapult their careers from an SDR to AE to sales guru by thinking differently and honing in on their sales craft. Morgan shares his secret weapon how he uses his creative mindset to develop unique sales plays somewhat inspired by fictional book recommendations and gaming.

We also took a trip with Michael J. Fox “aka” Marty in his Back to the Future DeLorean to get some rear-view mirroring insights.

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In today’s episode, we have a very special global guest Sarah Serakalala. We have an interesting conversation around her background growing up in rural northeast South Africa in the Limpopo region. Limpopo is a South African province bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. It’s known for bushveld and wildlife reserves, including part of Kruger National Park.

We discuss her life growing up in South Africa, her formative years in a boarding school, and her college years which took her to the path of working on a major manufacturing global project. She describes the diversity in the workforce, both in thinking and people, which was part of her journey with a major German company.

She discusses how this project opened her career to Madrid, Spain, and how she’s learned to leverage her unique origin story to shape her career and future. Sarah gives us some of her favorite book recommendations to get 1% better, advice to recent college graduates, and our fictional trip with Michael J. Fox and his Back to the Future DeLorean, to get some rear-view mirroring insights.

August 4, 2020

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August 6, 2020

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In today’s episode, we have a very special guest Natalie Born. We have an interesting conversation around her background growing up in Georgia, attending college both in Georgia and her abroad education for her MBA in India.

We explore her journey with some major companies, such as CareerBuilder, ADP, First Data, and hospitality giant IHG (IntercontinentalHotels Group).

We discuss her corporate innovation strategy expertise and insights, what she calls the “art of corporate innovation”. She also generously gives us her book recommendations to get 1% better, advice to recent college graduates.

We take a short rear-view mirroring trip with Michael J. Fox “Marty” in his Back to the Future DeLorean, to see what Natalie would tell her younger self.

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In today’s episode, we have a very special guest Amy Pugh and have a fun chat about her decade-plus career in the music industry with big-name record labels. We jam to some 80’s classics like Chaka Khan discuss her experiences living through the evolution of Napster to iTunes to everything streaming live on the cloud. She has an intensive and impressive background working in the music industry in NYC surrounded by legends.

We have an interesting and candid conversation around her background growing up in Ohio, then transitioning back to her native NewJersey/New York northeastern roots to attend Fordham University to pursue her liberal arts degree and dream to enter into the music business.

Her incredible journey has taken her to work with some major companies in the music biz, Sony Music, EMI and IAC, and now StingRay.

She gives us some of her book recommendations to get 1% better, advice for any recent college graduates planning to enter the music biz, and then we take a trip with Michael J. Fox, aka “Marty in his Back to the Future DeLorean to speak to a younger Amy.

August 10, 2020

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August 11, 2020

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In today’s episode, we have a very special guest Sam Meyers who is currently an Administrative Resident at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

We have a very timely and real conversation around his journey in the healthcare industry, from his Drake and DesMoines University experiences, to working in Georgia’s Southeast Health Systems, to his current role at one of the most prestigious medical centers in the country and its world tracking C19 data.

We chat about his upbringing in the St. Louis area and his path into his educational degrees, which started with the love of TED talks covering medicine which his high school AP biology teacher introduced or ignited in Sam’s pursuit of his triple major in biology sciences during his college years.

He gives us some valuable resources to find the latest healthcare information regarding Covid19 data and information as well as top Healthcare management news for those in the industry.

We discuss his POV and Kathy Fasanella’s an executive healthcare consultant on the data sharing in our current healthcare system, and also the challenges for new entrants into the healthcare frontlines.

 

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In today’s episode, we have a very special guest Bryan Smith, Co-founder of MyLeon.co, a very niche AI Employee Engagement Platform, it’s a new kind of thinking for HR and C-levels looking to really empower their employees in an individualized way towards creating a super performer.

Bryan shares an interesting conversation around his origin story growing up in Philadelphia, his sports science consultant career journey with a U.S. Track & Field Olympic athletes, which catapulted him to better understand the need to individualize employee engagement programs for companies who are looking to create top performers.

He talks about what’s wrong with the corporate culture is everything mentality currently in companies and how to better serve one employee based on their individual goals, psyche, physical, motivational and work and life skills, versus the standard HR/Talent Management status quo of one to many approach or style.  Below are just some of the takeaways from this interesting episode.

1. Culture alone won’t guarantee loyalty or high performance
2. Curating to an employees individual needs is where the future of EX is heading (actually it’s here already)
3. Never second-guess your journey, as an entrepreneur you have to believe in your mission/vision 

We also take the fictional trip with Michael J. Fox and his Back to the Future DeLorean to see what he would say to a younger Bryan Smith.

You’ll also see and hear his book recommendations during this episode to get 1% better each day!

To learn how Leon can work to make super-powered employees for your organization, visit:

MyLeon.co to learn more and schedule a demo and request access

August 19, 2020

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August 20, 2020

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In today’s episode, we have a very special guest Sangram Vagre, he’s the Chief Evangelist and Co-founder of ABM SaaS Leader Terminus, as well as a 2x author of the following books: ABM is B2B and Account-Based Marketing For Dummies.

He is also the host and founder of the top 50 business podcast – FlipMyFunnel and because Mr. BOOM has more energy than a pinned up hamster on a mini-treadmill, he JUST LAUNCHED a private b2b marketing and sales leader community.

The Peak Community, a private community for marketers and leaders, focuses on sharing a collective knowledge from the expertise of members with the intention to get 1% better.and host of FlipMyFunnel with 100K community members in marketing and sales,

We have a very real conversation around his journey from India where he obtained his B.S. in Computer Sciences at Nagpur University to obtain his Masters in Computer Science at The University of Alabama, and his career experience throughout his journey from becoming the Co-Founder, CMO and now Chief Evangelist of Terminus an ABM SaaS leader.

We discuss his point of view around AMB’s outlook, alignment of marketing and sales trends, and how to leverage your superpowers to make your career more enjoyable, productive, and sane.

He shares his belief in the power of letting go to watch you grow, not an easy thing for C-levels and A-Type personalities to do, but in his opinion essential for sustained career and personal growth.

We get over a dozen of quality gems of his insights ranging from what it took to build a category, SaaS platform organization to how to intentionally create successful multiple engagement-driven content programs such as his LinkedIn Live Series, The Peak Community, FlipMyFunnel Podcast and the power that frequency and consistency have to their success.

We chat about where he sees Marketing and Sales evolving within B2B SaaS and ABM’s role in this “happening now” revenue first evolution.

He gives us some valuable book recommendations and what advice he would give a younger Sangram on a trip with Marty in his Back to The Future DeLorean.

You can get more on his book recommendations, links to the communities and his FlipMyFunnel Podcast on show notes below:

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In today’s episode, we have an incredible guest, covering a sport that I’m completely fanatical about, which is futbol, the beautiful game, soccer to gringos to US fans of the sport.

Phil Schoen is a professional sportscaster and sports journalist featured prominently on ABC, ESPN, Fox Sports, beIN Sports, SiriusXM, and many more networks, channels, and stations. He’s widely recognized for calling soccer matches such as Super Classicos between Real Madrid and Barcelona alongside the legendary Ray Hudson on beIN sports.

He shares his unique origin journey and shares his POV and insights on the global professional soccer outlook for this season* and 2021 amid C19.

This is part of a candid conversation with Phil where he shares with us some universal insights on how to pursue your career goals while not jeopardizing your health and family-time values.

⚽focus on goals, not the prize
🌍 the changing world of pro sports
📚 book recommendations to get 1% better

A little background on Phil Schoen:

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Miami, he was the kid that used to sneak my transistor radio under his pillow at bedtime, slowly turning the dial so he could listen to a game from those far-off, exciting places like St. Louis or Cleveland.

He worked at his high school radio station for fun, earning a degree in broadcast journalism from Bowling Green State University. Along the way, he called his share of games and even narrated documentary videos for one of his professors. Eventually, he realized his voice was his calling.

He began pursuing his career at various radio stations in New Jersey and Ohio before his love of the beautiful game led him to Texas to work for a minor league soccer team. A return to South Florida led to a return to broadcasting and the start of his television career.

Today, in addition to calling soccer matches alongside the legendary Ray Hudson, he’s launched his own company, VoiceGoals, Inc., providing voice-overs, voice acting, and narration around the world.

To learn how to get professional voice over talent and production for your organization, visit:

VoiceGoals to learn more and schedule a Zoom call and to listen to voice over or broadcasting samples visit, PhilSchoen.com

August 21, 2020

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Fun Facts About Phil:

  • He was the first voice of Major League Soccer, serving as the lead announcer for the first five years of MLS’s existence.
  • He has announced games in three different World Cup tournaments, (1994, 1998 and 2006,) and three different Copa Americas, (1993, 1995 and 2015.)
  • He provided commentary for EA Sports FIFA 2000 soccer video game.
  • He and his family have participated in mission trips to Honduras for the past five years.
  • He enjoys swimming, biking, golf and even kicking the ball around when I have the time.
  • He loves to read, listen to audio dramas and old-time radio and watch British TV shows like “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who”
  • His grandmother, Adrienne Ames has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and my grandfather has had his work exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

September 3, 2020

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In today’s episode, we have a very special guest Kathy Fasanella, she’s a female pioneer in healthcare, a graduate of the Milken Institute of Public Health – ranked 12th in the country and mentor for their graduate MHA programs.

She has worked 30+ years in the healthcare industry in diverse roles. She was the Vice President of many global Insurance companies, Optum Healthcare, Cigna corporation among others.

In addition, she was the COO of one of the largest Multispecialty groups in the US. In addition, she founded a startup company and was able to grow it to approximately 6 figures.

Today she is the owner and the president of MyHireRoads.com whose purpose is helping all levels of job seekers to get hired. She also oversees the mentoring program at GWU graduate school mentoring students to enter the healthcare field.

We have a very real and candid conversation around her journey in the private health insurance industry. She shares her experience in the C-suite as a professional woman, working in a very male-dominated industry.

She gives aspiring women in healthcare some advice and insights on how to pursue your career goals in healthcare.

Bio and Contact information: Kathy Fasanella

Expertise in Resume Writer, LinkedIn Specialist, Life Coach, Mentor, Healthcare Executive Consultant, Owner of MyHireRoads.com

She can be reached for a complimentary consult on her services or just to connect on LinkedIn

August 25, 2020

Danny Aisling SaaS Marketing Leader and Educator

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SmartChickens El Diversity Drives Innovation & Growth Podcast by Gianni Quintana

A little bit about me.

Quirky. Extrovert. Futbol Fanatico y Bookaholic

Who is the host, Gianni Quintana?

Hey there SmartChickens and welcome to this unique podcast channel destination.  So, here’s a little background of who we are and why we decided to launch this podcast channel. 

I’m Gianni Quintana, first-generation Hispanic American, a native of beautiful Quito Ecuador, who came to the U.S. back in 1984 when I was 6 years old with my two brothers and parents.

I’m a working parent as a father of two amazingly loving and mischievous boys ages six and three Nico and Ethan, respectively, and married to my greatest fan and support system, my talented, creative, patient, and entrepreneurial wife Marisol. 

I’ve been fortunate to be part of the United States youth U-17 Men’s National Soccer Team and was awarded academic and athletic soccer scholarship at the following institutions:

UNC-Charlotte, the University of Central Florida, and finally, Nova Southeastern University based in South Florida.

I followed my childhood dream and played professional soccer a summer in Ecuador and semi-pro for MLS, Miami Fusion second team during the league’s early days.  

I earned my Masters of International Business and Entrepreneurship, with a specialization in Strategic International Marketing from NSU’s Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship in South Florida.

I have lived and worked across numerous states and in two continents, my journey has taken me from Sunny South Florida to the very easy-going Southern California coastline cities of Laguna Beach, and Long Beach to the picturesque valleys of the city of internal Spring known as Medellin, Colombia.

I’ve held senior marketing positions from a NASDAQ publicly traded $2B dollar company to mid-size VC owned niche start-ups in SaaS, Fintech, eCommerce, and Higher Education throughout my career. 

Currently, I’m the founder of Digitechy.com a consultancy or consulgency as I like to call the hybrid consultancy and digital marketing and sales agency.

We are focused on helping B2b companies adopt conversational marketing and inbound strategies tied to their sales strategy to consistently get 6 and 7 figures of sales leads revenue into their pipelines.

My goal is to continue my life-long learning journey, provide my cumulative business acumen to serve the best revenue acceleration strategies and diversity of thinking to promote innovation for my clients in b2b tech and other industries.

SmartChickens El Diversity Drives Innovation & Growth Podcast by Gianni Quintana

Why the name Smart Chickens?

SmartChickens to us represents the diversity of farm-life animals, and personally I find them very interesting, here are 14 fun facts about chickens from the Smithsonian Magazine.

There are 27 billion chickens globally, that’s almost 4x human’s global population and they have 100’s of breeds of all different types of colors, sizes, and feather styles. 

Some biologist research studies out of the UK and Australia have concluded that chickens express an intelligent, cognitive, and collective-minded behavioral model, which makes them very emphatic and productive within their environments in farms. 

They are an integral part of most open-grazing type farms and contrary to popular belief, very smart, social, emphatic, and collaborative which make them a micro-example of how a diversity-driven culture can work within most settings.  

The Smart Chickens podcast’s goal is to bring the workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity narrative into focus the right way.  One which focuses on why our differences make us better not just different and how companies, individuals, and society can benefit from more diversity.

Our special guests will give us an inside view of their unique diversity and inclusion stories, tips on how they achieved their success, diversity and inclusion challenges, and how to avoid pitfalls that can cripple your business, career path, or life.

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Want to learn more or be a guest. Let’s set up a call .

You can also email me at smartchickens@digitechy.com

Because diversity thinking and innovation spurs growth and should be celebrated at work.

Our children’s global workforce future depends on getting this right!

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