4: Bridging the Generational Gap – Vulnerability, Inclusion + Bias

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In this episode of UCYP we have an insightful conversation with two young professionals on bridging the gap across generations in the workplace.
Show Notes:
  • Millennials value self-expression and individuality
  • How YPs can create better self-awareness
  • Best practices for authentic connection with diverse people
  • Equity as central to leading across generations
  • Difference between equality and equity
  • Collaboration and intentional inclusion must be front of mind when leading and working across generations
  • Importance of always reaching back to generations coming behind
  • Collaboration is the mutual admission of weakness as well as the willingness and openness to learn from others
  • Celebrate our differences and use it to our advantage
  • Leaders must create environments where it’s ok to ask for help
  • Unconscious Bias: uncovering and navigating our own biases and working with others’ biases
  • Grace and patience is vital to working well with others
  • How we frame our questions and word choice greatly impacts our work
  • OK to stop, backtrack and ensure understanding
  • Comfort of being with likeminded people vs. engaging with those who think differently than you
  • Society’s generalizations and stereotypes can lead to us to resist connecting across generations
  • Let’s celebrate and not just tolerate our differences
  • Just because something is different, doesn’t mean it’s good or bad
  • Start by accepting and celebrating your whole self
  • Storytelling and sharing in the universal human experience
Guests:
  • Jed Dews – Jed Dews is the Associate Executive Director of Pendleton Place, a nonprofit agency dedicated to keeping children safe and supporting families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention. Jed provides strategic support for day to day administration and operations of the organization’s innovative child and family services as well as oversight for its quality improvement and technology initiatives. Before discovering his passion for nonprofit child welfare, Jed worked as a high school language arts teacher, a project manager for prominent e-learning companies, and a freelance consultant for nonprofit accreditation seekers and foster care reform advocates. Jed relocated to Greenville in 2012 and fell in love with the Upstate community. He serves as an appointed Commissioner for the Greenville County Human Relations Commission, a leader of the performance excellence community for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, the Vice-Chair of Pulse Young Professionals, and a member of the Council on Accreditation’s working committee for data and technology standards. Jed provided strategic leadership of public-private partnerships as part of the recent Keeping Kids in Families campaign for federal child welfare finance reform. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and organizational leadership with graduate certifications in child advocacy, project management, and IT administration.
  • Jessica Sharp – Jessica Sharp is the Interim Diversity Manager for Greenville Health System. In this role she works to implement a strategic plan that enhances the quality of services to Greenville Health System patients, improves the work life for system employees and enhances the learning environment within USC School of Medicine Greenville. Before working at GHS, she served as the Teen Achievers and Youth in Government State Program Director for the YMCA of Greenville.Jessica is dedicated to advancing the rights of our community’s women and youth. After earning a marketing degree from the University of South Carolina, she pursued her passion through Teach for America—an organization that places recent graduates in classrooms in underserved communities.
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45: Pamela Evette – Leadership, Strong Values + Hard Work

Interview with Pamela Evette

On this episode of Uphill Conversations we talk with Pamela Evette on values, priorities, and hard work in business and in life.

Pamela Evette brings more than 20 years of experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to her role as President/CEO of Quality Business Solutions (QBS).  A trained accountant and former CFO, Evette’s primary expertise is in building Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs), firms that provide a service under which an employer can outsource employee management tasks, such as payroll, employee benefits and workers’ compensation, recruiting, risk/safety management, and training and development.

Under her leadership, QBS has grown exponentially, becoming a $1 billion dollar enterprise in 2016.  QBS has been honored as one of the best places to work in its home state of South Carolina and as one of the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in the United States.

Show Notes:

  • Fearlessness and what it means for a Pamela to be fearless
  • How Pamela’s ancestors and family have inspired her to be bold
  • The impact of what you say and don’t say on those around you
  • Being brave vs. having courage
  • Owning a business means you can set certain priorities, but there are always trade-offs
  • What holds people back from stepping out on their own professionally
  • An entrepreneurial spirit can make you feel unsettled at times
  • You don’t always need to take big risks, you can systematically and gradually work towards building your vision
  • How Pamela’s background and Polish heritage taught her the value of hard work and never to expect anything to be easy, to be handed to you or to go smoothly.
  • “Nothing is free. There is never a free lunch.”
  • Pamela’s view on change: very few outcomes are unfixable, so be open to new ideas, be decisive, and keep moving forward
  • Importance of being realistic and honest in asking yourself what you’re willing to sacrifice as an entrepreneur
  • Impact 9/11 had on the industry and QBS as a business
  • Benefits of starting lean, growing smart and persevering
  • Pamela’s optimism about QBS’ continued growth, the QBS team getting stronger and the U.S. economy

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No Worries (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)
Gotta Move On (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)

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44: Laura Vanderkam – You Have More Time Than You Think

Interview with Laura Vanderkam

In this episode of Uphill Conversations, we talk with Laura Vanderkam on time management and the choices we make daily and moment-to-moment on how we spend our 168 hours each week.

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including Fast Company, Fortune, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.

Show Notes:

  • When we build the lives we want, time saves itself
  • Everything we do is a choice
  • Choosing how to spend leisure time can be a big challenge
  • Having a “to do” list vs scheduling priorities
  • Annual goal setting, personal and professional, helps align and adhere to your top priorities
  • Don’t just fill time, build intentional breaks into your day where you actually disconnect and mentally recharge
  • Time tracking shines a light on how where you’re losing or wasting hours throughout the day and week
  • Simplify your approach to tracking hours – it doesn’t have to be complicated or highly-detailed
  • Questions you can ask yourself each day in order to be more mindful of how your time is spent
  • Making changes can cause discomfort and challenges for you and others
  • The vast majority of things that upset us today won’t matter in a year or even next week
  • When you do two things at once, you’re often doing neither of them well
  • Impact of giving your full attention to the person in front of you
  • Laura’s Uphill Challenge in her early writing career
  • “Done is better than perfect because there is no perfect without being done”
  • Disciplines Laura uses to get started, build and gain momentum
  • Question of one’s true capacity and value of planning free time
  • “Weekends can be the secret weapon of successful people”
  • When evaluating opportunities, it’s all about what gives you the most energy and fulfillment
  • Laura’s optimism on her new book, her family and the world in general

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):

No Worries (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)
Gotta Move On (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)

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3: Ashley Brown – YP Perspective on Entrepreneurship

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In Episode 3 of UCYP, we have an Uphill Conversation with Greenville, SC young professional Ashley Brown on the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.

Show Notes:

  • Started out in Asheville post-college and had hard time finding a job
  • Phenomenon of accidental entrepreneurship
  • Greater awareness of perceived weaknesses and turning them to your advantage
  • Challenges of being a young professional entrepreneur
  • Importance of building a strong inner circle
  • Desire for challenges to solve and solve quickly – pressure as privilege
  • Taking risks to realize a dream, taking an idea into action
  • Don’t overlook incredible amount of work that comes with launching a business
  • Uphill Challenge in Ashley’s life has been shifting her personal priorities to align with her role as a business owner
  • Sometimes you need to let go of relationships you’ve outgrown
  • When you make decisions, you never know who’s watching
  • Inspiration for starting GirlBossGreenville and its purpose
  • Magic of bringing women together to share stories and support one another
  • Don’t let your age, specifically your youth, be your barrier
  • Ashley shares advice she’d give to YPs starting out
  • Importance of making true connections and being present with others

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About Ashley:

26 year old Greenville native Ashley Brown is founder of #GirlBossGreenville and owner of Ashley Brown Strategy. “I knew that I owed it to myself to at least try, “ She says in referring to the decision to go full-time into entrepreneurship. In the past year she has launched 2 LLC’s, 1 not for profit women’s group (GirlBossGreenville) and is launching her third business in July. Her favorite part of owning a business in Greenville has been onboarding her five employees and watching them grow.

When Ashley isn’t working, she’s in the mountains or splashing in a stream. She’s happiest in the sunshine reading an old paperback novel and eating mac and cheese coated with Franks Hot Sauce.

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43: Shama Hyder – Social Media Maven

Interview with Shama Hyder

In this episode, Tim and Megan have an Uphill Conversation with Shama Hyder on social media, identity and awareness. Shama is a visionary strategist for the digital age, a web and TV personality, a bestselling author, and the award-winning CEO of The Marketing Zen Group – a global online marketing and digital PR company.

Under her leadership, The Marketing Zen Group has grown an average of 400% growth annually since 2009 to include a team of 30 and serve clients ranging from publicly-held Fortune 500 companies to privately-held small businesses and nonprofit organizations across the globe. Read her full bio here.

Show Notes:

  • How Shama spends her time personally and professionally
  • Shama’s suggestions on how to best use social media for business and building your personal brand – it’s finding the right blend of showcasing who you are and being strategic in what you share
  • Shama considers how what she shares on social is adding value – “You should use social media, not be used by it.”
  • Be an editor, not a perfectionist. It’s better to accept the imperfections and take the first step.
  • True identity is something that is constantly changing
  • Learn to be responsive to opportunities as they are presented
  • Shift your perspective to break down challenges into smaller, more manageable chunks – approach them bit-by-bit and day-by-day.
  • Importance of self-editing which ideas you choose to pursue
  • Self-awareness is important for growth and balance
  • You need to take breaks and take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Shama’s optimism on growth of online video, new technologies that will improve peoples’ lives and growth of The Marketing Zen Group

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):

No Worries (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)
Gotta Move On (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)

Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production

© 2017 Uphill Conversations

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