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Get Hired Up Podcast

Get Hired Up! is a podcast for next-level executives and board appointees who are planning to up-level their career or business.

Our guests include thought leaders, CEOs, executive recruiters, industry experts, and other business leaders who generously share their expertise to support your career growth as a next-level leader.

The podcast also serves as a digital media library for our clients and as a public service for individuals seeking career-related insights such as branding, visibility, and strategies for leveraging the hidden job market.

To date our guests include a retired FBI agent and behavioral analyst, a Hollywood stylist, and a ghostwriter writing books for global thought leaders, to name just a few.

When we aren’t accompanied by our gracious guests, we discuss topics related to the hidden job market, succession planning for c-level executives, and the varying components to mastering a career transition.

If you would be interested in being featured on the Get Hired Up podcast, please contact us!

Tim Brennan

35. How AI & human analytics are reshaping org. performance

May 25th, 2022

Tim Brennan is the Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer at Fit First Technologies, with a 25+ year career in business, management and human resources. 

His company helps small and large companies with their Job Fit model and advanced hiring tools that incorporate behavioural research, AI and human analytics.

34. The CEO 90-Day Plan for corporate leaders & aspiring CEOs

May 11th, 2022

In our first episode recorded together, Maddison (our Digital Marketing Manager) and I discuss the CEO 90-day plan, downloaded thousands of times by executives from Disney, Adidas, Tesla, NBC Universal, American Express and others. This simple but powerful tool has paved the way for a safe exit strategy, a CEO job interview pitch and the first 90 days in the new role. I hope you enjoy our conversation!

33. Use AI to improve your pitch & bridge the gap b/t emotional & social intelligence

April 27th, 2022

Maithilee Samant, Founder, and CEO of mirro.ai, is an Entrepreneur with a passion for creating better human connections.

She created mirro.ai—an AI communication coach product to help individuals, job seekers, and entrepreneurs improve their communication skills in a private and judgment-free environment.  

Pallavi Hanson

32. Flawless post-merger integrations with Pallavi 

April 11th, 2022

A resilient leader with a proven track record for reducing costs and maximizing revenues, Pallavi leads her teams to drive the flawless and on-time execution of products that delight Fortune 500 customers, thrill employees, and keep investors happy. She serves as a trusted C-Level partner while spearheading tricky post-merger integrations. She has mastered migrating legacy technology applications to modern, cloud-first architectures.

Dr. Afua Cooper

31. Fortune 500 Companies deny payment for global DEI speaker

March 30th, 2022

Dr. Afua Cooper is a multidisciplinary scholar and artist. Her global contribution to society includes the literary arts, history, humanities, education, and human and civil rights. She helps boards of directors set long-term strategies to become anti-racist organizations.

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30. Fortune 500 Boards, M&A, & Succession Planning: A Portfolio Career

March 16th, 2022

Laurie Barkman has over 13 years of Corporate and Not-For-Profit Board Director experience with exposure to governance in controlling shareholder environments. Laurie is the Founder/CEO of SmallDotBig advising privately held companies on pre-M&A value creation and exit planning, and a Partner with Stony Hill Advisors, an M&A firm specializing in the lower middle market.

Henry Nasella

29. Iconic retail and consumer brands with PE Leader, Mentor, & M&A Expert, Henry Nasella, LNK Partners

March 2nd, 2022

Henry co-founded LNK in 2005 and has over 25 years of operating experience and 21 years of private equity experience in the consumer and retail sector. Henry is currently non-executive Chairman of PVH and serves on the Board of Directors of Schweiger Dermatology and Northeastern University.

Jonathan Bennett

28. Get Ready for Boards & B Corps with Jonathan Bennett

February 16th, 2022

Jonathan Bennett, C.Dir., provides sought-after leadership coaching and strategic counsel to CEOs, executive teams, politicians, and boards of directors across Canada. With experience in urban, rural, remote, and First Nations communities, Jonathan’s expertise is in social purpose business strategy, governance, branding, change, and communications. 

Roger Duguay

27. The Globalization of Talent & Your Career: My Chat with Roger Duguay, Boyden’s Global Practice Leader

February 2nd, 2022

Roger T. Duguay is a Managing Partner of Boyden Canada and Founder of Boyden’s Montréal office, where he leads Quebec operations. As the appointed Leader of Boyden’s Global CEO & Board Services Practice, Roger is working to redefine the firm’s approach on a global scale as it continues to connect clients with leaders who can deliver in an era of disruption. 

Over the course of his career in executive search, Roger has been involved in over 100 CEO and Board placements.

Russ Haworth

26. Family Office Governance with Ultra High Net Worth Institute Board Member, Russ Haworth

January 19th, 2022

Russ is a UK based family business adviser and has been working with families in business for 15 years. 

As well as providing dedicated consultancy support to families in business, Russ is also the host of the widely acclaimed Family Business Podcast which has a global audience and is supported by the Institute for Family Business.

Dr. Afua Cooper

25. Tackling racism in the workplace—for organizations committed to improving racial and ethnic justice

January 5th, 2022

Dr. Afua Cooper is a multidisciplinary scholar and artist. Her global contribution to society includes the literary arts, history, humanities, education, and human and civil rights. She helps boards of directors set long-term strategies to become anti-racist organizations.

24. AI, social robots, and the global pandemic—closing the digital divide, while reducing social isolation in the elderly population, with entrepreneur and inventor, Lee St. James

December 8th, 2021

Lee St. James is the founder and President of Social Robots, a technology start-up that is exploring how robots can engage, entertain, and educate residents, family members and staff at retirement homes and long-term care facilities.


23. Difficult CEO & Board Conversations: A proven strategy with Liza Provenzano

November 24th, 2021

Liza Provenzano is Founder and Principal Consultant of SparkHR, a human resources and leadership development firm that focuses on helping businesses to become more successful through the performance of aligned, capable and engaged teams. 

22. The ineffectiveness of board leadership in managing director performance with Beverly Behan

November 10th, 2021

Beverly Behan has had the privilege of working with boards of directors of the S&P 1500 and listed companies around the globe for the last 25 years. To date, she's worked with nearly 200 boards, ranging from recent IPOs to the fortune 500s from New York and Toronto to Bogota, Kuala Lumpur and Tel Aviv. Her clients are typically boards that want to get to the top of their game and stay there.

Garry Ridge

21. How CEO, Garry Ridge, Achieved 94%+ Employee Engagement Score at WD-40 Company

October 26th, 2021

Garry Ridge is Chairman of the Board and CEO of the WD-40 Company headquartered in San Diego, California. Garry has been with WD-40 Company since 1987 in various management positions, including executive vice president and chief operating officer and vice president of international. He has worked directly with WD-40 in 50 countries.

Teresa Abram

20. Handwriting Analyst | Teresa Abram

October 12th, 2021

Teresa Abram is a handwriting analyst and the owner of Handwriting P.I.—a full-service handwriting analysis company that helps business with their hiring process by performing risk assessments, security checks, and personality profiles to streamline their process and make the right hiring decisions. 

Janice Ciavaglia

19. CEO of the Assembly of First Nations | Janice Ciavaglia

September 29th, 2021

Janice is the CEO of the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa, Canada, the advocacy body for the more than 640 Indigenous communities across Canada. Janice liaises, collaborates, and negotiates with governments, including Deputy Ministers, The Crown, the public sector, the private sector, and the general public.

Anita Toth

18. Data Wizard and Chief Churn Crusher | Anita Toth

September 15th, 2021

Anita helps her clients gain valuable access to previously hidden data, reducing the risk of making expensive wrong decisions, while also increasing profits. She specializes in B2B SaaS companies and has taken her 20 years of academic research experience to create The Churn Crusher System.

David Piho

17. Private equity & alternative investments with David Piho of Gorelick Brothers Capital

September 1st, 2021

David Piho serves as Senior Vice President and is part of the investment team of Gorelick Brothers Capital, a private equity company in Charlotte, North Carolina, whose mandates range from capital preservation to opportunistic growth.

Linda Lopeke

16. Imposter Syndrome: Dispelling the High Performer's Stigma - an interview with SMARTSTART Founder, Linda Lopeke

August 17th, 2021

Linda is a distinguished entrepreneur, author, and recognized leading expert in business development, strategic marketing, and operational management. She helps business owners and experts achieve independence through entrepreneurship by guiding them and creating media-worthy success stories from their business ideas.

Andres Molano

15. A Harvard YPO CEO's Response to Changes in the Global Energy Market During COVID-19

August 4th, 2021

Andres is a global citizen having grown an energy company from a lean start-up to a global leader of power generation solutions with power projects in more than 33 countries, including Latin America, Africa, and Asia. His selected customers include shell Caterpillar, Petrobras, Eco Petrol, Pemex, and others. He is also an active member of Harvard’s prestigious YPO Program (Young Presidents Organization).

Wayne Mann

14. Franchise Ownership | A Scalable Investment with Wayne Mann

July 21st, 2021

Wayne has invested 25 years of his career with Canada's number-one franchise, Canadian Tire Corporation. For seven of those years, he was headquartered in Calgary, visiting and supporting the franchises in Western Canada.

He's also had the good fortune of meeting and working with AJ Billes, one of the two founding fathers of the iconic Canadian brand.

Marty Britton

13. Avoiding the wrong hire | CEO of Britton Management Profiles Inc.

July 7th, 2021

Marty is the President and CEO of Britton Management Profiles Inc.

Her company partners with other companies to deliver pre-employment verification services to help diminish the hiring of misrepresented and fraudulent candidates. 

Mystery Guest on Get Hired Up

12. Introducing our second Mystery Guest

June 23rd, 2021

He is a sales leader and technology executive with global experience.

We discuss the challenges he overcame having had no Canadian experience, relocating and adjusting to the North American market, and then navigating the hidden job market to land his next opportunity.

Denise Logan

13. Introducing Denise Logan

June 9th, 2021

Denise Logan carries two decades of research and thought leadership on the subjects of work, money and meaning, and how executives navigate the waters of transition and reclaim their sense of identity outside of their business. She is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best selling author of the book The Seller's Journey.

10. Introducing Tommy Breedlove

May 26th, 2021 

Tommy is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best selling author of the book Legendary. He is a business relationship and mindset coach, who is a regular feature keynote speaker at global events.

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9. Introducing Amy Bradbury

May 12th, 2021

Amy is an employment lawyer and partner with Wickwire Holm.

She has experience in all areas of labour and employment law. That said, she focuses primarily on Workers' Compensation, Labour Relations, Pension and Benefits and Judicial Review.

Amy provides HR advice and assists clients with drafting workplace policies and in collective bargaining.

Mystery Guest on Get Hired Up

8. Introducing our Mystery Guest

April 28th, 2021

He is a CPA, CFO for hire, national retail executive, and entrepreneur.

He has had a dynamic career and experienced a massive transition from corporate executive to successful entrepreneur.

7. Introducing Morris Stemp

April 14th, 2021 

Morris Stemp is a finance, operations and technology executive who assists growing companies (construction, healthcare, tech and SaaS) as an interim and fractional CFO and COO.

He is a customer-focused leader with experience across finance, operations and technology functions. He is an Excel expert, an ICF certified coach, and delivers sustainable outcomes with no ho-hum solutions.

Dr. Zlatko Pozeg

Introducing Dr. Zlatko Pozeg

March 31st, 2021

Dr. Zlatko Pozeg is a world-renowned  cardiovascular surgeon currently practicing in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

He has an interest in patients with connective disease whom have a proclivity towards aortic disease, such as Marfan’s Syndrome. He also has a great interest in the endovascular management of all aortic disease from the aortic root to the aortic bifurcation, particularly aortic dissection, and believes in the future of total endovascular aortic reconstruction.

Brendan St. Jacques

5. Introducing Brendan St. Jacques

March 17th, 2021

Brendan is a global sales leader in the sports and hospitality industry. 

He is a networking virtuoso and successful leader who advocates for both teamwork and healthy competition—in sports and the workplace. 

Chaz Thorne

4. Introducing Chaz Thorne

March 3rd, 2021

Chaz Thorne is a master business strategist, best-selling author, and award-winning film maker.

Leveraging his successes in the business of entertainment and the arts, Chaz shifted toward aggrotech entrepreneurialism later earning his Executive MBA from Northwestern University (CANADA) and pursuing a full shift to business strategy services.

Chaz now owns 3 successful businesses working with business leaders as a strategic advisor and executive coach specializing in competitive strategy, facilitation, and strategic planning.

Laura Elliott on Get Hired Up Podcast

3. Introducing Laura Elliott

February 17th, 2021

Laura Elliott has written for LA Times, LA Parent, World Travel Magazine, Yachting Lifestyle 365, and others.

She writes books for global thought leaders all over the world and specializes in memoirs, biographies, business, and self-help books. Some of her clients include Windstar Cruises, Alpha Men Asia, and Marriott Vacation Club.

Along with writing, she presents at conferences, delivers keynotes, and facilitates workshops. Her focus is on leadership through authenticity.

Robin Dreeke Interview

2. Introducing Robin Dreeke

February 3rd, 2021

Robin is the former Head of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Program and has studied interpersonal relations and behavior for over three decades.

He is the founder and CEO of People Formula LLC, a company that offers advanced training in personal skills and rapport building. He is a keynote speaker and conducts workshops and seminars for the government, military, and private sector- organizations.

1. Introducing Mary Beth Ramsey

January 20th, 2021

Mary Beth grew up in a creative family and started sewing when she was only 5 years old.

Hollywood has been hiring Mary Beth to dress their actors for the camera since 1996. She has worked on many TV shows and movies including the hit TV shows Modern Family, Beverly Hills 90210, Heroes, and Bones; and the movies Can’t Hardly Wait, Training Day, and Just Like Heaven...