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Matt Beane

Learning to Work with Intelligent Machines. How do we learn to do our jobs now that machines are learning alongside us?

Category: PANDEMIC ,

As we look to a new normal of collaborating, we’ll talk with Matt Beane, an expert in understanding the workplace. We’ll go beyond how humans interact, especially under constraints of physical distancing, et al., and delve into a topic that’s long fascinated us, how we’ll work with smart machines.

Matt Beane does field research on work involving robots to help us understand the implications of intelligent machines for the broader world of work. He has published in top management journals, and his TED talk has over 1.8 million views. He also helped found and fund Humatics, an MIT-connected, full-stack IoT startup. Beane is an Assistant Professor in the Technology Management Program at UC Santa Barbara and a Fellow with Stanford’s Digital Economy Lab. His Ph.D. is from MIT’s Sloan School.

Tim Goldstein

Diversity from a Neurodistinct Perspective. Neuro Cloud™, How you think as the basis of diversity.

While diversity in the workplace is a common idea particularly in the tech industry, Tim will relate his personal autistic discrimination experience in the tech workplace including being fired multiple times for being different.

As a Neurodiverse Communication Specialist, Tim helps organizations to overcome the business/technology communication gap. Using his Cloud Neurodiversity™ concept he explains how this communication challenge comes from the way our brains are shaped and wired. This makes each group perceive and process the world in such unique ways they are basically aliens without a common language.

Tim is a Certified High-Performance Coach & Certified Master Presenter. He has spoken to groups like Microsoft Denver Dev Day, Cornell University class, Stanford Autism at Work group, Society of Industrial and Occupational Psychologists, multiple international companies, and peer-level presentations to senior executives.

Bree Hendrick

How COVID has changed the recruiting challenge for businesses. How to attract and retain talent in a competitive market.

Category: The Pandemic ,

Bree Hendrick helps organizations find the best talent from around the country and has been doing that for years. Now with COVID’s constraints, the challenges for the workplace have multiplied. We’ll talk about how growing businesses are creatively finding key people to add to their teams.

Bree Hendrick is the co-founder of VivaHire, a Santa Barbara based recruiting firm that specializes in talent acquisition for the technology, health, and hospitality industries. At the start of her career, Bree worked in luxury hotels and resorts, recruiting for properties such as the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and Carmel Valley Ranch. She gained extensive expertise in recruitment strategies and human resources before transitioning to executive search.

For the last 10 years, Bree has been working with local industry leaders on recruiting strategies and effective methods for building teams within the start-up environment. Bree holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law & Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jan Rutherford

Leadership is a Design Problem. What’s the most misunderstood aspect of leadership?

Category: The Pandemic ,

Jan Rutherford has been studying leadership since before he became a Green Beret. His exploration of this topic has led him to conversations with hundreds of leaders all over the world. We’ll tap into his expertise, especially to understand the unique challenges facing leaders during the COVID crisis.

Jan Rutherford is an executive coach and keynote speaker. A former Green Beret and founder of Self-Reliant Leadership® - he also leads Crucible® wilderness expeditions with execs & vets. As a Sr. Instructor with the Univ. of Colorado Denver Business School, he teaches leadership in the U.S. and Ireland. He’s also the co-host of The Leadership Podcast and author of “The Littlest Green Beret: On Self-Reliant Leadership.


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This year, as we continue producing a series of weekly virtual talks, we focus on ideas that are influencing us, locally and globally. These short conversations are not news-focused. Instead, we are highlighting discussions of hope and optimism while showcasing actionable solutions.

The topics we explore are focused on the Pandemic and Social Justice. We look at them individually and, at times, see how one has influenced the other. We look through various lenses and hear from different voices as we explore these inquiries. One of our guests introduced us to the word Syndemics, which is the collision of different epidemics. This syndemic and the chaos, complexity, and intricate complications it has brought to all of our lives is what Making Waves is all about. All while finding the silver thread of hope from our guests.

We navigate through opinions to help us all understand these challenging times by focusing on positive disruption. We’ve heard that normal will never be normal again. This year we’re Making Waves.

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