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Episode 37 - Leading With Influence & Changing Lives

Episode 37 - Leading With Influence & Changing Lives

September 25, 2020

This episode is sponsored by CORE. What are your habits of thinking?

Fabio Ferreira Bonfim was born and raised in Brazil. Fabio's academic pursuits were in the field of study of Hotel & Restaurant Management. He has a degree in business and pursued his MBA.

For more than 20 years, Fabio has been working with people from many regions and countries, different cultures, and backgrounds.

As a sales and marketing leader, Fabio has a passion for understanding and meeting the customer's needs.

Fabio has a strong track record of establishing strategic relationships and partnerships.

Fabio is now bringing together immigrant job seekers with local employers to foster economic prosperity in Southwestern Ontario's market.

Episode 36 - Pioneering Trauma Informed Care & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Episode 36 - Pioneering Trauma Informed Care & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

September 23, 2020

This episode is sponsored by Deb Crowe, Executive Coach. Looking for a new executive coach? 

Known for her contagious enthusiasm, Becky Haas is a seasoned presenter on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and is nationally recognized for her pioneering work in developing a trauma-informed region throughout Northeast Tennessee. Her seasoned presentation experience includes trips to Delaware presenting to state leadership at the invitation of their First Lady, as well as training Juvenile Justice systems in Virginia and Tennessee. She has developed training content for a diverse group of professional sectors including Trauma-Informed Policing training which is certified in two states for officer in-service credit and she has delivered it to the Oklahoma City Police Department, as well as precincts within Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. Currently, she is working with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police to implement a plan to make this training available to all members of law enforcement in Tennessee. Becky is a highly sought-out trainer for educators often working directly with school Superintendents to impact entire school districts in beginning their journey to create trauma-sensitive schools.

She is experienced in working with city governments in several states providing the leadership the tools to advance cities in becoming trauma-informed. Since 2016, she has authored numerous articles in the global online publication ACEs Connection. In 2019 Becky co-authored the Building a Trauma-Informed Community toolkit for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Service which is also featured in the global online publication, ACEs Connection Growing Resilient Communities 2.1. Her work has also been published in John’s Hopkins, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action; and the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Becky served as the Trauma-Informed Administrator for a regional healthcare system providing training development and delivery to healthcare staff in multiple hospitals as well as was instrumental in raising awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as a social determinant to poor health and addiction within rural Appalachia. Prior to working in healthcare, she was the Director of a grant-funded crime prevention program for the Johnson City Police Department which is credited for reducing drug-related crime in one neighborhood by 40% and creating a first probation program of its kind in Tennessee which now serves as a state model for reducing recidivism. She also assisted in strengthening relationships between police and community including culturally diverse populations which resulted in launching the first annual Martin Luther King, Jr. unity march in 2015. Under her leadership, these crime prevention efforts were awarded the Outstanding Crime Prevention Program of the Year for the southern region by the National Criminal Justice Association in 2014 and are listed by the U.S. Department of Justice as a success story.


Episode 35 - Human Capital - The Power Of Belief In Authenticity, Compassion & Humility

Episode 35 - Human Capital - The Power Of Belief In Authenticity, Compassion & Humility

September 18, 2020

This episode is sponsored by Davwill Consulting Inc. When was the last time you had a great break out meeting with your Executive Leadership Team?

Please meet Dana Sciuto!

Dana is a coach at heart who is committed to ethical leadership in business and government while ensuring that the dignity of others is always maintained. She is a positive disruptor, driven by her desire to create more diverse and inclusive workforces, policies, and programs across Canada.

During her time working with at-risk youth, and, through her experiences acting as a researcher in the Kasungu region of Malawi, Dana has become an amplifier for the voices of marginalized and underrepresented groups. As a result of her unique experiences, she courageously holds space for others and leads difficult conversations with empathy and compassion. 

Formally trained as an Art Educator and Sociologist, Dana taught at the secondary level in rural Quebec for six years before joining the public sector. She is a graduate of Concordia University, having completed a special exchange program in Sociology and International Education Management at the University of Leeds. She currently works as a Training Specialist in the Public Sector and volunteers as a Board Member and Coach for two non-profit organizations in Ottawa. 

In the future, Dana hopes to pursue doctoral research which focuses on the phenomenon of belonging; to self, in communities, and within government policies and programs. 

Episode 34 - Human Resources in 2020 - Leading The Way With Education & Innovation

Episode 34 - Human Resources in 2020 - Leading The Way With Education & Innovation

September 16, 2020

This episode is sponsored by Davwill Consulting. Are you ready to master your self-care for you and your team?

Lisa Hickey is very excited to be a part of the team. Make sure to like here on LinkedIn to receive updates on the latest HR research, insights, resources, and offerings. Lisa strives to stay connected and serving the HR community.

As part of the executive leadership team at, Lisa develops and executes strategies aligned with the HR.COM mission and vision. Lisa's team focuses on HR certification prep, membership, and online and in-person programming for HR professionals.

Lisa is creative, resourceful, collaborative, and fun and big on fostering collaboration and inclusion. Lisa's colleagues know that she keeps a sharp eye on financial goals, timelines, and deadlines, but also has the agility to switch gears when necessary to embrace unexpected opportunities.

Lisa wears many hats and make it a priority to understand the perspectives of HR.COM and their multiple stakeholders, including members, presenters, and partners who need to know their views are understood.

Lisa's Areas of Expertise:
* Human Resources
* Program Development
* Project Management
* Process Improvement
* Creative Leadership
* Cross Collaboration
* Team Development

Master's in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from NYU
Bachelor's in Business Administration from Boston U
HR Certified with SHRM and HRCI

Episode 33 - Awarding Heart-Centered Leaders In Technology

Episode 33 - Awarding Heart-Centered Leaders In Technology

September 11, 2020

This episode is sponsored by SHIFT. Is it time to shift your habits of thinking?

Heart-Centered TECH Leadership Awards with Jude Belanger is about the human story first. Technology is a driving force shaping our world into tomorrow. More than ever heart-centered leaders are needed to shape this future. Learn more at the Heart Centered TECH Free Virtual Summit at

Episode 32 - How Nursing Lead The Way Through Trauma & Grief

Episode 32 - How Nursing Lead The Way Through Trauma & Grief

September 9, 2020

This episode is sponsored by CORE - Do you want to have a baseline measurement so accurate about your habits of thinking?

Toni Lontis is dedicated to helping women all over the world and the men who love them.

She is a change-maker dedicated to seeing a change with how we view some of the tougher subjects and she isn’t afraid to speak up.

Spending her time working with some great causes and fellow change-makers, this last year has been a big one including having her own radio show on the w4wn and featured articles in Ymag.

Toni lives on a small acreage property in the hinterland adjacent to the pristine beaches of Queensland’s Gold Coast, Australia. She lives with her husband and an assortment of dogs, goats, llamas, ducks, and chickens and enjoys long visits from her two adult children, their partners, and her grandson.

Toni was a nurse who formerly worked as a nurse consultant in her own company, before retiring to pursue her dream of writing a book or three.

Toni grew up on a rural property in the middle of nowhere. After completing her nursing training in regional Queensland, she spent the next 30 years working as a nurse in a variety of roles from clinical nursing to management, culminating with the formation of her own company in 2012. As a nurse consultant, for her own consulting company, she provided Safety and Quality support to small hospitals across the country. Her work involved process management, clinical management, and lots of health-based writing.

Her creative writing journey did not commence until 2018 with her first book, Resilience.  A memoir that details her struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma in her life and how she overcomes this to lead a healthy, happy fulfilling life.  She is passionate about self-awareness, self-improvement, and being the best person, she can be.

Her second book, when its written, Whole Again, details the strategies she used to ensure her own healing and personal growth.  Her deep desire to inspire people with her story of struggle and overcoming trauma and sees her speaking around the country and overseas.

When she’s not writing you can find her talking to her beloved goats, laughing with her husband, or enjoying time with her wee grandson. An avid gardener and small farm hobbyist, her next book will be on the joys of owning goats and small-scale hobby farm self-sustainability.

A writer by day and an avid Facebook scanner by night, she is loath to discuss herself in the third person but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.

Episode 31 - Leading & Empowering Youth Mental Health With Empathy

Episode 31 - Leading & Empowering Youth Mental Health With Empathy

September 4, 2020

This episode is sponsored by Davwill Consulting Inc. What tools are you utilizing to assist your clients on short-term disability claims and returning to work?

Ally Salama is a Social Entrepreneur, Speaker, Podcaster, Ex-Pro Athlete and The Middle East’s Mental Health Ambassador.

His team founded, the first Mental Health Magazine in the Middle East, winning Harvard's Top 7 Most Impactful Social Initiatives in 2019 & earning recognition from the World Health Organization. Currently, Ally’s purpose is to empower youth to become more impactful change-makers in the world.

Ally also hosts “Empathy Always Wins” - the World's Exclusive Youth Leadership Podcast focusing on Empathy and Community Building. Living in Toronto, Ally currently consults social enterprises and change-makers on strategy to help build powerful communities.

Over the past 3 years, he has given Mental Health in The Middle East a stronger voice, developing an online magazine/platform of 70,000+ users, Empower Mag "EMPWR".

Ally continues to rally his voice and efforts around Empathetic Leadership and Greater Mental Health Advocacy, actively speaking at the World Health Organization and across International Conferences.

He currently hosts as the World's Exclusive Youth Leadership Blog on Empathy to drive his personal message across the globe.

Furthermore, the skill sets gained from Ryerson's Ted Roger's School of Management allowed him to ultimately become a Social "Artistpreneur", merging his artistic musical talents with purpose-driven entrepreneurial change-making, raising over $10,000 for his music venture, KairoKid Records Inc.


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Episode 30 - Youth Leadership - Shifting The Employer Mindset

Episode 30 - Youth Leadership - Shifting The Employer Mindset

September 3, 2020

Sponsor - This episode is sponsored by CORE. Is it time that you truly learn and sustain self-care? Jessica-Joan (JJ) Richards is a young, heart-centered leader. Jessy is a 28-year-old Marketing professional who has recently embarked upon a new career in social media creating content talking about a wide range of topics, from mental health to recruitment. Jessy was born in the Philippines to a British Father and Filipino Mother and moved to the UK when she was 6 years old. Moving to the UK and being taken away from such a contrasting life on the other side of the world was quite a shock for her and has made her ever conscious about cultural diversity and acceptance. Jessy has battled with poor mental health since moving to the UK and is incredibly passionate about spreading Mental Health awareness & busting the myths that are associated with it.  Jessy has also experienced discrimination at work based on her weight with a previous senior manager accusing her of ‘being too fat for her job’, after internalizing her feelings about these comments for a long time Jessy found the strength to speak out on LinkedIn after seeing others share their experiences. Jessy’s post quickly went viral and has been seen by almost 20 million people.  After graduating from Staffordshire University with a BA in Journalism and Media in 2014 Jessy moved to London with her Partner where she now resides. Jessy is a great believer in people and believes that sharing stories is an amazing way to find common ground and forge lasting partnerships, this is the main focus of her recently launched ‘Emotion Exchange’


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Episode 29 - The Young Voice of Leadership - Attitude & Gratitude!

Episode 29 - The Young Voice of Leadership - Attitude & Gratitude!

September 2, 2020

This episode is sponsored by CORE. Is it time to recruit with a powerful HR modality?

Joseph Franklin is a Sr. Technology Recruiter for TEKsystems, a technology solution provider that partners with over 80% of Fortune 500 companies. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and an alumnus of Kentucky State University (KSU). At KSU.

Joseph joined the Kentucky Army National Guard along with served as Student Body President / Student Regent. Upon graduation and the conclusion of his military career, he landed his role as a technology recruiter with TEKsystems. There he has been able to help enterprise organizations find top talent to lead them through the digital revolution.

Joseph has also been extensively trained in the fields of human capital management, diversity & inclusion, and workforce development. He is passionate about helping individuals find opportunities that showcase their unique abilities and works diligently with stakeholders within organizations to land talent that will further energize their work environment. He is a self-proclaimed Overzealous Recruiter.

This episode is being launched on September 2, 2020, as it's a special day! Happy Birthday, Joseph!


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Episode 28 - How To Lead With Participative Management

Episode 28 - How To Lead With Participative Management

August 28, 2020

This episode is sponsored by Davwill Consulting Inc. How do you measure executive functioning for your executive team? What if you could measure all dimensions of thought and have a baseline to start from?

David Amerine has 45 years of experience in the nuclear industry. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy and obtaining a Masters in Management Science from the Naval Post Graduate School, he served on two nuclear submarines. After leaving the Navy, he joined Westinghouse at the Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Site. There he worked as a shift operations manager and refueling manager for the initial core load of the Fast Flux Test Facility, the nation’s prototype breeder reactor.

Mr. Amerine furthered his career in the commercial nuclear power industry throughout the 1980s, first as the Nuclear Steam Supply System (NSSS) vendor, Combustion Engineering, Site Manager at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station during startup and then as Assistant Vice President at Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station. There he led special, interdisciplinary task forces for complex problem resolutions involving engineering and operations during the recovery period back in the late 1980s. From the Davis-Besse experience, Mr. Amerine went on to a series of leadership and executive positions in the nuclear industry.

Mr. Amerine has lead several recovery projects in his career. Davis-Besse was the first of eight nuclear plants where he was part of the leadership team or the leader brought in to restore stakeholder confidence in management and/or operations. In the DOE Nuclear Complex, these recovery endeavors included the Replacement Tritium Facility, the Defense Waste Processing Facility, and the Salt Waste Processing Facility projects. In 1997 he was brought in as the Vice President of Engineering and Services at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station to contribute to the recovery actions following the facility being shut down by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). His responsibilities included establishing a robust Safety Conscious Work Environment (SCWE) program.

In 2000, Mr. Amerine assumed the role of Executive Vice President of a $2.5 billion business unit of Washington Group International (WGI). Mr. Amerine was then selected as the Executive Vice President and Deputy General Manager, CH2M Hill Nuclear Business Group, where he supported the President in managing the day-to-day operation of the group, which included six major DOE sites. In both these executive roles, he was charged with integrated safety management, overall conduct of operations and project management, and developing synergies between the diverse operating companies.

Mr. Amerine was selected by B&W as President of Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) in early 2010 after the NRC had shut down that facility which is the sole producer of fuel for our nuclear Navy. He led the restoration of confidence of the various stakeholders including the NRC and Naval Reactors. The plant was restored to full operation under Mr. Amerine’s leadership. He retired from NFS in 2011.

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