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Q1 2019

Gen X, Millennials & Organizational Conflict

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Gen X, Millennials & Organizational Conflict

Every generation experiences a different culture, economic reality, social forces and so on. Inevitably, these different experiences can cause conflict when we’re all working together. Dr. Sidjae Price, CEO at Priceless Planning and Founder of Speak Loud Inc., joins us to talk about generational pressures, organizational conflict and how we can make our businesses better.

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On the Move with SUMO Heavy

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On the Move with SUMO Heavy

Like many digital companies, SUMO Heavy Industries knows no bounds. The eCommerce consulting firm began with two people working out of a spare room in an apartment in Philly. They moved to New York, bounced around WeWorks and are now back in Philly again. This time, with their own dedicated office space. So how much does the decision of a physical location impact a business? Bart Mroz, CEO of SUMO Heavy, joins us to talk about making seven or eight moves in nine years, how remote thinking can help onsite teams and how moving can actually be kind of fun.

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Are Personal Brands Worth It?

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Are Personal Brands Worth It?

18 months ago, tech influencer Ben Lee wasn’t doing much with social media. Then he gamed the LinkedIn algorithm to generate 85 million views for himself. Ben joins us to debate the merits of investing in your personal brand versus your company brand. Tune in for his take on whether personal brands are built to last, and strategies to leverage social media, email and more.

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DesignOps & People Development at Capital One

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DesignOps & People Development at Capital One

Within Capital One, design spans a huge gamut of things. From actual products to experiences, visual design, interface design and more, designers tackle a wide variety of needs, projects and products. As the Design Operations Lead: People Development at Capital One, Courtney Allison Brown ensures the organization for design is well managed. She joins us to talk about her path from art school to Ops, and how creating art keeps her fresh and helps her to explore new opportunities and ways to connect.

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Wrestling Digital at WWE

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Wrestling Digital at WWE

We all know how important customers are to the digital experience. At the WWE, those customers are the fans. Joe Lalley, Experience Design Leader, Digital Transformation at PwC, entered the ring of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as the Vice President of Digital Products and Operations. There, he led digital teams to deliver many different products across many different platforms. Hear his advice for getting close to your customers and why it’s always important to treat each day like your first day on the job.

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The Business Value of Design

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The Business Value of Design

Not so long ago, design was viewed as a nice-to-have in the world of business. Today, it’s recognized as a powerful business differentiator. As the Director of Design Education at InVision, Leah Buley has a front-row seat to the business impacts of design. She and the team at InVision have just released The New Design Frontier, the largest design maturity study to date. Leah joins us to walk us through the report, share some “aha” moments and offer some insights to use at your own organization.

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From DPM to Partner: Pursuing Your Passion

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From DPM to Partner: Pursuing Your Passion

Nearly nine years ago, Nora Lahl left print production at a traditional agency to venture into the world of digital. Signing on with Lightburn, a Milwaukee-based web design and digital marketing agency, she saw the need for a move from a focus on projects to a focus on client services and client relationships. Stretching outside her job description, she went to work fulfilling that need. Today, Nora is a partner at Lightburn. She joins us to talk about her journey from print to digital, how project managers can level up to business leaders and what it takes to go after and formalize an executive role.

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2019 State of the Industry

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2019 State of the Industry

About two months ago, we invited digital shops to help us shine a light on market trends, by sharing business conditions in 2018 and expectations for 2019. Nearly 170 shops responded, sharing a general consensus that business was good in 2018 with healthy revenue growth, solid employee efficiency results and strong profits. But there were some unexpected findings on how generalists did compared to specialists and different characteristics that had some shops growing much faster than others. Nick Petroski, Cofounder & CEO at Promethean Research, joins us to talk about what the research revealed, a few surprises and where the industry is headed.

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A Culture of Simplicity

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A Culture of Simplicity

Each day, we fire up app upon app upon app, going through the motions to create and organize our work and business in meaningful ways. Trouble is, all of that work takes a tremendous amount of time and effort. It can lead to a culture of chaos, leaving people frustrated when they can’t find things, align teams or projects or benchmark data to make good decisions. Mark van Leeuwen, CEO of VOGSY, joins us to share insights gathered from working with many, many professional services organizations, and talk about some of the ways technology can ease our pain.

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Kianosh Pourian: Empathy, Acquisition & Intuition

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Kianosh Pourian: Empathy, Acquisition & Intuition

Kianosh Pourian is a technologist with 20 years of experience in the web development industry. After working at Staples for over eight years, Kianosh set out on his own—right in the midst of the great financial crisis. He found success with his own consulting firm, went through a merger and then an acquisition. Months later, the office Kianosh called home was shuttered. Throughout this rollercoaster ride, Kianosh has stayed true to founding principles. In many ways, he’s come full circle, back to the desire to venture forth and build new things. Kianosh joins us to talk about the lessons life has to teach us and how it’s always best to go with your intuition.

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