Podcasts & Show Notes

Episode 1: Work Hugs Goes Live

In our first podcast, we interview Wendy Ferguson, a seasoned salesperson in the health care space who is exploring new opportunities after 10 years with her company.  We also discuss responses to our online survey: What is your least favorite part of the interview process?  Finally, we wrap it up with a discussion about working from home, with conversation about articles from Hannah Paramore and Poorna Bell.

Episode 2: Women in Tech

In Episode 2, we talk about some career curveballs and the need to stay flexible and positive in face of uncertainty.  Specifically, we interview Rachel Warner, a recent graduate of an accelerated training program at Nashville Software School.  We discuss women in technology and an article on that topic from Michael Cassidy of the San Jose Mercury News.  We also review the fascinating answers you provided to our poll question: what is the craziest interview question that has been asked of you?

Episode 3: Hired.What??

In our third episode, we talk to Sara McManigal, Director of Talent with Emma, an email marketing agency in Nashville.  We talk retention, culture and hear her story.  We also talk about the online talent bidding platform Hired.Com, and review your responses to our poll question about your ideal work environment.

Episode 4: I Did College! Now What?

In episode #4, we interview Ben Hummel, a recent Vanderbilt University graduate who just completed a double-major degree in Violin and also Human & Organizational Development.  Ben shares his story as a new grad in the job market, and we talk about the unique challenges of being new in the workforce.  We also review the answers you provided to our poll question: if you won the lottery, but had to work to get the money, what would you do?  Finally, we take a cue from HR blog http://www.blogging4jobs.com and their recent series on #BigDataHR to talk about the power and peril of using HR analytics as a predictive tool.

Episode 5: Super Fan Takes the Mic

In a very special episode of Work Hugs, Will Morgan, a super fan of the show, takes over. Will interviews Peter and Kristin about their stories and perspectives on HR and recruiting. Then we take the microphone back and discuss an article from Bloomberg News about pockets of labor shortage in the United States right now and possible solutions and strategies for companies facing a labor shortage.

Episode 6: Momma’s Gotta Work (Happy Mother’s Day Episode)

In episode 6, we interview Lizzie Ammerman, a 10 year teacher who talks with us about what its like to take time off for family, come back to work, and then consider a new career path.  We also introduce two new segments: Pop Cultute HR (we discuss the HR implications of the Donald Sterling scandal at the LA Clippers) and HR Pet Peeve.  For current events, we review the debate over the minimum wage, and how the US might look to France for help in this particular policy debate.

Episode 7: Your Nerd Network

In espisode 7, we are recording from PodCamp Nashville, an “un”conference about podcasting, technology and social media.  We interview Josh Steen, a graphic artist from Mississippi who holds down a day job and family life and still finds time for a major creative passion: he is the host of the awesome and very popular podcast, Just Us Geeks. In current events, we talk about LinkedIn’s recently announced expanded partnership with Evernote.  In HR Pop Culture, we take look at a scene from Netflix’s House of Cards to talk more about the rules and emotions around needing time off from work for family.  Finally, we have rebranded the Pet Peeve segment –we will hear uncensored critique in This Week in That’s Dumb, with Kristin!

http://www.podcampnashville.org     http://www.justusgeeks.com

Episode 8: Punk Rock HR – Tech, Tatts and Tabloids

In episode 8, we interview Heather Neisen, HR Manager at TechnologyAdvice, a tech marketing firm in Nashville.  We interviewed Heather at PodCamp Nashville, and talked about the role of smart HR, her transition into the HR field, and networking.  We also touch on another fun event –WordCamp Nashville– where Heather and we caught some good nuggets from speaker Kate O’Neill.  For HR Pop Culture, we go to online tabloid Gawker to review a recent well-publicized job search email whoopsie from an AP editor. For current events, we discuss a recent research article from Intuit and Emergent Research about the rising trend of a contingent work force, and what we all can do to adjust for this ongoing change in the labor market.  Finally, in That’s Dumb with Kristin, we talk about dress codes, and why tattoos and piercing can be perfectly professional, thank you very much.

As noted in the episode, some good HR legal blogs, and other links from the episode:









Episode 9: Honk if You Love Truckers and Facebook

In episode 9, we interview Leah Mackey Schultz, Director of Social Media Operations at ACS Advertising. Leah talks to us about social recruitment and retention in the unique culture and world of truck drivers. We also look at HR Current Events with an article from The Wire about McDonald’s recent crackdown on an employee protest over wages. We do some HR Pop Culture with an article from New York Magazine about being friends with your boss, in Hollywood and in general. Peter takes over That’s Dumb with Kristin, and we review an interesting resume scenario submitted by a listener.

Episode 10: Google Diversity, Work Perks & Fake Jobs

To celebrate reaching episode number 10, we are doing a mini episode! We talk about recently disclosed diversity data from Google, review answers to our online question about work perks, and in That’s Dumb with Kristin: what’s up with fake job postings?

Episode 11: Making it Work in Music City: Artists & Musicpreneurs

Call this our Nashville episode. Switching up the format one more time (we’ll be back to regular segments next week) we spend Episode 11 interviewing musicians and “musicpreneurs” about how to succeed as a musician and also career sustainability in the music industry. A lot of unique perspectives and nuggets that can apply to jobs even outside of music, especially related to our desire to be creative.

First up is Mike Fabio. Mike is a music industry veteran who is currently a partner at Back Porch Group (a music industry think tank), COO & co-founder of Bandposters (www.getbandposters.com) and founder of Tiny Jetpack (www.tinyjetpack.com), a marketing firm for musicians. One more link around Mike’s interview: you can check out information about the space robot contest at http://www.googlelunarxpriz.org.

We also talk to Dorothy and Jace Seavers, who are the band and tv show Meet the Seavers. Dorothy and Jace have a lot to share about being happy, creative and successful musicians, even with full time day jobs. You can learn even more about Meet the Seavers at their website, http://www.meettheseavers.com.

Episode 12: All Hugs Lead to Rome

In episode 12, we interview Stacie Huckeba, photographer and videographer to music rock stars, about networking and passion in a creative industry. Stacie is also a big time blogger recently picked up by the Huffington Post. You can learn more about Stacie at imagesbystacie.com. We also talk about the latest social media firestorm between Dave Ramsey and his former employees in HR Pop Culture, courtesy of an article from The Daily Beast, and we discuss the migration of the most highly educated in the workforce out of Nashville per a recent article from The Atlantic recently featured by the Nashville Scene. Finally, in That’s Dumb with Kristin, we wonder why it is so hard to answer the question: why did you apply for this job?

Some links for these and other items referenced in the episode:

clients of Stacie’s: Todd Snider (www.toddsnider.net) and Jason Ringenberg(www.farmerjason.com)

bars and venues in Nashville: http://www.thecanneryballroom.com, familywash.com, http://www.thespringwater.com

and the articles:



Episode 13: Breaking Into Nonprofit Work

In episode 13, we talk about the latest power struggle at American Apparel between former CEO Dov Charney and the Board of Directors, a story with a long sexual harassment back story. We also talk about the employee implications of the recent Hobby Lobby decision from the Supreme Court. We interview Rick Zadd, Director of Operations at the Nashville Academy of Computer Science, a public charter school opening this fall in Nashville. Rick is a former business grad and sales guy who talks with us about the much-desired transition from corporate to nonprofit work. Finally, in That’s Dumb with Kristin, we wonder, why is it so hard to beleive that cost of living is much different between cities when we look at the salary for a new job?

the American Apparel article: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-american-apparel-battle-20140702-story.html

the Hobby Lobby decision article: http://www.thenation.com/article/180499/where-will-slippery-slope-hobby-lobby-end

Nashville Academy of Computer Science: http://www.nashcompsci.org

Teach for America: http://www.teachforamerica.org

Building Excellent Schools (BES): http://buildingexcellentschools.org/

AmeriCorps: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps

Hands on Nashville: http://www.hon.org/


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