• July 29, 2020
HCMx Radio 152: Podcast: Pandemic, Protests and Economic Uncertainty – Leading in Turbulent Times

Guest: Bonnie St. John, founder Blue Circle Leadership

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Winter Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Today, Bonnie St. John travels the globe as a keynote speaker, Fortune 100 leadership expert, and the bestselling author of seven books. Bonnie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and served in the White House as a Director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration. She has been featured extensively in both national and international media. NBC Nightly News called Bonnie, “One of the five most inspiring women in America.”

 

Blue Circle Leadership

For over 25 years, Blue Circle Leadership has partnered with innovative companies and organizations of all sizes to support leaders who are at the forefront of business transformations. They equip their Fortune 500 clients with unique tools and techniques to help them create a culture within their organizations that can sustain rapid growth, increase resilience, and thus generate breakthrough performance that transfers to bottom-line business results. Based on decades of experience plus expertise in academic research, instructional design, marketing, and business communication, they design customized, interactive, engaging, just-in-time solutions that guarantee the most efficient and actionable development experiences possible.

We have partnered with Bonnie on several research projects and she has been an annual speaker at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference and Women and Leadership Summits over the last 5 years.

 

This year has been a challenging time for everyone with have to endure the pandemic, economic uncertainty and social injustices rising to our forefront.  Leaders are struggling with how to lead, communicate as well as balance their personal home responsibilities and so in one of our discussions we thought it would be great to do a webinar together and share some of the research and case studies that Brandon Hall Group has gathered along with the work Bonnie is doing with her team at Blue Circle Leadership.

 

Rachel Cooke joins Fortune 100 leadership consultant Bonnie St. John for a lively dialogue around the key challenges facing top executives today. As an expert on resilience, Bonnie helps frame both the triggers and the solutions for leaders and their teams in these difficult times. These two successful women in business discuss their observations and suggestions about pivoting to the new paradigm of work-at-home teams. Bonnie also shares the concerns she is hearing from non-Black leaders who are struggling to navigate the racially charged events unfolding both domestically and around the world. You’ll hear her thoughts on behind-the-scenes conversions she’s having with women and minorities who are pressured to step up as leaders in this environment — which can be a blessing or a curse — and how to help their companies and families stay on track.

 

Topics and questions include:

  • COVID-90’s impact on the workplace and diversity
  • Insights from Bonnie’s personal journey
  • Social injustice in the workplace
  • Why ‘Politically Correct’ isn’t working
  • Six steps to transform uncomfortable situations into opportunities to build relationships
  • Making sense of today’s world
  • Home work and the challenges of diversity
  • Conversations about leadership with minorities
  • And more!

Download a copy of 6 Key Steps for Leaders to turn ‘Collision’ into ‘Inclusion’ http://go.getupfaster.com/Collision

Please join our webinar on August 19th at 1:00PM – Courageous Humility: Leading with Resilience In these Challenging Times

Please join our webinar on August 19th at 1:00 PM — Courageous Humility: Leading with Resilience in these Challenging Times

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1082244205787710731?source=Website

 

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If you have questions about our discussion today and would like access to our Women In Leadership Network that provides organizational leaders access to our research library on women in leadership and diversity and inclusion topics, please contact me at WIL@brandonhall.com or visit www.brandonhall.com

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.

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