• From the National Speakers Association: Laurie Guest on Influencing your Audience

    Laurie Guest

    Laurie Guest

    Grapes as eyeballs? Coach, author and speaker, Laurie Guest explains to host Joan how to interject stories, images and humor into your conversations and presentations to engage and influence your audience. That can be a lunch meeting for two, an internal meeting of five, or a conference with hundreds.

    Live from the National Speakers Association annual conference on “Influence,” Guest also talks about the third rail of business: the struggle to set one’s fees and how to set expectations for services delivery. Except for selling widgets, much of what we do every day in business is intangible. How do you know when you’ve had an impact and met your client’s “deliverable”? Listen to Guest address this very candidly.

    All of us can build more successful relationships by using images and stories – and setting expectations that are clear to all sides – so listen now and “up your game” today.

  • From the National Speakers Association: We Can Do It! Conversation with David Dye

    David Dye

    David Dye

    Do you want to grow your career? Feel stuck? David Dye, a leadership and career coach who is president of Trailblaze Inc., explains practical things you can do and say at work tomorrow to boost your performance and your career success in this in-depth interview with Green Connections’ host Joan Michelson.

    Do you manage a team? What are the words your team needs to hear you say? “We can do it!” is one of them, according to Dye, author of the book “The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say”. It may sound obvious but it’s amazing how many managers and leaders do not say these words, and who think fear and intra-team competition drives results (Dye says studies prove that strategy is wrong).

    This interview was conducted at the recent annual National Speakers Association 2015 annual conference, appropriately called “Influence.”

    Dye discusses important, practical tips for leaders at all career stages, including those who feel invisible in middle management – and addresses candidly the issues that women in particular face in ways that will surprise you….

    For more information on David Dye go to Trailblaze

  • From the National Speakers Association: “The Dragon Lady of Leadership Accountability” Liz Weber

    Liz Weber

    Liz Weber

    Are you a change agent? Do you want to move up in your organization – or any organization? Then listen to Joan’s fascinating conversation with “The Dragon Lady of Leadership Accountability” Liz Weber, CEO of Weber Business Services. Especially if you’re a woman….

    Liz and Joan reveal behaviors and strategies that can help leaders, change agents, innovators and leaders across industries move up and become stronger leaders — and where they get in their own way. They also address strategies you can use to hold your team accountable for making changes, and might discover how you are blocking your own progress without realizing it.

    This interview was conducted at the recent annual National Speakers Association 2015 annual conference, appropriately called “Influence.”

    Liz also shares her story of how she came to be known as “The Dragon Lady” and why owning it, both literally and figuratively, has empowered herself and her business – once she got over her own internal hurdles.

    For more information on Liz visit Weber Business Services

  • Diane Regas of the Environmental Defense Fund


    Diane Regas

    Listen to Joan talk with Diane Regas on two big environmental issues – the Encyclical and the EPA’s new standards for power plants.  She is the newly minted Executive Director at Environmental Defense Fund with an impressive background in science, law and economics.  So, will it matter?

    Hear her view on the Pope’s “morals before markets” and what can we expect from states regarding the  new EPA standards. What can the average citizen do to help? Reflecting on the progress of recent years Diane offers an uplifting perspective on the strides we have made in environmental impact and confidence in the changes to come.

    Having pushed beyond middle-management she shares advice for women in the “messy middle” and the need for culture shifts in the workplace.


  • Carol Kordich

    Carol Kordich

    Carol Kordich

    You may be sitting on plastic bottles in your car – Carol Kordich, head of Global Sustainable Fabric Strategies and Development at Ford Motor Company explains to Joan how significant parts of several Ford cars and trucks are made from sustainable materials, including seat fabric made in part from the REPREVE material that turns plastic water bottles into car seats.

    Listen to Carol and Joan talk about how Carol is transitioning Ford to achieve its goal of 25% recycled materials in ALL Ford vehicles – including in their big, brawny muscle truck the F-150 – and how they are transforming the supply chain to be more sustainable.

    Carol’s own career transition story is inspiring too. Listen below.

  • Kickstarter Campaign: Going Outside is Saving Lives


    Alisha Camacho

    One of GCM’s videographers, Alisha Camacho launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her project, Anacostia Unplugged; a free, online documentary series about how going outside is saving lives, preserving the environment, and empowering communities along the Anacostia River.  The campaign ends June 30th – only a few days left to share your support!

    Alisha explains more about her project and the inspiration in the interview with Joan below.

    The documentary series will follow the lives of individuals living along the Anacostia River, and show their journey as they reconnect with the natural environment along this historically neglected and polluted Watershed. Through their stories, we will begin to understand why we need to reconnect with our natural surroundings, the surprising benefits of being outdoors, and the consequences of our plugged in lifestyles. Viewers will ultimately be challenged to examine how our society’s increasingly sedentary and indoor lifestyles are hazardous to our health and quality of life.

    Listen to Joan’s interview with Alisha below.

  • Luxury and Sustainability: Interview with Cindy Ortega of MGM Resorts International

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    Cindy Ortega

    There is no tradeoff between luxury and sustainability.  Ask Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International who ensures that MGM’s 23 resorts worldwide utilize the most viable sustainable options – and with a passion for life and for being “the best” that is inspiring.

    How do you sell sustainability internally – and motivate 62,000 employees worldwide? As the unique combination of both a change agent and lifetime executive, Cindy shares MGM’s evolution to being a leader in sustainability in the hospitality industry – and to “de-mystifying green” — in this engaging interview with Joan, as well as her insights on driving change.

    She also has practical advice for women feeling stagnant in middle-management you can apply today.  As a former MGM division CFO, Cindy brings a unique financially-based mindset to sustainability leadership.  Listen here.

  • Neuroscience-informed Leadership

    Janet Crawford

    Janet Crawford

    Janet Crawford, M.A., is CEO of Cascadance, “aligning business and biology for organizational excellence.” She has over 15 years of experience working with executives in Fortune 500 companies and high potential start-ups and a pioneer in the application of neuroscience research findings to leadership and organization culture.  So, what is neuroscience-informed leadership? How can companies intentionally build a culture? Listen to this fascinating interview with a neuroscience expert and hear more about the impact behavior has on company culture.  What motivations work well for women? For men? And how are these perceived? A healthy works place needs both and Janet shares the ways new leadership can incorporate brain science to do it.



  • Adoption and Adaptation in the Energy Terrain


    Betsy McCorkle

    Betsy McCorkle directs the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s (NCSEA) governmental affairs work. As a registered lobbyist, she works with legislators, state and local government officials, state agencies, the clean energy industry and allied organizations to educate them on clean energy issues and ensure passage of the NCSEA legislative agenda. Listen to Joan’s conversation with Betsy and find out where the utility industry is getting it right…and wrong.  What is the NCSEA doing to nudge the utilities toward faster innovation? How is the utility industry adapting to the new technologies and how does this parallel smart phones?

    What tax incentives and rebates does your region offer?  Betsy shared a great website to find out about these and other programs on Database of State Incentives for Renewable and Efficiency.

  • Cut Through the Noise: Straight Talk from Dani Ticktin Koplik

    Dani Ticktin Koplik

    Dani Ticktin Koplik

    The clean, green economy is launching a slew of new businesses and business models that have not existed before.  What are the leadership issues in managing such a new industry?  How can we navigate this new space? Dani Ticktin Koplik, principal of dtkResources is the perfect person to discuss this with.  A leadership coach who combines sports psychology with brain science with marketing and business acumen and a straight-talking style, Dani shared invaluable insight for anyone who has or is looking to change industries. You’ll want to hear the top three things to know going in that will lead you to excel in your new environment and for women, she’ll clue you in on the “Girl Traps” and the three most fundamental skills to hone.