Monthly Archives: March 2020

Working Remotely and Future Work

Working remotely and future work: How the COVID-19 Coronavirus is pivoting people and careers.

About this episode:

“An inflection point is something that can have a seismic effect on what we call a 10x impact on the business model as you know it today. When we sit back and look at what we are doing with COVID-19, I would say we are at an inflection point right now.”

– Carla A. Fleming, CEO and Founder of Pivoting Strategies

Carla Fleming has teleworked for half of her business career. And over that time, she developed and perfected time-management hacks that render the remote-work day both productive and successful.

Working Remotely and Future Work: An Inflection Point

Carla is a management consultant who studies market trends and business best-practices. She says that the COVID-19 Coronavirus has brought us to an inflection point that will permanently change how we work.

In this episode, we discuss Carla’s thoughts on how:

  • Work is changing as a result of COVID-19 and social distancing. Starts at 1:55
  • People can scaffold their skill and experience of working from home. Starts at 8:15
  • Things are going to change. Starts at 17:10

About our guest:

Carla A. Fleming received a Bachelor of Science in Management, with coursework concentration in Journalism and Mass Media, from Rutgers University. She also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University. She lives and works in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia.

EPISODE DATE: March 27, 2020

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Pivoting Strategies, LLC – Website

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The Pizza Man Delivers

The Pizza Man Delivers: Providing Chicagoans Food and Comfort During the Pandemic
About this episode:

“You have to do your best to be optimistic, because we are going to get through this. And, we have to find fun, we have to do our best to make each other feel good at this very difficult and unprecedented time.”

– Billy Jacobs, Owner of Piece Pizzeria and Brewery in Chicago

The pizza man delivers: Chicago food scene disruptor Billy Jacobs has an amazing story to tell.

In the early 1980s, he and his three brothers achieved phenomenal success when they introduced their fresh New York-style bagels to a city that had none. Then, years later, Billy founded the immensely successful Piece Pizzeria & Brewery, which serves authentic thin-crust New Haven style pizza and craft beers.

Billy and his team have scaled Piece to become the highest-grossing independent pizza restaurant in the United States.

However, this week, like every other restaurant in the United States, Piece is responding to the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis. Billy’s popular sit-down restaurant is now closed to customers, but he and his team are working hard to bring the joy of Piece to hungry and thirsty social distancing customers by way of curbside pickup and delivery services.

Billy Jacobs lives his dreams doing meaningful work. And he inspires the team members that he employs. But, the COVID-19 crisis challenges him to keep his brand and business thriving and his people employed doing the meaningful work that he provides them.

About our guest:

Billy Jacobs received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston University. The New Haven, Connecticut native has called Chicago home since 1983.

EPISODE DATE: March 20, 2020

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Piece Website

Piece Instagram Feed

Feeding Needy Kids During Pandemic

It is a monumental task to feed needy kids during pandemic lockdowns and disruptions.

About this episode:

Adelle Settle is the founder of Settle the Debt, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Through Settle the Debt, Adelle does meaningful work in ensuring that kids in-need get healthy meals at their public schools. She updates us on the success her organization has enjoyed in paying off thousands of dollars in accumulated student lunch debt at public schools in her Northern Virginia community.

We also talk about the fast spreading COVID-19 Coronavirus, and plans to make sure that kids who rely on school-served meals get fed, even if their schools suddenly close.

During this podcast episode we discuss:

  • Settle the Debt’s big fundraise which helped pay off school lunch debt for hundreds of children. Starts at 2:39
  • New laws in Virginia which make sure that kids-in-need get healthy meals at school. Starts at 4:00
  • How children who depend on school-served meals will get fed if COVID-19 Coronavirus shuts down schools. Starts at 7:30
  • The organization’s future plans. Starts at 13:37

About our guest:

Adelle Settle received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Albion College, and a Juris Doctorate from George Mason University. She and her family live in Prince William County, Virginia.

EPISODE DATE: March 12, 2020

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CORRECTION: In this interview, White House Cabinet member Sonny Purdue was incorrectly described as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In fact, Mr. Purdue is the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA).

Career Coach Guides Sidelined People

A career coach guides sidelined people to meaningful work.

“In 2009, I really believe that’s when work changed. I remember I had to find the self-motivation to be productive and to move myself forward and find some type of purpose.”

– Natalie Pryce, Career Coach

About this episode:

A self-described introvert and computer geek, Natalie Pryce struggled in grade school and knows first-hand what it is like to have a major career disruption. Yet, Natalie, who is wickedly smart, has never defined herself by her personality type or her past professional setbacks; instead, she channels her own bravery to empower vulnerable people—especially older, out-of-work professionals—find and do meaningful work. Natalie gets them grounded, focused, restored to self-confidence, and earning a paycheck.

A career coach guides sidelined people. Astoundingly, over 90 percent of her clients find new jobs and re-start their careers.

In this podcast episode, Natalie, describes:

  • Her childhood work-dreams. Starts at 2:51
  • Breakthrough moments in college. Starts at 7:50
  • The work done, and value proposition of, Pryceless Consulting. Starts at 25:01
  • The critical need for ongoing professional development. Starts at 42:58
  • How she thinks future of work may be more meaningful. Starts at 48:28

About our guest:

Natalie Pryce received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Central Connecticut State University. She is a successful entrepreneur and TEDx Speaker who uses her skill, resources, and thought-leadership to help local businesses grow and people thrive. Natalie lives and works in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

EPISODE DATE: March 6, 2020

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Pryceless Consulting Website

Tedx Talk – Future of Work