Monthly Archives: April 2020

Pandemic Affected Aruba Seeks Aid

Pandemic affected Aruba seeks aid for its impacted workforce.

About the episode:

“You cannot create a diverse economy and just put it on every island. What you need to make sure is that you understand the USPs—the Unique Selling Points—of an island, not only for tourism, but also for what is going on in nature, the availability of technology, and the self sustaining options on the island.”

– Bianca Peters, Island Impact

People who work in American tourism and hospitality jobs are truly suffering, because their industries shut down in the wake of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. They are bound to wonder not only when, but if, they will return to work.

Such fear is magnified on islands like Aruba, where most members of the workforce rely on tourism and hospitality.

Pandemic affected Aruba seeks aid. Some on the island nation are running out of money; they are hungry, and need shelter.

Among the bold civic leaders on the island are Daniel Tecklenborg of CEDE Aruba and Bianca Peters of Island Impact. Daniel is working hard to feed and provide shelter to thousands of in-need Arubans; Bianca is helping to shape the post-COVID vision for a diversified economy and sustainable workforce.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The current mood, and state of well-being, of Arubans. Starts at 3:05
  • CEDE Aruba’s role in feeding and supporting people in need. Starts at 5:03
  • The Happy to Give Back crowd funding program. Starts at 8:41
  • The future of work on Aruba. Starts at 20:21

About our guests:

Daniel Tecklenborg is the Director of CEDE Aruba.

Bianca Peters is the Founding Partner of Island Impact. She earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management & Facilities Management from Saxion University of Applied Sciences.

EPISODE DATE: April 24, 2020

Social media:

CEDE Aruba Website

Happy to Give Back Program

Bianca Peter’s LinkedIn Page

America Makes the Future of Work

As America makes the future of work.

About this episode:

“Never before, in the history of manufacturing, can you impact a supply chain with a piece of equipment in your garage or your home office. … You have the opportunity to build something special and make that a career.”

-Andrew Resnick, America Makes

In the fight against the COVID-19 Coronavirus, some people are sewing face masks and brewing hand-sanitizer. Others are tinkering with additive technology like 3D printers, to make protective face shields for health care workers.

Additive manufacturing is a future of work game-changer

Andrew Resnick is the Director of Communications & Public Affairs for America Makes, the nation’s leading collaborative partner in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. He thinks that additive manufacturing technology, like 3D printing, will become a big future of work trend and a way for people to serve the greater good.

Right now, additive manufacturers are filling in critical supply chain gaps for personal protective equipment (PPE) required by our front-line healthcare professionals.

In this episode, Andrew:

  • Describes America Makes and its mission. Starts at 2:44
  • Defines additive manufacturing. Starts at 3:44
  • Explains how makers are responding to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis. Starts at 6:17
  • Provides examples of how people tinkering with 3D printers can do something for the greater good. Starts at 11:51
  • Discusses maker-career opportunities. Starts at 15:50

As America makes the future of work, the nation and the world benefit.

About our guest:

Andrew Resnick received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from American University and a Masters of Arts in Government/Political Communications from The Johns Hopkins University. He lives and works in the Youngstown, Ohio area.

EPISODE DATE: April 17, 2020

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COVID-19 Repository

2nd COVID-19 Maker Challenge (WFMJ TV)

Tribal Lessons for Work

Tribal lessons for work from the e-tribe’s founder: working from home can be successful and rewarding.

About this episode: 

“In my core, I’m a teacher. If there was a great way to make a living as a teacher, I’d be a teacher. I thrive when I teach.”

– Isar Meitis, Founder of the e-tribe

As of this episode, we are in Week 4 of sharing time, broadband, and square footage with loved ones and other household members. Work before the COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis was tough enough; now, all of us struggle to make telework successful and rewarding. To that end, our podcast guest Isar Meitis offers sage advice.

As a former fighter pilot-turned business executive and start-up entrepreneur, Isar developed expertise in time, stress, and work/life management.

With a deep passion for teaching and empowering people, Isar demonstrates how we can manage our time and telework priorities and still be attentive parents, family members, and friends.

Informed by tribal lessons for work, Isar describes:

  • Lifelong lessons he learned as an F-16 fighter pilot. Starts at 2:24
  • His pivot into executive work and start-up entrepreneurship. Starts at 8:34
  • The company Tourico Holidays and the academy he helped create to ensure success with people working remotely around the world. Starts at 11:19
  • The e-tribe and its mission to help people become successful. Starts at 17:20
  • His time-management best practices. Starts at 24:48
  • How we all can explore and do meaningful work. Starts at 38:59

Useful hack: Isar uses the free Trello app to fulfill his project and time management needs.

About our guest:

Isar Meitis graduated from the IAF Flight School and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. He lives and works in Orlando, Florida.

EPISODE DATE: April 10, 2020

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Virtual Professionalism

Virtual Professionalism: The Future of Work’s Key Learning Component

About this episode:“Not only are we at an inflection point, what [it feels like to me] is an acceleration of catch-up, because the world is moving in this direction, anyway.”– Adrienne Shoch, Workforce Engagement Expert

In this episode, we build on the key learning provided by Carla Fleming of Pivoting Strategies, LLC. Carla uses time-management hacks to make remote-office work productive and successful.

Workforce engagement expert Adrienne Shoch, of 5 to 1 Consulting, builds on those best-practices. In this episode, she takes listeners through a crash course in  virtual professionalism.

Virtual professionalism: it’s all about being present.

Adrienne discusses how we can match our new-found skill using Zoom, Skype, Webex, and other platforms, to be more present with, and gain more understanding from, co-workers. And that is important, because we all are confined to their homes, because of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.


  • Expands on the inflection point and the acceleration of “catch-up.” Starts at 2:22
  • Describes generative listening and its importance. Starts at 5:57
  • Offers how to use virtual professionalism skills when interviewing for a job. 12:30
  • Elaborates on the importance of intent in the virtual meeting setting 17:14
  • Relates to the value of time in virtual professionalism 23:14

About our guest:

Adrienne Shoch is the founder of 5 to 1 Consulting. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Towson University and studied at University of Paris – Sorbonne, and, the Neuroleadership Institute. Adrienne lives and works in Washington, D.C.

EPISODE DATE: April 3, 2020

Social media:

5 to 1 Consulting Website

Adrienne Shoch LinkedIn Page