Monthly Archives: May 2020

Summer Camp

Summer Camp: Where Fun and Friendship Lead to Meaningful Lives and Careers

About this episode:

“We see a lot of people do well in their [adult] careers who, coincidentally, did well in their careers at camp. I have no data, other than the anecdotal experiences of the time [we spent] there. But you see people who rose to leadership positions in camp and were viewed as successful staff members that have had successful careers in whatever they were doing after camp.”

-Stuart Katz, Founder and President of Elm City Communications

The Memorial Day Weekend marked the official start of summer. Although this year, it felt like summertime started without the fun.

Over 11 million kids and young adults attend summer camp programs. 

But in 2020, some states—concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus—banned overnight summer camps from operating. For kids who worked hard in school ten months of the year for the reward of two months at summer camp, that loss is palpable.

During August 2019, I recorded this podcast interview with my best friend Stuart Katz. Stu and I attended as campers, and later worked together, at Camp Laurelwood, a non-profit overnight summer camp located near the Southern Connecticut Shoreline. Last week, in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, the State of Connecticut banned overnight camps, including Camp Laurelwood, from operating this summer.

At camp, fun and friendship often lead campers and staff to meaningful adult careers.

In this episode, Stu describes:

  • His first summer at camp. Starts at 3:29
  • Trying activities beyond his comfort zone. Starts at 5:25
  • The camp radio station where he and Dan were deejays. Starts at 10:40
  • The spark of imagination and creativity in him that started at camp. Starts at 15:45
  • How adult professionals benefit from camp-like experiences. Starts at 19:27
  • Why it is important to send kids to summer camp. Starts at 23:06

We remain hopeful that, in 2021, summer camps like Camp Laurelwood open on schedule. The camper experience most definitely shaped our adult lives and meaningful careers, and fostered hundreds of lifelong friendships.

About our guest:

Stuart Katz first attended Camp Laurelwood in 1968 as a seven-year-old. He later served it as a staff member and board member. Since his first summer there Stu had never, until this year, missed Camp Laurelwood’s Opening Day festivities.

Stu earned a Bachelor of Science from the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, where currently he serves as an adjunct professor. He also received a Master of Arts in Corporate Communications from Seton Hall University. His company, Elm City Communications, provides corporate communications and video production services to the global healthcare community. Aside from his corporate work, Stu is deeply involved in many philanthropic efforts including his lifelong work for Camp Laurelwood. He lives and works in New Jersey.

EPISODE DATE: May 29, 2020

Social Media:

Camp Laurelwood Website

American Camp Association: Find a Camp

Elm City Communications Website

Stu Katz LinkedIn Profile

Onboarding Helps People Achieve Success

Onboarding helps people achieve success in the work from home age.

About this episode:

“Forty percent of new leaders fail in their first 18 months, defined as getting fired, forced out, or quit. [Our work over the last 18 years] has reduced that failure rate from 40 percent to less than 10 percent.”

-George Bradt, Founder & Chairman of PrimeGenesis

A new hire failure can cost a company up to 20 times the person’s salary, benefits, and placement fee.

Early in his career, George Bradt discovered that the way most companies integrated newly hired professionals didn’t work. He established onboarding to help new hires, companies, and organizations meet and exceed their goals.

With millions of Americans now working from home, onboarding new talent to their jobs and companies is mission-critical.

Onboarding helps people achieve success in the work from home age. Coincidentally, it is a critical part of the future of work.

In this interview, George:

  • Defines onboarding and explains why it is important. Starts at 3:19
  • Relates the only three true job interview questions. Starts at 6:56
  • Discusses the “fit check.” Starts at 10:05
  • Describes how onboarding has changed with so many people working from home. Starts at 14:55
  • Explains why onboarding “C Suite” executives is so difficult during the pandemic. Starts at 25:14
  • Reacts to the April 2020 CNBC Change Research survey of workforce participation. Starts at 34:12

About our guest:

George Bradt leads the revolution in how people start new jobs. Prior to founding PrimeGenesis, George served as chief executive of J.D. Power’s Power Information Network spin-off and in general management, marketing and sales at Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever. He is principal of CEO Connection and contributes a weekly column to George earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.

EPISODE DATE: May 22, 2020

Social media:

Forbes Magazine Articles by George Bradt

Acing The Only Three True Job Interview Questions

-Onboarding into The New Normal



Amazon Author’s Page

PrimeGenesis Website

Why Water Matters to Work

Water expert Will Sarni explains why water matters to work.

“When I started my career, I worked for a gentleman, David Miller. The name of the company was Geraghty & Miller, and, he said ‘[If] you want a career in water, it will last forever, it will last a lifetime, because it is a public health issue.’”

-Will Sarni, Founder and CEO Water Foundry, LLC

Why water matters to work: our planet is covered mostly in water. And yet scarcity of clean, potable water remains the planet’s biggest problem. 

Will Sarni has built an impressive career as a world-recognized expert on water. His mission is to help people, communities, companies, and organizations ensure access to clean water. In this episode, Will:

  • Relives his early interest in water and the start of his career. Starts at 3:17
  • Explains water scarcity. Starts at 6:26
  • Describes the new technologies helping to mitigate global clean water shortages. Starts at 16:12
  • Discusses the impact water careers will have on the future of work. Starts at 18:54
  • Introduces his new podcast, The Stream. Starts at 20:23

About our guest:

Will Sarni is an internationally recognized thought leader on water strategy and innovation. He has authored numerous books and articles and presented on: the value of water; innovations in digital water technology; the circular economy, and; the energy-water-food nexus. In April 2020, with UK-based co-host Tom Freyberg, he launched The Stream Podcast. Will earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Earth & Environmental Sciences from Queens College in New York. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

EPISODE DATE: May 15, 2020

Social media:

LinkedIn Profile

Water Foundry Website

The Stream on Apple Podcast

The Stream YouTube Channel

World Economic Forum: Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Water (White Paper)

Read People with Facial Coding

Read people with facial coding. You can use it on Zoom.

About this episode:

“Even a person born blind emotes the same way as you or I. [It is hard-wired into the brain] and the face is the only place on the body where the muscles attach right to the skin.”

– Dan Hill, Ph.D.

It is hard enough to be face-to-face with another person, to read their facial expressions and determine what they are truly thinking and feeling.

And, you have likely discovered how much harder that process becomes when we are on Zoom.

Our guest this week, Dan Hill, Ph.D., is here to help us relate. He is a world-recognized expert on facial coding and the author of several books including Famous Faces Decoded.

Dr. Hill explains how we can use facial coding to better understand what others are thinking, especially to read people on Zoom, and to use that insight to make our engagements with them more meaningful. What is more, he cites examples of “famous faces” he decoded, such as disgraced financier Bernie Madoff and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to understand what [they] were truly communicating through their facial expressions.

We also discuss how he decided to make this study of people the meaningful work of his career.

In this episode, Dr. Hill:

  • Defines facial coding. Starts at 3:20
  • Explains the non-verbal hinderances of the Zoom setting. Starts at 9:57
  • Offers the benefits of leveraging facial coding. Starts at 13:43

About our guest:

Dan Hill, Ph.D. is founder and president of the consultancy Sensory Logic, Inc. He received a Masters in Creative Writing from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Further, Dr. Hill earned Facial Action Coding Systems Certification from the Paul Ekman Group. He lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota.

EPISODE DATE: May 8, 2020

Social media:


Faces of the Week Blog

Famous Faces Decoded (Book Page)

LinkedIn Profile

New Financial Realities

New financial realities: A financial consultant offers insight on money and the future of work

About this episode:

“Your question about how do you deal with all this stuff? The answer is just like anything else: with a good counselor, the most important thing that they can do is shut up and listen.”

-Steven M. Oriol, Chartered Financial Consultant

It is Week 7 of sheltering in place. It’s also the last week of April 2020. Those of us who got a paycheck this week are doing the best we can to use our time well. Others of us, who were furloughed from our jobs, may be struggling, wondering what new shockwaves will hit us next.

Working or not, the anxieties we feel about money and work are deep enough to keep us up at night.  

The process of managing personal financial resources is a lifelong endeavor. But the current COVID-19 crisis makes that endeavor mission critical. And if we are suddenly out of work, we need to think carefully about our financial security and future work opportunities.

This week, we speak with Steven M. Oriol of Evergreen Life Wealth Partners, to probe our new realities. He is a chartered financial consultant who works with a wide variety of clients seeking lifetime financial security. Steve is also an adjunct professor of business at the University of the District of Columbia, where he challenges his students to map their career and life plans with value clarity.

In this episode, Steve addresses the new financial realities:

  • Describes the process people can use to relate to, and mitigate, their financial situations. Starts at 2:57
  • Illustrates how moments of grief and anxiety can turn into something positive. Starts at 10:52
  • Addresses career opportunities and pivots, such as additive manufacturing and 3D printing, that could result from the COVID-19 crisis. Starts at 23:34
  • Discusses what his undergraduate students are expressing about their futures. Starts at 27:46

About our guest:

Steven M. Oriol earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He also received Chartered Financial Consultant accreditation from The American College. Steve lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.

NOTE: In the intro for this podcast episode, we incorrectly described Steven Oriol’s job title and certification. He is, as stated in these show notes, a Chartered Financial Consultant accredited by The American College. We regret the error.

EPISODE DATE: May 1, 2020

Social media:

LinkedIn Profile