Season 3 Coming Soon
Keep your eyes peeled — and your ears ready — for an all-new Season 3 of the Skill Up Build Up podcast.
We will be on hiatus while we revamp our show! Our Season 1 & 2 episodes are always available to stream, on our site or wherever you get your podcasts.
In the meantime, Skill Up Build Up will be sipping mai tais in an undisclosed tropical location. 🌴
SEASON FINALE, Episode 50: The Reason Latinos Are Missing From Leadership — Indiana Latino Institute, Part I
In the season finale of the Skill Up Build Up podcast, Kofi continues with the Indiana Latino Institute. In this episode, we bring on ILI Leadership Circle participants Anabel Menifee and Juan Guzman.
Get an inside peek into why, even when in modern day “diversity” is a household word, Latinos are mysteriously absent from the movers and shakers of this country. But, ILI is doing something about it.
In this first-part episode featuring the Indiana Latino Institute, Kofi mixes it up with CEO Marlene Dotson and education program coordinator Rachel Santos.
The grand design of ILI has its fingers in many pots: health, education, and leadership cultivation for the Latino community. It’s systematic and well-connected.
Learn how things have changed for the newer Latino generations, and how this community is quietly (and powerfully) effecting change at the national level.
Sarah K. Robinson returns to the Skill Up Build Up podcast to dish science on Strengths Finder, the necessity to challenge yourself, and to warn against limiting beliefs. Kofi calls Sarah’s brand of coaching “a secret sauce” for companies trying to grow.
Tune in for what’s essentially a free coaching session on Strengths Finder. Businesses — employees using their strengths every day at work are 10 times more productive! Help them develop their superpowers.
Kofi snags Gallup-certified StrengthsFinder coach and bestselling author Sarah K. Robinson to illuminate the magic of working with an engaged team. The difference is tangible for your bottom line! This part-one-of-two episode breaks down Sarah’s workplace “golden nuggets,” including her acronym F.R.E.S.H. — which stands for five skills to transform your team.
In this episode of the Skill Up Build Up podcast, Kofi cracks into the realism of a broken criminal justice system with Chris Purnell, executive director of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. The conversation centers on the necessity of hope for the justice-involved, and the role recidivism and expungement play in that process. Spoiler alert: there is hope, and there are resources to help.
Episode 45: The Bail Project- David Gaspar
This episode of the Skill Up Build Up podcast digs deep into the justice-involved community, how the cash-bail model is criminalizing poverty, and the profound talent pool available in this population. Kofi speaks with David Gaspar, regional operations manager of The Bail Project, about his own justice-involved past and the success story open to employers who value the person who workers can be in the present moment.
In this episode of the Skill Up Build Up podcast, Adam and Kofi dig deep into realistic inclusivity solutions for disability and LGBTQ communities. Guest Tiffany Hanson, with leadership roles at both Luna Language Services and Indy Pride, reveals the effect of intentional inclusivity – as opposed to merely anti-discrimination. She offers best practices for tapping into this diverse, and underutilized, talent pool. It’s much simpler than you might expect.
Part Two of our two-part series on Indy Reads brings us student navigator Chris Simmons. Chris tells Adam and Kofi about his nontraditional career path, how his people-person mentality prepared him to solve problems for Indy Reads students, and the extraordinary impact of Google Translate and a smile. We also hear about the exciting future of Indy Reads and where our ELL workforce is headed.
Episode 42: Connecting Over Language – Jennifer Malins
Welcome to Part One of our two-part series on Indy Reads and the complex role it holds for the workforce of Indianapolis. Adam and Kofi invite Vice President Jennifer Malins to this episode of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast, where she shares the striking reality of literacy needs for immigrants and why Indiana business needs to care.
On this episode of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast, hear the story powerful story Garland Shockley, a 47 year-old who has totally changed his life because of his current employer, Merchandise Warehouse. Merchandise Warehouse has provided Garland the opportunity to overcome his hardships and become a role model, illuminating why second chance employees are so important to job creation in our state.
Did you miss our last breakfast series? No worries we got you covered with this episode of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast. Learn how the emergence of digital platforms in the HR suite has changed the way organizations have to recruit, how they manage and retain talent, and what talent expects today.
On this episode of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast, we feature Heidi Smith, Director of Refugee Services for Catholic Charities. The conversation centers around the three barriers refugees face when relocating to a new home: language, transportation and child care. Learn about ways you can support and get involved with local refugee families for World Refugee Day on June 20th.
Adam and Kofi invite Martin Baier, president and CEO of the International Center, to this episode of the Skill Up Build Up podcast. Martin examines the challenge of bringing international talent to Indiana — as well as retaining it. You will also learn the keys to longterm business success by investing in cultural diversity and sensitivity resources for your workforce.
On this episode of the Skill Up Build Up podcast, we talk with Michael Huber, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber, about how effecting change and talent attraction in Indianapolis is becoming more and more important for our city’s future. Tune in to learn about the plan to cultivate Indianapolis’ cultural identity in the national eye, as well as our surprisingly up-and-coming local music scene.
Kofi and Adam invite Luisa Lopez, executive producer of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast to discuss whether or not college is a scam. They dive into different opportunities available from having a degree and what students should know when making a decision to go towards a 4 year college track.
On this episode of the Skill Up Build Up podcast, learn about Morales Group new initiative, the GROW Network. Hear from the Director of Workforce Development, Kofi Darku and the GROW Network Success coach, Maria Baca and learn how you can take advantage of the of this program for your current workforce.
On Epsidoe 34 of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast, we feature Lessonly’s Co-founder and CEO, Max Yoder. Max shares three themes that drive Lessonly forward and what creates the foundation for their culture: vulnerability, clarity, and camaraderie. His new book, ‘Do Better Work’, empowers and helps people become more self-aware and shares his insights as to why the world needs to have a laser focus on personal development. It has people asking themselves: How am I becoming a better human?
On this episode of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast, find out what made Kyle DeFur transition from a 25 year career in the healthcare industry to become President of TrueU. You will also learn about TrueU’s programs such as Leader in Training (LIT) and other professional development workshops to help grow successful leaders, currently offered exclusively to their 70+ current members.
Want to learn how to ignite a fire within your organization? Regardless of what role or industry you find yourself in, Jason Barnaby shares how you can learn to lead and how fear can be the driving force behind implementing changes. You can find this and much more in Jason’s new book “Igniting the Fire Starter Within”, now available on Amazon. Subscribe and listen to the latest episode of the Skill Up Build Up wherever you find your podcasts.
On episode 31 of the #skillupbuildup podcast, hear about our recent mission trip to Mazatlán, Mexico and and Adam and Kofi’s takeaways. They share how being a light and serving with a humble heart helps us create a lasting impact in the communities we serve. Listen and subscribe to the Skill Up Build Up podcast on your favorite podcast app. #allkillernofiller
Kofi and Adam sit down with Co-Founder and CEO of @Emplify, @Santiago Jaramillo, to learn how he’s making more strategic, data driven decisions when it comes to employee engagement. Employees can be satisfied with their job but not truly engaged in their company’s overall mission. Learn how your organization can utilize Emplify’s tools to improve your company culture and increase your team’s engagement on this episode of the #skillupbuildup podcast. Click here to listen.
Hear more from Kelli Knecht, Regional HR Manager at Interstate Warehousing on episode 29 of the #skillupbuildup podcast. Adam and Kofi get insight into Interstate’s M.I.T. Program (Manager In Training Program) and how it has built a better sense of understanding and respect amongst departments. Their promising practices on engagement has allowed for employees to understand the “why” of their role and ensure people do not feel like they are just a number on the warehouse floor. Listen and subscribe to the Skill Up Build Up Podcast on your favorite podcast app.
Episode 28: Operating Out of Faith - John Goo
Check out John Goo, President of MavPak on Episode 27 of the #skillupbuildup podcast. Hear how he started MavPak and how he uses his faith to service his clients and energize his internal team. John gives insight to how you can adapt your team’s strengths to engage with your workforce and operate your business with excellence. Subscribe to the Skill Up Build Up podcast on your favorite podcast app.
Hear from the Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, Fred Payne, President and CEO of the Indiana Manufacturing Association, Brian Burton, and Accenture's Managing Director, David Olivencia, on what the state is doing to fuel work-based learning programs and best practices on how to implement them.
In Episode 26 of the #skillupbuildup podcast, Adam and Kofi discuss how Earn and Learn programs can benefit both employees and employers in the state of Indiana. Employees are learning valuable skills to grow their careers and employers are retaining their workforce and promoting from within, filling open positions quickly.
Episode 25: It’s Not About the Wage - Jim Suber
Our special guest for Episode 25 of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast is Jim Suber, Regional Director at Geodis. Geodis is a third party logistics company located in the Plainfield area. Adam and Kofi learn how Geodis is engaging with their employees and building their team. 60% of Jim’s hourly workforce are immigrants and more than 10 languages are spoken in their facilities. Jim’s mission is to ensure he speaks everyone’s language to create an inclusive environment and messages are understood by all.
On episode 24 of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast, we feature Aslyne Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of EmpowerBus. Aslyne discusses with Adam and Kofi how they are providing upward mobility for everyone using their transportation services. EmpowerBus is addressing the transportation barriers that residents in Ohio are facing and helping people, providing them with opportunities in employment, education and healthcare.
Episode 23 of the Skill Up Build Podcast features Bridget Boyle, Vice President of Human Resources at Roche Diagnostics. How does Roche stay on top of securing talent in the current tight labor market? With over 5,000 employees across the country and 3,000 in their Indianapolis campus, Boyle explains how Roche is leveraging technology and relationships with universities to continuously attract passive candidates. Adam and Kofi gain insight on Roche’s competitive internship program and the steps students can take to earn one of the 80 spots available every summer.
On Episode 22 of the Skill Up Build Up podcast, Adam and Kofi sit down with the Commissioner for the Department of Workforce Development, Fred Payne. Under the Next Level Agenda, DWD is focusing their resources to provide training for individuals who want to gain new skills and go after high-demand jobs that provide better wages. One of the many functions of DWD is managing the trust fund for unemployment, providing job training and retraining, and lastly, creating connections between employers, educators, and the community.
On episode 21, Kofi and Adam have a conversation with Marina Waters, President of Luna Language Services. The goal of Luna is to provide equal access to language through consultations, translating documents, and supporting the diversification of the community. With Indianapolis being the 8th largest growing immigrant population, it has become vital to make businesses knowledgeable on the impact of a diverse workforce. Luna Language Services will stop at nothing to serve nonnative speakers in our community
Kofi and Adam chat with partner and president of California Closets, Marcus Hall, about his company’s “why” and reasons it’s important to pour into your current workforce. Sometimes the perfect candidates for your open positions are already on your team. See how setting your employees up for wins can impact your business.
Episode 19: Danny Lopez-Promising Practices
Season two of the #skillupbuildup podcast kicks off with Danny Lopez, Chairman of Governor Holcomb’s Workforce Cabinet. Adam, Kofi, and Danny discuss the need to change how we think about workforce development and post-secondary readiness. Every year, 25,000 students graduate high school with no secondary education plans and Indiana is committed to combat this issue by teaching the various career paths available to our students.