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.


Episode 41: Triple A Certified

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.


Episode 40: How Technology is Shaping the Future of Recruitment and Retention

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.


Episode 30: Improve Your Culture. Engage Your Team. - Santiago Jaramillo

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.


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.


Episode 26: Earn and Learn

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 21: Supporting a Diverse Workforce Through Language - Marina Waters

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


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.