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In episode 115, Coffey talks with Kara Kelley about September's HR news items related to pay transparency; productivity, grind culture, and work-life balance; and a horrendous allegation of sexual harassment against a fast food franchise.They discuss different perspectives on the new pay transparency in job postings; the gender pay gap; internal pay equity concerns as the labor market cools down; whether 85% should be employees' productivity target; whether young professionals should embrace “grind” culture; bringing one's whole self to work; developing leadership that cultivates engagement; and a horrendous allegation of sexual harassment against a fast food franchise.One correction is appropriate: Coffey said that Schoolhouse Rock taught him that seven was the magic number. Three is the actual magic number. Now we know why Coffey entered HR and not accounting.Links to stuff they talked about are on our website at https://goodmorninghr.com/EP115 and include the following topics:- Pay Transparency Is Now in a Majority of US Job Postings—With More Growth to Come - Reminder for Employers—New York Statewide Pay Transparency Law Takes Effect- A running list of states and localities that require employers to disclose pay or pay ranges- 2023 Gender Pay Gap Report- Walmart Is Lowering Starting Pay. Will Other Employers Follow?- Try Hard, but Not That Hard. 85% Is the Magic Number for Productivity- The 10th nominee for the “Worst Employer of 2023” is … the jack(a$$) in the boxGood Morning, HR is brought to you by Imperative—premium background checks with fast and friendly service. For more information about our commitment to quality and excellent customer service, visit us at https://imperativeinfo.com. If you are an HRCI or SHRM-certified professional, this episode of Good Morning, HR has been pre-approved for half a recertification credit. To obtain the recertification information for this episode, visit https://goodmorninghr.com. About our Guest:Kara works with Dental Practice Leaders to develop strategic HR systems that engage their team and strengthen their practice. She is the founder and CEO of Clinical HR LLC, a Human Resources advisory firm for dental and medical practices. Kara focuses on cultivating leadership skills, managing employee relations issues, and implementing competitive total rewards systems. She also works with practices to develop employee policies and establish compliant HR systems.Though Kara initially enrolled in a Marketing degree program, she took an HR course for a general business credit and fell in love with it, eventually earning a B.S. in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Kara is a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). She is also an Everything DiSC Workplace Certified Facilitator and a Five Behaviors Certified Practitioner.A life-long learner who is never content with the status quo, Kara serves on several professional boards and committees. She is the Co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee and a member of the Legal & Legislative committee for Austin SHRM. Kara is currently serving as President of the National Speakers Association Austin chapter. In 2022, she helped found the ADMC Memorial Foundation, a scholarship program for new practice owners. Kara also founded the Dental Leadership Mindset Facebook group that serves as an HR Hub for Practice Leaders.Kara Kelley can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/ClinicalHRLLC/https://twitter.com/ClinicalHRhttp://www.instagram.com/clinicalhrllc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/karadkelley/About Mike Coffey:Mike Coffey is an entrepreneur, human resources professional, licensed private investigator, and HR consultant.In 1999, he founded Imperative, a background investigations firm helping risk-averse companies make well-informed decisions about the people they involve in their business.Today, Imperative serves hundreds of businesses across the US and, through its PFC Caregiver & Household Screening brand, many more private estates, family offices, and personal service agencies.Mike has been recognized as an Entrepreneur of Excellence and has twice been named HR Professional of the Year. Additionally, Imperative has been named the Texas Association of Business' small business of the year and is accredited by the Professional Background Screening Association. Mike is a member of the Fort Worth chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization and volunteers with the SHRM Texas State Council.Mike maintains his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the HR Certification Institute. He is also a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).Mike lives in Fort Worth with his very patient wife. He practices yoga and maintains a keto diet, about both of which he will gladly tell you way more than you want to know.Learning Objectives: 1. Understand the implications of new pay transparency laws across the US.2. Explore strategies for leadership development that foster employee engagement and productivity.3. Understand the perspectives of younger professionals on work-life balance and how it impacts the workforce.
Endometriosis is one of the most common diseases affecting those with uteruses. Despite its prevalence, proper diagnosis can take up to ten years, leaving many suffering without support or treatment. State Representative Jillian Gilchrest recently launched a legislative working group to advocate for better research and education policies across Connecticut. Arleigh Cole is a local public educator, and a member of the endometriosis working group. Plus, we hear from Shannon Cohn, a filmmaker and public advocate for endometriosis awareness. She discusses her new documentary Below the Belt, and her efforts to educate medical and school professionals about the condition through her organization Endo What? GUESTS: Jillian Gilchrest: Connecticut State Representative; Co-Chair, Connecticut Reproductive Rights Caucus; Chair, Endometriosis Working Group Arleigh Cole: Endometriosis Public Educator, via her Instagram @Missendostood Halley Terrell: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Life Coach Shannon Cohn: Director, Below the Belt and Endo What? Connecticut Public intern Carol Chen contributed to this episode which originally aired July 27, 2023.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
https://www.paypal.me/Truelifepodcast?locale.x=en_USSara Payan is a nationally recognized & award-winning educator, public speaker, policy advocate, writer & the host of the"Planted with Sara Payan" podcast. For over a decade, Sara worked for the Apothecarium as their Director of Education & Public Education Officer. An industry veteran with over 18,000 hours of experience guiding & educating the public, Payan has her finger on the pulse of the industry regarding consumer trends & product development & trained cannabis professionals on consumer relationship building & the art of the sale. She has consulted with numerous brands on product development, public outreach, marketing & engagement for businesses.Sara sits on the California Cannabis Advisory Committee & the San Francisco CannabisOversight Committee & was Co-Chair of the San Francisco State Cannabis Legalization Taskforce. As a Stage III cancer survivor & former civil rights professional, she believes that educating consumers & policymakers makes for safe access, sound policy and equitable industry opportunities.Sara consults with large healthcare organizations such as Kaiser & UCSF, helping them understand the role cannabis can play in patients' lives and offering educational sessions for their patients. She leads large-scale industry training & lectures nationwide, including CEU credit classes for healthcare practitioners. Sara created & taught the first cannabis education workshops for City College of San Francisco. She has presented her educational series at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, SF Public Library & Glide Memorial Church.Sara was named among the 100+ Most Important Women in Cannabis for 2019 &2020. She is a subject matter expert for lifestyle publications such as Self Magazine. Her work has been highlighted in MG Retailer, Magnetic Magazine, The Bold Italic, SF Weekly, SF Chronicle, California Leaf, & Damian Marley's "Medication" video series.Sara is a contributing writer for Rolling Stone & Cannabis Now. She has been honored to speak & lecture at the Cannabis Business Times Conference, New West Summit, Women in Cannabis Expo, Patients Out of Time, Women Grow, The Women's Visionary Congress & the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association.Experiencehttps://sarapayan.com/https://spotify.link/v2ZSwtVgoDb https://www.paypal.me/Truelifepodcast?locale.x=en_US
In this podcast episode, Anita Afzali, MD, MPH, MHCM, FACG, AGAF, and Aja McCutchen, MD, discuss how women in gastroenterology (GI) can embrace and enhance their value. These inspiring GI medicine experts propose a practical formula that involves ongoing, careful self-reflection and asking yourself how your strengths, core values, and interests can be aligned with professional endeavors. In addition, self-advocacy and self-allyship can serve as harmonious tools to drive action and positive change. Presenters:Dr Anita Afzali is a Professor of Clinical Medicine, Interim Division Director of the Division of Digestive Diseases, Executive Vice Chair of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, and the Associate Chief Medical Officer of the UC Health system in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also a Co-Founder of Scrubs & Heels.Anita Afzali, MD, MPH, MHCM, FACG, AGAF: consultant: AbbVie, Bristol Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Janssen, Lilly, Pfizer, Takeda; provider of non-CME/CE services: AbbVie, Janssen, Pfizer, Takeda.Dr Aja McCutchen is a Partner and Physician Executive at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, a division of United Digestive in Atlanta, Georgia, and served as Co-Chair at the Scrubs & Heels 2023 Leadership Summit. Aja McCutchen, MD: consultant/advisor/speaker: Eli Lilly, Modify Health, Redhill Biopharm, Sanofi Regeneron, Takeda.Episode outline: Understanding and establishing your own market value; bringing that to your own organizationConsequences of being ill-equipped to pursue professional growth and developmentAdvocating for the value you bring to the professionNegotiation as a form of self-allyshipNegotiation categories to help support career success and protect work–life balanceOther program activities: Full Program: Equipped and Empowered: Thriving as Women in GIPodcast 1: Finding Your Friendtors: Mentors, Sponsors, and AlliesPodcast 3: Being Your Full Self: Pursuing Work–Life BalanceClinicalThought: Expert Commentary on Thriving as Women in GITo receive continuing education credit, submit your posttest answers no later than the expiration of this activity. Select 1 best answer for each question. When you have completed all the questions, press the "Continue" button at the bottom.
In this podcast episode, Aline Charabaty, MD, AGAF, FACG, and Marla Dubinsky, MD, discuss how women in gastroenterology (GI) can find their “friendtors” and build a strong network of mentors, sponsors, and allies. Although there may be many barriers for women in the GI medicine specialty, these experienced leaders have useful tips to help emerging healthcare professionals avoid internalizing these challenges and strategically focus on accomplishing their goals. Presenters: Dr Aline Charabaty is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Clinical Director of the IBD Centre at Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, and the Co-Founder of Scrubs & Heels. Aline Charabaty, MD, AGAF, FACG: consultant/advisor/speaker: AbbVie, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Lilly, Pfizer, Takeda.Dr Marla Dubinsky is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, Chief of Division of Pediatric GI and Nutrition at Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital, and the Co-Director of the Susan and Leonard Feinstein IBD Clinical Centre. Dr Dubinsky is also the Director of the Marie and Barry Lipman IBD Preconception and Pregnancy Clinic. She is also an innovator and the Co-Founder of Trellus Health, providing personalized resilience coaching for people living with IBD. She received the Sherman Prize in 2022, which recognized her outstanding achievement in the field of IBD. In addition, she served as the Co-Chair for our inaugural Scrubs & Heels Leadership Summit in 2022. Marla Dubinsky, MD: consultant/advisor/speaker: AbbVie, Abivax, AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Lilly, Merck, Pfizer, Prometheus Biosciences, Takeda.Episode outline: Overview of barriers faced by women in GIImpact of failing to adequately address these barriersDefining the roles of mentors, sponsors, and alliesImportant qualities of mentors, sponsors, and alliesRole models vs peer mentorsOther program activities: Full Program: Equipped and Empowered: Thriving as Women in GIPodcast 2: Embracing Your Value: Tools and Strategies for Optimizing Professional Growth and DevelopmentPodcast 3: Being Your Full Self: Pursuing Work–Life BalanceClinicalThought: Expert Commentary on Thriving as Women in GIAfter selecting the “Continue to Post Test” button:To receive continuing education credit, submit your posttest answers no later than the expiration of this activity. Select 1 best answer for each question. When you have completed all the questions, press the "Continue" button at the bottom
All this week on KCBS, we've put the focus on mental health as part of Audacy's I'm Listening. Bringing to light conversations about mental health struggles that many of us face and breaking down the stigma that comes with those challenges because talk saves lives. For more KCBS Radio's Mary Hughes spoke with Kim Arman, Co-Chair of this years American Foundation for Suicided Prevention in the South Bay, And Thomas Kingery program direction of the Avenidas Rainbow Collective
Today is Wednesday, September 20th and it was a very busy day at the United Nations. Of all the days this week, today was arguably the most packed with high level consequential meetings. Throughout the day today was the Secretary General's Climate Ambition Summit. We will bring you full coverage of that in tomorrow's episode. Also today, the Security Council held a meeting on Ukraine, which featured Zelenskyy's first time addressing the Security Council in person since Russia's invasion. There were two key meetings on Global health, one on Pandemic Preparedness and Response, the other on Universal Health Coverage. I will be speaking with Kate Dodson Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation about those meetings as well as a key meeting on Tuberculosis later in the week during our second segment. Our first segment features Vera Songwe, Chairwoman and Founder of the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility and Co-Chair of the High Level Panel on Climate Finance who discusses the crucial topic of Financing for Development. The Global Dispatches podcast is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation for a special daily series during the 78th United Nations General Assembly. Get our newsletter
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The winner will be contacted via Twitter.Show references: https://vacevents.com/THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER – QEII CONFERENCE CENTRE, WESTMINSTERhttps://vacevents.com/committee/ Bernard Donoghue OBECEO & Director, ALVA, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, Mayor of London's Culture Ambassador. Co-Chair, London Tourism Recovery Board.https://www.alva.org.uk/https://www.linkedin.com/in/bernard-donoghue-obe-0aa9b97/ Bernard has been the Director of ALVA, the UK's Association for Leading Visitor Attractions, since 2011 following a career in advocacy, communications, and lobbying, latterly at a senior level in the tourism and heritage sector. In 2017, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appointed Bernard to be the Mayor's Ambassador for Cultural Tourism and a member of the Mayor's Cultural Leadership Board. Bernard is Co-Chair of the London Tourism Recovery Board. He is also Chairman of LIFT, London International Festival of Theatre; Chairman of the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continually operating theatre in the English-speaking world, and also of the People's History Museum, the Museum of Democracy. He has been a member of the UK Government's Tourism Industry Council since 2016. Bernard was named by Blooloop in 2020 as one of the world's 50 most influential people in museums, and in July 2021 won the public vote for the COVID Special Recognition Award from the UK Museums and Heritage Awards for his service to, and leadership of the museums and heritage sector in the UK during the pandemic. Ken Robinson CBE FTS - Founder of VAChttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-robinson-cbe-fts-bb811312/Ken is an independent adviser who speaks and writes on tourism topics. As a "tourism enthusiast" he aims to be a pragmatic pioneer of new initiatives, strategies and solutions to optimise the economic, cultural and social benefits of tourism. Ken's Consultancy companies completed over 1500 assignments, mostly in the UK but also several hundred international projects, beginning over 50 years ago, before the days of mass tourism. He was a founding member of the Tourism Society and supported the formation of the Tourism Alliance, both of which organisations he has served as a board member and Chair, as he has on several other Tourism bodies. Specialising initially in visitor attractions, Ken initiated and subsequently chaired the National Visitor Attractions Conference, VAC, and has been on its Committee ever since. In addition to many clients in the public, private and third sectors, he has advised the UN's International Trade Centre, on national and regional Tourism strategy development. His current focus is to move the industry's thinking from marketing to the critical need to manage future tourism for the benefit of host communities, and to optimise tourist's experiences. Ken was appointed CBE for services to Tourism in 1997, and an Honorary Doctorate in 2014. Paul KellyChief Executive, BALPPA, Chair of VAC https://www.balppa.org/https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-kelly-2714a922/Having been with BALPPA for 11 years and working with VAC for that amount of time as well, Paul started his career in the attractions sector at Thorpe Park in the 80's and then moved on to the London Eye for its opening around the millennium. He has always been involved with visitor attractions. Several more years working within Merlin followed both in the UK and abroad, mainly on business development. Being a BALPPA member for 30 years means, being Chair of the organising committee at VAC keeps Paul in touch with all aspects of the attractions industry. Liz Terry MBEManaging Director, Leisure Media Grouphttps://www.linkedin.com/in/elizterry/ Janet Uttley Head of Business Transformation for VisitEnglandhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/janetuttley/ Transcriptions: Kelly Molson: Welcome to Skip The Queue, a podcast for people working in or working with visitor attractions. I'm your host, Kelly Molson. Season 5 kicks off today with not one, not two, but three excellent guests.On today's episode, I have the pleasure of speaking to Bernard Donoghue, Paul Kelly and Ken Robinson, founders of the Visitor Attractions Conference. You also know Bernard as, Director of ALVA and Paul as CEO of BALPPA.VAC celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and I'm finding out where the idea for the event spanned from, how it's changed and developed over the years. And we take a look ahead to what 2024 has in store for the attraction sector.Unfortunately, fellow Founder; Liz Terry, the Managing Director of Leisure Media Group, and also Janet Uttley, Head of Business Transformation for VisitEngland, were unable to join us on this episode. But stay tuned for lots of insight and to find out how you can get your ticket for the VAC conference this year.Kelly Molson: If you like what you hear, you can subscribe on all the usual channels by searching Skip the Queue.Kelly Molson: Bernard, Ken, Paul, it is a treat to have you all on the podcast today. Thank you for joining me. I think this is the first time I've had three guests as well, so this could be interesting. Bernard Donoghue: And three men as well. I mean, it's like a really bad testosterone banana rama, isn't it? Really. Kelly Molson: I'm just a little flower in the middle of you thorns today. Yes, it's a real shame. So, unfortunately, Janet Uttley and Liz Terry couldn't make it along to join us today, which is a shame. But I'm sure that they will get lots of mentions as we talk through some of the things that we're going to chat about today. But first, as ever, I want to start with a little icebreaker. I'm going to ask you all the same thing because I'm intrigued as to whether you ended up doing what you thought you might. So, Ken, I'm going to start with you first. When you were at school, what did you think that you'd grow up and be when you were older? Ken Robinson: I didn't know. Kelly Molson: Had no clue at all? Ken Robinson: No, I didn't have a clue. I was lucky to have a good education. I didn't work at school. And then I got into a job, which was I was very successful at it and it was very boring. So I left. And when I discovered tourism and visitor attractions, it took me over. I didn't decide to do it. It told me that was it. Kelly Molson: Oh, I love it. It's like a calling. Ken Robinson: At the time it was, I was actually sitting in a turret room which had been vacated by Lord Montague. His desk used to face in and I liked that because I didn't have to look at the faces of the visitors going past who might complain, because in those days, buli was very expensive. And then one day I thought to myself, these people are investing their hard earned money and leisure time in making a decision to come here and it's our job to make sure they have a good time. And I turned my desk round and I looked at them all day long and the moment I turned my desk round, everything changed. Kelly Molson: I love that, because you could see the whites of their eyes and how they were engaging with the venue as they turned up. Ken Robinson: Well, it's just such a failure, isn't it? If you've got somebody who makes a choice and spends their time and money, a family decision for many people, and it should be a highlight. And if it isn't, whose fault is it? It's probably the fault of the visitor attraction, given that the person has chosen to go there in not communicating well enough with them about what they've got and what they would find interesting. Kelly Molson: This is such a brilliant story and that wasn't where I was expecting this to go either, Ken. I love it. Paul, what about you, Paul?Paul Kelly: Yeah, I mean, when I was at school, I was interested in sports and that was it, really, and luckily, that dragged me through the various places I went to. But what I was going to end up doing sports. I think once you get into sports quite seriously, you realise fairly quickly that actually you're not going to make it, so you have to find something else. So, laterally, I decided that business was a good idea. So I started doing business studies up in North Wales and for some reason were doing a sandwich course in those days, I think it was called that. One of those, I got placed at Thorpe Park. I don't know why particularly, so there's a group of six of us went down to Thorpe Park to work there and I actually started working on the rides.Paul Kelly: I'm not sure what it had to do with business at the time, but I'm glad somebody thought it did. And I couldn't believe that was a job that you could do, you could be paid for, because I came from the north at that point and there wasn't an awful lot going on in the 80s and actually be paid. Everyone enjoyed themselves, fantastic atmosphere, parties every night. I'm sure it's still like that. And it was just amazing. And from that moment on, regardless of what happened after that, including other colleges, other bits and pieces, effectively, I never left. Kelly Molson: It's always going to be in that sector. Paul Kelly: Yes. Kelly Molson: Excellent. Great. Bernard, same to you. Bernard Donoghue: Well, this may come as a surprise, but my grandfather was in the Irish Guards, my father was in the Grenadier Guards, my brother was in the Royal Marines, and I had a very large collection of action men. I genuinely thought I would probably end up in the army. And actually, I got an offer after university to go into the Household Cavalry. I don't think I've ever told anyone this before. Anyway, it just clearly I didn't pursue the application. It wasn't for me at all. Got really into politics. So I started working in the House of Commons, House of Lords and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and then I've just been in sort of lobbying, campaigning, political world ever since. But I still miss the uniforms. Can't deny it. Kelly Molson: I think we'd like to see you in that uniform, Bernard, if I'm not going to lie. So from the lobbying aspect, which is obviously a really big part of the role that you currently have, how did the attractions bit kind of slot into those? Where did the two join up? Bernard Donoghue: It's a really odd coincidence. I was trustee of a charity that Diana, Princess of Wales, was a patron of, and I was working full time for a charity that she was a patron of. So when she divorced Prince of Wales, now the King, she reduced her patronages down from 187 to six. And I happened to be involved with six of them. I went to work for her as a deputy private secretary, press secretary. But of course, the moment she died, which was August 31st, I had no job. Suddenly I was unemployed. And I got contacted by a woman who Ken will certainly know, probably Paul will, too, by Sue Garland, who used to be Deputy Chief Executive of VisitBritain, who'd heard me speak at something and said, "Well, we're just about to create this post of government affairs liaison. Would you be interested to working on the role while working on what you do next?”Bernard Donoghue: And that was in August 1997. And here I am still. Ken Robinson: But also, can I add something to that? Because I was lucky enough to be sitting in the room on many occasions when Bernard would give his briefing at meetings that were held by VisitBritain. And it was always a highlight of the day because Bernard, in those days, never pulled his punches. I'm not saying he does now, but he would just explain to everybody in the room what was going on with all of the political parties, which we never understood, and explain what we ought to be doing in order to best put our case. So it was really no shock when he turned up at ALVA, because I would say this if he wasn't here, he was the star of the show there, and that expertise that he showed has blossomed in the job that he's doing now. Kelly Molson: This is lovely, isn't it? Aren't you all nice? Bernard Donoghue: This is love in.. Kelly Molson: Probably why you all work together, right? You will get on so well. Right, back to you, Ken. Unpopular opinion, please. Ken Robinson: Most visitor attractions do not deliver full value for money to most of their visitors. Kelly Molson: Okay, Paul and Bernard, do you agree with this? Will our listeners agree with this? Is this an unpopular opinion?Paul Kelly: Did you use the word most, Ken? Ken Robinson: I did. Paul Kelly: I'll go for some, not most. Bernard Donoghue: Yeah, I'll go for some as well. One of my favourite programmes is Yes, Minister. And whenever you'd hear something off the wall, bonkers, they would say, that's a very brave opinion, Minister. That's a very brave opinion, Ken.Ken Robinson: Now's not the time to justify it. I'll do that on another occasion. Kelly Molson: Yeah, we will invite you back and we can do that one on one, Ken. Paul, what about you? Unpopular opinion? Paul Kelly: Well, I'm guessing that anybody that's worked in a theme park will probably have the same opinion I have. So I worked at Thorpe Park, which was 450 acres, two thirds of which was water. And at the end of the day, when you were walking out, and in those days, that could be 9, 10 o'clock at night, it was beautiful. On a late summer's evening, calm waters, walking through a park which had just been cleaned and tidied and ready for the next day. It was fantastic. And we all had the same opinion once were down the pub discussing the day. It's just a shame we have to let people into theme parks because it's the absolutely beautiful place without them there. So sometimes people let the parks down. Kelly Molson: That's a good one. That is a good one. Yeah. And you don't want to let them in to see the beautiful bit either, do you? Because then there'd be people there. It wouldn't be serene. Paul Kelly: No, I mean, those evenings, if there was still time, we'd go windsurfing on the lakes, cable water ski around the back. And it was just a shame that all these people came in every day and messed it all up. Kelly Molson: Yeah. Well, I'm pretty sure that most people who've worked in theme parks aren't going to disagree with you on that one, Paul. Good one. Bernard, what about yours? Bernard Donoghue: Even though I chair a theatre and I know how important the revenue is, I'm not a fan of selling drinks and food to people in theatres because they just make a noise. I can't bear it. I mean, it depends. I mean, it depends if it's a panto or something like that. Completely fine. Ken Robinson: Oh, no, it's not. Bernard Donoghue: It kind of allies to what Paul was saying as well, which was I don't know whether it's an unpopular opinion. I think it's probably a popular opinion. But visitor behaviour, whether it's in a theatre, a museum, an art gallery or wherever, has completely deteriorated post lockdown. Some people's behaviour is getting worse and it's very difficult to know what to do about it. Kelly Molson: Yes, agree. I don't think that's going to be very unpopular at all, actually, considering some of the things that we've seen recently. Thank you all for sharing. Okay, let's get back to the serious bit. The Visitor Attractions Conference. It's 20 years old this year. If you are listening and you're not familiar with it, one, why the hell not? And two, you need to grab a ticket today. It's the leading networking and learning event for visitor attractions across the UK. And I first visited in October 2019 and it was the first sector specific conference that I had been to. We'd been working in the sector for probably about three or four years, had never really at that point kind of gone all out on our like, "This is what we're going to niche and this is what we're going to specialise in."Kelly Molson: So I was kind of doing a bit of a fact finding mission really, and I came along and it absolutely blew me away. I think it was one of the friendliest conferences I've ever been to. I think you'd created an environment where everybody was really welcome, no stupid questions. Everyone from speakers to guests where kind of felt like they were all on the same level, really happy to answer questions that you had, really happy to talk to you. And I think that was for me. I came away from that event, I went back to my team and said, "This is where we should be. This is the event for us, this is where we should be attending, these are the people that we should be speaking to." And I've absolutely loved every minute of that. Kelly Molson: I mean, the next one I went to was a virtual one. So it was very different to the 2019 event, but still excellently organised. So firstly, thank you for making that happen. But where did the idea for the VAC come from in the first place? How did this come about? Ken Robinson: So we have to remember that the world was very different over 20 years ago. Really, really very different. Not just a question of internet or pre COVID and all those things and pre Olympics, but just very different. And attractions in those days thought and acted and communicated in their sectoral associations. Historic houses talked to historic houses, curators of museums talked to curators, bishops talked to priests, zoologists talked to botanists, but they didn't talk across the sectors. There were two exceptions to that. One was that in Visit England or English Tourist Board, there'd always been a committee there which was across the sectors, but the other one was ALVA. Now, when ALVA was formed, it was a 1 million visitors plus club for attractions, with 1 million plus visitors a year. Ken Robinson: Subsequently, groups of attractions, particularly English Heritage, National Trust, were involved originally associates, but it was a 1 million plus club and that's only 1% of the attractions in the United Kingdom had over 1 million. And it was very London centric. And ALVA had a five objectives, four of which were about government. And the interesting thing was that I was very good friends all through this time with Lord Lee, who know a very big part of the early success, pre Bernard of ALVA. I said to John Lee, “Look John, could you not change your name to ALVA and be involved with all the visitor attractions because they badly need something which glues everybody together and we need to get across this away from this sectoral stuff.” Ken Robinson: And everybody was talking about historic houses, talk about the house museums, talking about the continents of the museum but they weren't talking about visitors. They weren't talking about how you communicated with the visitors or what they were motivated by or how you could better manage things for visitors, give them better they weren't doing that. So John agreed with this and I've got the original papers here. I looked them out that I was asked first of all by ALVA in December of 2001 to write a paper on the future of ALVA which is headed: ALVA in the Future Representing All Visitor Attractions. Then after that the conversation went on and we realised that if were going to have some kind of overall event we couldn't do it without the National Tourist Board, we couldn't do it without Visit Britain, Visit England. We needed their input.Ken Robinson: We needed them to talk to DCMS and make sure it would happen. And also we wanted to do this not on a commercial basis but being by the industry, for the industry, run by the industry, not for profit. And that was a problem because we wanted to do it in the QE II Centre because we wanted to be in the centre of everything and that was going to cost an extraordinary sum of money and there wasn't that much money that could in that first year come originally from VisitEngland. So the partners in this, the partners being ALVA, BALPPA, Paul's organisation, Leisure Media the wonderful Liz Terry and her magazine which has forever been behind this event for no recompense whatever and myself put up 5000 pounds each security in order that the thing would happen. Ken Robinson: You said, "We'll stand the risk, let's do it.". So in 2004 I wrote the briefing of the first conference and I found from a 2003 the government asked for a list of topics that would be discussed in order they could work out whether or not they might like it and it's still here. What I like about it is it would do quite well for this year's conference. All those topics are still relevant. So that's where it came from. That's where it came from. We wanted it to have at the time the lowest possible attendance fee to get the highest number of people there. We wanted to involve everybody. Ken Robinson: And the cast list for that 2004 event, my goodness me, absolutely fantastic cast list in terms of the people we had for an initial event and you can imagine when it was announced and everybody was behind it ALVA was behind it. BALPPA, I should have mentioned that Colin Dawson, Paul's predecessor was an absolute stalwart of the conference in the early years he stood by know, when times were tough and that's where it came from. Kelly Molson: That is phenomenal. It was really putting your money where your mouth is, isn't it? By all of you actually personally investing in this thing to bring it to life. You don't hear many things happening in that way anymore, do you? It's all about getting investment and asking other people to make the commitment to it and take the risk. Ken Robinson: Well, we have a company now, I should say. We have a company called VAC Events, and we are all equal. The four of us are equal shareholders, that's to say, Bernard and ALVA, BALPPA and Paul, Liz and myself, for no benefit. Martin does it for us, but we are the people that carry the can, if you like, and I don't think we've ever had anything out of it apart from a nice lunch at Christmas, but apart from that, it's a great feeling of doing something. When you say everybody is very friendly and talks to one another. That's why they're all in the same business. Bishop, curator, zoologist person running a heritage railway, they're all in the same business. Kelly Molson: Obviously, the first event was a success. You've been on and you've done many, what, 20, 20 events since that first one. How have you seen it kind of change and develop over the years? So what did that first conference look like compared to what this year's will look like? And how have you kind of evolved it over that time to keep it relevant to your audience? Paul Kelly: Well, I think so. My involvement directly has been the last ten years, so I'm halfway through chairing for this one, but I was actually there at the early ones because I worked at that time. I was working at the London Eye, just across the river, and I was good friends with Colin Dawson at the time. I'd worked with him at Thorpe Park and he for some people, may well remember Colin as entertaining Princess Diana on a log flume in 92, 3 and 4. Paul Kelly: And I was there. It's hard to tell, but I was actually there. I'm not in any of the photos in Paris Match and all of those places. I have a couple of myself here. I didn't get anything signed by Princess Diana and sent over to you know, bitterness takes a while to and I've joked with Colin over this many years. Colin was there, but if you look closely behind the scenes, you'll find I was there too, but so I was great friends with Colin over many years and still am. He was obviously contacting everyone he knew about this conference. He was working for BALPPA at the time. I was working for the Two Swords Group, had the operational contract for the London Eye. Paul Kelly: So I went to the first one and I suppose my impressions of the first one was for somebody who hasn't been there before, the QE II is extremely impressive as a conference center. I don't go to many that look like that around the UK. Most of them normally the ones I go to are in attractions, they're slightly different so it was hugely impressive both on its location and what was across the road and how things went and I was a little bit starstruck I suppose, for the first one. Now I get the opportunity to sit on the stage and look out at everybody and have a slightly different view on it all, but still think it's an extremely impressive environment to do that. Paul Kelly: And I think the biggest change for me, and I think we may cover a little bit later, is how we've broken up the afternoons into separate segments and sections where people can go along to a smaller, informal group discussing a topic that they particularly want. And I think the thing I also like about that is the amount of people who want to go to more than one of them that are on at the same time and are almost complaining there's too many things to go to, which I think is hilarious, which means it's really good. And hopefully that means that next time they'll really think about which one do I want to go to, obviously I want to go to more than one, but I'm going to pick my best one. Paul Kelly: So I think for me, that's probably the biggest change over time. But what doesn't change for me is the team that we have putting these things together, which we're actually relatively slick at. Everyone gets the chance to put their opinions and I'm glad we don't record those meetings and it works out really well. And I think as a team, it's amazing how long we've stuck at it and stuck together. Kelly Molson: I'd love to be on a little fly on the wall for those meetings. Have you ever had a fallout about something? Bernard Donoghue: Yes, we're frequently violent. It's a visitor experience in its own right, I think. Kelly Molson: I'll pay for it. Bernard Donoghue: We reflect the madness that some of our visitors demonstrate on site so in that case I think we're rooted in the industry. The first one that I went to was in 2011, so I just joined ALVA at that point. And the first one I spoke, it was in 2012 and I've been doing the same kind of slot ever since. I do a kind of State of the Nation in the morning because ALVA obviously gets loads of data and information and we publish all of our visitor figures and all the rest of it, and actually we collect and commission much more data now than we ever used to. So I share all of that in the kind of Donoghue half hour copyright. Bernard Donoghue: What's lovely I mean, Paul's absolutely right is that over the last twelve years I think we've seen a real move from people desperately wanting to speak about their successes to being really open about what hasn't worked, which of course is far more interesting and useful. So there's been a really lovely shift from people saying, "No, I don't have to do the propaganda stuff.” Actually, I'm going to tell you what it was like, why it was a disaster and what we learned from it. And that's so useful. So you do get this real honesty coming from the speakers who know that's what they find useful too. So why not share it? I think the other one is I do a presentation about, is there core behaviours of successful visitor attractions regardless of type?Bernard Donoghue: And there are there's about ten of them, but one of them is the ability to foster creative partnerships with unusual suspects. So the presentations that are most fascinating for me is where a visitor attraction, it doesn't matter whether it's a cathedral or whether it's a museum or gallery or theme park, have teamed up with someone that you wouldn't expect them to team up with to tell the story of their people and places and collections in a new, innovating, exciting way. And those are fascinating, absolutely fascinating. So I love those. There's much more of that. Kelly Molson: Fantastic. Well, on that note, I want to know from each of you who has been the most inspiring speaker that you've had at the conference over the past 20 years. Ken, let us start with you. Who do you think would be on your list for that? Ken Robinson: I had a look through the programs going back to 2004 and came up with the following names which surprised me, actually. I think originally our first most inspiring speaker was Simon Jenkins, the columnist of the Times, who had very strong views, which didn't necessarily agree with what government and others were doing. He did give a very inspiring presentation and then there are some people who perhaps we would expect less. The most single most surprising speaker was somebody called Tristram Mayhew, who titles himself as the Chief Gorilla of Go Ape and in a room full of suits and quite smart dresses and trouser suits, Go Ape shambled onto the stage in a car key shirt and proceeded to explain how he'd done things differently. And frankly, it was riveting. We had a chap called Tony Berry from the National Trust who gave presentations. Ken Robinson: His first one was just stunnning, you know, in the days when HR was less popular, Tony Berry would tell you why you should be interested and he was absolutely amazing. And Sue Wilkinson, incidentally, of the National Trust, who was the person responsible really for dragging the Trust from its sort of old form to its new marketing orientated thinking about its supporters future success? She was terrific. And the other person I would mention another Tony, I don't know whether or Tony's there's Tony Butler from the Museum of East Anglian Life, who again, when Bernard was talking about people talking about doing things differently and it inspires you. Some of those examples are very interesting, but not easy to copy. Ken Robinson: In other attractions, we always look for things that do go across the piece, so anybody can learn from the lessons within the example that we're talking about. And incidentally, we do have arguments in meetings, it's about whether particular speakers and particular topics are the way of doing things. And generally speaking, when we all have a good go at it comes out better than it did when anybody said, “Well, I know what the right answer is. No, you don't. Let's all talk about it. So that works.” So you get these people that actually inspire and they light up the room, not because of clever graphics and not because of a forceful way, but they light up the room because of the originality of their ideas. Now, I'll come to my number one. Ken Robinson: I'm sorry about this, because he's sitting on my screen down there, and that's young Bernard, who since he joined our there you go. That's the top half that works. You should see the bottom half doesn't work. He's just had pins put in it. Kelly Molson: Just for our listeners here, Bernard is given a little muscle strong arm salute on screen here. Ken Robinson: Bernard combines the latest immediate knowledge of talking to people across the industry with an absolutely amazing gift of the gab, with a power of communication. And he's unstoppable. And we wouldn't have stood him for all these years if he wasn't. So of all the years and all the speakers, the consistent best is Bernard. But we have had other people, often surprising, who take know, you don't expect it, you think you're going to listen to ordinary session, all of a sudden it takes fire. Kelly Molson: Bernard, what have you got to say to that? Bernard Donoghue: What I say to Ken is there are packets of cash going from London to the south coast with immediate effect. Delighted. Thank you very much. It's really lovely, actually. I've tried to change things every year to do partly political, but also partly about good practice and who's doing what and who's interesting. I'll tell you what, one of my favourite speakers, and it was in a conversation, one of the things that we've introduced is a sort of conversation with slot, which works really well, actually, because a bit like this, you're off script, you respond to people. Liz chaired a conversation last year, so were in Birmingham last year and it was all about HR issues and of course, it know, coming out of COVID and cost of living crisis and recruitment challenges and all of those kind of stuff. Bernard Donoghue: And Tina Lewis is the director of people at the National Trust. National Trust, getting great repertoire here. She came out with an idea that they're doing at the National Trust and I've implemented it in the three organisations that I chair and it's made the biggest difference. So the National Trust, they will pay the rent deposit for your flat if you need them to. So if you're going through a cost of living crisis and you can't get up the cash to put down a rent deposit on your flat, they'll do it for you. You can't get up the cash to put down a rent deposit on your flat, they'll do it for you. That was such a transformational thing to hear. You could almost hear the gasp in the room of people going, "Oh, my God. Yeah, if we can, let's do that." Bernard Donoghue: And I've now introduced it. As I say in the organisations that I chair, not many people have taken it up, but the fact that we've said it has made such a difference to people. I mean, as it is at the Trust, actually, there's been a relatively small number of people at the Trust who've taken it up, but the very policy decision, the very communication of it, just spoke volumes about an organisation that cares about its staff, and particularly those staff who are on really limited budgets. So there's been loads and loads of speakers over the course of the last few years, but that for me was a nugget which has changed people's lives and has been implementable. Kelly Molson: I think that's the key to that part, isn't it, is that it's an incredible thing that they've done, but the fact that it can be implemented someone has listened to that talk. They can take that away, take it to their board, take it to whoever needs to okay that, and they can put that into action like that straight away. That's the power of a really good initiative and a good speaker to be able to deliver that as well. Paul, what about you? Please don't say Bernard. I think he's had enough praise today. Bernard Donoghue: No, keep going. Kelly Molson: No. Paul Kelly: You're OK, Bernard? We'll leave that one where it is, shall we? If we can squeeze Bernard into the room next. Right, so one special mention I wanted to give, actually, which is one of the years not too long ago, we invited Simon Calder to speak, the travel journalist, and I have to say I wasn't convinced, because clearly he's not working in one of our attractions and doesn't necessarily know the industry pretty well. But I have to say, he was hugely entertaining, had done his homework, was hugely knowledgeable, and so he was absolutely excellent. But I think the most important thing for me is that he left us and he said to me, “Enjoyed it so much, I'll come back later.” And I said, “Yes, of course you will.”Paul Kelly: So he went away and he came back at the end of the day to talk to all the people that he'd seen early in the day, because he loved the atmosphere and he wasn't required to do that. And he came along. And for that I have to put a special mention in one for myself to actually listen to the others when they say, “This will be good”, and secondly for him, for actually doing a bit and actually coming back later. And he was a fabulous addition and outside of our industry. So my inside the industry one is somebody I ended up working with because I was with the Two Swords group and then they were bought by Merlin with Nick Varney and his Merry Men. Paul Kelly: So Nick and his team had obviously been in the industry a very long time at this point, dipped in and out of theme parks and attractions. But Nick didn't actually do many talks. You wouldn't actually hear him speak about too much. I'd heard him speak over in the IAAPA trade show held in Orlando every November, and he was absolutely brilliant. And then Ken managed to get him to speak at VAC one year. And again, he was absolutely excellent. And this fits in nicely because now that he's retired from Merlin, he's speaking again this year. So I think that will be really interesting because he's absolutely excellent. Ken Robinson: And by the way, guys, just to show you that we know what we're doing here, this is 2004, okay? And it says here the recipe for success. Nick Varney chief executive, will talk about the components for commercial success. And that's before. So we've got him first and look what happened. Kelly Molson: I'm really looking forward to that interview, actually, and I think it would be really interesting to see how he differs now. He's kind of outside of the sector, and I think that the format that you've got him in. So that's the interview with Liz, isn't it? On stage? I think that's going to be a really great format as well. I've seen that work really well in the past where she's interviewed people and it just feels really comfortable and really conversational. I think that brings out the best of people. Bernard Donoghue: Kelly, do you want to know who's been of most variable quality? Kelly Molson: Oh, yes. Bernard Donoghue: Tourism Minister. I mean, without doubt. I mean, we've been going 20 years now, therefore we've had 20 tourism ministers, had one a year, like Christmas cards. And some of them have completely got the industry completely understood. It delivered a barnstorming speech, and then the next year you'll get the annual Tourism Minister pop up and they'll read something flat, banal, uninteresting. And we're so torched by the experience that we don't invite the one next on the year. So we're always banging on about this. Tourism is very good at job creation. In fact, we've created 20 Tourism Minister jobs in years, but they are of variable quality. Ken Robinson: The best we ever had, Bernard, I think, by far, was John Penrose, when he had completed his review of the industry and got very clear views, which he put to government. Unfortunately, government didn't do it, as they usually don't, but he was good and people liked him and gave him a high rating. I think the next best was probably Margaret Hodge, who was very good and spoke from the heart. But as you say, when we look at every year, we look at a rating of every speaker and the meeting after the event, we go through those ratings and decide, those that got good ratings, why did they get it? Was it intrinsic to their character, their nature, their topic? Was there something special? And those who didn't, why was that? Was it our fault? Ken Robinson: Did we not brief them properly? Or was it never going to be any better? Ken Robinson: And that way we managed to manage the conference. So know the attraction sector. We sometimes forget that over half of all visits to visitor attractions in the UK are free of charge. We forget that the majority of visitor attractions are medium and small businesses. We forget that there are charitable and commercial attractions. We must be able to bring this whole sector together and move our thinking forward in the way that Bernard has just explained in terms of what he does with ALVA. And the other thing that Bernard mentioned was ALVA's research now. Ken Robinson: 20 years ago, you had to wait until the annual book came out from Thames Tower and then eventually from the centre of luck look to page 16 and there would be numbers, but very little interpretation of what those numbers meant. Now, Bernard is behind much of the work that is done now with ALVA. But the key to it is it's not just numbers, it's interpretation. And because of the communication skills, when ALVA put out a message, it is interpreted. It says why it was a successful year or what was mitigating against that. And that's so important in trying to move our case forward. Kelly Molson: But it's important in improving the content that you give your audience at the conferences as well, right? If something isn't working and you've got a process of evaluating why that hasn't worked and how you improve on it for the next one. Let's just focus on why should people attend VAC this year? What is in it for them? What's on the agenda? What have they got to look forward to and how can we get them to book a ticket? Bernard Donoghue: I'll happily go first and go quite niche, actually. One of the things that I do now outside of ALVA, or because of ALVA is that I co chair the advisory board for VisitLondon. So essentially chair the London tourist board. And I do that with Kate Nichols of UK hospitality. And we created the London Tourism Recovery Group during COVID So my suggestion would be Sadiq Khan. So we've managed to get the Mayor of London to come along and speak at this anniversary conference. And it's not just because he's the Mayor of London and it's the 20th anniversary, but it's because he's the first ever Mayor of London that hazard one of his four political priorities, culture and tourism. That's number one. Bernard Donoghue: Number two is that he put his money where his mouth was and he funded the Let's Do London Recovery campaign, which was both domestic and international with the industry. We delivered it with London and partners, but he put up the lump sum behind it. And third, he completely gets that tourism and heritage and culture is both where you grow jobs and we're very good at it, but it's also where you grow people. It's where you grow people in terms of their cultural literacy or their sense of community or their independence or their sense of history. And therefore knowing where you come from enables you to be a better future citizen, if you like. Bernard Donoghue: So my quick blast would be we've got him doing a welcome, but also saying why visitor attractions and tourism are so important to him and to the economy and the politics of London. So that's not to be missed. Kelly Molson: That is a big draw. Absolutely a big draw. Paul, you mentioned earlier about the variety in splitting up that second session, that second part of the day with the seminars and the smaller talks that you do as well. That for me, as an attendee, is really valuable because you can kind of pick and choose what's relevant to you and go along and see lots of different talks. What do you think is the draw for people to come to the conference this year for you? Paul Kelly: Well, I was just jotting down, thinking about it's a little bit. An extension of what Ken was talking about is that it's the variety of what we do in one place is greater than anywhere else. And all the conferences I do because of the nature of what we do each end of the spectrum. So we've got talks about people who run charities to people who run hugely commercial operations. We've got people doing talks on which are free to get into those who are quite expensive, but focus on value for money. And you've got those that are indoor, those that are outdoor. When I spent my time business development at Merlin, they were always focused on a balanced portfolio. And a balanced portfolio meant making sure that right across your business, you have every aspect covered. Paul Kelly: So everything balances indoor, outdoor, UK, Europe, USA, whatever it is. And I think with our conference, that's what we try and do, we try and balance all of those types of different types of operations so that everything is covered, not to the point where it's too thin and you don't learn anything. And that's the key to it, is that we go into the depth. And the depth, I think, is greater now because we do those breakout sessions and we've got time to do in fact, we double up for those three different areas just for that afternoon. So I think those are the things, if anyone asks me why they should come, it's about the variety.Kelly Molson: Regardless of size of your attraction as well. And actually, from my perspective as a supplier to the industry, it's just as valuable to come along and learn and understand what's going on in the sector. You don't have to be an attraction to come along and take part and be educated about what's happening in the sector. What about you, Ken? Ken Robinson: Well, I think that those of us who have stood on the stage at the QE II Centre and looked at the people who have come can see that there aren't any slumbering faces out there. There are people making notes, people nudging the person next to them, people looking round when we ask a question. We now have a sort of red and green card system for, do you agree? Don't you agree? Which we sometimes use, which is very interesting, engaging the mood of the room. And I think that the thing about VAC is don't be lazy if we're going to come to VAC. Don't be lazy. If you're coming to VAC, l And jot down what questions you might like to ask those people or what you'd like to learn from that session. Write it down, don't think you can remember it at the time. Ken Robinson: Bring it on a note with you when you come and then you will find, and we all know this, that the networking that happens at the end of the day and in the breaks at VAC it's like a family wedding in a way. I mean, everybody wants to talk to everybody else and it's so valuable. I think everybody who goes away from VAC should have a good few things that day, which they say, “I wouldn't have thought of that if I hadn't been there”, or even, “I disagree with that”, but it's made me realise what my true opinion about that is equally valuable. But don't be a lazy attendee. Come and participate, come and enjoy, come and learn, come and take back benefit to everybody that works with you. Kelly Molson: Yeah, I couldn't agree more. I think that thing about not being scared to ask questions is really valid as well, Ken, because this happened to me, actually. I went to one of the seminar sessions, and this is back in 2019 and was really inspired by one of the speakers about it was Julez Osbek, who was at Continuum Attractions at the time, and she talked about marketing segmentation, but had a completely different perspective on it in terms of not doing it demographically, just talking about age brackets and things like that. And it was really interesting. I didn't get a chance to ask a question during the seminar, but I found her afterwards and she was very approachable, very happy to answer my question. And then I stalked her on Twitter and got her to come on to the podcast afterwards to talk about it. Kelly Molson: But that's for me, what VAC is about. It's the openness that people are really willing to share. So don't be afraid to go and find the speaker that you've been inspired by and go and ask them the question afterwards, because everyone's really happy to talk about their topic and they're really happy to help people. That's my little key takeaway from it anyway. Right, so it's going to be on Thursday, the 5th October. This podcast episode is launching on the 20th September, so you haven't got long to go and get your tickets, so make sure you do. It is the 5th October, the QE II Conference Centre in Westminster. The website address is vacevents.com. That's Vacevents.com and you can get your ticket there. All of this information will be in the show notes, so don't worry if you didn't get time to scribble that down. Kelly Molson: While I've got you all, though, because you all are in the sector and you've got lots of insights to share. I want to know from each of you what you think that attractions should be focusing on and what 2024 might look like for the sector. Paul, what about you? Start with you. Paul Kelly: So I've been chatting to some of our operators. We have some very large operators around the UK asking them how it's going? And unsurprisingly, you could have said the same question 20 years ago, what's our biggest challenge? It's the weather. It's not actually the cost of living crisis, it's not COVID you can put plans together for those things and you can work on it, but the weather always is a little bit of a challenge. So this summer inverted commerce has been quite hard to focus on what we can deliver when the days have been half decent. Actually, we've done quite well, we always do relatively well, certainly in our sector, I'm sure the others will agree, in a recession. Paul Kelly: So the key seems to be, and I'm going to put it out, I haven't quite found the right words for it, but I'll develop this once I've spoken to a few more. What every attraction for me has to have is an opportunity for people to downgrade what they did slightly. What they're doing is they're ringing it up and saying, "Can't afford to do this, have you got something that's almost like that?" But whether it's a slightly different experience, less time, one day less so whatever the packages are that people are offering, there has to be one rung lower than it was before to still encourage people to come along because they're not able to reach the same heights at the moment that they did previously. But they still want to have that family experience that day out, create those memories. Paul Kelly: All of those things are still relevant. And if you don't have that opportunity, then they'll either go elsewhere or they won't go. So, again, it's managing. So I'm not talking about huge discounts, I'm talking about being relatively clever in what you package and what you put together to make sure they still attend and they still get what they perceive to be value for money. But unless you have that option then I think they won't come. Kelly Molson: Really great advice, Paul. Thank you. Bernard, what about you? Bernard Donoghue: Like Paul, actually, especially since Lockdown ended, but actually for about the last five or six years I've noticed a particular thing which is where visitor attractions have got reserves, and that's a big if by the way, particularly in the course of the last couple of years. Actually, especially since Lockdown ended, but actually for about the last five or six years I've noticed a particular thing which is where visitor attractions have got reserves, and that's a big if by the way, particularly in the course of the last couple of years. So it comes back to Paul's point about kind of ensuring yourself against the excesses of the weather and making sure that you're still particularly a family attractive visitor attractions that'd be one. Second is cost of living crisis, certainly for the average customer, but also the energy costs for visitor attractions too. Bernard Donoghue: Just crazy amounts of money that visitor attractions are now paying i If you're a zoo or an aquarium you can't turn down the temperature of your botanics you're a living reef. So we're going to have to find some way out of that. And that means that actually for many organisations it's going to be as financially challenging over the next twelve months as it has been over the last two. And then I think the third, and this is a continual for me and Kelly, you and I have talked about it before, but it forms the last session of the day at the VAC conference which is diversity and inclusivity. And my feeling is that every visitor attraction should be critically honest about who comes, who doesn't, why they don't come and what are you going to do about it?Bernard Donoghue: And in particular those organisations who in receipt are government money or public money or who had COVID loans from the UK taxpayer. If their visitors don't look like the community in which they're housed, they have a moral question at the heart of their business. That's it. If you want to take public money you need to have an audience that looks like the diversity of the public. And that's a challenge. I get that, I completely get that. But I think that making sure that we are as accessible in every conceivable way, economically, physically. Accessible to people and that they see their stories and themselves reflected in their collections and people and staff and volunteers and board members, I think that's the biggest challenge of the sector as it is indeed to many other sectors. Bernard Donoghue: But I think we're doing some amazing things and we need to shout about it and we need to share and we need to learn from each other. Kelly Molson: Absolutely agree. And that session is going to be a really great session. That's one not to miss. Ken? Ken Robinson: Well, I would say two things. First of all, as far as our visitors are concerned, I think there is a bigger polarisation now than there ever has been between those who have money and can still afford to do things and are not much impacted by the current circumstances, despite everything. And those who haven't and those who haven't have got to find ways of saving money, getting more for their money. There are so many things they can do that are free and alternatives that charged attractions find it difficult. I think we have to remember that the biggest number of attractions in the United Kingdom are heritage based attractions and they weren't purpose built like many of Paul's members, the attractions are purpose built for entertainment. But heritage attractions have got a bigger responsibility or museums housed in historic buildings. Ken Robinson: And all the time they're having to cut their costs and finding life difficult. Money isn't going into maintaining that National Heritage. And that's a real big long term challenge, one that government can't ignore. So government has a vested interest in the health of our businesses because the more healthy they are, the less will fall back on the state eventually. One last thing, I would like to mention Martin Evans and the tourism business. Ken Robinson: For the last I don't know how many years, Martin has been the person who has put together this event for us. He has to do the heavy lifting. He is backed up by our conference organisers, who are also very efficient. And the other person that I wouldn't like to miss from this, because if she could have been here today, you would have got a different flavour, is the wonderful Liz Terry and the support that her organisation. That's Liz's Organisation, her hard work in Leisure Media Group. She publishes Attractions Management magazine. Ken Robinson: She has never asked for anything from this conference and she gives it great support, without which we wouldn't have made 20 years, as I said earlier. And also a big shout and a screen for Liz. Kelly Molson: That is lovely. Thank you. I'm sure Liz will very much appreciate that. We won't forget her. Don't worry, she'll be on the credits for this podcast. I always ask our guests to leave us with a book recommendation for our listeners. So a book that you've loved, a book that you've enjoyed as part of your career growth can be absolutely anything. So, Paul, what would you like to share with us today? Paul Kelly: Oh, I tell you what, books are a bit highbrow for me. Yes, Bernard agrees with that. So I'm from the north, so I used to travel a lot when I was working North America. Commuting a little bit. So I did read a little bit then, but I very quickly swapped over to podcasts things that I download. I watch Silent Witness from the 90's, early 2000s repeatedly. I like Meet Marry Murder, which is one of the cable channels, so I'm quite simple. So I don't really have a book recommendation. I think when I have time to read, I will look forward to reading what somebody else recommends. Kelly Molson: Well, I will take Silent Witness as a recommendation because I love Silent Witness, Paul. Oh, so good. Never miss an episode, ever. So, OK, they go I mean, I can't give it away as a prize, but go and check out Silent Witness if you haven't. Bernard, what's yours? Bernard Donoghue: Well, I've been on this before and I remember my recommendation and it sounds really facile, but it was absolutely true, was Ladybird Books when I was a kid, and then that's how I got into history and heritage and storytelling and absolutely loved them. And I've still got loads of them, which is a bit sad, actually. I'm currently confined to home with a broken ankle. So I've been going through my big Bernard book of books, of all the ones that I haven't got around to reading, and the one that I've enjoyed most and has really surprised me is Lucy Worsley's biography of Agatha Christie. Absolutely fascinating. I thought I knew her. I thought I knew all about her. I know all of her characters, I've watched every conceivable film and TV program, but what a fascinating woman. Bernard Donoghue: So that's the one that I've loved this summer. Kelly Molson: Great recommendation. Yeah. I wondered what were going to get from you, actually, because you've had a lot of time on your hands to go through that book pile. Bernard Donoghue: It was either going to be Agatha Christie or the Argos catalogue. Honestly, it could have gone. Kelly Molson: It's not Christmas yet. You only do the Argos catalogue at Christmas. Ken, over to you for our last recommendation. Ken Robinson: Well, the best book quite hard to get hold of now, but I can supply copies is Action For Attractions, the National Policy Document, written in 2000. But if you want something other than that, then I have just finished reading a book which everyone else read years ago called Sapiens, which is about this thick, that's to say two and a half inches thick. For those of you listening. It's by somebody, I've just had to look him up because I couldn't have remembered it, by Yuval Noah Harari. And it's entitled A Brief History of Humankind. And what's so interesting about it is it goes through segments explaining the great moves that have happened to us humans since we appeared on this Earth. Ken Robinson: And I found the whole thing fascinating to read in one go what took me a long time, particularly the last bit, which talks about how commerce has changed the world and what we're all doing, and that's, after all, what we're doing at VAC. We are engaged in the kind of commerce that is to entertain, amuse and give enjoyment to our visitors, and at the same time keep the heritage of the country going and keep an awful lot of people employed, so I recommend Sapiens. Kelly Molson: Ken, that's a great book. It took me a really long time to read as well, but it is an absolutely fascinating book. I would totally back up your recommendation there. Have you read the next one as well, Homodeus? Ken Robinson: No one a year is enough for me. Kelly Molson: Well, I've got a toddler, so reading doesn't come easy for me right now. But Homodus is next on my list to read because that's the next one on from Sapiens and it's supposed to be a really good read as well. Right, listeners as ever, if you want to win a copy of Ken and Bernard's book, retweet this episode announcement with the words, I want the Vax books and you will be put into a prize drawer to win them. And also, do go and watch Silent Witness, Paul's recommendation, because it is blooming brilliant. I love it. Thank you all so much for coming on to join me today. I've really appreciated it. It's been a fascinating kind of deep dive into the Visitor Attractions Conference. I genuinely love this conference. It is one absolutely not to be missed. Kelly Molson: I mean, there might be a speaker called Kelly at this one. This is so I'll be there. Come and see me too. But no, thank you. It's been wonderful. As I said, we will put all of the info in the show notes. We'll put all of the connections to Paul, Ken and Bernard too. So if you've got any follow up questions that you want to ask them, I'm sure they'd be really happy to help. But it's vapevents.com. Go and grab your ticket now. Thank you, guys. Ken Robinson: And I have to tell you, Kelly, we are going to spend our time at our next committee meeting thinking of impossible questions for you for when you're speaking at VAC.Kelly Molson: Oh, God. Do it. I love impossible questions. Put me on the spot, Ken. I'll enjoy it. Kelly Molson: Thanks for listening to Skip the Queue. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave us a five star review. It really helps others find us. And remember to follow us on Twitter for your chance to win the books that have been mentioned. Skip The Queue is brought to you by Rubber Cheese, a digital agency that builds remarkable systems and websites for attractions that helps them increase their visitor numbers. You can find show notes and transcriptions from this episode and more over on our website, rubbercheese.com/podcast.
In this special edition of the Integrative Practitioner Podcast, Scarlet Soriano, MD, joins Integrative Practitioner Content Specialist, Avery St. Onge, to discuss how mind-body medicine can contribute to health equity. About the Speaker: As Executive Director of Duke Health and Well-Being, Scarlet Soriano, MD, leads a multidisciplinary team in systemwide innovation aimed at effectively addressing gaps in our healthcare delivery structures through health and well-being interventions that are grounded on health equity. Soriano is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and a founding member of its Black, Indigenous and People of Color Committee. She was Co-Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (ACIMH) 2023 Integrative Medicine Symposium and serves as Duke Health and & Well-Being's Institutional Representative within ACIMH. Soriano's work has centered on designing healthcare delivery structures that create conditions for deep personal transformation, grounded on self-efficacy and positive change-making, as the foundation for both individual healing and community transformation. Soriano is passionate about planetary health and weaving our personal and collective healing with the healing of our planet. She has a special interest in wellness-based group medical visits as critical aspects of healthcare redesign. Soriano is the former Director for Group Visits and Wellness-Based Healthcare Transformation at Boston Medical Center's Program for Integrative Medicine and Healthcare Disparities, and former Medical Director for the Tanya I Edwards Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. In her consulting work, Soriano supports organizations to rethink healthcare strategies through the lens of equity and whole person-whole community health.
Would you like to be a SPONSOR? Would you like to join the Whatsapp Discussion Group? Reach out about new sponsorship opportunities for your brand & organizations - firstname.lastname@example.org Check out www.JewishCoffeeHouse.com for more Jewish Podcasts on our network. About Our Guest: Michael J. Salamon, Ph.D. Dr. Salamon holds doctoral degrees in Psychology and Research from Hofstra University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a Presidential Citation awardee recognized for his clinical work in the field of trauma, abuse, and resiliency. He is on the clinical staff of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, a Division of Northwell Health, was a consultant to the Mount Sinai Narcotics Rehabilitation Center and Co-Chair of the Professional Advisory Board of P'TACH. Dr. Salamon has appeared on a variety of television and radio shows and in addition to his prolific list of professional journal publications is an Op-Ed contributor to the Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Press, Haaretz and the Times of Israel. He's the author of several books including The Shidduch Crisis: Causes and Cures, Every Pot Has a Cover: A Proven System for Finding, Keeping and Enhancing the Ideal Relationship and Abuse in the Jewish Community.
In this episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Communications Officer Jesper Guhle interviews Co-Chair for the IASC Reference Group for MHPSS in Emergencies Carmen Valle-Trabadelo about the linkage between Mental Health and Human Rights.
Improving soil health doesn't happen overnight, but it's amazing how a series of small changes, compounded over time, can really make a difference. In this episode, we talk to 4th generation Ohio farmer Fred Yoder about things he's been implementing over the past four decades to improve his soil health and what he has experienced firsthand that he wants farmers everywhere to experience as well. Along with his wife Debbie and his 2 children, he grows corn, soybeans, and wheat. He also has operated a retail farm seed business for over 36 years and sells seed and other technology products to farmers. “I think we should be building soil and the things that we're doing today, I think we're building rather than even maintaining, we're actually improving soil. Dad wasn't the first to say it, but I asked him when I bought the farm, any last minute, recommendations. He said, “Just leave it in better shape than what you got it.” And today the farm is the most productive it's ever been and in the best shape it's ever been. And I think that's because of some of the things that we've been doing over the years.” - Fred Yoder Fred is also a founding board member and now Co-Chair of “Solutions from the Land,” a non-profit that explores integrated land management solutions to help meet food security, economic development, climate change and conservation of biodiversity goals. He also serves as Chair of the “North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance,” representing all factions of production agriculture, and working to ensure that farmer-to-farmer education and economics will be the driving force to adapting to a changing climate while feeding the world. “I look at my soil as my 401k, you won't get instant gratification from it… What they have to be convinced of is the fact if you invest in some of these practices that it'll pay dividends later on down the road. The first couple of years, you have to actually get your soils conditioned for less tillage and for cover crops and things like that. You give me a farmer for three to five years and I'll have him for life because once you go through that transitional change, then all of a sudden it supports itself.” Fred Yoder This Week on Soil Sense: Meet 4th generation Ohio farmer Fred Yoder and explore his soil health journey over the past 4 decades of farming Discover the advice Fred offers all producers on pursuing soil health practices on their operations Explore the organizations and efforts Fred participates in to support soil health practices Thank you to the Soy Checkoff for sponsoring this Farmers for Soil Health series of the Soil Sense podcast. This show is produced by Dr. Abbey Wick, Dr. Olivia Caillouet, and Tim Hammerich, with support from the United Soybean Board, the University of Missouri Center for Regenerative Agriculture and the Soil Health Institute. If you are interested in what soil health looks like in practice and on the farm, please subscribe and follow this show on your favorite podcast app, and leave us a rating and review while you're there. Check out the Farmers for Soil Health website at FarmersForSoilHealth.com.
As Craft Beer Professionals, you aim to brew and deliver the highest quality beer possible. It is through conversations and continued education that we grow as brewers. Join us for a conversation with Brewers Association Technical Committee members as they discuss ways you can brew and serve high quality beer, both safely and sustainably. They will share strategies on how you can improve your operation and draw attention to key resources that can help you see greater success. Panelists: Adam Beauchamp (Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Brewers Association Sustainability Subcommittee Co-Chair) Kent Taylor (Blackstone Brewing Company, Brewers Association Engineering Subcommittee Co-Chair) Larry Horwitz (Crooked Hammock Brewery, Brewers Association Draught Beer Quality Subcommittee Chair) Zach Perrotte (Untold Brewing, Co-Chair of the Brewers Association's Safety Subcommittee) Moderator: Mitch Steele (New Realm Brewing Company, Brewers Association Supply Chain Subcommittee Chair. Member of the Brewers Association Board of Directors) All panelists, including Mitch, are also members of the Brewers Association Technical Committee. Join us in-person for CBP Connects Half workshop, half networking Charleston, SC | December 4-6, 2023 Grab your spot now at https://cbpconnects-charleston.eventbrite.com/
Amanda DiGiacomo sits down with Melissa Rossiter the Senior Marketing Specialist for Blue Zones Project – Bakersfield and Chelsey Hall the President and Co-owner of Modern Grub as they discuss why nutrition is so important for your overall health. Melissa explains where the 5 Blue Zones are located and the 9 things (The Power 9) they all have in common such as nutrition. This led to Blue Zone Project - Bakersfield to partner with Modern Grub to give our community healthier food alternatives. Modern Grub is a great resource to use on your health and fitness journey since they have pre-made meal prep meals. If you have been struggling with eating healthy please tune into this week's episode. Melissa Rossiter is the senior marketing specialist for Blue Zones Project – Bakersfield. She is excited to use her skills in storytelling and public relations to share how this inspiring project will help transform the health and wellness of the community where she grew up. With a career spanning 20+ years, Melissa has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor, TV news producer and in various marketing roles in Kern County. Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism from California State University, Bakersfield. She has a unique blend of skills and experience, including media relations, graphic design, marketing/branding and event planning. Prior to joining Blue Zones Project, Melissa worked at Kern County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services on its public information team, where she managed and supported the department's marketing, engagement, and branding efforts. She also discovered a passion for advocating for mental health by overseeing the messaging and design efforts for awareness campaigns during Mental Health Awareness Month in May and National Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Month in September. Chelsey Hall is the President and Co-owner of Modern Grub, Inc here in Bakersfield, California- Bakersfield's CLEAN Meal Prep Company and At-Home Delivery Service. She has been in the grocery retail business since 2000 and has had a passion for nutrition, health and wellness for as long as she can remember. After studying Nutrition and Business Administration at Cal State University of Bakersfield she made the jump from the Grocery Industry into the Restaurant and Food Packaging Industry. She started Modern Grub in 2014 after recognizing the gaps in the Health and Wellness Industry in Bakersfield, noticing that the area was lacking in healthy eating options compared to other California cities similar in size. After ten years in business Modern Grub has successfully partnered with some amazing organizations like Kern Health Systems, the Bakersfield Police Department, the Kern County Sheriff's Department, Motor City Buick GMC, A3 Sports Performance, Local Nursing Facilities, Sully's Neighbourhood Markets, and now Blue Zones Project of Bakersfield where Chelsey now fills the role of Co-Chair for the Grocery and Restaurant Sector. Modern Grub is open seven days a week. Walk-ins are welcomed every day. They also deliver to homes and offices and help coordinate Wellness Programs in corporate offices. LEARN MORE ABOUT BLUE ZONE PROJECT: Website: https://bakersfield.bluezonesproject.com/ Instagram: bzpbbakersfield Facebook: Blue_Zones_Project_Bakersfield LinkedIn: Blue_Zones_Project LEARN MORE ABOUT MODERN GRUB: Website: https://eatmoderngrub.com/ Phone: 661-695-9006 Address: 1100 Calloway Drive, Unit 100 Instagram: modern_grub Facebook: Modern_Grub
This edWeb podcast is sponsored by ClassLink and co-presented by AASA and CoSN.The edLeader Panel recording can be accesses here.Two leading-edge, innovative superintendents who serve as the Chair and Co-Chair of the CoSN/AASA EmpowerED Superintendents Advisory Panel are joined by the Executive Director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, in an engaging discussion focused on meeting the challenges and opportunities of the 2023-2024 school year. The two school district superintendents articulate the realities from the perspectives of individual school districts. AASA's Executive Director relates his insights from a broader, national point of view.Topics discussed include:A brief look at leading the use of AI and ChatGPT in K-12 educationSustainability of new programs that were funded by special resources during the prior school yearFinding success in providing new learning opportunities for allAddressing digital equityAssuring safe and secure online access for district employees, students, and their familiesAccess to free resources that support the five topics listed above are shared. Join in the conversation with three education leaders to learn how they address several current realities of K-12 education systems by successfully navigating challenges as they occur, while also leveraging positive opportunities for growth and improvement in the systems they lead.This edWeb podcast is of particular value to superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring school leaders.ClassLink ClassLink's mission is to remove barriers between students and impactful education content.CoSN Visionary leaders empowering every learner to achieve their unique potential in a changing world. AASA, The Superintendents Association AASA advocates for equity for all students and develops and supports school system leaders.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Learn more about viewing live edWeb presentations and on-demand recordings, earning CE certificates, and using accessibility features.
This episode is back to my interview series of inspiring women physician leaders.Dr. Martha Rodriguez is one such leader I have known for several years.At the time of this recording several months ago, Dr. Rodriguez owned and operated her private practice at a state-of-the-art facility she coined, MMR Healthcare. Her field of specialty is geriatric care and making patients' golden years shine. MMR Healthcare has been PCMH recognized since 2014. In 2012, she co-founded one of the highest performing Accountable Care Organizations in the country and served as its Chairman of the Board until the end of 2016. With coordination of care at the frontlines of every patient visit, she works to ignite the path towards healthcare excellence. Her other passion is leadership. She was the medical director of several skilled, assisted, and independent living facilities for many years. She holds several other leadership positions including Palm Beach County Medical Society President and Co-Chair of the Palm Beach Medical Society Leadership Academy.Outside of medicine, Dr. Rodriguez loves to spend time with her family and go to the beach. Her greatest pastime is playing with her first granddaughter.If you find this valuable, please Like
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits with Ingrid Manevitz, Partner and Co-Chair of the Condominium and Cooperative practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP to discuss Lithium-Ion batteries and e-scooter prohibitions in NYC residential buildings. We cover rental building, coops and condos and what they can do to minimize risk. Email the show! email@example.com If you'd like to contact Ingrid directly, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 212-218-5534. If you'd like to reach Mark Levine's EBMG contact information, you can call him at 212-335-2723 x.201 or via email at email@example.com.
Give it all you've got because that might be all they get! Chuck talked about Nashville history, mixing "Money For Nothing", how to record acoustic and vocals, and why your favorite microphones could change in the future of mixing for immersive audio. Get access to FREE mixing mini-course: https://MixMasterBundle.com My guest today is Chuck Ainlay, a four time Grammy winner with Ten ACM, Two CMA's Awards & Two Tech Awards. Chuck has over thirty five hundred credits to his name, including work with legendary and defining country music artists such as; George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Steve Earle, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and The Chicks. Chuck has placed his distinctive production and engineering stamp on projects with more mainstream artists such as Dire Straits and nearly the entire solo career of Mark Knopfler as well as Peter Frampton, Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Ann Wilson, James Taylor, Jewel, Bob Seger, Pentatonix and Sheryl Crow. His work in immersive mixing has resulted in ground-breaking projects such as the 25th and 35th anniversary remix of Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive and the Grammy award-winning 20th anniversary remix of the Dire Straits album Brothers In Arms. He is currently serving as Trustee for the Nashville chapter of the Recording Academy and numerous terms as a Governor. He has chaired the Nashville P&E Wing and is the current Co-Chair the Recording Academy P&E Wing National Steering committee. Chuck has been a co-author of the majority of the P&E Wing Guidelines and recommendations. Chuck is also currently on the board of directors for the Country Music Association. Belmont University awarded Chuck with the Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence. Chuck is a founding member of the METalliance, committed to promoting standards of quality in the art and science of recorded music through education and product certification. Thank you to Phil Wagner at SSL for the introduction! THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! https://UltimateMixingMasterclass.com https://lewitt.link/rockstars https://www.Spectra1964.com https://MacSales.com/rockstars https://iZotope.com use code ROCK10 to get 10% off any individual plugin https://www.adam-audio.com https://RecordingStudioRockstars.com/Academy https://www.thetoyboxstudio.com/ Listen to this guest's discography on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2DK9m7FwwJ0c0mwFB1jxqM?si=42594bda9cb449de If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SHOW NOTES AT: https://RSRockstars.com/418
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On this episode of The MindShare PodCast we talked about How Your Money Can Raise Millions of Dollars and Increase Your Brand Awareness.He began his real estate career in 1989 as a salesperson and earned his Broker designation in 1993. Over the years he has owned, managed, and sold, and he currently leads a small but productive family team branded as The Bouma Group. Along the way he has served as an Oshawa City Councillor from 2010 to 2014 andas a director, and then the 2017 President of the Durham Region Association of REALTORS®. He was first elected to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation board in 2020 and currently serves as the 2023 Foundation President. She is the current President-Elect of the Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation and Co-Chair of the Foundation's upcoming Motorcycle Ride for Charity. She is a 3rd generation REALTOR® born and raised in Port Dover, and her and her husband are the owners of Erie's Edge Real Estate located in Norfolk County. She served as President of her local real estate board (the Simcoe and District RealEstate Board) from December of 2011 to December of 2013. She was the inaugural chair of OREA's Young Professionals Network in 2011 and 2012. She also served as the first International Representative to the National Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Joining me on this episode of The MindShare Podcast are the Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation Board President – Roger Bouma, & President-Elect Amie Ferris.5:37 - Who is the ORCF, and how long has the foundation been around?6:56 - What is the main purpose the foundation serves, and why?10:14 - What don't most people know about it ?14:48 - Is ORCF part of OREA?15:26 - How is the ORCF funded?19:51 - What kinds of initiatives have you been involved in/supported over the last 2 years?22:17 - Why should REALTORS® be leveraging the ORCF?25:52 - Do I have to host a big event to have the ORCF involved?34:22 - How much was raised last year in 2022?35:43 - How does a REALTORS® get involved in it?41:04 - Where do I find next steps to get involved?43:00 - How are the funds distributed?45:10 - What's ahead… what kind of strategic plan have you got in place moving forward?50:02 - Tell us about the upcoming motorcycle ride… what does everyone need to know?58:35 - How do you know it's been a successful day for you? 1:01:00 - Final words of wisdom...Thanks for tuning in to this episode of The MindShare PodCast with the Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation, Board President – Roger Bouma, & President-Elect Amie Ferris, as we talked about How Your Money Can Raise Millions of Dollars and Increase Your Brand Awareness.Get your FREE gift on my homepage at www.mindshare101.com just for tuning in!I'd also be really grateful if you could take a quick second to go www.ratethispodcast.com/mindshare101 to rate the show for me.And we haven't connected yet, send me a message!Facebook: facebook.com/mindshare101 Instagram: instagram.com/davidgreenspan101Youtube: youtube.com/@DavidGreenspanLinkedin: linkedin.com/in/mindshare101
Greetings & welcome back to the rose bros podcast.This episode we are joined by Ian Dundas - President & CEO of Enerplus Corporation - a Calgary based energy company that trades on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange, with a market cap of ~$5 billion & $3.7 billion respectively. Enerplus currently produces ~100,000 BOE/d from its USA properties in North Dakota & Pennsylvania. Mr. Dundas became President & Chief Executive Officer of Enerplus on July 1, 2013.Mr. Dundas joined Enerplus' predecessor in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development, and in 2010 his role expanded to Executive Vice President. In 2011, Mr. Dundas was appointed as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Enerplus, Mr. Dundas held several executive positions in the merchant banking business, where he helped oil and gas companies grow by accessing the funding and expertise they required. Mr. Dundas is a member of the Business Council of Canada and of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.Mr. Dundas has been an active volunteer in numerous charitable endeavors, and is currently a committee member of the YMCA Fund Development Committee, and previously the Co-Chair of the YMCA Power of Potential Campaign Committee. Mr. Dundas holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Laws (Distinction) from the University of Alberta. Mr. Dundas was called to the Alberta Bar in 1995.Among other things we discussed the importance of full cycle returns, turning $1.00 into $1.30, the future of Enerplus and why to avoid debt Enjoy.This podcast episode is sponsored by Connate Water Solutions.Do you need cost effective water sourcing options to supply your next drilling or completions program?Connate Water Solutions is a specialized hydrogeology company focused on water well drilling, testing and water management services in Western Canada and Texas.Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.connatewater.com for more details.This episode is brought to you by Canada Action, whose aim is to promote the importance of Canada's Energy industry which is the bedrock of our nation's economy, providing hundreds of thousands of jobs and economic opportunities across the country. Learn more at canadaaction.ca, or check out Canada Action on social media.This podcast is sponsored by Headracingcanada.comLooking for high performance ski gear this winter? In partnership with 4x-Olympian Manny-Osborne Paradis, Headracingcanada.com is offering the lowest prices possible through its online storefront, by passing brick and mortar savings to customers. Check out Headracingcanada.com for more info on high performance gear for the upcoming ski season. Support the show
On the latest episode of Chesterfield Behind the Mic, we talk to Melissa Ackley and Alexa van Aartrijk about National Suicide Prevention Month, the alarming trend of suicide in older adults, why connection and activity are so beneficial, and much more. Credits: Director: Martin Stith Executive Producer: Teresa Bonifas Producer/Writer/Host: Brad Franklin Director of Photography/Editor: Matt Boyce Producer/Camera Operator: Martin Stith and Matt Neese Graphics: Debbie Wrenn Promotions and Media: J. Elias O'Neal and Elizabeth Hart Music: Hip Hop This by Seven Pounds Inspiring Electronic Rock by Alex Grohl Guests: Melissa Ackley, Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services Prevention Services Manager and Co-Chair of the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition Alex van Aartrijk, Manager of the Office on Aging and Disability Resources Recorded in-house by Constituent and Media Services Chesterfield.gov/podcast Follow us on social media! On Facebook, like our page: Chesterfield Behind the Mic. On Twitter, you can find us at @ChesterfieldVa and on Instagram it's @ChesterfieldVirginia. And you can also watch the podcast on WCCT TV Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. as well as on weekends at noon on Comcast Channel 98 and Verizon Channel 28.
In this episode, Kaitlyn Allen talks with Cate Lamb, Global Director of Water Security at CDP, the world's largest coalition of non-state actors committed to delivering a water secure future. Cate is responsible for ensuring that CDP's Water Security program maintains its status as the gold standard for disclosure of corporate and city water-related information globally, while also driving swift changes in corporate and city behavior towards water. She is leading CDP's work to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy by enhancing water-related transparency and associated due diligence in private finance. Cate's efforts have resulted in the creation of the world's first portfolio water impacts reporting framework designed for banks, asset managers, asset owners, and insurance companies. She is now spearheading the development of a Water Action Pathway for Finance alongside OECD, WFN, and UNEP FI. Beyond her work at CDP, Cate has served as the UNFCCC High Level Climate Champion Lead for Water for COP26, is Co-Chair of the Science-Based Targets Network, advisor to UNGC's SDG Leadership network, knowledge partner of the TNFD, founder of the Fair Water Footprints Coalition, and one of Thomson Reuters 2023 Trailblazing Women working on Climate. Get ready as Kaitlyn and Cate dive into the important role of non-profits in the ESG space. Cate shares the CDP's process for collecting data for reporting frameworks, which are utilized by multiple stakeholders, including financial institutions, businesses, and academics. Their work doesn't stop there - CDP's areas of focus have evolved from greenhouse gas emissions to its current work with plastics. Join the conversation as they review the Global Plastics Treaty which engages 200 countries in efforts to address the entire lifecycle of plastics, with a particular focus on stopping the flow of plastic waste into the ocean. When it comes to proper plastics recycling, the impact is far-reaching and affects a variety of industries, from petroleum to fashion. For those looking to dive deeper into this important issue, the United Nations Framework for the Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an excellent resource. Unlock the world of corporate sustainability and join the ESG Decoded Podcast community, where we thoughtfully go in depth on complex issues. Make sure to subscribe to be notified of new episodes on your favorite streaming platforms, YouTube, and our social channels (linked below). Episode Resource Links Cate's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catelamb/ CDP Website: https://www.cdp.net/en United Nations FCCC Website: https://unfccc.int/
ASC Foundation Patient Advocacy Grant Winner Barbara M. Frain, MS SCT(ASCP), Co-Chair, ASC Foundation, interviews Dr. Asteria Kimambo, the winner of the ASC Foundation Patient Advocacy grant. Clinical-pathological implications in establishing an ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy and rapid on-site evaluation practice for cytology samples in Tanzania. Asteria Kimambo, MD, MMed, Lecturer, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences Apply for an ASC Foundation Patient Advocacy Grant - https://cytopathology.org/mpage/Found... #ASCFoundation #Savinglivesonecellatatime #cyto #cytopath https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93rUddlY8Js
“Sometimes, we can only make the choices when they're available to us.” —Andy Naja-Riese With six successful seasons behind us, we are thrilled to announce that Season 7 is live and ready for you! A hearty thanks to you for staying with us through the previous six seasons and continuously supporting the program. For us, you are not just our listeners. You are an integral part of this community. With lots of surprises and fresh series to pique your interest, we assure this season will be a unique experience. Our aim is not just to bring changes to the food system, but also to be a trusted ally for all respected founders and leaders out there. We are setting the ball rolling for this season with our former guest, Andy Naja-Riese, the CEO of the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM). A non-profit organization, AIM strives to educate, inspire, and connect diverse communities, dedicated farmers, and producers to strengthen local and regional food systems. Join Justine and Andy as they continue their enlightening conversation on bolstering local farmers and promoting a superior food system. Take the plunge as they discuss the challenges in the local food system, the struggles of every farmer, addressing the climate crisis and food insecurity with agricultural techniques, eating by the season, and how market matching can help in ensuring the affordability of local produce. After all, the end goal is improved food accessibility. Meet Andy: Andy Naja-Riese brings 17 years of experience in community food systems, public health, and food equity programs & policy. As Chief Executive Officer, he leads AIM's major programs, partnerships, strategic planning, advocacy, and fundraising, including a capital campaign for AIM's Center for Food and Agriculture in collaboration with AIM's Board of Directors. Andy joined AIM in 2018 after spending 10 years working for the Federal government, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service. Andy is currently the Co-Chair of the Marin County Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Collaborative, serves on the Steering Committees of the Marin Carbon Project and Marin Community Health Improvement Plan, sits on the National Farm to School Network's Advisory Board, and represents AIM on the California Food and Farming Network & Food and Farm Resilience Coalition. He received the 2022 CVNL Heart of Marin Award for Excellence in Leadership and the 2023 Farmers Market Champion of the Year award from CAFF. He earned his master's degree from the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health and his bachelor's degree from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He lives with his husband and dog in Sonoma, where he enjoys backyard gardening, cooking farmers market hauls, eating bagels, and enjoying Northern California's natural beauty Website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn YouTube Connect with NextGen Purpose: Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube Episode Highlights: 02:02 Creating Change One Purchase At A Time 06:53 Farmers' Challenges 12:24 The True Taste of Ripe Fruit 18:00 The Benefits of Eating by The Season 22:27 What is Carbon Farming? 25:51 What's Next for Andy?
Welcome to episode 112 of Sports Management Podcast. This episode is part of the Sports Integrity week, hosted by SIGA – Sports Integrity Global Alliance. Sport Integrity Week is entering a new era: stage 3.0! SIW is the World's Leading Event dedicated to Sport Integrity, and it knows no boundaries. I am a proud media partner to SIGA with this podcast and if you want to learn more about SIGA and Sports Integrity Week – follow the link in the description. Sandra Lopez is a tech executive with experiences from large companies like Adobe, Intel & Microsoft. She is also a board of director advisor to start-ups, co-chair to SIGA North America and she also sits on SIGA's tech committee. Get ready to learn: How she got into sports tech Why she walked out of a job due to the glass ceiling Her definition of empowerment The difference between a sponsor and a mentor Her work with SIGA The importance of SIGA's work for the sports industry And much more! WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/oA2sPpHHDKU ________________________________________________ Learn more about SIGA: https://siga-sport.com/ ________________________________________________ Follow us on social media Instagram Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Sign up for the newsletter! www.sportsmanagementpodcast.com
NYWICI is excited to announce its relaunching the Mentorship Program! It's never too late to learn how to advocate for yourself, especially in a professional environment that's rapidly changing. In this panel, you'll hear from: Georgia Galanoudis, NYWICI President; Melissa Weisstuch, Co-Chair of the NYWICI Mentorship Program; and Linda Descano, NYWICI Treasurer. Listen to this episode to hear all about the benefits of being a mentor and mentee, and how mentorship can both help you develop your "True North" and refine strategies with a supportive sounding board. Plus, hear about the value of "peer-to-peer" and "1-to-2 or 1-to-a-few" mentorship. The NYWICI Mentorship Program will kick off on National Mentoring Day (October 27) and pairings will be announced around International Mentoring Day (January 17). For more information and details on how to apply, visit nywici.org.
The October date for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum has been welcomed by advocates in Victoria, the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria.
This week Class 5 Fellow Gabe Rudin sits down with Jena Valdetero, the Co-Chair of the Greenberg Traurig's (GT) U.S. Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice for a discussion on cyberlaw and incident response. Jena and Gabe discuss Jena's path to the field, changing technologies and tactics employed by threat actors, what incident response entails, the SEC's new cybersecurity disclosure rules, and the practical demands of a cybersecurity lawyer. Resources mentioned in the episode: New SEC cybersecurity rules regarding breaches Check out the Foundry on Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn and subscribe to our newsletter! If you'd like to support the show, donate to the Foundry here or reach out to us at email@example.com. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for our next episode! DISCLAIMER: Gabe and Jena engage with the Foundry voluntarily and in their personal capacities. The views and opinions expressed on air do not reflect on the organizations Jena and/or Gabe are affiliated with.
Philanthropy is one of the most important tools for families to strengthen their communities, establish their legacy and communicate their values - both inwardly and outwardly. What happens when the organizations that receive family resources don't fulfill the donor's intent? What if the charities mean well, but aren't effective? What if the charities use the resources for something else entirely? Well, these issues came up in a big way when the Robertson Family of A&P Supermarket fame disagreed with the way Princeton handled the proceeds of a $35 million gift. Author, DOUG WHITE is going to lay out the case, explain where it went wrong, and give us some lessons on how to avoid future quagmires around donor intent. https://open.spotify.com/show/51hVAo0WB8Lp1ECeyCWZhC DOUG WHITE, a long-time leader in the nation's philanthropic community, is a 5-time author, teacher, and an advisor to nonprofit organizations and philanthropists. He is Co-Chair of the FoolProof Foundation's Walter Cronkite Project Committee and a governing board member of the Secular Coalition of America. He is the former director of Columbia University's Master of Science in Fundraising Management program, where, in addition to his extensive management responsibilities, he taught board governance, ethics and fundraising. He is also the former academic director of New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. He has also been an advisor to BoardSource, the nation's leading organization dedicated to “building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service.” Doug has written five books: “Wounded Charity” (Paragon House, 2019) “Abusing Donor Intent” (Paragon House, 2014) “The Nonprofit Challenge: Integrating Ethics into the Purpose and Promise of Our Nation's Charities” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), “Charity on Trial: What You Need to Know Before You Give” (Barricade Books, 2007), “The Art of Planned Giving: Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving” (John Wiley & Sons, 1997) His expertise includes fundraising strategy, board governance, improving organizational processes, and ethical decision-making. Introduction and Doug's Background The Role of Philanthropy Help for Donors Help for Charities Donor Intent - The Robertson / Princeton Case The Robertsons (Descendants of Charles and Marie Robertson) Source of Wealth (A&P Supermarket Fortune) The Desire to Build the Woodrow Wilson School After JFK in 1961 The Gift- $35 Million in 1961 (Robertson Foundation: > $900mm in 2008) The Mistake in Structuring (and codifying) the Gift Where did Princeton veer off course? Funds used for other purposes The Conflict between Charity and Family when the Patriarch Died The Expense ($45mm in legal fees by both sides!) Princeton's Explanation: Good practices for families making the gift (and monitoring it) Establishing and Codifying Donor Intent Balancing Rigidity and Flexibility around terms and uses of the gift Drawing up a Binding Agreement Communication (Oversight at the Charity and the Family) Performance Metrics Accountability Structures and Procedures https://www.amazon.com/Abusing-Donor-Intent-Robertson-University/dp/1557789096 DOUG's CONTACT INFORMATION https://www.amazon.com/Wealth-Actually-Intelligent-Decision-Making-1-ebook/dp/B07FPQJJQT/
In episode 441, Rob Finkelstein teaches us about supplier diversity and its importance in the recipe development/food photography marketplace. Rob is a lawyer, practicing for over 20 years in NYC. In 2017, Rob decided to pursue his passion of baking and went to culinary school for pastry arts. After graduating, not wanting to leave the law, Rob started blogging and found Cinnamon Schtick, which was also his entry into food photography. He worked with a number of brands and came to represent lots of food photographers in connection with their contracts and business set ups. Rob also spent more than 10 years as a volunteer with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) where he was Chair of Supplier Diversity for New York and also a Co-Chair of the National Legal Industry Council, facilitating opportunities for LGBT owned businesses with majority owned companies. In this episode, you'll learn what is meant by supplier diversity and why it may be beneficial to your blog and business. - Does supplier diversity apply to you? - Big companies are looking to fill their diverse supplier quota. - How can you get certified as a diverse supplier? - Understand the importance of making brands aware of supplier diversity. - Once you get certified, what should you do? - How does supplier diversity benefit you as a food blogger? Connect with Rob Finkelstein Website | Instagram
This discussion is an introduction to The Alliance for Moorish-American Progress, its pending legislative work for the protection of Moorish-American cultural heritage & religious liberties in Illinois, expanding these efforts around the country, how you can support, become a part & stay aware of the progress being made for all Moorish-Americans. Brother Shaw El, Founder & National Coordinator of the Alliance for Moorish-American Progress, a National Think-Tank & Action Network, has been a member of the Moorish Science Temple of America since 2008. Bro. Shaw El has held many duties with the Movement, including but not limited to admission into the Adept chambers of the MSTA (third heaven), & appointment to Grand Sheik of MSTA #25 in Chicago, Illinois in 2014, publicly ordained to the work of the divine ministry in 2017, & Grand Governor of the MSTA in 2018. Brother Shaw El also currently serves as District Office Representative for Illinois 27th State District Representative Justine Slaughter, Co-Chair of both Illinois 6th State District Representative Sonya Harper's Faith Based & Educational Advisory Committees. In 2022 Brother Shaw El authored house resolution 930 to designate August as Moorish-American Awareness Month in the state of Illinois, which led to his authorship of the current House Bill 3766- to create the Illinois Moorish-American Family Commission to advise all departments & agencies of government on all pending & existing legislation or policies that would impact Moorish-Americans, & co-authorship of both House Bill 3083 to amend the name change code in the state of Illinois for religious adherents, & House Bill 3422 to designate August as Moorish-American awareness month in the state of Illinois. These 3 House Bills are currently on the floor of the Illinois General Assembly. Contact info and links: For more information or a copy of the slides used in the presentations contact Brother Shaw or the Alliance for Moorish-American at: Phone:312-863-9309 Email:AmapNetwork@Gmail.Com Facebook:The Alliance for Moorish-American Progress https://www.facebook.com/groups/1276836182518282/ Facebook: Shaw El https://www.facebook.com/shaw.el.5680 Instagram: @_AMAP7 https://instagram.com/_amap7 Instagram: @Bro_Shaw_El https://instagram.com/bro_shaw_el Clubhouse:Moorish-American Progress https://www.clubhouse.com/c/join/62uBJevp Clubhouse: @BrotherShawEl https://www.clubhouse.com/@brothershawel Tik Tok @bro_shaw_el Links: Podcast: https://www.MoorsinAmerica.com https://www.youtube.com/MoorsinAmerica7 Fezzes for Sale: https://www.MoorishFez.com Marketing Services: https://www.realtrafficmarketing.com Our Temple Website: https://www.MoorishAmericans.com Marketing Services: https://www.realtrafficmarketing.com Get Your Fez Cap: https://www.fezcaps.com If you appreciate this well-researched discourse from a Moorish American view make sure to use the links below to support our channel so that we can produce more great works documenting the Moorish American paradigm! Donations/Support: https://patreon.com/moorsinamerica https://paypal.me/lloydmd Unlock the power hidden within you. Use the 40 Day Master System to reprogram your subconscious mind to unlock your greatness! https://www.40DayMasterSytem.com Get the Universal Meditation mp3 HERE: https://payhip.com/b/703y Subscribe & Check Out Our Website http://www.MoorsInAmerica.com Join & Contribute to our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/moorsinamerica/ Follow Us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moorsinamerica/ Like Us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/MoorsInAmerica/ Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoorsInAmerica/ Tell Everyone about the channel & Subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/c/MoorsInAmerica7 Song: Moors in America by Shawn Bandz http://dreamlyferecords.net/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/moorish-americans/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/moorish-americans/support