Jazzed About Work Jazzed About Work features lively, informal conversations about everything it takes to create a resilient and rewarding career. In each segment, host Beverly Jones interviews professionals who can share their expertise related to the workplace. Her guests go beyond the research and get personal, as they talk about their interesting and often surprising professionals paths. Jones is an executive coach who wrote the handbook on building career resilience, "Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO." She draws on her own experience as she talks with guests about everything from smart ways to lead, to their favorite techniques for career management and reinvention. Every segment blends good stories with practical suggestions for navigating your career.
Jazzed About Work

Jazzed About Work

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Jazzed About Work features lively, informal conversations about everything it takes to create a resilient and rewarding career. In each segment, host Beverly Jones interviews professionals who can share their expertise related to the workplace. Her guests go beyond the research and get personal, as they talk about their interesting and often surprising professionals paths. Jones is an executive coach who wrote the handbook on building career resilience, "Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO." She draws on her own experience as she talks with guests about everything from smart ways to lead, to their favorite techniques for career management and reinvention. Every segment blends good stories with practical suggestions for navigating your career.More from Jazzed About Work »

Most Recent Episodes

Episode 022 : Unconventional Job Hunting Strategies w/Austin Belcak

Austin Belcak loves his job in New York City at Microsoft, where he manages digital advertising projects. But what's attracting more public attention is his side gig as a job search expert. What Austin does through his firm, Cultivate Culture, is help recent grads to use "unconventional strategies" to snag jobs at leading tech companies — just like he did. Austin has come a long way since he graduated college in 2013, without connections or experience in the tech sector. To make the leap to a top company in a major city, he spent a year researching every aspect of the recruiting process at leading companies. And then, he says, he went through the process himself, snagging more than 50 interviews and multiple offers. On this episode, Austin will share tips for pursuing jobs in world class companies, even if you're starting out without the right experience or network.

Episode 021 : Yvette McGee Brown

Yvette McGee Brown was the first African American woman Justice on The Ohio Supreme Court. Today, after years in public service, Justice Brown is a prominent attorney in private practice at the firm Jones Day, in Columbus, Ohio. But her path to success wasn't always easy. Little Yvette was born Ohio to a single, teenaged mother whose goal was just to get Yvette through high school without getting pregnant. Her mother insisted that Yvette learn to type, so she would always have a job. On today's episode, Justice Brown talks with guest host, and retired Judge, Tom Hodson about the keys to her success. Her career has been empowered by mentors, role models, listening to a broad range of people, and a willingness to take up challenges.

Episode 020 : Journalist John McCaslin

Journalist John McCaslin covered the White House and Congress for three decades, as a syndicated columnist, top radio host, and prominent TV news show personality. Noting John's knack for uncovering political shenanigans, ABC's George Stephanopoulos declared: "John McCaslin knows everything you always wanted to know about Washington but were afraid to ask." On this Jazzed About Work episode, John talks with Bev about his media career, from the peak of Washington journalism, to his current gig as a small town newspaper editor. Along with fascinating stories, John shares his concerns about the current state of newspapers. And he offers tips for journalists who may be just starting out in today's rapidly evolving multi-media industry.

Episode 019 : Navigating A Transition In Your Work Life w/ Tom Hodson

The nitty gritty of managing a career shift is the focus of today's episode. Instead of interviewing a guest, Bev will talk with her colleague, Tom Hodson, about ways to navigate a transition in your work life. The two will discuss strategies and insights from Bev's book, "Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO – 50 Indispensable Tips to Help You Stay Afloat, Bounce Back, and Get Ahead at Work." They will talk about how it's never too early to lay the groundwork for your next career move. You can gradually do things like developing new skills or expanding your network.

Episode 018 : Education Pioneer Eva Moskowitz

Eva Moskowitz is a pioneering and sometimes controversial figure in urban politics and American education. And she is well known as the founder of Success Academy Charter Schools, a network of more than 40 high performing schools in New York City. On today's episode, we will hear about her new book, "The Education of Eva Moskowitz – A Memoir." Of course the book talks about how she built the Success Academy, in the midst of sometimes rough-and-tumble NYC politics. Beyond that, with Eva's characteristic "radical candor," the book tells the story of her own life and career, complete with emotional ups and downs. In the conversation, as she describes the Success Academy's philosophy and programs, Eva also shares tips for building a career in education today.

Episode 017 : ESPN's Mark Wright

ESPN's Mark Wright is a journalist whose dynamic career not only allows him to closely follow the sports that he loves, but also provides him with an opportunity to explore issues that he cares about deeply. After a long career in print and then digital journalism, today Mark creates projects for The Undefeated. That is ESPN's premier media platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. In today's episode, Mark will tell us the story of how he produced "Redemption Song," a short film about how Howard University's soccer team lost – and then won back – the chance to be the first Historically Black College to win an NCAA title. And as the conversation continues, Mark will share his insights for creating a resilient, entrepreneurial career.

Episode 016 : "Educators Should Create Change" w/ David Goldberg

It's time for university leaders to get serious about changing the way they teach students, says higher education thought leader Dave Goldberg, in this episode. Expertise doesn't matter so much anymore, he says. The way to go is to be "more deeply human." Dave says it's time to change higher education from the inside out. He says that, in preparing students for their careers, educators should help students shift their focus away from obedience to authority, and, instead, guide them towards the development of human values. The change in the teaching of students should resemble the way that the job of leadership is changing, Dave says. Both students and leaders need what he calls "shift skills," like awareness, and listening, and being able to notice your own emotions. For many years, Dave was a widely published and highly regarded traditional academic leader. In 2010, after going through a series of executive coaching sessions, he decided to resign his tenure and professorship at the University of Illinois, and work full time for the transformation of engineering education. Today Dave is a leadership coach, a change management consultant, and the leader of a change movement. He works with individuals and educational organizations around the world to collaboratively disrupt the status quo. In 2014, Dave co-authored the book A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education, which seeks to bring emotional and cultural transformation to higher education around the world.

Episode 015: Smithsonian Curator Merry Foresta Discusses Artists at Work

Artists may look like they're just having fun. But they have to work hard and carefully every single day, says distinguished curator Merry Foresta, in this episode, focused on creating careers in the arts. Merry says that artists who enjoy professional success tend to be passionate about what they do, regardless of what other people may say about their work. And one thing that helps them to keep up their energy is that, despite criticism, they keep saying to themselves, "yes I can." Merry created and served as the Director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative from its inception in 2000 until 2010. In addition to building one of the world's premier collections of American photography. she has curated more than 50 exhibitions, and authored numerous books and catalogs. These days she frequently serves as a guest curator at the Smithsonian and many other leading art museums. Among her recent shows, and books, is "Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty," featuring 161 images from the iconic photographer.

Episode 015: Smithsonian Curator Merry Foresta Discusses Artists at Work

Episode 014 : Lester Taylor, Mayor of East Orange, NJ

On this episode of Jazzed About Work, Bev talks with East Orange, New Jersey mayor, Lester Taylor, about his career path from lawyer to second-youngest mayor in the history of East Orange, NJ.

Episode 013 : Shari Jaegar Goodwin

On this episode of Jazzed About Work, Bev talks with Shari Jaeger Goodwin, an innovative business strategist, leadership and peak performance coach, author, speaker, and horsewoman. Shari talks about how using horses in leadership workshops helps reign in the message. Her book, "Take the Reins! 7 Secrets to Inspired Leadership", blends best business strategies in leadership and sales with lessons from horses.

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