This episode features an interview with Michelle Press, Director of Corporate Communications at Envoy Solutions. Michelle has over 25 years of experience leading merger and acquisition communications, community relations, and change management. Previously, Michelle’s leadership roles include KemperLesnik, UL Solutions, and Golin. In this episode, Amanda and Michelle open their playbooks on mergers and acquisitions. They discuss the dos and don'ts of a communications plan, the channels and tech that help navigate this shift, and what Michelle has learned throughout her career.Listen Now
Katie Miserany is the Vice President of Communications at Momentive, formerly known as SurveyMonkey. Previously Katie served as Senior Director for the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. Prior to that, Katie led marketing and communication efforts at several successful startups, including RelateIQ which was acquired by Salesforce and Tiny Prints which was acquired by Shutterfly.Listen Now
Rajamma has spent more than twenty years in Fortune 500 companies driving all facets of Human Resources Technology. She has successfully led large scale global digital transformations. She is passionate about leveraging the power of cloud and data to create productive and engaging experiences, with expertise on Digital HR and Employee experience vision and Roadmap development. She is a Prolific speaker at Digital HR conferences on Experiences and People Analytics. Currently acts as advisor and mentor for various companies in the HR technology sector. Additionally a member of the NYU advisory board for Masters program and Research center on HR Analytics and Future of work.Listen Now
Laura Wall Klieves’ eclectic business background began in advertising—specifically automotive advertising. With over two decades on the client side and in advertising and marketing agencies as an executive leader, Laura pivoted her career into Learning & Development. For almost ten years, Laura ran the public-facing learning academy for Duarte—a communications firm specializing in presentations. As the daughter of an elementary school teacher, Laura discovered her unrequited love for teaching at Duarte. New to the HR world, but not new to executive leadership, communications and L&D, Laura’s most recent gig is on the People Team with Malwarebytes. With the dual role of leading L&D and driving internal communications’ initiatives, Laura knits together her vast knowledge of visual storytelling and learning to elevate the growing cybersecurity organization’s leadership and management teams, along with empowering the growth of everyone.Listen Now
Wendy is the CIO of Nutanix, where she leads the global Information Technology team and functions that support the company’s business operations and employees. Prior to Nutanix, Wendy led technology teams for industry-makers like GoPro, Yahoo!, Cisco Systems, Exodus Communications and Robert Half. Dedicated to excellence in operations and delivery while maintaining a focus on innovation, Wendy has played a key role in envisioning and delivering business technologies for the past two decades.Listen Now
As a member of the executive leadership team at Gainsight, backed by Vista Private Equity, Robin serves as Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff and Community. Robin leads Global Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Customer Success Careers, and Philanthropy. She founded Gainsight’s social responsibility effort, building the Customer Success industry’s first-ever apprenticeship program for underrepresented communities and has raised over $2M for global giving to date. Robin’s impact on the Customer Success community and executives’ careers continues to guide the ~800 person company in propelling the category and trailblazing the human-first leadership movement.Listen Now
Guido works with Coursera executives and teams to inform, engage, and connect with remote colleagues around the world. Since joining the company in 2019, he has optimized information sharing with a new intranet, helped employees stay aligned to the company’s lofty mission during hypergrowth, supported the company's transition to remote work, and led comms during Coursera’s IPO. Previously, Guido led creative strategy at New York University.Listen Now
Leslie is a passionate leader, a committed team player, an award-winning speaker and strategist. Leslie has expertise in a range of domains and sectors based on many years as an advisor and working within major corporations as head of communications and CSR, including ESG performance. A consummate professional, she scores very high in organizational thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution, and has been called the ultimate people person. She thrives in environments of high challenge and loves to drive change by creating scenarios that allow self-expression and empowerment of stakeholders. Her background in the arena of professional communications includes everything from acting as a publishing editor to crisis management, with deep experience managing corporate communications, strategic planning, teaching and as a consultant in agencies with worldwide networks. A global thinker, Leslie is very adaptable, places a high value on collaboration, and is a good mentor to her colleagues. She has been on over 30 non-profit boards in the past 20 years, was an award-winning instructor at McGill University, and strongly believes that more human places to work are more productive places to work. Leslie is a mentor and coach to young professionals from various sectors and is an accomplished speaker and budding author.Listen Now
Carolyn Clark is currently the Head of Internal Communications at Opendoor. Previously, Carolyn was the senior director of internal communications at GoDaddy, where she designed and executed internal communication, including corporate announcements, culture initiatives, organization and workplace change, mergers and acquisitions, and executive internal engagement. She also lead communications for global HR initiatives, including benefits, performance management, annual employee survey and more. As the founder of After Ever Communications, she has worked closely with clients like GoDaddy, Pandora and Simpplr to build and execute strategic communication initiatives, focusing in on employee and HR communications. Prior to GoDaddy, she was the global head of internal communications at Yahoo! Inc.Listen Now
Jason Anthoine is the managing founder at Audacity, a consulting firm focused on employee engagement, internal communications, and culture change.
With more than 32 years’ experience, Jason’s career includes leading global communications for GE Energy Management, an $8 billion manufacturer of energy and electrical components with more than 20,000 employees, and Newell Brands, a $16 billion manufacturer of consumer packaged goods with more than 30,000 employees.
His client work includes employee engagement and change management assignments for CIBA Vision, The Coca-Cola Company, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Johnson & Johnson, Mars Chocolate North America, and Time Warner Cable.
LaToya Lyn is the Chief People Officer at Help Scout, a support platform to help build and maintain relationships with customers. LaToya also serves as a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council, Knoetic (CPOs), and Chief (senior women leaders).
LaToya has a dual masters in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior from Brooklyn College. Her professional experience spans from executive coaching to driving organizational changes and culture transformations for technology companies globally. LaToya’s previous roles include Vice President of Talent Strategy at Oscar Health, Head of Employee Relations and Senior Human Resource Business Partner at Compass, and Head of Global HR at LivePerson.
Andréa is an internal-communications leader who's passionate about the power of storytelling to motivate, inspire, and influence company culture — from CEOs to individual contributors. She started her career as a journalist, moved into content marketing, and now is in corporate communications for her second biotech company. Andréa’s experience includes being a strategic communicator for both executive and employee communications in the biotech, life sciences, health, wellness, fitness, exercise science, and nutrition spaces. She has been targeting communications for global audiences through her 22-year career — from Guardant Health and Agilent Technologies, to CrossFit Inc. and The Associated Press.Listen Now
Ben Matthews is a recognized leader and speaker of Internal Communications. Ben currently works at NVIDIA as the Senior Director of Internal Communications. From March 2020 to November 2021, Ben was in charge of Executive Communications at Google. His previous experience also includes Crown Castle, eBay, and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Ben’s work has earned him multiple awards including IABC’s Social Media Merit Award in 2017, Best Use of Evaluation at the 2014 European Excellence Awards, and IABC’s Internal Communications Excellence Award in 2014.Listen Now
Jill Stracko is the Director of Global Executive and Internal Communications at Uber. She has been with the company since 2017 in various internal comms roles. Previously, Jill has worked at Google in Communications and led Internal Communications for the Business, supporting the SVP of Ads & Commerce and the SVP & Chief Business Officer. In her time at Google, she also supported the Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer, as well as a myriad of company-wide and team-wide events and leadership offsites. Before Google, Jill lived in Washington DC for six years where she worked at the White House as the Head of President Barack Obama’s Writing Department, and before that in the United States Senate for then-Senator Joe Biden. She also worked on President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 Presidential Election and Re-election Campaigns.Listen Now
As HubSpot's Internal Communications Manager at HubSpot, Sophie Hamersley shares the company's unique culture and employer brand through storytelling and content creation to make HubSpot a magnet for top talent globally. With several years of agency experience at both a mid-size and boutique PR agencies, Sophie's work has spanned across a variety of consumer accounts, including food and beverage, technology, and corporate communications. Sophie is an alum of St. Michael's College in Vermont and when her mind isn't buzzing about the newest culture story angle, she's buzzing over Boston's latest new restaurant. Sophie is also the co-creator of HubSpot’s Culture Happens podcast, described as "a podcast about company culture and how to build happy, inclusive workplaces. Each episode features HubSpot employees and leaders who are passionate about diversity, employee growth, and more."Listen Now
Annette is an innovative human resource professional with a unique ability to blend sound human resource principles with real-world business expertise. She has over 20 years experience in both HR/business and brings a unique background to the table. Annette was most recently Chief People Officer at startup Root. Before Root, she spent a decade at Facebook leading HR for multiple teams: product, marketing, growth & integrity, community operations, and partnerships. Before Facebook, Annette spent years at HP, Yahoo!, and Deloitte & Touche in HR leadership where she built up her skills in talent strategy, business partnerships, culture and team building, training and development, and mentoring.Listen Now
With almost 25 years of experience as a technology leader, Parag leads Simpplr’s engineering and technology teams in developing this generation-defining platform. Through an acute focus on engineering excellence and customer-driven road mapping, Parag will ensure that Simpplr customers continue to receive unparalleled value from the leading employee experience platform. Before joining Simpplr, Parag served as the Senior Vice President of SaaS Engineering at Nutanix. During his career at Nutanix, Parag developed advanced Saas applications and systems across the entire customer and partner life cycle.Listen Now
As the chief people officer for Emburse, Danielle guides the strategic direction for the company’s employee development, performance management, talent acquisition, and employee experience initiatives. Danielle has over 15 years of experience in human resources, working in various industries. She began her career with Emburse working for Certify and continued to build her team and her role through several mergers and acquisitions. Danielle holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from Clark University. She also holds the Senior Certified Professional designation from the Society of Human Resources Management and is a graduate of the K1 Advanced Management Program.Listen Now
Debbie is a passionate and veteran HR and People leader, having spent the last 24 years creating memorable candidate experiences, innovating employer branding, and building amazing teams by helping hire top-notch talent for the right jobs. Debbie’s career began in recruiting where she worked for companies like The Stepo Group and Xero. Now, Debbie is the Vice President of People at Human Interest where she has been managing the complexities of a geographically distributed workforce since COVID began. Two years ago, Human Interest was a 50-person office in San Francisco. When the company entered a period of rapid growth, its hiring needs accelerated. Today, Human Interest boasts over 700 employees, two thirds of whom are full-time remote workers.Listen Now
Before joining involve.ai, Mary was Glint's Chief Customer Officer at LinkedIn. Mary was responsible for driving and scaling the company's ability to delight customers. Prior to that, she was the Chief Customer Officer for SAP's Global Cloud business and Chief Customer Officer for SuccessFactors before that. With over two decades of experience in customer success, business consulting, and executive leadership, Mary frequently speaks at global events and has authored several publications in this space. She's a proud wife and mother of two boys, holds a Master's Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, loves to travel and exercise, and she's passionate about Customer Intelligence and developing the next generation of CS/CX leaders!Listen Now
Stephanie has over ten years of digital and social media marketing experience across an array of industries from cybersecurity, retail, education, and aeronautics. She is a published horror author, blogger, and fine artist residing in central Pennsylvania. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Film and Digital Media with an emphasis on video production.Listen Now
Suman Gopalan is the Chief HR Officer at Freshworks, where she guides the company’s global people strategy to engage, develop and care for its worldwide employees. Suman and her teams oversee culture, talent and organizational development, employee relations and experience, benefits, compensation, and diversity and inclusion. Previously, Suman led the global and regional HR teams for The Nielsen Company, Dell Technologies and Whirlpool. She holds an MBA in Human Resources from XLRI Jamshedpur, is an active mentor for young women leaders, and the co-founder of the ACT Women initiative.Listen Now
Amanda Berry is the corporate brand and communications manager at Simpplr, the modern intranet company laser-focused on helping its customers streamline employee engagement and communication. Previously, Amanda worked in internal communications at tech companies, financial services, and higher education. She holds an M.A. in Communications from Indiana University and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Eastern Illinois University.