Turning words into actions with Natalie Ridsdale, Director of Internal Communications at Levi Strauss & Co.

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About the episode


This episode features an interview with Natalie Ridsdale, Director of Internal Communications at Levi Strauss & Co. Natalie has spent the last 21 years refining her communication skills. Starting out as a copy editor at newspapers and now managing employee experience at Levi’s.

In this episode, Amanda and Natalie discuss how internal and external communications can work better together, collecting employee feedback, and how Levi’s is making space for employees to have tough conversations.

01:47 Natalie’s background
06:12 Segment: Story Time
06:34 How internal and external comms can work better together
07:49 Segment: Getting Tactical
18:05 Dos and don’ts of employee surveys and feedback
21:35 How Levi’s holds tough conversations internally
24:27 Segment: Seat at the Table
26:57 How Natalie recommends change to leaders
28:27 Segment: Asking for a Friend
28:44 Natalie’s advice to a first time IC leader

Guest information

Natalie Ridsdale

Natalie is the Director of Internal Communications at Levi Strauss & Co where she manages employee experience initiatives and tools at LS&Co., including their intranet, employee value proposition, employee feedback networks, culture initiatives and efforts to shape the workplace of the future. She is also the executive communications partner for the CIO and General Counsel.

Prior to her time at Levi’s, Natalie started her career as an editor at companies like Visa, Spa Magazine, Fleishman-Hillard, and Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

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