Rebels With A Heart: November 18, 2020

How To Meet Your Employees Where They Are

The pandemic has clearly brought to the forefront your peoples’ struggles in life and in work. It is essential for leaders to help identify employee needs, remove biases, be okay for people to set boundaries, and more.  Enjoy this episode for its numerous ideas, best practices and new ways to do ‘things’ inside the organization to ultimately empower your team to be their best.

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Hosted by: Derek Lundsten, President and CEO at LifeGuides

Our Panelists:

Teri Calderon

For 20+ years, Teri Calderon has brought her human resources experience to companies providing health care, telecommunications, staffing and information technology. She has earned a reputation, as an impactful leader who institutes positive change wherever she is.

Currently, she serves as EVP, People & Customer Operations for Field Nation, an online service matching IT contractors and other freelancers. In her four years, the company has added 30% to its employee rolls, and revenue has more than doubled.

Known for transforming teams and culture, Calderon is passionate about creating meaningful experiences and benefits for her employees. She has helped institute a number of employee-focused initiatives, including Field Nation’s 401(k) plan, vacation bonuses, unlimited paid time off, and a leadership program for high-potential employees.

She also co-launched a partnership with Girls Who Code, bringing members of the organization into the office and raising more than $10,000 for the nonprofit, which works to support and increase the number of women in computer science. Teri is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. 

Mita Mallick

Mita Mallick was recently named the Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact at Carta, an equity management solution. 

As the former Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Marketing at Unilever, her efforts to build an inclusive culture included creating gender-balance at the manager level, and above.  Unilever was named the #1 Company for Working Mothers by Working Mother Media in 2018, and the #2 for Best Employers for Women in 2020 by Forbes.  Mita also helped to create the first of its kind Cultural Immersions series increasing the cultural competency of marketers training for 5,000+ to date.

Mita has had an extensive career in the beauty and consumer products goods space.  She was one of the chief lieutenants in launching The Vaseline Healing Project in the U.S., signing award-winning actress & activist Viola Davis as the brand’s ambassador. 

Mita has been lauded with numerous awards, a 2019 Valiente Award Finalist at SXSW; the Inaugural Diversity Innovator Award from the National Association for Female Executives in 201;8 and was on the “50 People Under 40 Shaking Up Beauty” Youthquake List by Women’s Wear Daily

Mita is a columnist for Swaay and a contributor for Entrepreneur, LinkedIn and Working Mother.  She is published in the New York Post, Business Insider, Cosmo, Fast Company, The Good Men Project, Scary Mommy and The Riveter.  Mita holds a BA from Columbia University and a MBA from Duke.

Stacie Mallen

Stacie Mallen is VP, Human Resources Centers of Excellence with Universal Technical Institute, based in Phoenix. Driven by purpose and focused on building foundational trust, Stacie has found her way through multiple successful start-ups, high-growth environments, and large public company environments. Specializing in leading innovative HR teams that are highly aligned to having a measurable business impact, she has a passion for connecting people to their superpower.

In addition to encouraging HR Teams to supercharge organizational change, she also coaches Executive leadership, leads/speaks to large keynote audiences, and plugs in weekly to co-host her podcast, OptimizedAF.

Throughout her career, she has been consistently passionate about diving into the link between human behavior and organizational results. Behavioral economics, in conjunction with neuroscience, provides a unique perspective on the cornerstone to what Stacie believes drives healthy high-performing cultures, cultivating greater trust – leading to an accelerated pace, demanding innovation, and defining a connected culture.

Stacie holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Butler University and has served on many Boards, including her current roles with AZ SHRM and Kids At Hope.

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