The Talent Economy Podcast
The Recording Academy®: Growth for the GRAMMYs®
Season 2, Ep. 36
The Recording Academy® goes beyond the GRAMMYs®, investing in its artists, community, and employees. Shonda Grant, Chief People & Culture Officer, recounts how the Recording Academy adapted to the pandemic, partnered with nonprofit organizations and artists, and invested in employee development and leadership training. Grant oversees the Recording Academy’s talent acquisition, organizational development, compensation, and employee safety and well-being; she also serves as the executive coach to the senior management team.
Some Questions Asked:
- What new skills did leadership adopt during the pandemic? 17:33
- What is the MusiCares program and how did it help artists thrive in 2020? 20:39
- How did the Recording Academy assess compensation for roles that became remote? 14:30
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- How the Recording Academy® attracts and retains employees.
- About the transparency that encourages internal hires.
- How the GRAMMY® Museum invests in potential industry talent.
- Shonda Grant - The Recording Academy®
- Shonda Grant - LinkedIn
- The Recording Academy® - LinkedIn
- Michelle Labbe - LinkedIn
- Toptal - LinkedIn
- The Talent Economy podcast
Monday, April 24, 2023
Vimeo: Leading With Intention
Season 2, Ep. 40
Vimeo, a video-sharing website that allows members to view, upload, and share videos, was a top competitor to YouTube when it launched in 2004. But in 2017, Vimeo saw an opening to pivot to a software as a service company, offering tools for independent creators to produce, upload, and share their own content. In May of 2021, Vimeo went public and soon afterwards, Crystal Boysen joined the company as Chief People Officer. In her role, Boysen has led various initiatives aimed at cultivating an engaged, diverse, and inclusive culture at Vimeo. In addition to sharing her career story, Crystal Boysen offered her HR philosophy, as well as her perspective on leading in a hybrid environment, crafting meaningful benefit packages, and more. Some Questions Asked:Why does the quote “you don’t build a business, you build people and the people build the business” resonate with you? 5:37What is Vimeo doing to assure DE&I? 12:35What trends do you see emerging amid the current economic slowdown? 16:20In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Vimeo’s employee donation matching program How Vimeo builds talent from within Why Vimeo gives equity stakes to their employees Links:Crystal Boysen - LinkedInMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast
Monday, April 3, 2023
Web Summit: Katie Bolger, Community Manager, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
With past speakers such as the CEOs of Dell and Wikipedia, and the COO of Reddit, the Web Summit annual conference, founded in 2009, has become a critical meeting place for the tech community. At the 2022 event in Lisbon, Portugal, Katie Bolger, Community Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Web Summit, joined Toptal’s Chief People Officer, Michelle Labbe. They discussed the conference, Web Summit’s Women in Tech program, and equity in representation among attendees and speakers.Some Questions Asked:What is Web Summit’s mission? How has your role in the event-planning field evolved since the COVID-19 pandemic? What are the most effective ways that leaders can advocate for more women to enter the tech workforce?In This Episode, You Will Learn:What led to Web Summit’s involvement with Women in Tech.What accessibility features were available at this Web Summit.How Web Summit ensures that the conference adheres to organizers’ priorities and culture.Links:Katie Bolger - LinkedInMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast
Monday, March 27, 2023
Web Summit: Branch Co-Founder, Mada Seghete
Branch is a deep-linking and mobile-attribution platform that helps companies build and measure user journeys. In 2014, Mada Seghete co-founded Branch on the fundamental principle that breaking down silos on the internet is critical to a brand’s ability to build engaging and relevant end-user experiences. Branch initially focused on delivering a deep-linking solution to navigate the complex mobile ecosystem and get users to the right destination. Its platform now also powers mobile attribution for 50,000+ of the world’s most advanced apps, helping companies like Airbnb, Pinterest, Slack, Ticketmaster, Tinder, Starbucks, and Yelp measure their users’ journeys. While attending Web Summit in Lisbon, Seghete, Branch’s current Managing Director and VP of Marketing, joined Toptal’s Chief People Officer Michelle Labbe to discuss creating Branch, women in tech, the future of work, and her Web Summit experience. Some Questions Asked:How does Branch differentiate itself from its competitors?Why do you think so many people who left their jobs during the Great Resignation are deciding to return? How do you see the future of work evolving in the next few years? In This Episode, You Will Learn:What inspired the founding of Branch. What the culture is like at Branch and how the company upholds its mantra of “Build, Grow, Win.”Advice for women who want to launch their own tech startup.Links:Mada Seghete - LinkedInMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast