CULTURE CRUSH RX Pamela Slim with Jennifer Gastelum and Isha Cogborn
This episode of Culture Crush Rx is jam-packed with goodness! Deb talks with Pamela Slim, Isha Cogborn, and Jennifer Gastelum, three powerful ladies in business. They discuss the role of creativity in the workplace, learn about the exciting things happening for entrepreneurs at K’é – Main Street Learning Lab including Startup Life Support, and dive into awesome programs like Creative Catalysts. Of course we also touch on building effective workplace culture by exploring your employees’ Tale of the T.A.P.E. (talents, abilities, passions and experiences). Grab a cup of coffee and settle in – this one is worth the listen!
The Main Street Learning Lab is a small business incubator in downtown Mesa, Arizona. We partner with local entrepreneurs and organizations to develop the skills and capabilities of local entrepreneurs, especially in communities of color.
The Main Street Learning Lab is a strong partner in the development of the Innovation District in Downtown Mesa. We build connections and work on projects between academic, governmental, business and non-profit institutions.
Pamela Slim is a book author, community builder, consultant and former corporate director of training and development at Barclays Global Investors. She focused her first decade in business on creating and delivering training programs for large companies such as HP, Charles Schwab, 3Com, Chevron and Cisco Systems.
Since 2005, Pam has advised thousands of entrepreneurs as well as companies serving the small business market such as Infusionsoft, Progressive Insurance, Constant Contact, and Prezi. Pam partnered with author Susan Cain to build and launch The Quiet Revolution and the Quiet Leadership Institute.
Pam is best known for her first book Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur, along with her follow-up Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together (2014). Both published under Penguin/Portfolio.
In 2016, Pam launched the Main Street Learning Lab in Mesa, Arizona, as a grassroots, community-based think tank for small business economic acceleration.
The Mesa Arts Center, owned and operated by the City of Mesa, is a unique, architecturally stunning, international award winning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona’s largest arts center is home to four theaters, five art galleries, and 14 art studios. Guests, patrons, and students come to Mesa Arts Center to enjoy the finest live entertainment and performances, world-class visual art exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes. The facility is an architectural showpiece and a destination for visitors to the Phoenix area. The Mesa Arts Center mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible, and relevant.
Jennifer Gastelum’s degrees in Psychology and Community Counseling serve her well in her efforts to create community driven programming in her role as coordinator for Creative Catalysts and the Main Street Prototyping Festival, of Mesa Arts Center. Previously, Jennifer worked at Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) researching and exploring the effective use of art as a community and economic development tool in Downtown Mesa and on Apache Boulevard in Tempe. For the past four years, Jennifer has worked with other community partners to implement programs such as Mesa Up @ Nite, the Ripple Grant Program, Apache Eats Restaurant Crawl, Easy Like Saturday Morning Art Brunches, the Well Fed Artist Workshop Series, the CC Gallery Project, Wordplay Café, and a soon to be launched creative leadership program, The Collective.
As a local resident and a Mesa native, Jennifer is driven by her passion for community and the arts, and the value of bringing the two together to make positive change.
Epiphany Institute is on a mission to bring more diverse voices to media, providing a training ground for subject-matter experts, authors, entrepreneurs and coaches who want to make a bigger impact on the world.
Whether she’s hosting broadcasts with Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank at the United Nations, giving career advice in publications like Cosmo and Ebony, or landing in the top three percent of finalists for a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Isha Cogborn’s mission is to help people find the clarity, confidence and community to launch and grow the business of their dreams.
Isha is the CEO of Epiphany Institute, host of the podcast, On Purpose with Isha Cogborn, author of “5 Rules to Win Being You” and founder of Startup Life Support – a community for business owners that has been affectionately referred to as “AA for entrepreneurs”.
As a certified life and corporate coach and sought-after speaker, Isha has a unique gift of bringing the puzzle pieces of your life together to reveal your unfair competitive advantage. No matter what you’ve been through or what you think you lack, Isha will help you to see just how amazing you are!
ABOUT CULTURE CRUSH Rx
Culture Crush Rx is an exploration of what makes a great company culture, how successful leaders create it, and how it affects the overall success of the company. We highlight the companies in our community who are crushing it with culture and get practical tips from local experts on how to do the same.
Each episode, we dive into real-life experiences, tips, and best practices for creating a healthy work environment in which everyone is functioning at their highest level and finding joy and satisfaction in their work. Whether you’re a top-level leader, a startup entrepreneur, or part of team, we aim to provide you with valuable insights to help make your work enjoyable and your life well-rounded.
If company culture isn’t consciously created, it will still be created.
ABOUT YOUR HOST
Deb Caron is the owner and principal consultant of Anahata Marketing, a Phoenix-based marketing and brand communication consultancy that focuses on empathic listening and content creation to foster real connection between businesses and the customers they serve. She hosts Culture Crush Rx as part of her personal passion for helping people live healthier, more fulfilling, well-rounded lives. Deb is also a registered yoga teacher and she truly enjoys sharing her knowledge and love for the practice with her community. Deb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Linkedin.