Amalia Moreno-Damgaard shares that Food is at the center of our culture and it makes a difference in business.


Think pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving or hot dogs at a ball game. Food connects us. Food is a big part of culture because it is central to gatherings, conversations and traditions. We talk with Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, CEO at Amalia, LLC & WeMN.Org about the intersection of food and culture. Food creates experiences and bring back memories but is it important in the workplace? Amalia thinks so. Find out why in this podcast on food & culture.

Greg Cunningham, VP Global Inclusion & Diversity at US Bank discusses how to thrive in the workplace by being authentic.

Greg Cunningham on being authentic

You can’t be your best at work if you’re not yourself. Greg Cunningham, VP, Global Inclusion & Diversity at U.S. Bank talks about being your authentic self. He says the key is first knowing who you are and remembering who you want to be. Employers and leaders can help employees be their best self by creating an environment that makes it ok to be real. Listen to his experience and insight on the journey to being authentic and then excelling in life.

Stacey Stratton, CEO of True Talent talks about authenticity in the workplace.

Stacey Stratton

Stacey Stratton, Owner and CEO of True Talent Group talks about doing the right thing and being authentic in the workplace. She launched True Talent Group 10 years ago in her basement because she didn’t want to look back and think “what if”. It worked and 10 years later she has thriving business in Edina helping people find the right role and being true to themselves. Listen now to learn how you can create an environment for people to be authentic and retain top talent.

Laura King on finding your purpose, following your path and changing lives.

Laura King

Laura King, Community Builder and People Connector launched two new initiatives in 2018 - Marketer’s Community for marketers to grow, learn and network and Minneapolis Angels which is a foster care nonprofit created to help empower children and build sustainable foster homes. She talks about following your heart and taking a leap to do what you love. Listen now to learn what you can do to find and follow your purpose.

Paul Owen, CEO of OneOme discusses personalized medication.

Paul Owen

Paul Owen is CEO at OneOme. OneOme helps people figure out what the right medications are for individuals based on personalized DNA testing. With adverse medication reactions being the 4th leading cause of death in the US it is important to get it right. Generally, only 50% of the medication prescribed is the right medication. Each year about 4.5 billion prescriptions are written. 21% of the US population has had 3 or more RX written in the last 30 days. That’s a lot of prescriptions that aren’t working effectively. This adds up quickly for employees and employers. Find out what you as a business owner can do to help drive down health care costs and absenteeism through personalized medication.

Jennifer Zick, CEO of Authentic Brand shares her thoughts on planning ahead for the next recession.

Jennifer Zick on prepping your business for the recession

Jennifer Zick, CEO of Authentic Brand talks about the pace that marketing is changing and the challenges of hiring in today’s market. She also discusses how now is a great time to be in business but the importance of prepping for the next recession. Listen on to discover what you as a business leader can do now, so you’re ready in the future.

Jeff Mader, CIO at Sun Country Airlines talks about life, work and hope.

Jeff Mader on Hope

Jeff Mader was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer but it isn’t slowing him down. He’s active as  CIO at Sun Country Airlines which he describes as a 30-year old start-up. He’s using his challenge as a way to think differently about business and make positive influence. His recommendation is sharing about what’s going on with you at work and as a boss be understanding and know that not all days are going to be great days. Being supportive is the best help for employees facing their own challenges. Listen now to hear Jeff’s story in his own words and his advice for employers and employees.  

Minnesota is one of the healthiest states, but it has major health inequities & disparities. Dr. Samitt explains.


Only 20% of true drivers of health are clinically related. The other 80% are related to social determinants of health such as income, gender, education, housing, food insecurities, loneliness, community factors, zip codes – those are the things that drive what makes a community unhealthy. It shouldn’t be a surprise then, why we see good health in some parts of MN and not in others. We talk with Dr. Craig Samitt, President & CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN and Stella about the health inequities and health disparities in MN and how this impacts employees and businesses and what leaders can do to fix it. For more information visit BCBSMN.

Soleil Ho Dishes About Food Justice

I take food for granted. It’s there when I want it and I have access to ingredients for my family’s favorite recipes. Sadly, that’s not the norm everywhere in the US. Soleil Ho shares the challenges many Americans face and explains what food justice is and how businesses can help. We talk everything from ethnic food in small town Iowa to accessing capital for food trucks in California and the fight for ownership of Poke.

Jeremy Pierotti on mental health access for children

Jeremy Pierotti is the CEO of Sansoro Health - a health data software company that helps with streamlining access to patient records to help provide for better care for patients. He is very passionate about health care, both physical and mental. In this episode he shares his insights on the importance of getting children access to mental health early on and why it matters to businesses today.

Kristen Brown shares her experience on the taboo topic of bereavement in the workplace

Kristen lost her husband nearly 10 years ago and she reflects on her experience with bereavement in the workplace. Death is a taboo subject in society and especially at work, but talking about it and understanding what people need could help employees as they move through their grief. Kristen shares how co-workers, employers and even friends can show up when someone they know loses a person close to them.

Abby Murray talks about the importance of white space in work and life

Abby Murray, Co-Founder and CMO of Mortarr, talks about her passion for design, starting a business in southern Minnesota and the importance of creating white space in life.

We try to make the most of every single moment that there are no moments left to make the most of.

Inspiration comes from so many random places. Sometimes, I can find it in a magazine I'm reading or from driving by a semi truck on the road or being at a baseball game. It really depends on what you are looking at. I think if you're open to seeing those beautiful moments in life wherever you are they can inspire you.

Breathing room is kind of an epiphany. You always talk about breathing room in design making sure you don't clutter it too much, otherwise your message doesn't get across. I'm always giving feedback, put some more breathing space in that, add some padding to that. It is such the same with life.

Kris Lindahl on being generous in life and at work

Founder of Kris Lindahl Real Estate and the guy on all of the billboards shares his views on being generous as a person and as company, as well as, some thoughts on home affordability and the key to good marketing.

When you get people that believe in the cause and they buy in with their heart and emotions, they never leave.

The challenge is and what we forget as leaders is that we are leading humans. There is an emotional aspect, people are getting connected with their heart. Anytime you lead people by numbers or holding them accountable to for certain things, that is when you have turnover.

Kris Lindahl talking about business owners helping to educate employees on buying a house.

Sarah Moe on the critical need for employee sleep health

Sarah Moe is the Founder and CEO of Sleep Health Specialist and a self-proclaimed “Sleep Nerd”. As the most passionate person I know about sleep, Sarah is raising awareness for the critical need for sleep health education. She partners with companies to help educate employees about the importance of sleep and the consequences of not getting enough. On this podcast she shares some fun insights about sleep and tips for employers to help improve the sleep health of their employees.

Businesses have done a great job building employee wellness programs and caring for their team but sleep has been ignored.

Nobody can say they feel better when they are sleepy than when they are rested.

It is interesting because a lot of people who do run on five hours of sleep are not necessarily as productive as if they were getting more rest.

Jason Sole from drug dealer to criminal justice professor

Jason Sole is a former drug dealer, member of a notorious street gang, and a three-time convicted felon. He always knew he wanted to do something different and today he is St. Paul’s first Community-First Public Safety Initiatives Director and a professor of criminal justice at Hamline University. Jason shares his experience, how he changed his life and the challenges other face when they are trying to re-enter the workforce after paying their debt to society. He also discusses why the rate of recidivism is so high and what businesses can do to help change it.

A white person with felony convictions has a better chance of getting a job than a black person without felony convictions.

Business can play to someone's potential rather than looking at their risk.

To eliminate the biases you have to spend time with the people you have the biases with.

Beth Miller on the power of empathy in the workplace

Beth Miller studied human-centric design in school and started her career working for Ann Bancroft as she made her way to the North pole. Since then she’s worked for big brands like Disney, Allianz, United Healthcare and now Magid. Her background has given her a unique perspective on how people work and the power of empathy in the workplace.

We're looking for people who always watch, listen and wonder why someone is doing what they are doing and how we can make that better. It's not just looking at big data and trying to find correlation and patterns and push what we think people might do its actually understanding what compelled them to make that decision in the first place.
If you don't solve a consumer need or think about the human context all the big data won't save you because you're not pushing it forward in a different direction a more human direction in something that is sustainable or ownable that matters to people.
Technology has a place, flexible working spaces needed in this day and age and we should embrace that technology but understand that there are people behind it - so if we don't slow down to speed up we aren't going to pull empathy back into our lives.