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Gut+Science explores employee engagement insights you can act on, from CEOs you can trust. Get ready for high energy interviews led by employee engagement evangelist Nikki Lewallen—ones that’ll have you rethinking what it means to build successful people-first cultures.

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054 – Father’s Day Special Episode: Creating a Unified Language of Leadership | Krister Ungerböck

June 13, 2019

In this special Father’s Day episode, we’re talking to Krister Ungerböck (@MeetKrister), father, author, award-winning CEO, leadership expert, and national keynote speaker. Krister is breaking down his book “Language of Leadership,” which digs into a new, powerful language that drives emotional intelligence and better relationships at work and at home.

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053 – Optimizing Productivity Through Health | Erica Ballard

June 6, 2019

Erica Ballard is a Healthy Living Expert and Coach, and Founder of Erica Ballard Health and The B Method, a corporate wellness program designed to boost employees’ productivity, impact, and loyalty. In this episode, you’ll hear why when we take care of ourselves, we can be more engaged in our workplace.

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052 – Diversity and Inclusion: Stop Checking the Box | Jessica Gendron

May 30, 2019

Jessica Gendron (@JessGendron) is the President of the Center For Leadership Excellence. In this episode, you’ll hear Jessica explain why it’s time for leaders to step up and build a culture where people are respected and embraced for their differences.

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051 – Developing Processes to Promote Growth in Your Organization | Dane DeLozier

May 23, 2019

As a leader, you may be quick to jump in when there’s a problem or employee conflict. However, Dane believes you have to focus on the real issues of your business as opposed to getting sucked into all the issues of the business.

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050 – Mastering Communication to Boost Employee Engagement | David Butler

May 16, 2019

High employee engagement usually comes after a lot of trial and error. How can you make a conscious, proactive effort to increase engagement inside your company while helping your employees perform at their top potential? Listen in to find out.

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049 – Seen. Heard. Valued: How to Increase Business Loyalty | Ali Cudby

May 9, 2019

Ali Cudby (@alicudby) founded Your Iconic Brand to help leaders increase business loyalty after gaining strategic marketing experience at The New York Times Company, Golf Digest Magazine, and Animal Planet TV Network to name a few. Ali believes your business grows when customers feel seen, heard and valued. Listen in to hear how you can foster this type of culture at your company.

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048 – Alleviating Stress Surrounding Student Loans | Joe Weldon

May 2, 2019

80% of millennials entering the workforce currently have some type of student debt, and with the average student loan amount coming in at around $40,000, debt is a massive stressor for employees today. Alleviating stress surrounding debt is a hot topic, and Joe Weldon, Area Vice President of Benefit Consulting Services, at Gallagher, says it makes a huge impact on the lives of employees, especially with the attraction and retention challenges companies are facing right now.

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047 – Kyle DeFur | Gut + Science One Year Anniversary Episode: Extraordinary Leadership

April 25, 2019

Kyle DeFur (@DeFurKyle) is the President of trueU, a nonprofit membership-based organization where leaders connect, grow, and learn ways to create cultures their employees are proud to work in. Listen in to learn two powerful words you can use with your employees to show them you practice what you preach and are willing to “walk the walk.”

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#Insights 004: Equipping HR with CEO-Level Language | Santiago Jaramillo

April 18, 2019

To complete our first #Insights series, Santiago dives into how companies are more than just vehicles for creating revenue – they should be a place for transformational growth where people can unlock their true potential. You’ll also hear about how the C-Suite and HR professionals can foster collaboration from Craig Anderson, owner of Craig P. Anderson and Associates, and Jennifer Hodnett, VP of Human Resources at Nolan Transportation Group.

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#Insights 003: Employee Engagement is no Longer “an HR thing” | Santiago Jaramillo

April 11, 2019

How can we help our employees find purpose and meaning in their work, and engage them as people? This week on #Insights, Santiago Jaramillo walks us through how you can define meaning – driven from the top-down – at your organization.

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#Insights 002: The Workforce Wants More | Santiago Jaramillo

April 4, 2019

This week on #Insights, we’re diving into employee engagement – how it’s evolved [especially in the past couple of years] and how this evolution has impacted the relationship between human resources leaders and the C-Suite.

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#Insights 001: Why Should a CEO Care? | Santiago Jaramillo

March 28, 2019

In this first episode of Insights, we’re exploring some of the biggest issues we face in today’s workplace with Emplify CEO and Co-founder Santiago Jaramillo.
First, how do you understand what your people actually need? And second, why should the CEO care?

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#Insights 000: Trailer | Nicole MacLean

March 21, 2019

Introducing #Insights an original series from Emplify that explores extraordinary advances in people performance and business outcomes through workplace science and…well, insights.

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046 – Conscious Capitalism – The Movement | Nathan Bobay

March 14, 2019

Nathan Bobay (@nbobay27) is the Senior Manager of Customer Solutions at Delta Faucet, a leading innovator in water technology. He’s also the co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism chapter in Indianapolis where he teaches business owners how to do business…

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045 – The Four Commandments to Creating Core Values | Matt Jung

March 7, 2019

Matt Jung (@mattjung97) is the Co-Founder of Comfort Research, an innovative furniture company with humble college dorm room beginnings. Starting with one bean bag chair in 1996, the company has gone on to sell millions of units with multiple…

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044 – The 360 Degree Approach to Engagement | Denise Graziano

February 28, 2019

Denise Graziano (@GrazianoAssoc) is the CEO of Graziano Associates, a marketing communications company that intertwines employee and customer engagement to drive revenue, retention, and loyalty. She believes the foundation of successful business is recognizing and capitalizing on this employee-customer…

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043 – Turnover is OK with an Entanglement Strategy | Kathleen Quinn Votaw [Part 2]

February 21, 2019

Kathleen Quinn Votaw (@quinn_votaw) is the CEO of TalenTrust, a professional services firm that uses the “People Puzzle” approach to help executives and human resource teams strengthen culture and drive employee engagement. At TalenTrust, Kathleen has her work cut…

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042 – Share the Love in the Workplace | Nikki Lewallen

February 14, 2019

In this special episode of Gut+Science, host Nikki Lewallen (@NikkiLewallen) dives deep into sharing how as leaders, you can spread the ‘love’ in your workplaces. As you reflect on what that means for your organization, the overarching question you…

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041 – Today’s Reality of Attracting Talent | Kathleen Quinn Votaw [Part 1]

February 7, 2019

Kathleen Quinn Votaw (@quinn_votaw) is the CEO of TalenTrust, a professional services firm that uses the “People Puzzle” approach to help executives and human resource teams strengthen culture and drive employee engagement. TalenTrust works with mid-market and enterprise companies…

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40 – Uniting Culture with a Higher Purpose | Dennis Murphy

January 17, 2019

Dennis Murphy (@dennismurphy340) is the President and CEO of IU Health, a healthcare mecca with 35,000 employees, 17 hospitals, and 400 locations statewide. Their culture is driven by one uniting mission: To make Indiana the healthiest state in the…

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039 – Fostering A Fearless Culture | Mike Baer

January 10, 2019

Mike Baer is the Chief Development Officer at Employbridge. With 550 offices in 48 states, they are the largest industrial staffing company in the United States. For the past 20 years, Mike has served as a key leader in…

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038 – Strengthening Your One-on-One Meeting Muscles | Bobbie Shreiner

January 3, 2019

Bobbie Shreiner is the President of Progression Partners, a professional development company that works with leadership teams to unlock their innate potential. She is the master of one-on-one meetings and shows leaders how to use them to strengthen their…

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037 – The “Top Down” Approach to Building Culture | Doug Bawel

December 27, 2018

Doug Bawel is the CEO of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, the largest remanufacturer of gas and diesel engines, transmissions, and differentials in the United States. Jasper has been an employee-owned organization since 2010 and outperforms 98 percent of all…

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036 – Breathing Life Into Your Company Vision | Karen Alter

December 20, 2018

Karen Alter is the CEO of Borshoff, an award-winning creative and public relations agency that helps organizations attract, convert, and grow. Throughout her 20 year career with Borshoff, Karen has held several leadership positions, just recently stepping into the…

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035 – Unlocking A Collective Intelligence Culture | Liam Forde

December 13, 2018

Liam Forde (@LiamFordeZone) is the Founder and CEO of The Zone, a company that helps thousands of CEOs in over 30 countries create high-performing cultures by harnessing the power of collective intelligence. To unlock this collective intelligence, Liam uses…

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034 – Building a Mission Employees Follow | Steve Long

December 6, 2018

Steve Long is the President and CEO of Hancock Regional Hospital, where he has helped develop a unique culture of inspired and engaged employees. Before taking over the reins at Hancock, he served for 20 years in various healthcare…

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033 – Burnout: A Leading Indicator to Low Engagement | Pete Atherton

November 29, 2018

Pete Atherton (@PeterC_Atherton) is the President and Founder of ActionsProve, a company dedicated to maximizing the growth of high-performing organizations. He’s also the author of Reversing Burnout, a blueprint that teaches professionals and business owners how to engage top…

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032 – Grateful Leaders Inspire Cultures of Gratitude | Nikki Lewallen

November 22, 2018

In this episode, host Nikki Lewallen focuses on gratitude and how to incorporate it into your life, your leadership and your culture. Listen to this episode to learn how to relate this idea of gratitude to people. People in…

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031 – Creating a Company Plan Your Team Will Rally Behind | Pete Honsberger

November 15, 2018

Pete Honsberger (@PeteOhWait) is the Integrator and Lead Facilitator of Culture Shoc, a company whose mission is dedicated to driving engaged teams that produce shocking results. Through his experience working with companies of varying sizes and leadership dynamics, he…

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030 – Empathetic Onboarding | Sue Joyce

November 1, 2018

Sue Joyce is the VP of Employee Success at Terminus, where one of her main responsibilities is designing an onboarding process focused on the employee’s experience. Her dedication to boosting employee engagement seems to be working, as 72 percent…

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029 – Healthy Company Cultures: More Than Standing Desks and Yoga Classes | Rachel Druckenmiller

October 25, 2018

Rachel Druckenmiller (@Rachel_Druck) is the Director of Wellbeing at SIG where she acts as a catalyst in releasing possibilities for her people. In addition building healthy habits into her organization, she also speaks nationally on health topics and writes…

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028 – Playing the Great Game of Business | Rich Armstrong

October 18, 2018

Rich Armstrong is the President of The Great Game of Business, a division of Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. (SRC) – the pioneers of open-book management and business gamification. SRC developed these concepts back in 1983 when a group of managers at…

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027 – Decreasing Turnover in an Employee Market | Cara Silletto

October 11, 2018

Cara Silletto is the President and Chief Retention Officer of Crescendo Strategies. She is the go-to expert on everything employee retention-related. As such, she is a sought-after keynote speaker and author of the new book, Staying Power: Why Your…

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026 – Awesome Place, Awesome Props | Jonathon Burns

October 4, 2018

Jonathon Burns is the General Manager of the Yamaha Marine Precision Propellors division of Yamaha Motors. He places high importance on employee engagement and defines an engaged employee as someone who feels confident in what they’re doing, feels supported…

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025 – Celebration and Reflection | Special Episode

September 27, 2018

Episode 25 Special Episode In our first twenty-four episodes, we’ve discussed ways successful companies attract talent, hire and retain talent, implement impactful onboarding techniques, enhance employee engagement and much more. When you break it all down, the greatest driver…

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024 – Game On: Creating a Culture of Winning | Andy Medley

September 20, 2018

Andy Medley is the CEO and co-founder of PERQ, a company focused on creating meaningful engagement between consumers and brands. He has built his explosive brand by focusing on hiring highly talented contributors and helping each of them reach…

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023 – Leveraging Engagement (Not Satisfaction) to Improve Your Workforce | Toni Richins

September 13, 2018

Toni Richins is the co-founder and CEO of HRtisan Solutions. During her extensive career, she’s accumulated more than 20 years of experience facilitating profitability through the development and management of human resources operations. Her expertise in building and leading…

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022 – Going the Second Mile For Your Culture | Dee Ann Turner

September 6, 2018

Dee Ann Turner is a former executive with Chick-fil-A, Inc. With more than 30 years of experience, she has discovered the what she calls the “secret sauce” to hire and retain top talent while cultivating the culture of an organization….

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021 – Leading Culture as a Player-Coach | Brent Oakley

August 30, 2018

Brent Oakley is the CEO of Vibenomics, providing location-based businesses with an easy and effective multimedia app that works to create and control the cultural environment they want to convey within their space. He founded Vibenomics as a response…

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020 – Avoiding Legal Pitfalls of Your Culture Initiatives | David Swider

August 23, 2018

David Swider is a Partner and Chairman of the Labor & Employment Law Group with Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP. He represents employers throughout the country in labor and employment law matters, including labor and employment law litigation, employment…

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019 – Crafting an Engagement Strategy to the Individual | Gary Brackett

August 16, 2018

Gary Brackett is the President / CEO of Brackett Restaurant Group. The hospitality organization features Stacked Pickle, a bar and grill micro-chain with nine locations across Indianapolis, as well as Char Blue, a high-end steakhouse located in the heart…

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018 – Debunking Common Training Myths | Amy Woodall

August 9, 2018

Amy Woodall is the Executive Vice President of Sandler Training Trustpointe. For the past 19 years, the company has specialized in training, coaching, and assessments for individuals, teams, and organizations looking to foster techniques to grow sales and increase…

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017 – A Culture Philosophy in 5 S’s | Bernie McGuinness

August 2, 2018

Bernie McGuinness is the Chief Executive Officer at Majestic Care. The business specializes in community-based skilled nursing throughout Indiana, including short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, and memory care. Bernie has been CEO since May 2018. With more than 20 years…

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016 – How to Be A Destination Employer | Jason Ells

July 26, 2018

Jason Ells is the Senior Vice President of Custom Concrete. Founded in 1969, the company specializes in foundations for residential homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. Jason is responsible for developing strategic sales, marketing, and business development plans based…

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015 – Building an Authentic Culture | Scott Miller

July 19, 2018

Scott Miller is the President of Bowman Construction Co. Inc. Founded in 1895, the locally owned and operated company focuses on general contracting, value engineering possibilities, design and build options, and concrete and carpentry services. Their mission: to remain…

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014 – Creating Sustainable Systems for Longterm Success | Tim Beatty

July 12, 2018

Tim Beatty is the President of Bullen Ultrasonics. Founded in 1971, the company specializes in precision ceramic machining, ultrasonic machining and polished glass substrates. Tim has been its president since 2014, directing the company’s executive team, spearheading corporate strategy,…

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013 – Employees First, Customers Second | Michael Crafton

July 5, 2018, 2018

Michael Crafton is the President and CEO of Nelbud Services Group. Founded in 2005, the company’s origins were humble to say the least, with only Michael’s pickup truck and $800 in hand. He has since grown the business to…

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012 – The Importance of Contextual Training | Rebecca Fleetwood Hession

June 28, 2018

Rebecca Fleetwood Hession is the President of Fleetwood Hession Consulting, providing leadership development, sales training, and coaching for human resources and training teams. As a mother of child with Attention Deficit Disorder, she is a passionate speaker and advocate…

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011 – The Keys to Developing Effective Mentorship Programs | Alison Martin-Books

June 21, 2018

Alison Martin-Books is the Founder of Pass the Torch for Women and CEO of Diverse Talent Strategies, a mentoring movement across the US seeking to elevate people in the workplace. She is also the author of Learning to Lead…

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010 – Increasing Employee Loyalty With Personal Development Programs | Steve Sanner

June 14, 2018

Steve Sanner, the President of Hoosier Automotive Services, has been an entrepreneur since 1983. Today, his company includes 48 Jiffy Lubes, six Tuffy Auto Repair shops, and four Mighty Auto Parts franchises. In addition to his successful automotive business,…

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009 – LEGOs + Core Values—the building blocks of an authentic culture | Seth Morales

June 7, 2018

Seth Morales is the President and COO of Morales Group, a recruitment and staffing agency dedicated to giving back to the community. In addition to running a $100 million organization, Seth was recently appointed by Governor Pence to serve…

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008 – Perception is Reality: How to care for your culture | Patrick Broccolo

May 31, 2018

Patrick Broccolo, Co-Owner of Senior1Care, has been in business for over a decade and has been featured on the Inc 500 list multiple years. Beyond their unique approach to home health care, Senior1Care stands apart due to its values,…

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007 – Fostering Internal Fans for Long-term Wins | Casey Wright

May 24, 2018

Casey Wright is an entrepreneur and founder of NinjaZone, a fusion of gymnastics, martial arts, obstacle training, and parkour, for kids. Committed to changing the face of youth athletics, Wright created a curriculum focused on character and movement pillars…

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006 – Owning the Tough Conversations | Jonathan Reynolds

May 17, 2018

This week’s guest Jonathan Reynolds, CEO at Titus Talent and Certified Partner at The Predictive Index, is passionate about building employees. Jonathan is committed to creating a great culture and aligning his employees with the company values. For Jonathan, he…

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005 – Cultivating a Culture of Trust Through Failure | Mary Beth Oakes

May 10, 2018

Mary Beth Oakes serves as CEO of two companies, Business Furniture and Choreo. One of the biggest engagement drivers in any organization is trust. Mary has more than twenty years of experience building and growing her team to leverage…

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004 – Culture is a Team Sport | Tom Zupancic

May 3, 2018

Are you in a leadership position? If you’re listening to Gut + Science, then you’re answer is likely ‘yes.’ Joining us this week is Tom Zupancic, former Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing for the Indianapolis Colts and now…

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003 – The Jackson 5: Five strategies to engage remote employees | Tom Jackson

April 26, 2018

The secret to good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better. Featured guest, Tom Jackson, President of Steel Encounters, inspires this episode’s conversation about the top five strategies for engaging and retaining…

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002 – Because if you don’t care about culture, no one will | Mike Davis

April 26, 2018

The inspiration for this episode comes from this interesting stat, 70 percent of leaders put people and culture in their top three initiatives yet only 20 percent of those leaders can report an ROI on the things they’re doing…

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001 – Meaning and Millennials: How to engage and retain them | Jethro Lloyd

April 26, 2018

This week we are focusing on millennial employees and the younger generations in our workplace. Ready or not they are the future of our workforce. Featured guest, Jethro Lloyd, CEO of iLAB, shares his take on how to engage millennials…

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000 – Gut + Science: What’s this all about? | Nikki Lewallen

April 25, 2018

Whether you need to land more business or increase output, the road to more revenue and better business outcomes ultimately relies on relationships. And if there’s one thing Nikki Lewallen knows, it’s relationships. In Gut+Science™, Nikki takes you on…

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Meet your host: Nikki Lewallen

The first thing to know about Nikki Lewallen is that she’s passionate. Really passionate…about helping millions love their work, about giving back, about investing in people. In Gut + Science, these callings come to life in the form of high-energy interviews designed to help pave the way for people-first cultures, and give leaders the inside scoop on how to build winning cultures and companies.

As a business development specialist, speaker and philanthropist, Nikki has helped countless executives make meaningful, relationship-oriented investments. A natural connector of people and avid proponent of robust company culture, she’s also part of a platform being used by CEOs and leaders across America to engage countless employees.