Twenty years ago, Karen made a career change from theatre to HR and never looked back! She found her purpose in helping organizations build amazing cultures while guiding individuals to find fulfillment in their careers. Currently, Karen is the SVP of People at Ordergroove and was named one of the 2020 Notable Women in Talent by Crain’s New York Business. Karen is a certified career coach, speaker, advisor to start-up companies, Girls in Tech NYC board member, the published author of “Setting the Stage: A Guide to Preparing for Any Feedback Conversation” and host of the podcast “Getting off the Hamster Wheel.” She lives in NYC with her husband and furry babies.
In this week's episode, I speak with Mitch who had a lot of self-defined "oh crap" moments in his career.  But by keeping true to his values, recognizing the fundamental strengths that he has, and being open to figuring it out as he went with a great sense of humor, Mitch turned those moments into big opportunities and an amazing career journey!  From swimming to being a pastor to sales & sales leadership to owning his own coffee company - it doesn't get much more "career changer" than that!   But as always, each experience was actually prepping him for the next.  As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook page: Career Changers for more tips!  And I'm running a year end special for my Teachable course that dives into each step in order to make a career change! Check it out at https://career_development.teachable.comMore about Mitch...I have a deep-seeded passion for empowering and building people who are the voice of great products - focusing on the why behind the what. Laying foundations for true scalability, understanding and optimizing the sales funnel, and the consistent reiteration of a company’s vision are my foundation. Serve others and be a good steward. Period. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitchdyoung/
In my conversation with Brooke last week, she shared how she was able to make her career change by staying with her company at the time and changing departments.  In this mini-episode, I share some tips on how to think about if you want to find a new role in your current company and how to have that conversation with your manager!By the way, for our final mini-episodes I am going to answer questions submitted from the audience.  So if you have a question you want me to include (anonymously of course), email me directly at kdweeks.hr@gmail.comFollow this conversation and more in our Facebook Group: Career Changers!  And don't forget listeners to the podcast get a discount on my Teachable course with the code "HAMSTER".  The training is full of exercises like the worksheet about about how to get unstuck in your current role and find fulfillment in a new career.  There is also a coaching package that you can add on as well. You can register at https://career_development.teachable.com
In this week's episode, I speak with Brooke, who I had the pleasure of working with at Yodle!  After some stops along the way she found herself in a Client Services role but realized her skills could be used in a different department, Human Resources.  So she talked to the local HR lead and found a path into HR...all while staying at a company she loved!  Brooke shares her story and specifically her advice to people who want to make a career change but still stay at their current company!As always, please consider subscribing, leaving a rating and review and sharing this podcast and the whole series with others.  We do this podcast to help spread the word that everyone can get unstuck and find the thing that brings them joy in their careers.  If our guests can do it, you can too!  Check out our Facebook page: Career Changers for more tips!  And don't forget listeners of the podcast get a 20% discount on my new Teachable course about how to make a career change.  You can also sign up for a coaching package through Teachable as well.  Just use the code "Hamster".  https://career_development.teachable.comYou can learn more about Brooke and her backgound on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brooke-koutoudis-3a247939/
This week I am delighted to chat with Karen Weeks, SVP People at Ordergroove in New York. With a massive wealth of knowledge in the HR field, Karen shares her insight with me on how best to build a culture in tech startups, when to introduce HR to a tech company, and her view on the key elements to implement a successful HR strategy, especially given the new dynamics that exist in a Covid 19 world.  As a podcast host, a professional coach, and a management and HR strategy teacher, Karen has quickly risen to the forefront of her sector. She was named one of the 2020 Notable Women in Talent by Crain’s New York Business and has been a driving force behind Ordergroove's enviable success in winning Best Companies to Work for in New York two years in a row. A must listen to for tech companies and tech startups alike that want to stay ahead of the HR curve.
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Location
New York, New York, United States of America
Episode Count
33
Podcast Count
10
Total Airtime
11 hours, 10 minutes
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