Someone to Know: Q&A with AbbVie Director of Internal and Leadership Communications Matt Goebel

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Jul 09, 2018

I’ve worked with this incredible leader in a few capacities over the years and I have to say he has a true knack for leadership communication and staying calm under pressure. It’s one of his many superpowers! I’m honored to introduce you to Matt Goebel, Director of Internal and Leadership Communications at AbbVie. In our Q&A he weighs in on his role today, how AbbVie rallies their 29,000 global employees around their mission to make an impact on people’s lives and the parallels he draws between his skills as an auctioneer and his role in communications. He’s full of wisdom and I hope you enjoy our Q&A.

Q&A with Matt Goebel,
Director of Internal and Leadership Communications
at AbbVie

Read More

Tags: Someone to Know Series

Someone to Know: Q&A with Unum Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jim Sabourin

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jun 27, 2018

You might know him as the past Chairman of the PRSA Corporate Communications Section… Next up in our series is Jim Sabourin, senior vice president and Chief Communications Officer at Unum. He’s a kind and open leader who’s known for being masterful at relationship and reputation management. He’s dealt with countless reputation issues throughout his career and shares a refreshing take on his role as the SVP of Communications, including some fantastic advice for leaders who want to be better. I hope you enjoy our Q&A.

Q&A with Jim Sabourin,
Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
at Unum

Read More

Tags: Someone to Know Series

Someone to Know: Words of Wisdom from John Novick, Intermediate and Middle School Head, Francis W. Parker School

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jun 13, 2018

With graduation season upon us, many are sharing words of wisdom to grads as they transition to their next chapter. Few thoughts have resonated more with me recently than the beautifully eloquent, quiet and energizing thoughts from John Novick, Intermediate and Middle School Head at Francis W. Parker School. (Full disclosure – my husband, Steve, is fortunate to teach there with a group of hugely capable and caring educators. It’s also where our daughters, Avi and Noa, are getting a strong sense of self and finding their voice, along with learning terrific academic skills.) Read on, and find out why what John shared at a celebration for 8th graders is as appropriate for them, as it is for anyone else. His “perfectly imperfect” yet brilliant thoughts make him Someone to Know.

Words of Wisdom from John Novick,
Head of Intermediate and Middle Schools
at Francis W. Parker School

Read More

Tags: Someone to Know Series

Someone to Know: Q&A with Mars Wrigley Confectionery Senior Director of Strategic Business Communications Kristen Campos

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 30, 2018

Kristen Campos, Senior Director of Strategic Business Communications for Mars Wrigley Confectionery, has an undeniable superpower: she’s a master at navigating change. For that reason and several others, Kristen is definitely Someone to Know. The integration of the Mars Chocolate and Wrigley segments over the past year has brought a great deal of change to the organization, with more than 34,000 associates coming together under one global entity. Kristen has been at the center of the communications and strategy discussions for the newly formed business, and she has many insights into how communicators can best work with company leaders to carry forward a new strategic direction.

Q&A with Kristen Campos,
Senior Director of Strategic Business Communications
at Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Read More

Tags: Someone to Know Series

Someone to Know: Q&A with Alyeska Pipeline Director of Human Resources Fred Millen

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 23, 2018

Fred Millen, Director of Human Resources at Alyeska Pipeline is an HR guru who specializes in workforce planning, employee development succession planning and more. With a background in Theology, he’s a wonderful storyteller, speaker and counselor to many. He hails from the south, but his colleagues joke that after 10 years in The Last Frontier, he’s “all Alaskan now.” Fred is full of HR wisdom and I’m excited to share with you our Q&A here.

Q&A with Fred Millen,
Director of Human Resources
at Alyeska Pipeline

Read More

Tags: Someone to Know Series

Someone to Know: Q&A with Hitachi Vantara Senior Internal Communications Manager Brad Whitworth

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 09, 2018

If you’ve been part of our Thanksgiving tradition - Grandma Elsie’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie - and other famous recipes, then you might already know a little bit about this smart and kind leader. Brad Whitworth, along with his wife Peg Champion, are the head Chefs of Grandma Elsie’s West Coast Test Kitchen and have brought forward many of our favorite recipes over the years featuring Grandma Elsie’s spices. And when he’s not testing recipes in Grandma Elsie’s honor, Brad serves as the Senior Internal Communications Manager at Hitachi Vantara. Prior to joining Hitachi, Brad led communication programs at HP, Cisco, PeopleSoft, Micro Focus and AAA, and is a sought after speaker on business communications. He shares incredible insights on everything from the most effective communications channels to the importance of knowing what you don’t know, to the lessons he’s learning from his new vineyard. I hope you enjoy his insights as much as I did!

Read More

Tags: Someone to Know Series

Someone to Know: Q&A with The Way Women Work Founder Rania Anderson

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Apr 25, 2018

Women are one of the most underutilized resources, according to Rania Anderson, a leader and keynote speaker you should know. Our paths recently crossed and as a father of two girls, I was immediately inspired by the important work she does to advance business results by intentionally recruiting, retaining and advancing women in the workplace. Rania is a sought-after expert in the field and she shares insights from her work with progressive companies that have done exceptional work preparing and mentoring women for leadership roles. While her focus is on advancing women in the workplace, I believe her thoughts serve as an inspiration for all.

Read More

Tags: Someone to Know Series

Someone to Know: Q&A with Nationwide Chief Communications Officer (CCO) Rick Phillips

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Apr 09, 2018

No one I know is more focused on best in class communications that deliver results than Rick Phillips. As Chief Communications Officer for Nationwide, Rick leads the company’s corporate communications program, serving all corporate, staff and business units within the company. He’s constantly motivating his team to think bigger, better and to ensure communications is positively impacting brand, reputation and performance. Rick offers terrific advice on a wide range of topics communicators care about, including the art of providing leaders sound and courageous advice, even when it may not be what they want to hear.


 Q&A with Rick Phillips,
Chief Communications Officer (CCO)
at Nationwide
 

Read More

Tags: Someone to Know Series

Someone to Know: Q&A with Rockwell Automation Senior Vice President of Human Resources Susan Schmitt

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Apr 03, 2018

What do strategy, saddles and sequins all have in common? Susan Schmitt! Susan is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Rockwell Automation. She is leading the company’s efforts to build leadership capability and make Rockwell a place where employees are energized to do their best work and attract the very best talent. When not leading HR strategy for this global organization, she’s pursuing her other passions – horses and ballroom dancing. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Susan for many years and watching her transform Rockwell. I’m excited for you to get to know and learn from her as well.

Read More

Tags: Someone to Know Series

Someone to Know: Q&A with Bloomberg Global Head of Employee and Innovation Communications Ethan McCarty

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Mar 19, 2018

Next up in my series of wonderfully intelligent leaders I think you should know is someone who has made his mark in the Marketing Communications space in many ways, including developing IBM’s groundbreaking blogging guidelines. Today, he leads a team of internal, multimedia and external communicators who activate, inspire and inform his organization’s 18,000+ employees. I hope you enjoy this next Q&A!


 Q&A with Ethan McCarty,
Global Head of Employee and Innovation Communications
at Bloomberg

 

Read More

Tags: Someone to Know Series

    About leadercommunicator blog

    Leadership and communications expert, David Grossman shares high-level tips on leadership effectiveness, internal communications, employee engagement, and a variety of other topics on the minds of leaders and communicators.

    Subscribe by Email

    Going Slow to Go Fast eBook
    David Grossman - The Relationship Between Corporate Culture and Performance in the WSJ
    Take the Email-Free Vacation Pledge