Inspirational Insights Podcast - Insight To Action


Design for Identity with Jessica Bantom

Season 6, Ep. 97
As a designer, Jessica Bantom pays attention to details. Details matter particularly when it comes to connecting to different identities and how customers see themselves. Her newly released book, Design for Identity, aims at influencing design decisions that either bring people in or leave them out resulting in a loss of customers. After all, as Bruce Mau stated, it is not about the world of design, but about the design of the world we live in. Jessica Bantom is a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) practitioner and workplace strategist whose mission is to enable individuals to take immediate actions that create meaningful outcomes for historically excluded people. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Marymount University, Bantom is a skilled management consultant with over 20 years of experience, a compelling speaker, and a certified facilitator and coach with a passion for helping people and organizations activate the values of DEIB to become more culturally competent and thrive in our increasingly global economy. Bantom is also active in the interior design industry as an interior design and color consultant and as an engaged advocate committed to promoting DEIB in the industry and in practice. You can learn more about Jessica and her upcoming book, Design for Identity: How to Design Authentically for a Diverse World, at or Follow Dawna Jones on any one of these channels:Linkedin: EPDawna_JonesInstagram: Uncertainty Newsletter: @dawnajonesWebsite: dawnajones.comThanks to Mark Romero Music for the intro track, Alignment.

Human-centered Workplaces-The Irish Health Service

Season 6, Ep. 96
Healthcare services in many nations are under pressure to adapt their design to meet the challenges in today's world. Two exemplary leaders in this challenging field, Margaret Stone and JP Swaine of the Irish Health Service share their experience in working with organizational network analysis and other means to engage the power of people within the 147, 000 employee organization. Starting small and thinking big, both leaders bring leadership skills fit for complex systems. Margaret Stone is a change maker, leader and believer in empowering staff through a social movement to shape the culture of a health service – and by translating values into behaviors. She has extensive experience in developing and leading programs to enable change in culture in the Irish Health Services. A Social Movement Change Leader and Viral Change fellow with a specific interest in developing and enabling people to their best abilities to improve Health Services.JP. Swaine is the Culture Transformation Manager with HSE Culture & Engagement and leads nationally on the Values in Action movement in the Health Services in Ireland. Values in Action is a behavior-based social movement in the Irish Healthcare system. JPs diverse experience is grounded in understanding social systems and cognitive psychology. He has worked for many years in the Irish Community Mental Health Services and developed the First Fortnight social enterprise, Irelands Mental Health Arts Charity.Subscribe and share this episode and podcast to others seeking to create better workplaces with restored vitality.Contact or Follow Dawna Jones on any one of these channels:Linkedin: EPDawna_JonesInstagram: Uncertainty Newsletter: @dawnajonesWebsite: dawnajones.comThanks to Mark Romero Music for the intro track, Alignment.

Network Science, FabLab and Anti-corruption-A Conversation with Dr. Silvia Fieruascu

Season 5, Ep. 93
Dr. Silvia Fierascu is an international researcher, trainer and consultant in applied network science. She is Head of OrgMapper Academy at Maven7 Network Research Inc., Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, Philosophy and Communication Sciences at West University of Timișoara, Romania, and Founder and Director of a research, development, and innovation lab in social sciences, FabLab - Social Fabrics Research Lab. She earned a PhD in Political Science with a specialization in Network Science from Central European University, and in the past 10 years she has been applying network and data science for positive social impact in business, government, civil society and academia. She helps organizations translate complex problems into solutions for organizational development, change management, better communication, good governance, public policy, and social impact. In this episode, we talk about the application of network science to understanding organizations, anti-corruption and another current project she has called FabLab! The insights shared are relevant to anyone curious about how things run beneath the lines of assumptions and serve as a basis for inspired policy and persistent curiosity. Registration is free for the ONA Summit November 16-18th.Links to subjects covered in our conversation:- ONA Summit 2022: OrgMapper: FabLab: Corruption Risks in Public Procurement Country Profile: or Follow Dawna on any one of these channels:Linkedin: EPDawna_JonesInstagram: Uncertainty Newsletter: to Mark Romero Music for the intro track, Alignment.

Personal Agility with Maria Matarelli and Peter Stevens

Season 5, Ep. 92
Personal agility is a project inspired by agile philosophy and adapted to how you lead your life. Authors and coaches Maria and Peter talk about the experience people have had working with Personal Agility, and how one simple question opens up reflection, focus and action.Maria Matarelli is an Executive Agile Coach, Consultant to the Fortune 100, and an international best-selling author. Maria and her team consult businesses to reach breakthrough results by applying Agile methodologies from startups reaching $35 Million-dollar valuations to streamlining Millions in cost savings for Billion-dollar organizations. Maria is the founder and President of Formula Ink and co-founder of the Agile Marketing Academy and Personal Agility Institute.Peter B. Stevens is an Executive, Coach, Author, and Certified Scrum Trainer. He most recently served as Chief Agility Officer at Vivior AG, the Swiss digital health startup, and is co-founder of, Personal Agility Institute, and World Agility Forum. He is an instrument-rated pilot, speaks 4 languages, and lives in Zurich, Switzerland with his family and 3 cats.Their book is being published by the Business Agility Institute which also publishes the high-quality Emergence magazine. Subscribe and use the code Dawna to receive 10% off.Personal Agility release date is November 1st, 2022.Contact or Follow Dawna on any one of these channels:Linkedin: EPDawna_JonesInstagram: Uncertainty Newsletter: to Mark Romero Music for the intro track, Alignment.

Reinventing Business Schools with Yorkville U's Julia Christensen-Hughes

Season 5, Ep. 91
In this episode, Julia Christensen Hughes provides an update on the Global Responsible Leadership Initiative's work and speaks to the challenges and the imperative for business schools to reinvent themselves to meet the demands of a changing world and values. The transactional nature of higher education is pivoting to a transformational approach plugged into the context of large global issues like climate change and biodiversity but changing the orientation will take faculty who are fluent in seeing systems and comfortable with being persistently curious.As President of Yorkville University, Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes plays a ground-breaking role in Canadian higher education, leveraging the full potential of the university’s flexible, accessible and exceptionally small class setting to maximize innovation and student success. Previously on faculty with the University of Guelph, Christensen Hughes has 25 years of progressive academic leadership experience, first as a professor, then as the Founding Dean of the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.   Her published works include the co-edited books: Taking Stock 2.0: Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Academic Integrity in Canada: An Enduring and Essential Challenge; Handbook of Human Resource Management in the Tourism and Hospitality Industries; Taking Stock: Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; and Curriculum Development in Higher Education: Faculty-Driven Processes and Practices.     In 2015, Christensen Hughes addressed the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of the 700+ international business school signatories to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. She has also received numerous recognitions, including a Graduate Teaching Excellence Award; the Sheffield Award for Excellence in Research from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education; a YMCA Women of Distinction Award; and the University of Guelph’s John Bell Award for distinguished educational leadership.  Find Julia's book on Amazon: Taking Stock 2.0: Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher EducationShare this episode with someone you feel will benefit. Special advice for students and faculty is included.Listen in, comment, review, subscribe or send feedback to Dawna on any one of these channels:Linkedin: EPDawna_JonesInstagram: out of 4 of Dawna's books: Decision Making for Dummies, From Hierarchy to High Performance (co-authored with Ozlem Brooke Erol, Doug Kirkpatrick, and others from the Great Work Cultures NetworkIntro music courtesy of Mark Romero Music. Track is called Alignment.Audio: My audio went wonky on this episode so I'm grateful to for the use of their app to help with recovery.

Returning to the Heart of Business with Marilijn Boumeester

Season 5, Ep. 89
Driving value through clarity on who you are, what truly matters is what differentiates a company from the crowd. Brand strategist and author Marilijn Boumeester talks to Dawna about integrity, values, leadership, and other soft concepts hard to bring to a meaningful level of experience. The character of leaders, stewardship management, and the value of reflection for insight and clarity are a few of the topics discussed. Marilijn is a brand strategist and change strategist based in Amsterdam. Her work and the conversation touch on what you do as an entrepreneur or company in a new era with your values and the role change plays in dealing with complexity.We had a lot of fun collaborating on a complexity quiz published in her freshly published book Van hoofdkantoor naar hartszaak. Yes, it is in Dutch but the conversation isn't. Join us for a bit of a fun fireside type of conversation.Contact Marilijn Boumeester at or on LinkedIn Marilijn mentions Rajeev Peshawaria and Joseph (Jay) Bragdon and his latest book Economies that Mimic Life. Jay is also interviewed in EP4 of this podcast and in the early part of the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast on iTunes.Follow the Inspirational Insights podcast on Spotify or on iTunes.Connect with Dawna on LinkedInConnect on InstagramSubscribe to the monthly newsletterBook a conversation here to discuss decision-making and leadership adaptations during interruptions like a pandemic.