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337: Vicki Baker—Isn't It Time For You To Power Through To Your Next Career Stop?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Nov 14, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to boldly take control of your own career path

Dr. Vicki Baker's sixth book in five years solidifies her standing as a nationally recognized expert in the unique issues faced by mid-career faculty in higher education. As she coaches numerous professionals, she has discovered a recurring theme: academicians get their degrees and often their tenure, but then get stuck or stalled in their career advancement. Is it that they need better mentors? Or do institutions need to identify and sponsor their high-performing stars earlier, and coach them along their pathways to career advancement? And this is happening not just in the world of academia. Industry is struggling with the same dilemma. Are you stuck or stalled in an academic position or a corporate career trajectory? Make a point to listen in for Vicki's solutions.

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Topics: Higher Education, anthropology, women leaders, rethinking women

Maria Gallo—DelVal University Is Now Soaring Thanks To Blue Ocean Strategy®

Posted by Andrea Simon on Apr 6, 2021 3:45:52 PM

 Hear how an innovative approach paid off, big time!

By becoming President of Delaware Valley University, Dr. Maria Gallo broke a very hard, very high glass ceiling, which is why I wanted to repost my podcast with her. In 2020, only 38% of college presidents were women, despite the fact that women represent over half the students in higher educational institutions. And, Dr. Gallo is not only leading DelVal, she's leading it successfully into the future. For this and many other reasons, I share her story in my new book, "Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business," which you can buy here. Seeing that the demographics of students are changing, fast, Maria and her team engaged us to help them find their Blue Ocean Strategy, then they made it happen, brilliantly. A great story. Listen in! 

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Topics: Blue Ocean Strategy, Higher Education, women leaders, rethinking women in business

142: Ken Hoyt—Harnessing The Extraordinary Power of Data

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 15, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Ken Hoyt explains how data can transform your organization!

A little over two years ago, in June 2017, Dr. Kenneth Hoyt did a podcast with us about his work with higher education institutions that needed, or wanted, to change. We had previously worked with Ken when he was president of Centenary University from 2002 to 2009 when he turned around the institution, dramatically increasing enrollment from 1,600 students to 3,300. How did he do this? By better understanding and improving retention rates and expanding into non-traditional, adult, online and graduate programs. It was Ken's mastery of the power of data that enabled him to provide the insights needed to better recruit potential college students while adapting Centenary's curricula to their needs. Are you in need of a turnaround? Listen and learn!

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Topics: Higher Education, data analysis

129: Maria Gallo—DelVal University Is Now Soaring Thanks To Blue Ocean Strategy®

Posted by Andrea Simon on Apr 9, 2019 7:40:00 PM

 Hear how Maria Gallo and her team took an innovative approach that paid off, big time!

Dr. Maria Gallo is a very special interviewee for our podcast. She is president of Delaware Valley UniversityDelVal to many of usin Bucks County, PA, north of Philadelphia. For much of 2018, we worked with DelVal on their Blue Ocean Strategy and are thrilled at the terrific successes they're seeing. Realizing that the demographics of students is changing, fast, Maria and her team knew DelVal needed a new strategy. What did they do? They set about finding their Blue Ocean Strategy and innovatively fulfilling today's students' unmet needs. Is it working? Like gangbusters. Take a listen. Might the lessons learned apply to your organization or business?

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Topics: Blue Ocean Strategy, Higher Education

117: Rob Westervelt—Thinking Forward for Higher Education

Posted by Andrea Simon on Feb 4, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Rob Westervelt explains how he dramatically changed one university's vision, finances and culture!  

Rob Westervelt is a visionary leader, an accomplished strategist and a leading innovator whose mission is to create brighter futures, faster. Robert A. Sevier calls him “One of the most forward-thinking leaders in higher education today.” When we were introduced to Rob, we were so impressed that we had to do a podcast with him so he could share his ideas with you, our listeners. A Stanford-trained innovator, Rob is known for his groundbreaking work in creativity and marketing at George Fox University. To learn from a true game-changing visionary, listen in!

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Topics: Higher Education, innovation

006: Changing Patterns of The Higher Education System with Evan Jerome

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 10, 2017 6:05:00 AM


Evan Jerome is the senior vice-president of Monroe College, where he has served for 20 years working in a variety of areas, including admissions, marketing and launching an online degree program. Evan is responsible for overseeing undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as offsite continuing education in both domestic and international markets.

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Topics: Igniting Change, Higher Education, Corporate Culture

005: Innovation in the Liberal Arts with Richard Ludwick

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 3, 2017 6:04:00 AM


With numerous years of leadership experience in higher education, Richard Ludwick most recently served as president of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the nation’s oldest state association of private colleges, serving 31 institutions and 100,000 students. In that role since 2010, Richard has helped dramatically increase student funding and grow revenue, including philanthropic gifts. 

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Topics: Culture Change, Higher Education, Corporate Culture

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