Season 12: Diversity & Digital Transformation

144: Diversity, Digital Transformation & Coaching Parents with Punam Saxena

When Punam Saxena’s family relocated to a small town in Georgia, her neighbors asked what tribe they belonged to. They mistakenly thought her family was Native American, not Indians from India. Growing up ostracized, she knows the impact of social isolation and vowed to do something about it. In this episode, Punam shares her process for coaching parents to become active partners with their children’s teachers through open communication that leverages the latest technologies.

Special Guest: Punam Saxena, Founder & CEO – edu-Me

Location: Metro Atlanta, GA  USA

Air Date: April 11, 2021

Show Notes:

  • edu-Me:  Punam’s podcast, dedicated to bridging the gap between parents and schools.
  • edu-nars: Punam’s weekly FB Live sessions with parents discussing challenges they’re facing. Each week they tackle a new topic that relates to their daily lives to provide ideas, tips, and calm.
  • Parent Power: Navigate School and Beyond: Punam’s book, set for release soon! Her book offers insights, ideas, and methods to navigate the exhilarating and exhausting task of raising productive, compassionate, thoughtful young people. It tackles relevant topics that parents face, including how to approach: social media, sports, discrimination, and many more parent-child topics.
  • Psychology Today: a website based on the magazine by the same name; topics range from “behavioral research to practical guidance on relationships, mental health, and addiction.”
  • GreatSchools.orga website for America’s leading non-profit organization that empowers parents to unlock educational opportunities for their children. They provide school information and parenting resources to help families choose the right school, support learning at home, and guide their children to great futures.
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – Adolescent & School Health: a website featuring articles, downloadable fact sheets, and other helpful information to foster transparent and constructive communication among parents, school staff, and teachers.
  • Edutopia.org: a website from the George Lucas Foundation dedicated to “…transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives.”
  • Harvard College – Parent & Family Engagement: a website from the Dean of Students Office that provides “…resources and opportunities for parents and families to learn about the College and share in the milestones your student will experience during their time at Harvard.”
  • Zoom: a web-based tool that offers audio and video recording of webinars, conference calls, presentations, meetings, and more.  Also includes screen sharing for enhanced collaboration.

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 009: Business Coaching vs. Business Consulting – 9 Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Guidance with Latarsha Horne
  • Episode 060: The One Thing You Need to Know About Mental Health & Entrepreneurship with Silke Glaab
  • Episode 063: The One Thing You Need to Know About Delivering Difficult News with Liz Kislik
  • Episode 076: Thalia Toha’s Goal Setting Process
  • Episode 111: Leading Data-Driven Improvements with Christine Yeager

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Transcription: Jodie Maquiran
  • Sponsor: HubSpot

 

More About Guest, Punam V. Saxena:
Punam V. Saxena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Education. Throughout her 30 years of experience between teaching and volunteering in her children’s schools, she implemented several procedures that have benefited the students and administrators within the school district.

Punam is a Parent Impact Coach, podcast host of edu-Me, author, and speaker. Her work focuses on bridging the gap and fostering a stronger relationship between parents and schools by empowering parents to become partners in their child’s education. She has been recognized as Volunteer of the Year at Harrison School for the Arts and has received a Key to the City both in Lakeland, Florida. She has been featured in the magazine podcast Movement and Shoutout Atlanta and spoken at several mainstage events including the Passionistas Project’s I’mSpeaking and Podcast Movement’s Virtual Summit. She enjoys running, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working as an engineer in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 53 countries.

 

More About Sponsor, HubSpot:
HubSpot offers a full platform of marketing, sales, customer service, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software — plus the methodology, resources, and support — to help businesses. Their CRM platform is powered by the same database, so everyone in your organization — Marketing, Sales, Service & Operations — is working off the same system of record. This allows for a smoother handoff between teams and results in a more delightful experience for your customers.

 

143: Diversity, Digital Transformation & Workforce Development with Jesse Torres

Jesse Torres is the American-born son of Mexican immigrant parents. Growing up in multi-cultural Los Angeles, he’s not uncomfortable being around people who looked different from him. So, as he grew his consultancy, ArroyoWest, building a diverse team came naturally. He’s also no stranger to technology. In this episode, Jesse shares how leaders can prepare for the future of work by leveraging government programs to digitize operations and diversify their workforce.

Special Guest: Jesse Torres, Founder & CEO – ArroyoWest, LLC

Location: Los Angeles, CA  USA

Air Date: April 4, 2021

Show Notes:

  • Hack My Business: Jesse’s podcast, with co-host Sid Voorakkara where they interview policymakers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and more to help small businesses hack their way to success.
  • Covid-19 Business Tools: Jesse’s website that “…offers up-to-date news and insights, one-on-one consulting, and curated guidance and financial resources to design tailored solutions and help your business successfully navigate the pandemic.”
  • Small Business Front: Jesse is a co-founder of this media creation and community building firm focused on small business.
  • Small Business Resource Center (SBDC): a site dedicated to helping small businesses locate a local center that can provide free or low-cost training and consulting on various topics.
  • SBA: the Small Business Administration is an American government program offering funding as well as operational resources to keep small businesses open.
  • EventBrite: the world’s largest event technology platform, powering millions of events in 170+ countries and territories.
  • Fiverr: a digital platform matching service providers with potential customers.
  • Upwork: an online portal designed to help you find and vet premium freelancers for your next project or team.
  • Reddit: a website that aggregates news and offers members the opportunity to rate and review posted content as well as participate in online communities organized around shared interests. Jesse suggested joining and participating in the Small Business community on Reddit.
  • FreeConferenceCall.com: a web and phone-based app offering free audio and video conferencing services. Their innovative pay-what-you-can pricing model helps support charities, volunteers, and students all over the world.
  • Zoom: a web-based tool that offers audio and video recording of webinars, conference calls, presentations, meetings, and more.  Also includes screen sharing for enhanced collaboration.

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 023: Attracting Top Talent to Your Business with Jim Stroud
  • Episode 028: Managing Virtual Teams in a Freelance Economy with Sherry Heyl
  • Episode 068: Anne Sugar’s Hiring to Scale Process
  • Episode 083: Downsizing and Rebuilding a Team with Mike Moll
  • Episode 135: How I Built a Remote Team and Scaled Unique Designz to a 7-Figure Business – Henry Kaminski

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Transcription: Jodie Maquiran
  • Sponsor: HubSpot

 

More About Guest, Jesse Torres:
Jesse Torres is the owner and principal of a minority-owned consulting firm, ArroyoWest, LLC. They specialize in economic and workforce development, particularly in the area of small business development and disaster preparedness, response, and resiliency programs. He’s also the founder and creator of the Hack My Business podcast, available on Apple and Spotify – and the annual holiday social media campaign #12DaysofTakeout.

He serves his community by serving on the City of Los Angeles Small Business Commission and the boards of Associated Students UCLA, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, and Union Station Homeless Services.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working as an engineer in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 53 countries.

 

More About Sponsor, HubSpot:
HubSpot offers a full platform of marketing, sales, customer service, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software — plus the methodology, resources, and support — to help businesses. Their CRM platform is powered by the same database, so everyone in your organization — Marketing, Sales, Service & Operations — is working off the same system of record. This allows for a smoother handoff between teams and results in a more delightful experience for your customers.