The Team Gurus
The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Quendrida Whitmore, SVP Hospitality Industry and Executive Coach Extraordinaire

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Quendrida Whitmore, SVP Hospitality Industry and Executive Coach Extraordinaire

November 29, 2021

Quendrida Whitmore loves leadership! She has been in executive positions and leading teams for over 25 years. Her experience ranges from Target Corporation as a buyer, a director of loss prevention, and store operations Senior Director to a Regional Vice President with Ross Stores. She has taken on a new adventure in hospitality and real estate with WeWork as a Senior Vice President of Community, United States, and Canada. Quendrida’s passion for people inspired her to launch Quendrida Whitmore Coaching and Consulting. Where, as Coach Quen, she has helped leaders and organizations transform their futures over the last six years.

 

Quendrida has a passion for building great teams that drive excellent results. Additionally, she enjoys helping individuals accomplish personal goals that are life-changing. Coach Quen excels in building trust among groups to create a cohesive team along with authentically believing in development for all, including herself. Persistently, she has driven her personal and professional growth. A few examples, she received her master’s in business administration and is a certified coach earning her CPCC from Co-Active Training Institute. She also received her EdD from the University of Southern California with a focus on Organizational Change and Leadership.

The Team Gurus Podcast : 5 Tips (in 10 Minutes) When You Have Too Many Meetings!

The Team Gurus Podcast : 5 Tips (in 10 Minutes) When You Have Too Many Meetings!

June 24, 2021

Mary Walter and Brian Buford share five quick tips (in ten minutes) for when you are sacked with too many meetings, back-to-back Zoom calls, and have NO TIME!

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Nikki Harland, President of Paradies Lagardere’s Retail Division,

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Nikki Harland, President of Paradies Lagardere’s Retail Division,

May 24, 2021

As the President of Paradies Lagardere’s Retail Division, Nikki Harland oversees approximately $800 M in sales that contribute to the organization’s continued success and standing in the Travel Retail industry.  She has leadership responsibility for Store Operations, Merchandising, Business Transformation and Human Resources.  Nikki is also a founding member of the organization’s Diversity & Inclusion Council.

With over twenty-five years of business and specific HR experience, Harland has contributed to various change initiatives in her career that have propelled turnarounds and growth efforts within organizations. Her work experience includes responsibility in the dining, retail, entertainment, and professional sports industries. Prior to her role with Paradies Lagardère, Nikki was the Senior Director of Field Human Resources for Gap, Inc.’s Old Navy Stores. In this role, she provided people leadership for the Brand’s 1,000+ stores and 45,000 employees in North America. Additional leadership experiences also included Turner Broadcasting System, Inc and Toys “R” Us.

Nikki is a counted-on business leader that has consistently expanded her leadership scope over time.  Most recently, she successfully acted as the Executive Sponsor of Paradies Lagardere’s acquisition and integration of Hojeij Branded Foods (HBF) and Vino Volo.  The successful integration supported the organization’s material growth in the Travel Retail Dining space. 

A native of Atlanta, GA, she attended Benjamin E. Mays High School, received her BA in Psychology from Spelman College and holds an MBA in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University. Nikki is also certified as a Senior Professional in HR and is a former Senior Instructor in Human Resources with DeVry University.  She serves on the Airport Council International-North America’s (ACI-NA) HR Steering Committee and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), and the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC.)  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Blacks Arts Festival and is a Board Trustee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 

In 2017, Nikki joined other leaders in Atlanta and was recognized as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Women of Influence. 

Nikki and her husband, Joseph, reside in Atlanta, Georgia with their 15-year-old son. 

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Bill Snyder, former Kansas State University head football coach

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Bill Snyder, former Kansas State University head football coach

March 5, 2021

Grab a chair, take a stroll, and settle in for a thoughtful and inspiring 60-minute conversation with Bill Snyder. 

Bill Snyder was the head football coach at Kansas State from 1989 to 2005, and again from 2009 to 2018. He has been called “the architect of the greatest turnaround in college football history."

Coach Snyder took over a program in 1989 that was in the midst of a 27-game winless streak, but quickly advanced to 11-straight bowl games and tallied six 11-win seasons over a seven-year stretch. He is the winningest coach in Kansas State University history. 

He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He has been the AP National Coach of the Year, ESPN national Coach of the Year, CNN National Coach of the Year, Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year by the AP three times, and Big Twelve Conference Coach of the Year four times.

He is a recipient of the Bear Bryant Award, Bobby Dood Coach of the Year Award, two-time winner of Woody Hayes Coach of the Year, and Sporting News National Coach of the Year.

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Melissa Wong, co-founder and CEO of Retail Zipline

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Melissa Wong, co-founder and CEO of Retail Zipline

June 22, 2020

 

Melissa Wong is a retail veteran and consumer technology expert, having spent over 10 years focusing on retail communications at Old Navy. During her time in one of North America’s largest retailers, she focused on improving the way the company communicated with the field, ultimately improving store execution and driving sales. She now serves as the founder and CEO of Zipline, a leading retail communication and store execution solution loved by tens of thousands of users.

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with June Ryan, Rear Admiral, Cost Guard (Retired)

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with June Ryan, Rear Admiral, Cost Guard (Retired)

April 20, 2020

Rear Admiral June Ryan is a motivational speaker, success trainer, and coach who draws upon her 35 years of military service to inspire and empower audiences across the country.

 

Admiral Ryan was a trailblazer achieving many historical achievements, including the first enlisted woman in the Coast Guard to rise to the rank of Rear Admiral, and the first woman to serve as the Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Rear Admiral Ryan also served as Military Aide to the President of the United States under President Clinton.

The Team Gurus Podcast : Tips For Leading Through The Pandemic
The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Greg Hanifee, Associate Dean, Executive MBA Global Network at Kellogg School of Management

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Greg Hanifee, Associate Dean, Executive MBA Global Network at Kellogg School of Management

January 6, 2020

Greg Hanifee, Associate Dean of Kellogg's Executive MBA Global Network, directs the Evanston and Miami EMBA programs and the partnerships of Kellogg's Global EMBA Network. He brings to Kellogg more than 25 years of international management experience in telecommunications, consulting and higher education. Most recently he was assistant dean of executive programs at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Derek Jenkins, former COO Fiesta Mart, Inc.

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Derek Jenkins, former COO Fiesta Mart, Inc.

July 29, 2019

Derek Jenkins is the former Chief Operations Officer at Fiesta Mart, Inc. His prior roles include SVP at Shopko Hometown Stores, EVP of Business Development at Urgent Care by TeleMD, SVP of External Relations, and SVP of Stores at Target (where he worked for 20 years). He has served on the boards of Brooklyn Academy of Music, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and the Freedom Valley YMCA.

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Leah Swan, CHRO and leader of Enterprise Transformation at The Children’s Place

The Team Gurus Podcast : Interview with Leah Swan, CHRO and leader of Enterprise Transformation at The Children’s Place

February 20, 2019
Leah Swan is the CHRO and leader of Enterprise Transformation at The Children's Place. Leah has a track record of leading change and innovation as a senior leader at companies including Ross Stores, Gap Inc, Williams Sonoma, and the Walt Disney Company. Leah brings a unique perspective to her work, with a global vision developed as an Aussie working in the US.
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