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In "Tales from Around the Watercooler," the employment law attorneys at The Prinz Law Firm provide invaluable advice for how to find success in the workplace and how to navigate some of the trickiest situations as a professional. Your host, Kristen Prinz, of "The Prinz Law Firm" works on a daily basis with executives, professionals, and small businesses to turn adverse events into opportunities.
 
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In this episode, Kristen chats with two of The Prinz Law Firm’s Associate Attorneys, Poonam Lakhani and Elizabeth Hanford. They discuss a recent policy implemented by the tech company Basecamp that banned employees from discussing political and social issues in the workplace. Our attorneys explore the legality of regulating conversations at work an…
 
In this episode, Kristen chats with Poonam Lakhani, one of The Prinz Law Firm’s associate attorneys, about how COVID-19 intersects with workplace privacy. Kristen & Poonam discuss whether businesses can require employees to get vaccinated, if an employer can ask about vaccine status, and workplace safety measures during the vaccine rollout. Kristen…
 
In this episode, Kristen sits down with one of the firm’s associate attorneys, Laura Lefkow-Hynes, to discuss a little-known but crucial law in Illinois named the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). VESSA allows workers facing domestic violence to take time off of work, among other provisions. Kristen & Laura take a deep-dive into th…
 
In this episode, Mike Michalowicz, innovative entrepreneur and author of seven books, sits down with Kristen to discuss what is perhaps his most impactful work, Profit First. Mike shares the heartbreaking story that eventually led him to write this book as well as how the principle of “profit first” can facilitate positive change in a business. Kri…
 
In this episode, Kristen and fellow Prinz Law Firm Partner Amit Bindra do a deep dive into non-compete agreements. Amit has significant experience litigating these matters and is also the author of a bill currently pending in the Illinois legislature: H.B. 789 and its counterpart, S.B. 3430. In this episode, Amit educates us on what non-competes re…
 
In this episode, Kristen announces the re-launch of Tales From Around The Water Cooler as it centers even more on workplace stories and employment law. Kristen and fellow Prinz Law Firm attorney Christina Hynes Mesco dive into a dynamic discussion of the meaning of the well-known phrase “wrongful termination.” They provide specific anecdotes from t…
 
On this week’s episode of Tales Around the Water Cooler, Kristen sits down with Senior User Experience Designer and longtime friend Alison Gaddis. They run the gamut of topics regarding their careers, beginning with their very first job together at Coconut’s Music and Movies. Kristen and Alison share their experiences as two women in leadership rol…
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” Amy M. Gardner, certified Career and Career Transitions Coach, shares her advice for navigating work in the midst of everyday life during these uncertain times. She shares personal testimony of switching careers after a life-changing German Marshall Fellowship and offers guidance on how to tr…
 
Kristen sits down with Derek Drake, CEO and co-founder of Ditto Foods LLC., to talk food, farming, and entrepreneurship. Ditto Foods, which provides high-quality produce grown in a controlled environment to communities and customers, is a new startup. They discuss the difficulties of starting a new business in a pandemic, and the factors in Derek’s…
 
Founder of networking advisory company keepwith® Megan Burke recently joined Kristen to discuss networking and entrepreneurship during a pandemic. As a networking consultant, Megan’s start-up has been heavily impacted by COVID-19, but the launch of a new digital service and other leaps forward have paradoxically led to unprecedented growth for keep…
 
The past several years have revealed just how widespread the problem of harassment in the workplace is. In this episode of Tales From Around The Water Cooler, Kristen Prinz and Christina Hynes Mesco of The Prinz Law Firm have a frank discussion about anti-harassment trainings in the workplace. The duo breaks down what constitutes harassment and how…
 
Show Notes: Carter Crockett calls in from Kigali, Rwanda, where he owns and manages a Karisimbi Business Partners, the first consulting firm in the country paid by business leaders to help with strategic decisions, often by providing business plans, market research, feasibility studies and more. He and Kristen discuss how one ends up doing social e…
 
Kristen talks work and life with Marcy Twete, founder of her own consulting business and expert in corporate responsibility and sustainability. From the failure of her first venture into entrepreneurship to the success she found through networking in a new city, fearlessness and ambition have played important roles in Marcy’s journey to where she i…
 
Kristen welcomes Brad Spirrison, an entrepreneur many times over who has made a mark in various sectors, from sports journalism to educational technology to the burgeoning cannabis marketplace. In this one-on-one conversation, Brad discusses his professional path, characterized by risk-taking and creating companies from the ground up. He also expla…
 
Kristen welcomes dentist Dr. Anushka Gaglani, co-owner of TruBlue Dentistry, to the show to discuss returning to work post-quarantine. They explore the anxiety felt by employees, employers, and the general public about returning to business as “usual” as well as the measures businesses are taking to ensure safety. Some dentists’ offices and other c…
 
Kristen Prinz sits down (remotely) with President and CEO of KODO Care Chad Kodiak, Founder and CEO of Aqueity Dan Dunn, and Co-Founder and CMO of mSEED Group Anthony Standifer to talk about bringing employees back to work after weeks or months of quarantine. Representing a variety of business sectors, these leaders have employed unique strategies …
 
Kristen Prinz welcomes Christy Lyons to this episode “Tales from Around the Water Cooler” to talk about returning to work during and after the COVID-19 pandemic from a Human Resources perspective. Christy Lyons is a sought-after HR consultant and founder of 4 Point Consulting, which works with companies of all sizes to create customized plans for H…
 
Times are strange. Kristen and Amit share the mic for a discussion about the myriad effects of COVID-19 on businesses. From the difficulties of working from home to the anxieties with which many business-owners struggle on a daily basis, work has changed in almost every way. They discuss the importance of regular communication between leaders and t…
 
Tune in to hear Kristen share the mic with Shadin Maali, Principal in Allen Austin/Gaines International’s executive search practice, where she focuses on the architecture, engineering and construction sectors. Shadin shares her views on how women bring particular strengths to the relationship-building facet of search and how search is navigating th…
 
“HR has changed. HR is no longer the compliance department, it shouldn’t be the police department, and it better not be the therapist’s office.” That’s just a taste of what you’ll get in this podcast. Tune in as Kristen shares the mic with Nicole Martin, founder and CEO of human resource management consultancy HR Boost, to discuss what got her star…
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” Anjali Jariwala, CPA and CFP®, founder of FIT Advisors—a financial planning firm serving physicians and business owners virtually across the U.S.—takes us through the factors that influenced her decision to launch her own business. Anjali explores the challenges she experiences as a business …
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” Gary Kaplan, Leader for XL Catlin’s North America Construction unit, returns to the show and offers greater insight behind his Project Centric Leadership style. Gary breaks down the steps of his Leadership, Planning and Execution Model that he practices to create change and success at XL. He …
 
In this episode, we go “behind the mic” with Kristen Prinz to discuss her personal and professional path to becoming an established attorney and small business owner. The firm’s legal assistant Matt takes us on a blast to the past to learn of Kristen’s high school habits, what led her to law school, and why she entered employment and business law. …
 
In this episode, Kristen Prinz welcomes Megan Roudebush, Founder of keepwith, a firm that teaches people networking skills. Megan shares her journey of building her own business while keeping her important and demanding day job. Networking has been a prominent tool in Megan’s career path, and led her to build a business around what she does best. B…
 
Cherilyn Murer: Life, Family and Business Success In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” successful entrepreneur and philanthropist Cherilyn Murer discusses why both women and men need balance in their professional and personal lives. She shares insights about her 32-year career in healthcare and higher education and the nuances o…
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” Karen Spears, Owner of Kareracter and Co-Founder and COO of Let’s Vibe, L3C, shares her journey through entrepreneurship as a 23-year-old business owner. She voices her drive in creating and operating her design and women development businesses. Kristen and Karen discuss the strategy and risk…
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” Michael Ziri, Director of Public Policy at Equality Illinois, shares his passion for advancing the rights and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Illinoisans. Kristen and Michael discuss pending legislation that affirms LGBTQ people in areas such as employment a…
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” #1 Best Selling Author, Certified Financial Planner™, and Owner of Lake Growth Financial Services, provides insight on the importance of investing in your financial future. Mark shares his journey of working in the financial services industry and secrets he’s uncovered along the way. He and K…
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” Karen Goldner, author, Managing Director of Established Business Services and Director of the Illinois SBDC at the Women’s Business Development Center, shares her experiences in helping women launch and grow businesses. As the number of women-owned businesses continues to rapidly grow, Karen …
 
How to utilize outplacement services to make smooth career transitions with Andrew Challenger. In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” learn from Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Business Development for Challenger, Gray & Christmas, as he teaches us about outplacement services, and the value they can provide for your next care…
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” President & CEO of NTC and Solésence. Jess Jankowski shares his path to becoming a CEO and the hard work required to lead a successful company and home life. He describes tough decisions he’s made for the company, but also his priority of leading with emotion and fully engaging employees. Kri…
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” Kristen and Founder of VRM Intel Amy Hinote, discuss the pains and pleasures of becoming successful female entrepreneurs in a predominately male space. Amy shares lessons learned from leading a thriving company, as well as her many successes. She also discusses having a life coach, becoming a…
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler” Kristen and Dr. Toni Irving, Executive Director Get IN Chicago and former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, discuss how to navigate through different roles throughout your career to impact people and organizations. Dr. Irving and Kristen share insights an…
 
Kristen and Mike Lauesen, business coach, former Founder and CEO of Nicoat, and author of Getting off the Treadmill discuss a few tools from his novel on how to shift your life in the right direction to embrace the joys of life. Kristen and Mike share insights and stories on how they create personal awareness to improve the quality of their persona…
 
Tales from Around the Watercooler digs into the world of the non-profit C-Suite with Mary Lee Montague, a top executive recruiter for non-profits as Managing Partner of DHR International’s Nonprofit Division. In Episode #18, Mary Lee and Kristen discuss: The differences between non-profit and for-profit approaches to searching and hiring candidates…
 
Christina Hynes Mesco, an amazing litigator, employment law advisor, and lead trainer for our workplace trainings, talks with Kristen about the biggest mistakes employers and employees make most often. Episode 17 is packed with insights on: The dangers of doing nothing The “Age of Defensive Employment” How the workplace mirrors family life Cultivat…
 
Leading researcher, author, and advisor on leadership and inclusion, Dr. Arin Reeves from Nextions is our guest in Episode 16. Dr. Reeves and Kristen talk about how each organization is its own universe and within the bounds of the law have the freedom to create a work culture of their choosing. What is the capacity and responsibility of all organi…
 
In this episode, Kristen Prinz talks with Andrew Sykes, Founder & CEO of Habits at Work. Kristen and Andrew share insights and stories in discussing how workplace habits can create an engaged and successful culture. What steps are you taking to create healthy and productive workplace habits? Check out Andrew's company, Habits at Work, to learn more…
 
When the stakes are high, companies often know they need to lead and perform differently if they want different results. There comes a time when trying harder is no longer viable; what is needed is a breakthrough to new possibilities. In this episode, ClearSpace experts Thea Polancic and Lee Capps talk about building high performance teams guided b…
 
Francine Bailey, businesswoman, attorney and strategist talks with Kristen about when it is best to grin and bear bad behavior in the workplace and when it’s best to walk out the door. As a career adventurist with perspective on all sides of employment, Francine gives us insight on: Taking active steps to create the culture that you want Responding…
 
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler“: Finding your crew Mandatory fun vs. positive company culture The responsibility of having impact and purpose The disingenuous performance review To be, or not to be an entrepreneur Links: www.rockandvossbooks.com rockdotvoss.com Book Review Quotes: "One of the 10 Best Business Books of 2016 -…
 
Kristen Prinz of the Prinz Law Firm talks with Gary Kaplan of XL Group about building trust as a team, the no asshole policy, interviewing tips to filter for team players, Team players and leaders who lack self-awareness. Gary joined XL Group in May 2010 to build a new business unit dedicated to addressing the risk management needs of the construct…
 
“We are human beings, not human doings” - Elene Cafasso On this episode, Kristen Prinz interviews Elene Cafasso, a professionally trained executive coach, and President of Enerpace, Inc. Listen in as Elene touches over horror stories of corporate culture, and “leaders behaving badly”. Elene explains how underlining beliefs could be a contributing f…
 
Ana Dutra, CEO of the Executive’s Club of Chicago and author of Lessons in LeadershiT, Detoxing the Workplace, published in September of 2016. Prior to her role as CEO of the Executives Club, Ana was CEO of Mandala Global Advisors and from 2008 through 2013 she served as head of leadership and talent consulting at executive search firm Korn/Ferry I…
 
Kristen Prinz & Jennifer Kobayashi discus the horror stories and lessons learned about employee benefits, employer benefit options and more! In this episode of "Tales from Around the Water Cooler": Employee Benefit Plan - Employer Options - Amazon Vs. Google culture - Horror Stories and Lessons Learned The Tales from Around the Water Cooler Podcast…
 
Kristen Prinz interviews Debbie Bridges entrepreneur, business relationship consultant, founder and independent owner of Bridges Court Reporting. This week’s subject will touch on toxic employees and how the poison spreads throughout the entire company. Confidence and communication in the workplace. Keeping positivity within your employees…
 
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