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After more than a decade serving business owners and investors, Amy Calandrino and the team at Beyond Commercial has discovered that our most successful clients have a performance mindset driving them to gain a competitive edge over others in the marketplace. Through helping our clients to execute data-driven decisions, we've found that it's about so much more than property in being successful. Often self-limiting beliefs coupled with lack of information can hinder one's performance in busin ...
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The NextGen Work Culture podcast helps managers and HR professionals support working parents to recruit and retain the best people. Join host Kortney Ross as she interviews experts and provides insights into the struggles that working parents face in the workplace. Learn how your business can become a place where parents feel included, supported, and valued. Being a family-friendly business isn't just a "nice-to-have" anymore. For the Next Generation of work, it is critical.
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In this episode of the NextGen Work Culture podcast, host Kortney Ross sits down with Matt Gjertsen, founder of Better Everyday Studios, to delve into the intricacies of leadership in the modern workplace. Matt shares insights from his rich background as a former US Air Force instructor pilot and leader of the training development team at SpaceX. T…
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On this episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy welcomes Antje Pepper, co-founder of KEEP>GOING First Aid. Antje is originally from Germany, met her American husband in New Zealand, and they ultimately settled in the United States. Their business started when they realized there was a real need for first aid kits geared toward families, lea…
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In this episode, we're diving into the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) with Vianei Braun, an esteemed employment law expert with over 30 years of experience. The PWFA is a crucial law that's reshaping the workplace for pregnant employees, with the final regulations released and implemented in June of 2024. In this episode, we unpack the nuance…
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In this episode, Emily Stone, a certified breastfeeding counselor and founder of Empowered Breastfeeding Bootcamp talks with Kortney about the logistics of breastfeeding and pumping. ​ We dive into the challenges working moms face when returning to work, especially in a country like the United States where paid maternity leave is not the norm. Emil…
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On today’s episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy interviews Christina Balas, Vice President of Servicing and Operations at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Christina is a fellow Power Beacon and a dynamic leader known for her strategic insight and commitment to driving growth and inclusion in the real estate industry. Christina is pa…
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In this episode, we dive into the innovative world of lactation pods with Sascha Meyer, Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer of Mamava. We talk about how Sascha and her co-founder developed the category of lactation pods that are changing the landscape for breastfeeding parents in public places and workspaces. Learn about the challenges that spa…
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Kate Torgerson joins Kortney on the podcast to share more about her company, MilkStork. Kate tells her personal story that sparked the creation of MilkStork, the first breast milk shipping company and discusses how her company is making a huge difference for working parents, military families, and even Olympic athletes. In this episode, we'll learn…
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Today’s episode of the Performance Mindset podcast features Veronica Malolos, the founder and managing broker of CapStack Commercial in the Greater Orlando, Florida market. Veronica is CCIM-certified and the host of the Women in Business podcast. She is also involved with the National Association of Realtors and was recognized by CREi as a top Comm…
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In this episode, Kortney speaks with Louise Siwiki, a fertility empowerment coach, about navigating infertility in the workplace. Louise shares her personal journey of overcoming infertility and the importance of holistic support for individuals struggling with fertility issues. They dive into the impact of infertility on mental health, the demands…
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This solo episode dives into how HR departments can enhance communication and employee education to better support working parents. We'll explore the importance of regular benefits reminders, standardized communication for new and returning parents, and the creation of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Additionally, we'll talk about the importance o…
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On this episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy interviews Cate Agnew, a distinguished leader in commercial real estate and Chief Valuation Officer at Natixis CIB Americas. Cate holds FRICS, CRE, and MAI designations, which showcase her expertise and commitment to excellence in real estate. She is also a Power Beacon, an organization dedica…
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In this episode, Kortney chats with Eric Girard, CEO of Girard Training Solutions and author of the book "Lead Like a Pro," about empathy and trust in leadership. They dive into why empathy is essential for managers and how it can amp up business success. From practical tips to hilarious monkey metaphors, they break down the nitty-gritty of buildin…
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On today’s episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy interviews Ken Ashley, a senior director at Cushman & Wakefield and an expert in tenant representation. Ken is a trusted advisor to many Fortune 500 companies. He is also the founder of the CREi Summit and the innovator behind CREi Plus platforms, which foster and facilitate connections bet…
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In this episode, we're delving into the transformative journey of Sarah Willoughby, author of the book "Infertility Saved My Life." Sarah brings a wealth of experience from her ten years in corporate HR to her current role as a transformation coach, fertility coach, author, speaker, and energy healer. In this moving conversation, Sarah opens up abo…
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On this episode of NextGen Work Culture, we delve into the experiences of Veronica Malolos, a seasoned commercial real estate broker, founder of Capstack Commercial, host of the Women Influencers podcast, and a passionate advocate for DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). In our conversation, Veronica shares her journey as a woman, an immigrant, …
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Join Kerri and Kortney as they explore the concept of "askholes" and their impact on workplace dynamics. Kerri introduces the term, describing how it stems from stress and busyness, leading to unproductive behaviors and strained team relationships. The episode discusses practical strategies to combat askhole behaviors, emphasizing the importance of…
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On this episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy welcomes John Motowidlak to the show. John is the founder of Mpire Financial and has more than a decade of experience in the mortgage industry. He’s helped thousands of people and has been ranked in the top 1% for United Wholesale Mortgage, the second-largest lender in the nation. John helps O…
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On this episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy interviews Neal Sherman, founder and CEO of TAGeX Brands. TAGeX is in its 38th year in business and assists businesses in all lifecycle stages, from closing locations to liquidating equipment. TAGeX is a company that has redefined sustainability in business and is a testament to what can be ac…
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On this episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy interviews Rod Santomassimo, president of The Massimo Group in Cary, North Carolina. The Massimo Group is a coaching organization with more than 30 coaches focused on helping individuals in commercial real estate, including brokers, mortgage brokers, and bankers, build the businesses and lives…
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On today’s episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy welcomes attorney Jordan Ostroff to the show. Jordan is a visionary entrepreneur and managing partner of Driven Law. He also coaches fellow lawyers, helping them run more efficient practices. Jordan is a committed board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. At Driven Law, Jordan and his t…
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The Future-Ready Work Culture Framework will help you foster a work environment that is ready for the next generation of employees and supportive of those who are raising them. Employees are seeking workplaces that are supportive, empathetic, and family-friendly. By taking the time to build a family-friendly work culture, you are setting your organ…
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Accommodating the needs of each individual employee can be a daunting task for managers. In this solo episode, I share several accommodation ideas and things to consider for the pregnant employees on your team. Download the pdf guide with these ideas at: kortneyross.com/ideasforpregnantemployees Connect with us at: RossLearningSolutions.com LinkedI…
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On today’s Performance Mindset podcast, Amy interviews her friend Bill Umansky. Bill has been running a criminal and personal injury practice in Orlando since 1997. His team consists of 25-30 employees, including virtual assistants who are full-time and criminal trial lawyers. Bill no longer practices law and has taken on the role of leadership at …
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Most U.S. employers need to comply with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and PUMP Act laws. But, these relatively recent laws can be a bit difficult to understand. In this episode, Kortney sits down with Jessica Craft, an attorney focused on employment law at Littler. Together, they explore two pivotal pieces of legislation shaping the land…
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In this episode of NextGen Work Culture, host Kortney Ross dives into the crucial topic of sleep with Nicole Ratcliffe, a sleep specialist from the UK. Nicole shares her personal journey of becoming passionate about sleep after experiencing the challenges of sleep deprivation with her own children. The conversation delves into the profound impact o…
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On today’s episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy sits down with guest Eric Girard to talk about what it takes to become a great manager. Eric is the founder of Girard Training Solutions, a company dedicated to transforming high-performing individual contributors into great people managers. He is also the author of the book “Lead Like a Pr…
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In this episode, Kortney talks to Allison Whalen about paid parental leave. Allison is the founder of Parentaly, a company that helps improve the parental leave experience for everyone: the expecting employee, their manager, peers, direct reports, and business leaders. Paid parental leave doesn't just benefit families, it's a game changer for busin…
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This week, Anthony Franzese joined Kortney to share more about his role in supporting family health at Stork Club. As a new father, Anthony opens up about his own paternity leave. Then, we uncover the gaps that traditional health insurance often leaves wide open. We talk about how fertility treatments, adoption assistance, hormone therapy, and othe…
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On this episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy interviews Beth Azor. Beth is the founder and principal of Azor Advisory Services, Florida’s premier retail, real estate management, development, and commercial real estate education firm. Beth has a long history of buying, selling, leasing, developing, redeveloping, and managing her own retai…
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When family and work collide, the aftermath can echo across the nation. That's precisely what happened in the heart-wrenching case of Marissa and Kyte Baby. This short solo episode talks about the Kyte Baby controversy and the reality of parental leave policies in America. I talk through Marissa's ordeal with her premature baby's NICU stay, her emp…
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It's becoming more common for Dad to take on the majority of parenting responsibilities. In many households, he may even be the lead parent! In this episode, Kortney talks to Paul Sullivan about what it truly means to be a 'lead dad' in today's world. Paul shares his journey to becoming the Lead Dad in his household, balancing a journalism career w…
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Today on the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy sits down with her friends and colleagues, Eddie Gonzalez and Aviva Sonenreich, for a lively conversation about commercial real estate, customer service, and creating a brand in the marketplace. Amy, Eddie, and Aviva met at the CREi Summit and have kept in touch ever since. Eddie Gonzalez is a Phoenix-b…
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Exciting update! Playgrounds and Paychecks is now NextGen Work Culture! After two amazing seasons, I'm shifting the focus from the parents themselves to the leaders and decision-makers who have the power to shape the culture of their organizations. "NextGen Work Culture" is about empowering leaders to support working parents and create inclusive, f…
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Discover how to navigate themaze of parental leave programs with the help of Linzay Davis from The Park Consulting. In this discussion, Linzay shares not just the technicalities of state and federal protections but the emotional and financial impact these policies have on American families. We'll reveal how understanding and preparing for parental …
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When Erin Helle unexpectedly traded her Army uniform for the round-the-clock duties of motherhood, she encountered a battlefield of a different kind. Tune in as Erin reflects on her journey of becoming a mother as a service member. The Army extended maternity leave just in time for her second child and her commanding officer was supportive. However…
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On this episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy sits down with Bob Knakal, a highly accomplished sales broker specializing in investment properties in New York City. Bob has been in this business since 1984 and leads the private capital group for JLL in New York City. Bob has brokered the sale of more properties in New York City than any ot…
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Amy sits down with entrepreneur and dietician Megan Poczekaj on today’s Performance Mindset Podcast. Megan is a nutrition expert who teaches entrepreneurs and high achievers how to enhance their productivity and performance through proper nutrition. She is also the author of The Optimized Life: A Nutrition Guide for Entrepreneurs and the co-host of…
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Today’s Performance Mindset podcast features Chris Hughes from Track Shack in Orlando, Florida. Amy sits down with her friend to chat about Track Shack, which has been in business for more than 45 years, the role events play in their business and community, and his “why” for Track Shack as it continues to grow and evolve. They also delve into creat…
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Welcome to season two of Playgrounds and Paychecks, where we get up close and personal with the realities of parental leave. This episode unravels my own experiences of navigating through parental leave twice while teaching. I discuss my leave being unpaid time off, crafting substitute plans, dealing with Covid right after my first born, and more. …
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Amy interviews serial entrepreneur Sydney Phillips on this performance Mindset podcast episode. Sydney is an inventor and philanthropist, and she’s on a mission to push humanity forward while living interestingly. Sydney is a fellow Power Beacon, an eccentric futurist, and an amateur racecar driver. She’s been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women…
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This bonus episode features an invigorating talk with Michael Perry, founder and CEO of Maple, a family tech startup that aims to revolutionize parenting and work-life balance. He shares his journey of serial entrepreneurship and how becoming a father shifted his focus towards family. We dive into his pioneering app, Maple, and explore how it helps…
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Caught somewhere between the duties of parenting and caring for aging parents? You're not alone. Meet Christy Yates, a true guide for anyone navigating this challenging stage, popularly known as the 'sandwich generation'. Having walked this path herself, Christy draws from her personal journey and her expertise in supporting caregiving families to …
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In this solo episode Kortney summarizes the conversations from Season 1 and shares more insights about childcare struggles. We've had 5 fabulous conversations this season! We've discussed: Handling school and daycare logistics Difficulties finding summer care, especially for a child with special needs Challenges of balancing careers and caring for …
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Ever faced challenges with finding accessible childcare in your community? Today's guest, Loryn Duke struggled to find childcare in a rural Colorado town and decided to take matters into her own hands. She and her colleagues persuaded their employer, Steamboat Ski Resorts, to open an employer-sponsored childcare center that has solved childcare str…
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On today’s Performance Mindset podcast, Amy welcomes guest Cassandra Hartford. Cassandra is a fellow commercial real estate agent who has her own boutique brokerage, Reach Commercial Real Estate, in Melbourne, Florida. What inspires Amy most about Cassandra is how authentic she is. At 18 years old with two babies and recently divorced, Cassandra to…
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In this episode, Kortney has a conversation with Amanda Hall, a former teacher and current product designer. Amanda and Kortney both offer insights into their transition out of the classroom and how their own children's needs drove their shift in careers. Amanda also provides a peek into her journey of navigating childcare for her son with an intel…
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Amy welcomes Charlie Hardage to today’s Performance Mindset podcast. Charlie grew up with a middle-class mindset, and after years of playing the long, slow game, he discovered real estate as a way to reach financial and time freedom. Today, Charlie invests full-time in apartments and provides opportunities for others looking to grow their wealth an…
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Can you imagine a world where working and parenting harmoniously coexist? A community that supports parents' needs and provides stress-free childcare? In this episode, I'm sitting down with Britt Riley, the visionary founder of Haven Clubs, who brings this ideal to life. Britt shares her journey to creating an ecosystem that unites childcare, works…
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Balancing your careers and caring for a toddler can be difficult enough, but it can be even harder when your spouse is a shift worker with unconventional hours. In this episode, Kortney chats with Katie Roark about how she and her husband navigate childcare amidst traveling for work and 12-hour shifts. Katie shares candid insights into how she and …
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Today’s Performance Mindset podcast features Elec Simon. Elec is a high-energy, must-have emcee and hype man for all sizes of business conferences, entertainment ventures, or corporate and educational stages. He is an electric storyteller who sets the tone for events and is based in Orlando. With more than two decades of experience performing while…
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