HR Superstars

15Five's acclaimed podcast featuring real stories and strategic advice from the world's most successful HR leaders.

Recent Guests

HR leaders from the world's largest and most successful companies like Twitter, Siemens USA, and Eventbrite

Shifting from “Growth at All Costs” to Profitability with ClickUp's Jim Bartolomea

Part of this shift to profitability means HR teams need to think differently about headcount. We can’t hire our problems away. Instead, we need to think about new forms of leverage. Jim joins the show and discusses the importance of investing in talent development, balancing high performance and high care, and why benefits and flexibility attract and retain talent.

How People Fuel VC Success with VMG Partners’ Brianna Rizzo

Listen in to hear Brianna correct misconceptions about talent in VC ecosystems, reveal the secret to building a strong startup team, and share how to fuel your success with a talent strategy.

Making Bold Investments in Your People with Auror’s Kirsti Grant

Kirsti shares the guiding principles that have allowed her team at Auror to create a cohesive and high-performing culture they love. This includes sharing context around every initiative, aligning the team on strategy, and the massive ROI of leadership development.

Leading with Meaning Over Mandates: An Exclusive Live Podcast from 15Five's Thrive Gathering

Salesforce’s Karen Mangia discusses leading with values, creating meaning at work, and how to make your company a community where people find belonging. She shares the importance of flexibility, autonomy, and choice for employees when it comes to workplace policies and benefits.
Christine Maxwell

Preserve Your Cultural “Secret Sauce” As You Grow with Rippling’s Christine Maxwell

Christine shares how she helps set people up for success by emphasizing the importance of intentional onboarding, using cultural rituals to reinforce company values, and humanizing executive leadership. Perhaps that's part of why Rippling has grown from 200 to 1,600 people in just two years.
Kathleen Ragelis

Translating Personal Conversations into Business Results

Kathleen Ragelis, Head of People at Komodo Health, joins the show to share her experience with the power of vulnerable conversations and how they translate to business results. She also walks us through how to build an environment that balances high-performance with high-care.
Jon Greenawalt

Tech-Enabled Coaching Creates A Work World Where Everybody Wins

Jon Greenawalt shares how tech is making manager coaching and training more accessible, and how it can bring about lasting change. We dive into the core competencies of the modern leader, how to create learning programs that work, and how to show the return on your investment in personal development.
Jennifer Christie

The Keys to Making the Four-Day Workweek Work

Burnout and inefficiency are some of the biggest challenges people leaders face today. Jennifer Christie, Chief People Officer at Bolt, shares how her team’s transition to four-day workweeks has unlocked efficiency and provides space for employees to pursue their passions outside of work.

People Leaders are Business Leaders

Helpscout's Latoya Lyn took her seat at the executive table to educate the business on what HR can do as a business partner and business leader. Listen as she explains why she's primarily a product leader, building products (acquisition, performance, etc.) for the business to drive on. 
Kate McKinnon Playfly

Teaming Up with Your C-Suite

Becoming a teammate with the rest of the leadership team is critical to building a successful HR function. In this episode, Kate McKinnon, Head of HR at Playfly Sports, discusses what it looks like to partner with your people, find creativity in HR, and unify around a shared mission.

The Measurable Value of Inclusion

15Five's Cara Pelletier shares her personal story around discovering her neurodivergence and how that fuels her passion for working in the DEIB space. Cara also explains how inclusive companies experience more than just safe working environments; they also see measurable returns on the investment they make in their people.

The HR Industry’s Evolution from an Administrative Function to a Strategic Function

Today's leaders need to consider the enormous complexity we’re all facing and how to care for employees as human beings. Businesses tend to move to one end of the empathy/results spectrum. Josh Bersin, top industry analyst and founder of the Josh Bersin Academy, shares his thoughts on maintaining a balanced focus on both results and empathy.

Compensation in the Context of Total Rewards

If you want to be a strategic HR leader, you need to master compensation. And then remaster it again and again. Andrea Morales, VP of People Rewards, Data, and Operations at Affirm, shares principles for creating a comp philosophy that accomplishes business goals and retains high performers. Buckle up for a great conversation that’s part therapy and part strategy.

Your Hosts

15Five's co-founders lead fascinating conversations around supporting people and driving performance.

David Hassell

David Hassell

Co-Founder and CEO @15Five

David believes that when leaders support employees in becoming their best selves, high engagement and performance naturally result. As co-founder and CEO of 15Five, he and his team have developed a leading people and performance platform and resources to help leaders address the hidden factors that stimulate sustainable growth and development. David has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and Wired.

Follow David on Twitter @dhassell.

Shane Metcalf

Shane Metcalf

Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer @15Five

Shane is co-founder and Chief Culture Officer at 15Five and one of the world’s leading pioneers in the space of cultural engineering and positive psychology. A conversation with Shane is an opportunity to gain clarity on the science of human thriving, rituals that create trust and cohesion, and how to positively impact employee behavior and performance. Shane has been featured in Fast Company, Business Insider, and The Washington Post.

Follow Shane on LinkedIn.

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