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About the podcast

The last two years have changed how we work forever.

Businesses are under pressure to adapt, and adapt fast. They must transform their approach to the entire talent lifecycle, creating more human experiences and unlocking their workers’ potential.

Join your host, Sultan Saidov, Co-founder of Beamery, as we take a behind-the-scenes look at how the world’s top talent innovators and visionaries are creating incredible talent experiences. We'll discuss topics like moving the needle on DE&I, as well as attracting, engaging, and retaining world class talent.

This podcast is for business leaders who understand the value of creating a talent-first culture, as well as HR and TA executives looking to do it at the highest level. So join us every week on your favourite podcast platform, and make sure to like and subscribe.

Latest Episodes

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    Developing the TA Function with Cherry Ainsworth

    This episode features an interview with Cherry Ainsworth, Global Head of Talent Acquisition at The Financial Times. For the past twelve years, Cherry has helped to establish and grow the FT’s talent acquisition function while meeting the businesses strategic hiring goals and increasing diversity across the organization.

    On today’s episode, Cherry discusses FT’s Next Generation Board, her own experience returning to work after maternity leave, and the importance of retention.
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    Avoiding the Permafrost with Dr. Mary Meaney

    This episode features an interview with Dr. Mary Meaney, Former Senior Partner at McKinsey and Beamery Board Member. Having worked across different companies and sectors throughout her career, Dr. Mary helps advise a broad range of clients on transformational change, top team alignment, capability-building, leadership development, human resource strategy and performance improvement.

    On today’s episode, Dr. Meaney shares a number of insights from her days at McKinsey, the importance of nurturing and cultivating talent, and how she and Beamery have partnered up to assist Ukrainian refugees in France.
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    Building Skills with Ellie Bertani

    This episode features an interview with Ellie Bertani, SVP of HR Transformation & Services at Wells Fargo. With twenty years of cross-sector professional experience in philanthropy, health care, retail, and financial services, Ellie has helped to improve Wells Fargo’s HR operating model and implement new ways of working.

    On today’s episode, Ellie discusses HR operational effectiveness, meeting the needs of different generations of employees, and a passion for skills-based programs.
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    Unpacking Diversity with Dr. Luke Fletcher

    This episode features an interview with Dr. Luke Fletcher, Associate Professor in Human Resource Management at Bath School of Management. As both a researcher and academic, Luke's interests span both organizational psychology and human resource management, and include topics such as meaningful work, employee engagement, talent management, and diversity and inclusion.

    On today’s episode, Luke discusses how companies should approach DE&I, his mission to reduce inequality, and what narcissism has to do with talent management.
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    Breaking Mindset Barriers with Ignacio Aranguez Montero

    This episode features an interview with Ignacio Aranguez Montero, Head of Talent & Transformation at Aegon. As a member of the Global Talent Team in Spain, Ignacio leads a team of twelve HR practitioners to drive cultural and organizational transformation.

    On today’s episode, Ignacio discusses the evolving role of data in TA, creating the right environment for employees to thrive, and why the talent journey is a bit like dating.
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    The Three Pillars of Talent Strategy with Stuart Rowland

    This episode features an interview with Stuart Rowland, Senior Director of Global Talent Acquisition at ServiceNow. Since joining the cloud-based platform in 2018, Stuart has overseen TA for the EMEA region, which will hire over 1,000 employees this year alone.

    On today’s episode, Stuart talks about streamlining the hiring process, data insights, and fostering inclusivity and understanding.
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    Leadership from the Start with Wagner Denuzzo

    This episode features an interview with Wagner Denuzzo, Head of Capabilities for Future of Work at Prudential Financial. For the last three years, Wagner and his team have been responsible for Organizational Design and Capabilities, as well as the transformation of careers and skills development for the future.

    On today’s episode, Wagner discusses the importance of hiring for potential, using technology to create equity of opportunity, and why the future of work rests in curiosity, courage, and compassion.
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    Driving Talent Transformation with Kyle Lagunas

    This episode features an interview with Kyle Lagunas, Head of Talent Attraction, Sourcing & Insight at General Motors. Since joining the iconic automobile manufacturer in 2021, Kyle has worked to attract the diverse talent needed to power GM’s fully electric future.


    On today’s episode, Kyle discusses GM’s push to engage talent around the world, the challenges of change management, and embracing the new normal of hybrid work.