Leader's Circle
Leader's Circle
Leader's Circle
Leader's Circle


Welcome to the Leader's Circle. A page dedicated to giving you leadership insights and general food for thought to help you succeed in your career. Be sure to come back often to gain more insight and inspiration from our leaders and subject matter experts.




Leading Racial Equity Conversations through an Emergent Strategy Lens
Maegan Scott

In this #LeadershipLabs episode, find out about emergent strategy and tips on what you can do to lead racial equality conversations and break barriers.
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Create Some Policies for Yourself
Dr. Annemarie Spadafore

In this #LeadershipLabs episode, find out how to create policies for yourself so you can maintain your individuality in groups.
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How to Navigate a Successful Career Transition
Kerry Hannon

In today's world, careers no longer follow a straight path. This #LeadershipLabs episode provides a roadmap to follow and ensure a smooth career transition.
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How to Build Rapport & Relationships with Your Employees
Jessica Miller-Merrell

Building rapport is challenging, but there are a few tricks to make it easier. Find out more in this #LeadershipLabs episode.
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Politcal Savvy: A Critical Leadership Skill
Sandy Geiselman

In this #LeadershipLabs episode, learn about political savviness and how this skillset can help you become recognized as a leader who makes lasting contributions to an organization and achieve your personal goals.
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Change Starts with You
Dr. Annemarie Spadafore

Ever want to "fix" another person? Instead, step back and listen to Dr. Annemarie Spadafore in the latest #LeadershipLabs episode, "Change Starts with You."
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Priorities for Institutionalizing Equity in the Workplace
Misti Mukherjee

To learn more about how to prioritize and create equity in the workplace, watch Misti Mikherjee, founder of Extensio Law, in this #LeadershipLabs episode.
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Three Simple Steps to Manage Up
Kristen Crockett

In this episode, Careerstone Group President Mary Abbajay explains a simple three-step process in assessing your boss, yourself and the situation to build a stronger relationship and advance your career.
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Managing Up: Working Successfully with any Type of Boss
Kristen Crockett

Whether we like it or not, our bosses have enormous influence over our ability to succeed, thrive and advance in our organizations, our careers and our own leadership journeys.
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Explore Inclusive Leadership
Kristen Crockett

Being an inclusive leader is all about helping people feel seen, heard and valued. Self-awareness is the key to being more inclusive of different communication styles, behavioral styles, experiences and people. What are you leaving out of your personal definition of what it means to be a leader?
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Participant Highlight: Mario Chapo (TAP 2020)
Mario Chapo

Meet Mario Chapa 2020 Technology Apprenticeship Program participant. Learn what excites him about the future of broadcasting. (Hint: it includes artificial intelligence and machine learning!)
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Participant Spotlight: Asheeta Bothra (TAP 2020)
Asheeta Bothra

Asheeta Bothra is a participant in our TAP 2020 class, and we are so excited to feature her this month. Read more about what she has learned so far and how broadcasting inspires her.
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Why Calm Equals Powerful
DrAnnemarieSpadafore

In today's episode, explore how leading with a calming presence actually makes you a more powerful leader and how you can shift your mindset to influence others.
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The Case for Conscious Engagement
Binnu Palta Hill

Every day, you have a choice to react or respond to a variety of issues, problems or questions. As Binnu Palta explains, there is a difference in choosing to respond consciously rather than reacting from a place of fear.
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Four Elements of the Collaboration Principles
Andora Gandy Hilton

To help others succeed, you must first understand how to best collaborate with others to work together on one shared goal. Explore the four elements of the collaborate principle and identify how you can work better with others and gain ultimate success.
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How to be a Curious Leader
Binnu Palta Hill

In today’s episode, Binnu Palta-Hill explains the importance of curiosity in leadership and how it can challenge your assumptions about how the world operates. Challenge yourself to talk less, listen more, ask the right questions to engage your team, learn from others, and question existing perspectives.
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Leadership is not a Title
Dr.DrAnnemarieSpadafore

Leadership is about control. Control of your emotions, thoughts and reactions to situations. To become a strong leader, you have to have a strong understanding of yourself. Having awareness of your thoughts, emotions and reactions is crucial to becoming a leader people want to follow rather than simply becoming a leader with a title.
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Signature Traits of an Inclusive Leader
Binnu Palta Hill

In today’s dynamic workforce, your leadership style matters more than ever. As there continues to be a shift in the diversity of markets, customers, ideas and talent, your leadership style notions must shift as well. Explore the six signature traits of inclusive leadership and start making the change today.
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Leaders and Heroes Aren't Made in Easy Times
Dr. Annemarie Spadafore

While our brains are hardwired for ease, challenging times are when leaders (and heroes) are born. External challenges with undefined timelines or objectives allow you to grow, learn and strengthen your leadership style.
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Positive Change Starts with a Conversation
Jordan Wertlieb

Hearst Television President and NAB Board Chair Jordan Wertlieb (BLT 2003) shares how the power of conversation can spark positive change for our industry and our country.
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Graduate Spotlight: Markel Hawkins
Markel Hawkins

Catch up with Technology Apprenticeship Program alumni Markel Hawkins (TAP 2019) and read his message to the aspiring engineers and technologists entering the broadcasting industry.
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One Tip for Giving a Great Presentation
Jeanine Turner

Georgetown University Associate Professor Jeanine Turner returns to #LeadershipLabs to provide you with one helpful tip as you prepare your presentation and identify ways to keep your audience engaged.
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Delivering Bad News
Robert J. Bies, Ph.D., Georgetown University

With over 25 years of research, Dr. Robert Bies will walk you through the three phases of interrelated activities to ensure you approach these difficult conversations in the right manner and ensure you are back on track following the discussion.
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Seeing the Big Picture in Change Strategy
Leadership Labs Episode 8

Hear from Melissa Jezior, president and CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting, on how you can ensure your change strategy is synchronized with overall change adoption and employee morale.
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BUILDING UP COMMUNITIES THROUGH SERVICE
Bonneville International

Bonneville International President and NAB Leadership Foundation Board Chairman Darrell Brown shares the many ways Bonneville stations are promoting community service and building up communities during these unprecedented times.
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GRADUATE SPOTLIGHT: AMBER KEY (MSA 2016)
Amber Key

Amber Key (MSA 2016) talks about her experience at the 2017 Celebration of America Awards and what this ceremony means to her. Don't miss the reminder these awards serve for our industry.
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GRAY TELEVISION'S INVESTIGATETV COVID-19 TRACKER
Gray Television

Earlier this year, Gray Television's national investigative team, InvestigateTV, designed, developed and deployed a series of coronavirus data analysis tools collectively called The COVID-19 Tracker. These tools have more than 11 million views and caught the attention of leading experts.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF TEAMS TO YOUR CHANGE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
Leadership Labs Episode 8

With 1/5 of employees reporting that teams respond enthusiastically to change, hear how your organization can develop a change strategy that is effective and gets all key players excited and involved.
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DEVELOPING A CHANGE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
Leadership Labs Episode 8

In this episode, Eagle Hill Consulting CEO and founder Melissa Jezior talks with one of Eagle Hill’s change practitioners, Lauren Anderson, about what organizations should consider when they develop a change strategy, including some common mistakes to avoid.
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EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP MODEL PART III: LEADING YOURSELF, OTHERS AND AN ORGANIZATION
Leadership Labs Episode 10

Find out how you can master this effective leadership model and lead yourself, others and your organization to ultimate success!
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EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP MODEL PART II: LEADING OTHERS
Leadership Labs Episode 9

Learn the signs that show you are effectively leading and managing your team and organization while also leading your business to success.
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EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP MODEL: PART I: LEADING YOURSELF
Leadership Labs Episode 8

Hear about what you should focus on as you navigate your leadership approach and the four most important things to consider if you want to become a more successful leader.
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MINDFUL LEADERSHIP:COGNITIVIE DIVERSITY
Leadership Labs Episode 7

As a mindful leader cognitive diversity is the third and final strategy to uphold.
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Graduate Spotlight:
Connor Crookshank
Connor Crookshank

Hear from Technology Apprenticeship Program graduate Connor Crookshank (TAP 2019) on how his local Alaska station has been pivoting to Zoom meetings and his note to aspiring broadcast engineers during this time.
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A Letter to My Friends in Broadcasting
Kelly Orchard

BLT Graduate Kelly Orchard shares an open letter to the broadcasting community with some tips and suggestions on how to work from home and handle your mental health during this time.
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PART 3: RESILIENCE
Leadership Labs Episode 6

In Part 3 of the Mindful Leadership series, Gaurav Bhalla explains the necessity for resilience when your initial anticipation strategy fails and what to consider for your team as you build out your resilience framework.
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PART 2: MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: ANTICIPATION
Leadership Labs Episode 5

This is the second episode of the Mindful Leadership: Maximizing Performance in Unexpected Complexities miniseries highlighting the important approaches, strategies and practices mindful leaders take to lead, manage and save their organizations from unexpected complexities.
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PART I: MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: MAXIMIZING PERFORMANCE IN UNEXPECTED COMPLEXITIES
Leadership Labs Episode 4

This is the first episode of the six-part Mindful Leadership: Maximizing Performance in Unexpected Complexities miniseries highlighting the important approaches, strategies and practices mindful leaders take to lead, manage and save their organizations from unexpected complexities.
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FINANCE VS. ACCOUNTING
Leadership Labs Episode 3

In this episode, financial expert Joe Knight will cover the difference between accounting and finance.
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NAVIGATING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
Leadership Labs Episode 2

Difficult conversations aren't a fun part of the job, but they are something every manager, leader or business owner must hold from time to time.
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NAVIGATING CHANGE: IDENTIFY THE RIGHT TEAM
Leadership Labs Episode 1

Change is something we say we want but change management can be difficult to navigate.
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THE POWER OF RESILIENCE
Michelle Duke

Read from NAB Leadership President Michelle Duke on using the power of resilience during this unknonwn times.
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Graduate Spotlight:
Kameron James
Graduate Spotlight: Kameron James

Catch up with Media Sales Academy graduate Kameron James (MSA 2017) as she talks about how to reach young audiences, what she attributes her success to and her vision for keeping radio alive for future generations.
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Participant Spotlight:
Jordyn McNeil
Participant Spotlight: Jordyn McNeil

Hear from MSA student Jordyn McNeil on his passion, goals and reason for pursuing a career in media sales.
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Welcome to The Lead!
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NAB Leadership Foundation President, Michelle Duke, highlights all the exciting happenings at the Foundation and challenges you to consider where your future is headed.
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Building your Personal Brand
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Broadcast Leadership Training Graduate, Lori Flowers, provides five quick tips on how to build your personal brand and distinguish yourself from your competition. Are you making a lasting impression?
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Graduate Spotlight:
Sean Plater
Graduate Spotlight

We asked, Sean Plater (BLT 2017 ) answered. See what Sean claims as his keys to success, how his WHUR team partners with Howard to attract new talent and what his vision for the future of this industry look like in our new Graduate Spotlight.
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Participant Spotlight:
Abigail Gordon
First Time Managers Series

Meet Media Sales Scholar, Abigail Gordon, to learn why she wants to enter the field of Media Sales and may be your next sales superstar.
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