The Career Refresh with Jill Griffin

The Career Refresh with Jill Griffin

The Career Refresh provides actionable steps to keep your career and mindset fresh. In each episode, join Jill Griffin and her guests as they share actionable tips and discuss topics like leadership, confidence, managing others, navigating your career, imposter syndrome, perfectionism, personalities, team dynamics, burnout, job search, and creating an inclusive workplace. The show provides actionable steps and solutions to everyday workplace challenges. Jill Griffin has been featured on Adam Grant's WorkLife Podcast from the TED Collective. She's written articles for HuffPost, Fast Company, and Metro UK. And she's been quoted by leading media outlets like Advertising Age, The New York Times, Departures, and The Wall Street Journal. Join the conversation on Instagram @JillGriffinOfficial and LinkedIn for daily inspiration. Visit for details on how to work with Jill Griffin.


February 20, 2024 44 mins

Esther "E.T." Franklin, the trailblazing Global Chief Strategy & Cultural Fluency Officer at Spark Foundry, a Publicis Media subsidiary of Publicis Groupe, is hailed as an "Advertising Woman of the Year." 

With over two decades of experience in Chicago's vibrant advertising world, Franklin brings a wealth of insights and innovation. Her journey is a testament to her prowess, earning her accolad...

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The idea of employee wellness is not new and it's currently $8 billion industry. But is it working?  I believe workplace wellbeing and extends to career wellbeing because my wellbeing has to extend and carry me beyond my current workplace so I can show up and create value in the world. In this episode, we'll discuss:

  • What is career wellbeing and why it’s more important than the trendy 'Workplace Wellbeing'
  • How...
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Hillary Black is a highly regarded international executive coach and recruiter with over 25 years of experience across boutique and Fortune 500 companies. Hillary's experience as a Cancer Survivor adds a unique perspective, fostering a commitment to growth and flourishing in life's diverse stages. Embracing the unforeseen gift of being fired, she shares insights on resilience during layoffs, navigating uncertainties in jo...

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Experiencing job termination is a common occurrence in many people's career paths. However, for years it was considered a taboo topic as individuals felt embarrassed and afraid. It's common for people to ask themselves, "what does getting fired say about me?". This episode aims to challenge this perspective and provide insights on how to view the bigger picture.

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With over two decades of experience, Sarah Shriver is the VP of Programming and Marketing for FAST Channels and VOD Sales at BBC Studios. Her previous roles include positions at A+E. Sarah is also an urban BeeKeeper and co-owner of Gowanus Apiary. In this episode, we discuss: 

  • Career transition
  • Strategies for integrating into new roles
  • Essential skills for successful sales executives
  • The balancing act of urban beekeeping in her lif...
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Jennifer Risi, President and Founder of The Sway Effect, boasts two decades of experience as a communications executive. In this episode, we discuss:  

  • How to build your professional brand
  • Networking and Relationship Building Significance
  • Navigating the Evolving Media Landscape
  • Integrating Diversity Principles in Communications
  • Measuring the Impact of DEI Initiatives
  • Valuable Guidance for Career-Driven Communications Professionals
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Sometimes when we've been looking for a job for a while, it's hard to believe that a new job is coming. Searching for a job when we are frustrated or in doubt makes the whole process harder. In this episode, I talk about:

  • The three pieces of our career story we have to tell
  • Why we must examine our thoughts
  • Why affirmations and thought journaling alone don't create results
  • How to create belief and stay there!
  • What you ...
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Kathy Hammond is a sales and talent acquisition powerhouse leader who's generated over a hundred million dollars in revenue. From dealing with active and passive candidates to distinguishing between selling a product or a service, Kathy shares her invaluable insights on recruiting for sales roles and supercharging the talent acquisition process. In this episode, we discuss: 

  • Unique skill set for a rewarding sales ...
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December 26, 2023 14 mins

Why can’t you just be confident? Why are you confident in some areas but not in others? How do you create But how do you create confidence if you are lacking it? In the episode, we’ll answer these questions and discuss: 

  • The difference between self-confidence and confidence and why both matter
  • How managing your emotions is the key to confidence creation
  • Tip for how to create and build confidence quickly
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Kristen Leone, a leading authority in Digital Transformation and Strategy at Google, empowers the company's major clients with innovative insights, enhancing consumer experiences through strategic digital approaches. Kristen is a strategic leader celebrated for her entrepreneurial growth mindset. I was delighted to interview her, and in this podcast, we delve into:

  • The divergence of purpose and work
  • Evolving job fit and the ...
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Michelle Harmon-Madsen, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at SponsorUnited, capitalizes on her extensive 25+ years of experience in marketing and business transformation. This episode underscores her positive methodology and explores her career pivots, shedding light on her challenges and the strategic application of her prior skills for sustained growth and relevance. We also discuss:

  • The art of storytelling for impactful communica...
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Founded in 2014, Threads of Hershey's philosophy is clear: everyone needs a wardrobe whisperer. A wardrobe whisperer simplifies and enhances your closet style, helping you discover flattering silhouettes and versatile essentials. As your wardrobe whisperer, Threads guides you through essential steps: closet editing, styling, and strategic shopping, boosting your confidence and productivity. In this episode, we discuss: 

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Ashok Sinha is the Senior VP of Corporate Communications at Dow Jones, overseeing global communication functions. In this episode, we discuss:

  • The Value of Storytelling for Excelling in Any Field
  • Importance of Passion in Work
  • Focus on Transferable Skills and Building Relationships
  • Why Focusing on Inclusivity and Equity for Diverse Employees is better for business
  • The Role of Allyship from Colleagues and Executive Leadership
  • Why Self-...
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“Tell me about your weakness” could be the most annoying and confusing question to receive during a job interview. Should you answer honestly? Should you find the silver lining and tell the interviewer how you grew because of your weakness? So many questions. In this episode, I discuss: 

  • What this question is really about
  • How to reframe the question in your brain
  • The best way to lean into your blindspots to answer this question
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Sometimes your career is about the trajectory and other times, it's time to seek a 'good enough job'.  A good enough job is one that meets your basic financial needs while not taxing your well-being. In this episode, I discuss: 

  • Why the 'dream job' is a myth
  • When to consider a good enough job
  • The difference between a good enough,  an in-between, and a sober job
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Conversational narcissists consistently steer conversations back to themselves and their own experiences, often without showing genuine interest in what others say. They exhibit a pattern of self-centered behavior in conversation. In this episode, we discuss: 

  • Understanding Conversational Narcissism
  • Practical Strategies for Dealing
  • Four Steps to Reclaim Control while Maintaining your Cool

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Christine Stack, Vice President and head of Human Resources | CIS Americas at Capgemini. Christine is a results-driven and passionate leader known for her creative problem-solving, teamwork, and thought leadership. She excels as a partner, collaborator, and team builder, with a strong reputation for integrity and inclusiveness. Her consistent recognition comes from her ability to identify, attract, nurture, and retain exceptional t...

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Kristian Schwartz spearheads The Montgomery Group, a boutique search firm he established, specializing in senior-level marketing and media placements. Kristian is a seasoned strategic leader renowned for elevating premier brands through a blend of strategic hiring and consulting expertise. He has extensive experience working on various facets of the industry, and his professional journey includes tenure at renowned companies such a...

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Ernest Lupinacci, an award-winning creative talent, serves as the CEO of Ernest Industries, offering a distinctive fusion of creative and strategic consultancy. His career journey encompasses brand development, advertising, screenwriting, and technology. This journey has led him to collaborate with prestigious brands such as Apple, Google, CAA and Nike.

Whether you're plotting a career refresh or strategizing to dive deeper int...

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Experienced executive recruiter Jane Ashen Turkewitz offers valuable insights from the world of recruitment to enhance your competitiveness in today's challenging job market. In this episode, we delve into the following topics:

  1. Navigating the Complex Landscape of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
  2. Maximizing the Effectiveness of Networking
  3. Reimagining the Art of Cultivating Professional Connections
  4. The Significance of Strategic ...
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