Inspired Conversations that unveil success in the 21st Century; Talent2Work

On the Talent2Work show we explore ideas, processes, principles, and inner and outer resources for managing your talent and career today.  We look at trends, what’s working for people, and what’s being created on these foundational new ways of working together.  We interview people who are leading the way, people who are making a shift and people in the process of transformation.  Woven together, you’ll see a picture form that will inspire you to take away the gems that feed your soul as you honor where you are in bringing your talent to the world and help you create the future that you’re dreaming into reality.



Walkabout to Find Clarity About Work, Service, and Personal Direction

Air Date: October 10, 2014

This Talent2Work show explores the value of a Walkabout.  Lori’s guest is Dr. Doug McConnell, who talks about how the Aborigine utilized the Walkabout in their culture.  Lori asks how we might adopt the ideas and create experiences for ourselves within our culture to receive benefit.  They look at American culture, discussing talent, work, service, community, faith, ritual, and tradition.

Doug McConnell is Professor of Leadership & Intercultural Studies in the School of Intercultural Studies, and is currently serving as Provost and Senior Vice President of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.  The McConnells spent 17 years in Australia and Papua New Guinea as teachers and pastors. McConnell teaches and writes on issues in culture, leadership, and religious understandings.

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The Art of Participatory Leadership, Emergence

Air Date: February 25, 2014

Burning Question: How can we address the longing to be together differently? This longing has found a voice and is gaining momentum in individuals and organizations not only in the U.S., but worldwide.  In this radio show, we’ll speak with Chris Corrigan, process artist, teacher, and facilitator, about his experience with The Art of Participatory Leadership and the Art of Hosting.

Chris is a deeply respected and loved teacher, mentor, and friend.  His words of wisdom appear generously on his Web site through the blog:

This conversation explores what goes on at Art of Hosting gatherings. Describing them is challenging so we wanted to talk about them a bit here and expose you through our dialogue. They are not merely “trainings” in the way many of us have experienced training events. The concept of “training” is often thought of as learning what someone else is teaching and that there is a right and wrong way, so you’re being trained in the correct way. In the spirit of Participatory Leadership, the artists embrace the ways of many.

These experiential events are rich with opportunities to practice all of the ways of being together: hosting self, being hosted, contributing, and co-creating.

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The Art of Participatory Leadership, Explored

Air Date: January 28, 2013

Burning Question: How can we address the longing to be together differently in the new economy? This longing has found a voice and is gaining momentum in individuals and organizations not only in the U.S., but worldwide.  In this radio show, we’ll speak with Fedor Ovchinnikov, Intercultural Communication Consultant, about his experience with one exemplary network of practitioners and their collective offering:  The Art of Participatory Leadership.

After attending a 3 day training and methodology immersion program in 2012, Fedor’s life was changed.  He’ll tell us how and why.

Fedor is an Intercultural Communications and Business consultant and the founder of the Center for Intercultural Communication – a consultancy that helps Russian organizations advance their negotiation strategies in China. A year ago Fedor started a transition from negotiation consulting to participatory-driven process design and facilitation, and he is currently involved in several diverse initiatives ranging from hosting a dynamic self-organizing community of China experts in Russia, to addressing homelessness issues in San Francisco, to developing micro entrepreneurs in Uganda, to bridging the gap between entrepreneurship research and practice across the globe.

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Kathy Jourdain is a steward and practitioner of the Art of Hosting Relevant and Meaningful Conversations and she recently launched her new company: Shape Shift Strategies Inc. Kathy is also a driving force behind Envision Halifax: a voluntary organization whose mission is to ignite a culture of civic engagement. Meanwhile, Kathy is one of the creative minds behind bringing the Art of Hosting practices to California. Kathy’s passion is co-creative leadership and the ability to influence the shifting shape of organizations, teams and individuals in a time when this is most needed in the world.

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Creating a Personal Relationship with Networking

Air Date: November 28, 2012

Join Lori Sortino and Norma Owen as they speak with Devon Fuller, a very talented designer and customer relations manager from San Francisco, as she shares her story and inspiring enduring action from this year and her plans for the next. The conversation focuses on taking advantage of networking while searching for work.

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Chaos to Clarity during Career Transition

Air Date: November 20, 2012

A reflection of trends, forces and the transitions many of us faced during 2012 and how to empower ourselves with our experiences.  Join Norma and Lori with our guest Becky Sansbury as we explore the feelings and dynamics each of us face during uncertain and sometimes what are turbulent times.

Becky Sansbury has spent her career working with people going through disruptive change.  From teaching teenagers how to sing, to walking alongside patients and families as a hospice chaplain, to serving as a coach to professionals in unrequested career transition, Becky has focused on practical ways to reduce fear, increase capacity, and harness the resources within and around us.  Now she share those insights as a speaker and consultant to business and academic organizations.   Becky can be found at ,  and

About the Compassion Games, with Joel Levey

Air Date: October 2, 2012

Explore what Seattle is doing with the Compassion Games – Survival of the Kindest – and envision how a similar initiative might inspire your city or community. Today’s guest is Joel Levey. Joel will share with us the purpose and history behind The Compassion Games and tell us how they are going so far!

Sheri Leigh’s Transition to Business Ownership

Air Date: September 17, 2012

Flexibility, the ability to see things differently and a decision point to change direction where skills that Sheri Leigh applied when shifting from a high school counselor as an employee to the owner of

Choosing to seek better work

Air Date: September 5, 2012

Today’s uncertainty gives us pause to consider a move to better and more fulfilling work.  Yet, it is in these times that to “choose” is the empowering force to sustain.  Join Norma and Lori today as we discuss the power of “choosing.”

– David: “My current situation is so bad I resist going to work.”

– Mary: “I have a job and I’m afraid to let go of it.”

– Beth: “I’m just thankful to have a job.”

– Jane: “I really like my job.”

From any of these places you can still ask the question “what do you most love to do and what are you really good at?”  From there, seeking, attracting and perhaps even creating the work environment ideally suited to you is possible.  Listen and explore this idea and then look at how the shifts in the way we work together might influence where you take your power of choice.

Paths of Engaged Work

Air Date: August 29, 2012

“There’s always more than one way to achieve engaged and fulfilling work.”

The path to finding and experiencing engaged work can take many forms. Today the words job, project, self-employed, collaboration and now guild are all expressions and pathways work can happen.  Join Lori and Norma as they explore these options that bridge the old world of work into the future of work.

Insights From Serious Play

Air Date: August 22, 2012

“Choice is what flips it from work to play.”

Heather Browning
The Serious Play conference gives us a glimpse into the gaming impact on our
work and lives.  Join us today as we hear from Lori the insight and the
surprises that this landmark conference is bringing to us in the near

Reflections on the Future of Work

Air Date: July 11, 2012

Today Lori and Norma go back to questions generated the Future of Work
conference in San Luis Opispo, CA.  We’ll bring these top of mind questions
to you and exploring solutions to these very questions.

Finding Your Community

Air Date: June 27, 2012

Today Lori and Norma explore the value in finding your community.  When we
take the responsibility to plant ourselves within the right community,
opportunities flourish and connection comes easily.