• Many Pathways to Progress

    America is in the midst of a massive labor reallocation. Employers are struggling to find qualified talent, and employees are trying to keep up with rapidly developing technologies.

    The solution? Upskilling. Training our future and current workforce with the skills they need to meet these demands. Today, we talk about the steps employers are taking to give their employees stackable skills, how universities and other educational institutions are evolving beyond traditional degree pathways, and the movement of those who want to learn new skills and change career direction. 

    At the table are Colleen Morrone – president and CEO of Goodwill of DE & DE County, and Dr. Darren Blackston, executive director of adult & continuing education, workforce development and training, assessment, and the connected degree program at Delaware State University.

    34m | May 16, 2023
  • Connecting with the “Why"

    It takes a lot to be a successful leader. The Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business program has been recognizing those small business leaders in the Delaware community for 25 years. Sitting down at the table today to discuss what makes a great leader is Brian DiSabatino, president and CEO of EDiS Company and Marie Holliday, managing director at Cover & Rossiter, both of whom lead businesses who have won the Superstars in Business award twice.

    27m | May 2, 2023
  • It’s Rooted in a Story

    This week, we're sitting down with Senator Sarah McBride and Verna Hensley, the vice president of public affairs at Easterseals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, to discuss how to effectively get in touch with busy elected officials, and how advocates—for businesses or otherwise—can work with legislators for positive changes. We’ll also explore the power of storytelling in advocacy, and why building relationships with your policymakers could be easier than you think.

    38m | Apr 18, 2023
  • Into the Weeds

    The push to legalize recreational marijuana in Delaware has been going on for almost a decade, and despite previous vetoes by Governor Carney, it has passed within the legislature again. But what would the impact of legal, recreational marijuana be for Delawareans? 

    At the table we have Peter S. Murphy from Saul Ewing, LLP—a lawyer who advises cannabis industry clients on licensing applications and compliance,—and John Gooden, president and COO of M. Davis & Sons. This episode explores what the new Delaware “green rush” might mean, both for employers who may have hesitations and for those who are ready to join the industry. 

    NOTE: This episode was filmed prior to the passage of House Bill 1 & 2. As of April 1, 2023, both bills are waiting for action by Governor John Carney. To learn more and stay up-to-date on recreational marijuana in Delaware, visit www.DSCC.com/LegislativeJournal or contact our policy director, Tyler Micik at tmicik@dscc.com. 

    19m | Apr 4, 2023
  • The Total Package

    What really makes a difference when it comes to mental well-being at work? In this episode, we’ll delve into why mental wellness isn’t an issue that can be shifted by providing resources individually – and talk about how systemic changes – things like better management, organization, and clearer communication – can reduce stress and make our workplaces healthier. 

    At the table today is Dr. Heather Farley, chief wellness officer at ChristianaCare and Jacqueline Elaine Catalano, the director of facilities management and site services at AstraZeneca.

    29m | Mar 21, 2023
  • A Seat at the Table

    With Boomers delaying retirement, Gen Xers in top management roles, Millennials moving up the ladder, and Gen Z entering the workforce, there are four generations working side-by-side in the workplace, with wildly different priorities, communication styles, habits, and career goals.

    In the Season Two premiere of Conversations with Kelly, Jim Lee of Strategic Foresight Investments (StratFi), and Michael Smith of Navient sit down to discuss how we can work together harmoniously, and how older generations can support their younger colleagues and mentees.

    26m | Mar 7, 2023
  • Season 2 Trailer

    Conversations with Kelly is back for season two! Stay tuned for the premiere on March 7th! Stay up to date on www.dscc.com/podcast

    1m | Feb 23, 2023
  • It’s Not One-Size-Fits-All

    In our final episode of season 1, we’re talking about remote work. The shift towards remote positions is having a huge impact on what we’ve come to expect from our jobs – and what employers have to do to remain attractive to new hires. At the table with me today are two experts in the field of Human Resources, Megan Couch, the Chief Experience Officer at Integrity Staffing Solutions, and Susan Kelliher, the Senior Vice President of People at Chemours. This conversation was recorded at the Chemours Headquarters in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.

    55m | Nov 15, 2022
  • Time is Money

    Today we’re talking about Site Readiness. For those of you who may not know exactly what that is, Site Readiness is everything that needs to happen to transform an empty space into a potential site for a new business. Delaware is poised to reintroduce a number of bills that will help improve efficiency throughout this process and kickstart development projects. At the table with me today is Trisha Newcomer with the City of Seaford, and Shane Breakie of Chesapeake Utilities. This conversation was recorded at Seaford City Hall, in Seaford Delaware.

    36m | Nov 1, 2022
  • Data Always Connects to Strategy

    Today, on “Conversations with Kelly”, we’re talking about data. Or is it "Day-tuh?" However you choose to pronounce it, data is the most important tool that businesses can use to drive decisions in the workplace. But only if you know where to find it, when to capture it and how to analyze it. We sat down with Data Scientist, Ryan Harrington, from the Data Innovation Lab, and small business owner and active Data user, Tanya Williamson, of Married to the Ring. This conversation was recorded at CSC Station in downtown Wilmington, DE.

    48m | Oct 18, 2022
  • They’re Investing in You, You’re Investing in Them

    On this episode, it’s all about internships. Most of us has had an internship, but whether or not we’ve had a good one may be debatable. But when internships are done right, they can be very valuable – both as recruitment and training tools for businesses and as pathways to new jobs for interns. We are sitting down with with CSC’s Catrina Jefferson, who helped build and launch the Intern Delaware program, and Brody Hudson–an intern turned full-time accountant with Belfint, Lyons, and Shuman, CPAs. This conversation was recorded at CSC Station in downtown Wilmington, DE.

    36m | Oct 4, 2022
  • The Experiment Worked

    Today, on “Conversations with Kelly”, you guessed it! It’s all about workforce development. Right here in Delaware, we have what some people consider to be one of the best workforce development and training programs in the nation, ZipCode Wilmington. But can this model be used for other industries which are facing a shortage of qualified workers? Today, we’re speaking with two people who are at the forefront of this conversation, Desa Burton, the Executive Director of ZipCode Wilmington, and Scott Malfitano of the Delaware Workforce Development Board.

    47m | Sep 20, 2022
  • Culture Needs to be True

    On our first episode of "Conversations with Kelly", we’re exploring the importance of workplace culture. At the table today are two Delaware business owners who run companies known for their great workplace culture. This conversation was recorded at Bluecoast Grill and Raw Bar in Rehoboth, Delaware.

    1h 5m | Sep 6, 2022
  • Conversations with Kelly: Season 1 Trailer

    Introducing Conversations with Kelly, the new show from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Subscribe to stay up to date on new episodes!

    1m | Aug 24, 2022
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