5G Talent Talk with Carrie Charles

5G Talent Talk

After nearly a decade, 5G is finally becoming a reality. 5G networks will create a smarter, more connected world and will change our lives forever. These rapid advances in artificial intelligence, automation, internet of things and other emerging technologies are creating demand for new jobs and the skills gap continues to widen. All industries are becoming tech industries and the tech talent shortage is becoming everyone’s problem. What will the workforce of the future look like? Join Carrie Charles as she helps tech leaders navigate this challenging talent landscape with innovative strategies to attract, retain, and engage people in this new world of work.

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5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
A New Perspective on 5G with Donna Johnson of Cradlepoint
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Join Carrie Charles on this episode of 5G Talent Talk as she engages in an insightful conversation with Donna Johnson, the Chief Marketing Officer of Cradlepoint. Donna shares her remarkable journey to the C-suite, emphasizing the importance of curiosity and adaptability in career growth. As an expert storyteller, Donna eloquently narrates Cradlepoint's evolution from revolutionizing cellular connectivity to shaping the future of 5G enterprise solutions.Donna sheds light on emerging trends such as AI integration and cybersecurity, highlighting how these advancements complement the evolution of 5G technology. Additionally, she offers valuable insights into Cradlepoint's unique company culture, emphasizing collaboration and continuous learning.For listeners interested in exploring career opportunities, Donna provides valuable advice on navigating the ever-changing tech landscape. With Cradlepoint's commitment to innovation and Ericsson's global reach, listeners are encouraged to explore exciting career prospects in a dynamic and collaborative environment.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Reimagine the Future with Boldyn Networks ft. Christos Karmis
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Join us as host Carrie Charles sit down with Christos Karmis, the visionary US CEO of Boldyn Networks, for an exclusive peek into the world of cutting-edge network connectivity solutions. From combining six global companies to leading the charge in various market segments, Karmis unpacks Boldyn's journey and unveils the company's strategies for staying ahead of the curve. Discover why 5G private networks are the next big thing and how Boldyn is at the forefront of this transformative trend. But that's not all! Get ready for an inside look at the heart of Boldyn's success: its unparalleled culture and leadership principles. From fostering empowerment to championing employee recognition, Karmis shares how Boldyn is paving the way for a new era of workplace excellence.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Respectful Innovation and the Power to Be Bold with Trent Edwards of Mears
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In this episode, Trent Edwards, the President of Mears Broadband, discusses his journey in the telecom industry and highlights the unique approach of Mears as a contractor. He emphasizes the importance of building partnerships and trust with customers, and the value of a diverse and empowered workforce. Trent also shares his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry, the need for workforce development, and his vision for Mears' future. Check out the full conversation and learn more about Mears' commitment to being different and making a positive impact in the industry. 
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
The Mission Driving Success at ADB with Stacey Thompson
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Stacey Thompson, the current Chief Operating Officer of ADB Companies, joins us today to share her journey and insights on women in leadership, work-life balance, and the future of the telecommunications industry. ADB Companies is a turnkey provider in the telecommunications industry, with a focus on customer-centricity and the growth, safety, and well-being of team members. This episode dives into the company culture of ADB, Stacey's approach to effective leadership, and the exciting announcement of Stacey's promotion to CEO.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
AI and the 5G Revolution with Ajay Malik of secomind.ai
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Step into the future of AI with Ajay Malik, CEO of secomind.ai, in today's episode of 5G Talent Talk with Carrie Charles. Ajay shares his passion for AI, drawing on his extensive 30-year career, which includes stints at major tech players like Motorola, Google, and Cisco. Secomind.ai, focused exclusively on AI for five years, empowers businesses in three key areas: enhancing products, providing exceptional customer support, and optimizing internal workflows.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Dynamic Spectrum Sharing and the Future of 5G with Fernando Murias of Digital Global Systems
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Innovative solutions are shaping the future of connectivity, and today's featured company tackles things like enhancing RF awareness and tackling challenges in private wireless optimization and dynamic spectrum sharing. In this episode of 5G Talent Talk, host Carrie Charles sits down with the visionary Fernando Murias, Chairman and CEO of Digital Global Systems. Fernando takes us on a captivating journey through his 30+ years of experience in high-tech telecom and government contracting, sharing valuable insights into the evolution of wireless communications. Discover how DGS, under Fernando's leadership, has become a trailblazer in developing technology critical for the rollout of 5G. Don't miss the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge from a leader at the forefront of driving positive change in the industry.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Cloud, Connectivity, Careers and Challenges: A Conversation with Steve Gleave of Microsoft
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Technological innovation is happening nonstop. You need to keep learning to stay on top of things and avoid getting left behind. In this episode, Carrie Charles sits down with Steve Gleave, Marketing Director in the Strategic Missions and Technologies Group at Microsoft. He talks about Microsoft’s Azure for Operators and how it helps service providers navigate the intersection of AI, cloud network, and modern connected applications. Steve also explains why hyperscalers and telco companies make good partners, why employers should prioritize hybrid setups in a post-pandemic world, the best solutions in retaining the best talents, and the right approaches in de-stressing a work environment.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Empowering the Team That Powers the Last Mile with Jamie Earp of Ubiquity
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Leadership in the last mile requires a unique set of skills, and in this episode, Co-CEO Jamie Earp of Ubiquity shares insights with host Carrie Charles. Discover the driving force behind Ubiquity’s success and Jamie’s leadership style focused on empowerment, authenticity, and transparency. Gain valuable insights into the industry’s future, particularly in the realm of artificial intelligence and automation. Join us for a concise yet insightful conversation on empowering teams and staying ahead in the ever-evolving business landscape.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Digitizing Telecom and Elevating People with Subbu Meiyappan of ECSite
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The mission at ECSite is to empower the workforce, break data silos, and embrace the future of technology in telecom. In this episode, we sit down with the visionary Subbu Meiyappan, the CEO and Founder of ECSite, to explore the world of digitizing the telecommunications industry. Subbu shares his incredible story of reinventing himself several times, all in pursuit of the next big challenge. He shares how he launched ECSite, a game-changing automation software company whose mission is to automate every aspect of fieldwork, from design to data collection. Subbu is passionate about making sure the industry is prepared for the future. As he puts it, “Automating the mundane elevates the human,” and it’s a philosophy that is transforming the way we work in the telecom world. Join us in exploring the possibilities of digitizing the telecom industry.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
The Role of Cloud and Generative AI in the Telco Industry with Ishwar Parulkar
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Cultivating the workforce of tomorrow begins with embracing emerging technologies today. Join us in this eye-opening episode with special guest, Ishwar Parulkar, the Chief Technologist for Telecom and Edge Cloud at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Today, Ishwar takes us on a journey through the fascinating landscape of emerging technologies and their profound impact on the Telco industry. He touches on the evolution of Telco, software-defined networking, 5G, and mobile edge computing, providing a unique perspective on the industry's rapid transformation. Ishwar also explores the impact of generative AI on the workforce and emphasizes the importance of upskilling and retraining. He highlights the need for awareness, education, partnerships, and a shift in mindset to navigate the transformative wave that generative AI and cloud technologies bring. Tune in now and be part of the exciting transformation happening at the intersection of technology and Telecom.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Radically Simple Fiber Management with Brian Mefford of VETRO FiberMap
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Explore the many ways telecommunications can be used as an enabler for entrepreneurial growth and supporting community development. In this episode of 5G Talent Talk with Carrie Charles, we’re joined by Brian Mefford, VP of Broadband Strategy for VETRO FiberMap, to discuss their mission to simplify fiber management and drive community advancement radically. This engaging conversation explores VETRO FiberMap’s efforts of becoming the hub for all aspects of fiber construction, embracing a wide range of public-private partnerships. Additionally, Brian shares insights into the corporate culture at VETRO, their strategies for addressing the challenges that come with business growth, and how grant funding has changed with the latest technological shifts. Tune in to this insightful episode and join us in shaping the future of telecom through innovative approaches and community development. 
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Redefining Success Through Customers and Culture with Kelly Lazuka of Fullerton
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In this episode, join host Carrie Charles as she explores the essential elements of workforce enhancement for sustainable business growth and prosperity. Carrie sits down with Kelly Lazuka, the CEO of Fullerton, for an insightful discussion on building high-performing teams. Discover how Fullerton, a tier one provider, has harnessed the power of mentorship programs, leadership training, and skill development workshops to create an exceptional team that propels business growth. Additionally, gain valuable insights into Fullerton's recent rebranding journey, aligning their vision with their evolution into a premier tier one provider. Tune in to gain valuable perspectives on optimizing your workforce, fostering inclusiveness, and driving business growth through continuous learning and progressive leadership strategies.  
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
The Fiber Workforce Dilemma with Deborah Kish of Fiber Broadband Association
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How do we get the younger generation of workers interested in the telecommunications industry? As the skilled labor shortage continues to grow, the solution is certainly not ‘easy.’ Thankfully, the Fiber Broadband Association provides resources that make this industry-wide effort a whole lot simpler. Joining us today is Deborah Kish, VP of Research and Workforce Development for the Fiber Broadband Association. In this insightful interview, Carrie and Deborah dive into FBA’s top strategies, programs and playbooks to combat the telecom workforce shortage and prepare for the BEAD funding wave ahead.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
The Current and Future State of 5G with Chris Pearson of 5G Americas
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5G is not merely a technology; it serves as the gateway to an unparalleled era of connectivity, efficiency, and innovation. In this episode of 5G Talent Talk with Carrie Charles, we are joined by Chris Pearson, the President at 5G Americas. Chris highlights the world of 5G, the groundbreaking wireless network that is revolutionizing how we connect and communicate. From the incredible speed and capacity it offers to the vast potential for innovation, 5G has taken the telecommunications industry by storm. Chris shares the highs and lows of 5G adoption and the current state of the wireless industry. 
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Building Future-Proof Foundations and Partnerships with William Davidson of NextEra Infrastructure Solutions (NIS)
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The challenges that communities face today need solutions beyond tomorrow. On today's episode of 5G Talent Talk, we're joined by William Davidson, Director of Strategic Initiatives at NextEra Infrastructure Solutions, to discuss how NIS is closing the digital equity gap. NextEra Infrastructure Solutions is a workgroup of affiliates of NextEra Energy that offers unregulated, commercial fiber, lighting, and smart meters solutions for developments, municipalities, and commercial businesses.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
The Telecom Workforce: Real Issues. Real Solutions. with Cesar Ruiz of Learning Alliance Corporation
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Nationwide broadband access initiatives face a significant challenge as the telecom industry grapples with a widening skills gap. The combination of an aging workforce and lack of interest among young people presents a formidable hurdle. however, the Learning Alliance Corporation is at the forefront, working diligently to bridge this gap.  On this episode of 5G Talent Talk, we're joined by the President and CEO of Learning Alliance Corporation, Cesar Ruiz, to discuss how workforce development programs are reshaping the telecommunications industry. Offering innovative, hands-on training courses and structured apprenticeship programs, Learning Alliance Corporation is bringing new talent to telecom through education. 
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Key Telecom Trends to Watch with Dan Hays of PwC
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Join Carrie Charles as she engages in an in-depth discussion with Dan Hays, Principal at PwC, to explore the dynamic world of telecom. In this episode, they investigate prominent opportunities for growth and how PwC collaborates with companies to capitalize on them. Prepare to uncover Dan's perceptive insights on current trends and pressing topics in the telecom sector, such as narrowing the digital divide within the economy. Stay informed with valuable updates on the current state of the telecom industry, with a particular emphasis on the successful integration of the CBRS technology spectrum. As their conversation unfolds, they also analyze the pivotal role of China in the telecom supply chain and the potential risks faced by the industry. Brace yourself for a deep dive into the latest telecom trends and gain a comprehensive understanding of this ever-evolving landscape. 
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
The Proven Playbook to Attract, Engage and Retain the New Workforce with Dr. Kent Wessinger of Retention Partners
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Without an informed and tested strategy for talent retention, business leaders will remain on a hamster wheel of recruitment, failing to achieve sustainable growth. Joining us today is Dr. Kent Wessinger, Principal Partner at Retention Partners, to tackle the workforce crisis by sharing his tested and informed strategies to attract, engage and retain employees.  In this captivating episode, Dr. Kent Wessinger identifies the three pieces of successful retention strategies that business leaders must implement for sustainable organizational growth. Follow along as Carrie and Dr. Kent explore the significance of processes, accountability, structures of success for today's workforce. 
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Inside the Mission: How ASCEND is Driving Industry Transformation with Will Grindle
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What does it take to create a thriving company culture and foster employee growth? It starts with investing in your people. When you prioritize the development and well-being of your team members, the benefits extend far beyond the success of your business. You create a positive impact in the world, one that can ripple outwards and touch countless lives. Our latest episode of 5G Talent Talk with Carrie Charles features an inspiring conversation with Will Grindle, CEO of ASCEND Wireless Networks. As a faith-based leader, Will Grindle understands the value of investing in his employees and creating a space for his team to feel valued, heard and supported. His approach to servant leadership emphasizes transparency, vulnerability and empathy.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Telecom's M&A Wave: Building a Unified Corporate Culture with Joe Cecin of Ontivity
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In today's fast-paced telecommunications industry, companies are constantly looking for ways to grow their business and stay ahead of the competition. In this episode of 5G Talent Talk with Carrie Charles, we sit down with Joe Cecin, CEO of Ontivity, a national-scale network services provider, to discuss his company's approach to mergers and acquisitions and how they are building a unified corporate culture to help facilitate growth. Joe shares his insights on the current state of the telecommunications industry, strategies for talent acquisition and retention, and how Ontivity is diversifying its business through targeted M&A. He also discusses the importance of company culture and finding the right fit when considering potential acquisition targets. 
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
The Human Side of Digital with Robert Hessel of Source 1 Solutions
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In today's digital age, technology can often overshadow the human element in business. But what if the key to success lies in putting people first? Join Carrie Charles and Robert Hessel, CEO of Source 1 Solutions, for a thought-provoking and engaging conversation on the role of human connection in driving business success. In this episode, Carrie and Robert discuss the value of partnerships, customer loyalty, and attracting and retaining talent in the new world of work. With over 25 years in business management, Robert's leadership strategy focuses on strong business relationships to stay competitive in the digital world.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Strategies That Drive Growth with Paul Ruppert
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Success in the world of technology requires not just innovation, but also strategic partnerships, skilled negotiations, and a relentless pursuit of growth. It's about having the right people, the right intentions, and always staying relevant in an ever-changing landscape. In this episode of 5G Talent Talk with Carrie Charles, we're joined by Paul Ruppert, a Harvard graduate, skilled negotiator, CPaaS veteran, and holder of two tech patents. Paul shares his secrets to scaling startups from zero to billion-dollar valuations, including how to negotiate high-stakes deals, build strategic partnerships, and stay relevant in a rapidly changing industry. He emphasizes the importance of continuous learning, adapting to new technologies, and always looking for ways to improve your skills. Tune in and learn from Paul how to drive growth and succeed in the world of technology.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Charting a Path to the C-Suite with Eugina Jordan of Telecom Infra Project
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Traditionally speaking, the telecommunications industry has been male-dominated with C-suite and corporate board room positions filled predominantly by men. But for women in telecom, this doesn't mean that the C-Suite is out of reach. Joining host Carrie Charles for this episode of 5G Talent Talk is Eugina Jordan, CMO of Telecom Infra Project, to discuss her journey on climbing that corporate ladder and breaking into the C-Suite. 
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Transforming the Future of the Telecom Workforce with Leticia Latino-Van Splunteren
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Joining host Carrie Charles on today's episode of 5G Talent Talk is Leticia Latino Van-Splunteren, CEO of Neptuno USA. Together, they explore the way 5G technology is transforming the telecom industry and discuss the challenges and opportunities for building a talented and diverse workforce in this rapidly evolving field. In this episode, you'll learn about the key skills and knowledge that are in high demand for 5G jobs, the role of lifelong learning in building a successful career in telecom, and the importance of mentorship and collaboration for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In this episode, Leticia shares her insights on how companies can attract and retain top talent in a highly competitive market, and why embracing innovation is essential for staying ahead in the fast-paced world of 5G.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Navigating the Changing Landscape of Telecom with Chad Rasmussen of Y-COM
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As we head further into 2023, new trends come surfing in the telecom industry. In such an ever-changing landscape, how does a company meet the changing needs of its clients? In this episode, Chad Rasmussen, President and CEO of Y-COM, discusses his unique approach to paving the way for the future of telecom. He shares how Y-COM has evolved to stay ahead of the curve, connecting the dots between the trends and providing cutting-edge solutions to their clients. He discusses how Y-COM navigates the challenging labor market to recruit and retain top talent. Do you want to hear more about the latest trends and future outlook of the telecom industry? Tune in to this episode to hear Y-COM's role in shaping the future of connectivity with Chad Rasmussen.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
Building a Thriving Company Culture In Our New World of Work with Claudia Chan
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To stay competitive and successful in our new world of work, business leaders must develop a company culture of positivity and productivity. Joining Carrie Charles today is Claudia Chan, leadership speaker and culture change expert. In this thought-provoking episode, Carrie and Claudia discuss the challenges many business leaders are facing in developing company culture, and explore the strategies and solutions needed for success. In this dynamic conversation, they tackle discussions of diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging in the workplace, delving into the importance of elevating women into leadership positions, the future of remote work, and engaging the next generation of employees. This episode is a must-listen for leaders who want to stay ahead of the curve in our ever-evolving world of work. Listen along for valuable insights on developing a culture that supports growth and innovation to thrive for the next decade.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
DIG IN & EDGE OUT with Michael Morey of Bluebird Network
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Bluebird Network is a fiber services company that focuses on providing services to the commercial and carrier market in Missouri, Illinois, and the nine surrounding states. Heading this Midwestern provider is Michael Morey, once an aspiring volcanologist who found his way to telecommunications. After years of working for a telecom giant, Michael founded his own startup. He is responsible for starting and growing multiple companies as well. In this conversation, Michael shares a couple of his secret tricks and strategies that he used to help companies grow and generate revenue. He also talks about the company culture at Bluebird that is anchored on four key values. There is a lot more lessons to glean from this industry veteran. Join in and get some!
5G Guys
5G Guys
2023: The Year Ahead with 5G Guys with Dan McVaugh and Wayne Smith
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2023 marks four years since the start of 5G deployment in the United States, and many in the telecom industry are wondering what this year means for 5G rollout. Today, 5G Talent Talk host Carrie Charles welcomes Dan McVaugh and Wayne Smith, wireless telecommunications experts and co-hosts of the 5G Guys podcast. In this episode, the duo provide valuable insights on what to expect in the year ahead through workforce challenges, threat of recession, and return-to-office. They discuss the current approach to a lack of 5G developers and enthusiasts, why adopting a hybrid business model is ideal for this year, and how to implement a healthy workplace culture.
5G Talent Talk
5G Talent Talk
A Future-Forward Chat with Tony Grayson of Compass Datacenters
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Technological innovation has immensely helped turn the impossible possible. In this episode, Carrie Charles sits with Tony Grayson, the General Manager of Compass Datacenters, to have a future-forward chat on data infrastructures and technology and what they can offer on sustainability. The two discuss the factors slowing the expansion of 5G, the digital divide and the expansion of broadband network accessibility in rural areas, and the future of the edge for telecom. Finally, Tony shares his wisdom on strategies that leaders must take as the workforce continues to change. Tune in to this conversation to gain more insights about technology, sustainability, and leadership.

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