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In the Workplace: February 7, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Steven Johnson (Author), Langdon Fielding (Veterinarian, Hospital Director, Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center), John Taylor (Manager of Practice Development, RiseSmart), Holly Doremus (Professor of Environmental Regulation; Co-Director of Law of the Sea Institute, University of California Berkeley Law School), and Rae Vann (SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Center for Workplace Compliance) on the Thursday, February 7, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.

Air Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Dr. Langdon Fielding

Air Time: 5:00 pm
Featuring: Steven Johnson, Langdon Fielding

John Taylor

Air Time: 5:30 pm
Featuring: John Taylor, Holly Doremus

Rae Vann

Air Time: 6:00 pm
Featuring: Rae Vann

Featured Guests

Steven Johnson



Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of seven books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. His writings have influenced everything from the way political campaigns use the Internet, to cutting-edge ideas in urban planning, to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. In 2010, he was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future.

His latest book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, was a finalist for the 800CEORead award for best business book of 2010, and was ranked as one of the year’s best books by The Economist. His book The Ghost Map was one of the ten best nonfiction books of 2006 according to Entertainment Weekly. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Steven has also co-created three influential web sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED, the Webby-Award-winning community site, Plastic.com, and most recently the hyperlocal media site outside.in, which was acquired by AOL in 2011. He serves on the advisory boards of a number of Internet-related companies, including Meetup.com, Betaworks, and Nerve.

Steven is a contributing editor to Wired magazine and is the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School, Columbia University. He won the Newhouse School fourth annual Mirror Awards for his TIME magazine cover article titled “How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live.” Steven has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and many other periodicals. He has appeared on many high-profile television programs, including The Charlie Rose Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He lectures widely on technological, scientific, and cultural issues. He blogs at stevenberlinjohnson.com and is @stevenbjohnson on Twitter.

Book – https://www.amazon.com/Farsighted-Make-Decisions-That-Matter/dp/1594488215
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Langdon Fielding

Veterinarian, Hospital Director, Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center


Dr. Fielding attended veterinary school at the University of California, Davis graduating in 2002 with an emphasis on large animals. He then completed an internship at Texas A&M University in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. He returned to California where he completed residency training and board certification in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He completed a second board certification in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Fielding’s primary clinical responsibilities focus on the Emergency/Critical Care Service at a large animal referral center (Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center). He oversees the Intensive Care Unit and the training program for both the intern and residency programs at the hospital. His primary research interests have focused on equine emergency and critical care including fluid balance, neonatal foals, and endurance horses.

Dr. Fielding has been an invited speaker to veterinary CE meetings including the International Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the American Endurance Riding Conference. He is one of the co-editors of Equine Fluid Therapy.
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John Taylor

Manager of Practice Development, RiseSmart


John Taylor, Manager of Practice Development for RiseSmart, helps build industry-leading programs, practices, and products to differentiate RiseSmart as the leading provider of contemporary talent mobility solutions globally. Taylor’s extensive leadership experience in human capital management and other HR functions with major organizations enable him to help companies spot and effectively address pain points through RiseSmart’s suite of offerings.

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Holly Doremus

Professor of Environmental Regulation; Co-Director of Law of the Sea Institute, University of California Berkeley Law School


Holly Doremus is a leading scholar and teacher in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, and law and science.

Doremus brings a strong background in life sciences and a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship to her work at Berkeley Law. She earned her PhD in Plant Physiology from Cornell University and was a post-doctoral associate at the University of Missouri before making the transition to law. In addition to her law school teaching experience, she has taught in the graduate ecology program at UC Davis, in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, and at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. She has been a principal investigator on two major NSF IGERT interdisciplinary training grants and a multidisciplinary grant dealing with hydropower relicensing in California. She has co-authored papers with economists and ecologists, and has been a member of two National Research Council review committees.

Doremus received her JD and Environmental Law Certificate from Berkeley Law, where she was an articles editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly and a member of the Order of the Coif honor society. She then clerked for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, practiced municipal and land use law with the firm of Eickelberg & Fewel in Corvallis, Ore., and taught at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University before beginning her law teaching career at UC Davis in 1995. She is a Member-Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform and an elected member of the American Law Institute. She was honored as a UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow for 2001-2006.

Eight of Doremus’s articles in the legal literature have been selected for reprinting in the Land Use and Environment Law Review, an annual compilation of the year’s leading works. Her recent publications include Water War in the Klamath Basin: Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics (Island Press, 2008) (with A. Dan Tarlock); “Scientific and Political Integrity in Environmental Policy,” Texas Law Review(2008); “Data Gaps in Natural Resource Management: Sniffing for Leaks Along the Information Pipeline,” Indiana Law Journal (2008); and “Precaution, Science, and Learning While Doing in Natural Resource Management,” Washington Law Review (2007).


B.S., Trinity College (1981)
Ph.D., Cornell University (1986)
J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1991)
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Rae Vann

SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Center for Workplace Compliance


Rae Vann is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) (formerly the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC)). As General Counsel, Rae manages six substantive program teams, which are responsible for delivering practical guidance and content to member companies in the areas of Contract Compliance, Fair Employment Practices, Wage and Hour, State Standards, Immigration, and Labor Relations. She also oversees the preparation and filing of friend-of-the-court briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals in significant employment law cases, and personally has authored dozens of briefs on behalf of CWC.

Rae has more than 20 years of experience in assisting employers with their workplace compliance needs, and was one of 16 national experts selected to serve on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace.

Rae serves as managing partner of NT Lakis, LLP, the Washington, D.C.–based law firm whose lawyers and non-lawyer professionals staff CWC, and as Director of Investigative Services for Employment Advisory Services, Inc. (EASI), the firm’s affiliated consulting practice.

Rae received her B.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of Connecticut, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal courts of appeals.
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