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In the Workplace: January 10, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Molly Scott (Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute), Chris Giangrasso (Sr. VP of HR and Communications, Arkema), Lilly Linton (Managing Partner, Leadership Advisory Services), and Nicole Maestas (Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School) on the Thursday, January 10, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.

Air Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Lilly Linton

Air Time: 6:00 pm
Featuring: Lilly Linton

Nicole Maestas

Air Time: 5:00 pm
Featuring: Nicole Maestas

Molly Scott

Air Time: 5:30 pm
Featuring: Molly Scott

Chris Giangrasso

Air Time: 6:00 pm
Featuring: Chris Giangrasso

Featured Guests

Molly Scott

Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute


Molly M. Scott is a senior research associate in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. For 18 years, Scott has studied Americans’ experience of poverty and the effectiveness of programs and policies on the ground. In recent years, her work has focused on ways to empower businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to achieve better results for themselves and their communities. In addition to her work understanding the market for postsecondary credentials, Ms. Scott collaborates with the National Governor’s Association on their work to scale work-based learning, and with Walmart to document advancement practices in the retail sector.


Twitter- @MollyMScott
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Chris Giangrasso

Sr. VP of HR and Communications, Arkema


Chris is currently Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Communications and Site Services at Arkema Inc., a diversified chemical manufacturing company headquartered in King of Prussia, PA with more than forty sites throughout the Americas and revenues in excess of $4B.

Chris has worked in the field of Human Resources for more than 30 years in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, technology and professional services. He joined Arkema in 2005 after serving in HR Vice President roles at Campbell Soup Company, ARAMARK Corporation and Airgas, Inc. Earlier in his career, Chris worked in organization development roles at Borg-Warner Corporation and Siemens.

Chris has taught part-time at higher education institutions since 1991 and is an adjunct professor for Villanova University’s Masters in Human Resources program.  He also serves on Temple University’s Senior HR Advisory Group.  Chris received his B.S. degree in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University and earned his Master’s Degree in the field of Industrial Psychology from Temple University.

Twitter – @arkema_inc | @arkema_group
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Lilly Linton

Managing Partner, Leadership Advisory Services


Lilly Linton is a certified executive coach working with both individuals and teams to deliver positive change and solid results for her clients. Her approach is practical in nature, and is
focused on helping her clients to identify options for taking their leadership and communication
skills to the next level.

Ms. Linton has a unique view in working with her clients, having served as a management
consultant for Fortune 100 and 500 firms; working directly with executives to solve large-scale
organizational challenges. This experience allows her to identify more clearly the scope of her
client’s concerns and obstacles, and allows her to interact with her clients with a greater degree
of understanding and credibility.

Lilly sharpened her management consulting skills at PricewaterhouseCoopers. While at PWC,
she served as a Practice Leader with a primary focus on the people side of strategy and
change. She later honed her skills as an executive coach serving as a Managing Director for
CRA, a boutique leadership and communications firm.

Lilly has dedicated significant efforts studying corporate culture and the impact of specific
leadership styles on performance under the mentorship of Dr. William Sparks of Queens
University, a well- respected colleague and researcher in this area of study.
She has also dedicated considerable time and resources to the topic of leadership
accountability and is a contributing author of McGraw-Hill’s Leadership without Excuses
published in April of 2010.

Her client work spans multiple industries and her sample client list includes: Aqua America,
Arkema, BlackRock, Discover, Highmark, Lincoln Financial, GMAC/Ally Bank, Cendant,
GlaxoSmithKline, and Hershey Foods, among others.

Ms. Linton is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and holds a degree in Economics. She is a certified Marshall Goldsmith Coach, as well as a certified Coaching educator, working with peers to share meaningful coaching techniques and to develop best in class approaches.

Lilly has served as a mentor for Philadelphia Futures, an organization focused on 1st generation college students and donates her time to various efforts focused on assisting out of work executives.

She resides in Philadelphia, PA and is fortunate to serve clients throughout the US and beyond.
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Nicole Maestas

Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School


Nicole Maestas, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) where she also serves as Director of the NBER’s Retirement and Disability Research Center. Her research studies how the health and disability insurance systems affect individual economic behaviors, such as labor supply and the use of medical care. Dr. Maestas’ research has shown how the federal disability insurance system discourages employment by people with disabilities. In other work she is examining how population aging affects economic growth and how working conditions affect individuals’ ability and desire to sustain employment at older ages. In recent work, Dr. Maestas is investigating the causes of the opioid epidemic and its impact on employment and participation in the federal disability programs. Dr. Maestas received her M.P.P. in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Economics also from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Maestas was a Senior Economist at RAND, where she directed the Economics, Sociology and Statistics Research Department.


Twitter – @NicoleMaestas2
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