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In the Workplace: November 29, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Ellen Ruppel Shell (Co-Director of Science Journalism Program, Professor, Boston University), Susan LaMotte (CEO, exaqueo), and Alan Lescht (Alan Lescht, Esq., Alan Lescht & Assoc, PC) on the Thursday, November 29, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.

Air Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Alan Lescht

Air Time: 6:00 pm
Featuring: Alan Lescht

Kate Zimberg

Air Time: 4:30 pm

Ellen Ruppel Shell

Air Time: 6:30 pm
Featuring: Ellen Ruppel Shell

Susan LaMotte

Air Time: 5:00 pm
Featuring: Susan LaMotte

Featured Guests

Ellen Ruppel Shell

Co-Director of Science Journalism Program, Professor, Boston University


Ellen Ruppel Shell, long time contributing editor for The Atlantic, writes and has written on issues of science, social justice, economics and public policy for Science, Scientific American, the New York Times opinion and book pages, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Discover, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe and the Washington Post. She has served as an editor for a wide range of national publications and for public broadcasting, and is sought frequently as a commentator on issues of science and the press.

She is author of four books, most recently The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change (October, 2018 by Crown). Her previous book, Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture (Penguin, 2009), a narrative investigation of the history, politics, psychology, economics and consequences of low-price consumption in America, was praised as “highly intelligent…a first-rate job of reporting and analysis” by the New York Times Sunday Book Review, and was a best seller in both Canada and South Korea.

An earlier work, The Hungry Gene: The Science of Fat and the Future of Thin (Grove/Atlantic), published in six languages, took an unflinching look at the spreading obesity pandemic. Critics called it “enthralling,” written with a “narrative gift that transforms the story of history, science and politics of obesity” into “observant little dramas” that are both “fascinating” and “chilling.” Professor Ruppel Shell speaks both in the U.S. and abroad on consumer culture, economic and environmental issues and the interface between science, public policy and the media.

Book – https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/545938/the-job-by-ellen-ruppel-shell/9780451497253/
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Susan LaMotte

CEO, exaqueo


Susan LaMotte got her first W-2 at age 14 and hasn’t stopped working or thinking about the way people work ever since. She is the founder and CEO of exaqueo (ex-ack-we-o), an employer brand consulting firm.

A pioneer in employer brand and a 20-year human resources veteran, Susan has consulted on employer brand and talent strategy on every continent (except Antarctica). Her clients include brands such as Universal Parks and Resorts, Princeton University, Audi of America, Kempinski Hotels and T-Mobile.

Prior to founding exaqueo, she served in several HR leadership roles for The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott International including leading the Global Employer Brand team named “Best Employer Brand” by ERE and #1 in Social Recruiting Strategies by Fortune Magazine.

She’s also served in HR and consulting roles with Johns Hopkins University, and CEB (now Gartner). Susan began her career as an HR generalist and recruiter for Arthur Andersen in Washington, DC. She’s served on the Board of the Candidate Experience Awards and RecruitDC and was a founding Board member for the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals.

The author of two books, Susan has been featured in and written for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, Fast Company and The Washington Post.

She has an MBA in Human Resources and Marketing from Vanderbilt University where she was a Dean’s Scholar. She also has an MA in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University and a BA in Communications and Public Relations from Virginia Tech.

Known for getting more done in ten minutes than most people do all day, Susan’s work ethic is spurred by new music, café au laits and a bit of Philadelphia-born honesty. A wife and mother above all else, she lives with her husband Peter and two children, Scarlett and Dylan in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Alan Lescht

Alan Lescht, Esq., Alan Lescht & Assoc, PC


Alan Lescht is the founder and Managing Shareholder of Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., a 13-lawyer plaintiff-side employment law firm in DC where he oversees the firm’s federal government employee and private sector practice. He’s long been recognized as one of DC’s leading employment lawyers and has won dozens of trials.

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