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We@PS Podcast

An Inside Look at the People Behind Publicis Sapient

Trailer: Digitally Transforming Businesses. Keeping Humans Human.

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It’s a workplace where people can be themselves. And become their best self. At Publicis Sapient—or PS, for short—we’re helping to digitally transform the way the world’s biggest brands work and interact with their customers. How? By zeroing in on experience and strategy to build products that feel both natural and innovative. It’s a process powered by engineering, technology, and diversity of perspective. In this show, get an inside look at the people behind Publicis Sapient. Chat with us, laugh with us, as we cover relevant (and some less relevant) topics for technologists, digital practitioners and anyone with an interest in the world of transformation.

Episode 1: Product vs. Project Thinking

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Sheldon Monteiro, Chief Product Officer, joins us to discuss how his role has evolved from Software Engineer to Chief Product Officer. Listen in for discussions around empathy, building holistic leaders, and influencing change. Plus, in our Bytes section, we talk about asking for help, careers of the future, and how to eliminate filler words when speaking.

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Episode 2: If I Write Your Brief, Will You Teach Me Digital?

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Kendra King, VP Consumer Experience & Innovation, started her career in advertising, brand planning, and media planning but soon realized she wanted more. She shares her journey in how she learned digital by teaching herself, bartering with her colleagues, and even her willingness to give up her VP title for an internship. But, what does Consumer Experience & Innovation really mean? Join us to learn more. Plus, in our Bytes section, we discuss how to stop apologizing at work, the dangers of hiring for culture fit, and how productivity is not all about organization.

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Episode 3: From English Major to B-School to Global Leader in Consulting

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Alyssa Altman, SVP & North America Industry Lead, learned the meaning of profitability and creating a good customer experience from her first job at an ice cream shop. She now leads the Consumer Products and Transportation & Mobility industries for Publicis Sapient North America. Listen to hear how she encourages her team and her clients to live by four seemingly simple words, “create better every day”. Plus, in our Bytes section, we talk about societal awareness in our new normal, email etiquette, and dealing with defensiveness at work.

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Episode 4: Always Learning, Always Teaching, Always Engineering

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Scott Petry, Head of Engineering North America, shares how he came to Publicis Sapient after co-founding a startup after college graduation, and what’s kept him here. He also shares his advice for being successful in the technology field – hint: it has to do with being unafraid to take a chance and surrounding yourself with those who will make you successful. In our Bytes section, we discuss video interviewing, the shift from metric-driven appraisals, and how managers can control burnout in their teams.

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Episode 5: Road to Becoming First Female Managing Director

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Karen Ruudh, Global Client Lead in the Transportation & Mobility Industry, describes her journey of becoming the first female Managing Director for our Nordics region. As a mother of two, an interior designer, entrepreneur, and technologist – and providing strategic thinking to our clients – it seems there is nothing she can’t do. Join us to learn how she thrives off change and how she got to where she is today. In our Bytes section, we learn about earlier predictions for 2020 (and where we stand), living to be a centenarian, and the importance of mental health discussions in the workplace.

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Episode 6: Rejection Turned into Opportunity

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Anoop Kumar Gupta, Front End Architect on our Experience Technology team, shares his evolution from a computer instructor teaching the next generation, to leading some of the most complex projects internationally. It didn’t come easy for Anoop - in fact, he was rejected by the very same hiring manager who eventually hired him years later. Anoop shares how this experience of rejection actually redirected his ways of working and gave him the insight he needed to improve on his skills. In our Bytes section, we discuss the data-driven case for vacation (or, ‘holiday’), ways we can increase the number of women in tech, and the disciplined pursuit of less.

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Episode 7: [Special Edition] Working Parents Episode 1 of 2

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On the heels of recent accolades from Working Mother Media – 2020 Best Companies for Working Mothers and 2020 Best Companies for Dads – we’ve designed a special feature interview to learn more about how our working mothers and dads thrive at Publicis Sapient. In this episode, you’ll hear from Thierry Elmalem, Senior Managing Director of our Management Consulting practice in the UK. Thierry shares how he keeps up with his three school-aged children and how he works with his team to encourage a supportive environment for working parents. In our Bytes section, we discuss recruiting automation, banning the use of smartphones while walking, and how to make stress work for you. 

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Episode 8: [Special Edition] Working Parents Episode 2 of 2

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In the second episode of our two-part Working Parents series, we are joined by Alexandra Hershey, Senior Manager Agile Program Management and Program Lead for the Publicis Sapient business resource group, Women’s Leadership Network. Alexandra candidly shares her experience of maintaining a successful career with two little ones at home. She gives her advice on finding – and asking for – flexibility and provides insider tips for a sustainable work life. In our Bytes section, we discuss the relevance of alter-egos and empowerment, recruiters’ changed perspectives over the years, and how to not repeat history when it comes to diversity in tech.

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Episode 9: Building our Salesforce Practice in India

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Chandrakanth Mahadevaiah, Senior Director Technology, has been a self-starter his whole life. From running a small business during his summer breaks in school, to building a team from two people to more than 100. Chandra joined Publicis Sapient twelve years ago as a Technical Architect and shares his story of how he raised his hand to build the Salesforce practice in India. He also describes a transformational project he’s currently working on, opportunities for our new hires, and what a typical day looks like for someone on his team. In our Bytes section, we discuss ways to help with the disproportional amount of job losses for women through the pandemic, phrases that we all say but can’t stand hearing (and what to stay instead), and resisting the urge to multitask during Zoom meetings.

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Episode 10: Raising Awareness and Fighting the Stigma of Mental Health

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Nadia Hussain, Early Careers Lead based in London, and Liz Wood, Experience Designer out of Toronto, lead our Mental Health and Wellbeing business resource group, Headline, in their respective regions. Liz and Nadia discuss driving change through Headline to prioritize everyone’s mental wellbeing. In our Bytes section, we have conversations around coping with rejection, statistics and trends in remote working, and perspectives on growing yourself.

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Episode 11: Exploration Geologist Turned Technology Accessibility Leader

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Alison Walden is a Senior Director of Technology and leads the Accessibility Service for Publicis Sapient. Close to a billion people in the world need to navigate technology in some other way than a mouse. She started her 16-year career path at Publicis Sapient as a senior developer with curiosity and a passion to make sure every site she created kept this in mind. Today she leads the team creating accessible experiences for our clients that are inclusive and benefit everyone. Alison also shares the story of her career change from an exploration geologist and describes the role she plays to ensure gender parity within her team. In our Bytes section, we discuss the meaning behind Women's History Month, taking the #ChoosetoChallenge pledge for International Women's Day, and providing an environment to enable adults with autism to thrive at work.

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