The Workforce Show

The Workforce Show brings you stories of men and women who are doing something extraordinary to make their careers meaningful. You will hear tales of failures, successes and a desire to ultimately be the best they can be whether a head of a corporation, entrepreneur or someone whose profession drives them to a purposeful life.

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Brendand Freehart, The Avocado Toast Career Show

Do you ever dream that traffic lights are synchronized? Hear David Ngyuen discuss what he’s doing to make that possible.

A renaissance man who in a few years as gone from an alcohol bottling company, to racing car driver, being the first adopter of E-Commerce, Importer, and employee of American Trucking Association—and now owner of his forward thinking company.

Manik Rath

His Story: Manik Rath, CEO

From lawyer, co-founder of a notable IT company, Alion, and to the CEO position. What makes a successful CEO, and along the way, successful in making career choices. How he contributes to the community: Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Association of Corporate Growth, and many others.

Hear about his background and recommendations for the future.

Jim Thomas, Secret Sauce

Who Gets the Job: How Boomers and Millennials differ in interview styles and what that says about the person and the job.

Jim Thomas-Host of Secret Sauce, and President of J.E. Thomas Associates, Elizabeth Humphrey-Search, TMG-DC, Louis Montgomery-Leads Korn Ferry’s Mid-Atlantic and South search practice. He also is co-chair of the Chief Diversity Officer practice, Karen Seymour-VP, Challenger, Gray & Christmas

Brendand Freehart, The Avocado Toast Career Show

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

-Liberal arts major to star reporter
-How a Social Science major became a reporter for some prestigious technical publications such as DC Innovates, FCW, Atlantic and more
-Now she writes at least three articles a day on tech Innovation , VC's, and tech industry service providers.


Cynthia Gurne, The Workforce Show

Beth Offenbacker and Janine Finnell

Beth Offenbacker, PhD is a participant in the leadership of Leaders in Energy where she brings her experience in designing learning programs for organizations that allow for employees to develop the skills and talents for positive impact.

Janine Finnell PhD is the Executive Director of Leaders in Energy (LE), which is a global action network advancing clean energy and sustainable solutions.


Brendand Freehart, The Avocado Toast Career Show

Dave Bowen

Dave Bowen is the VP of Solutions Development at Measure, the leading commercial Drone as a Service® company. Dave’s team oversees the full spectrum of Measure’s solution catalog and the development of new drone-enabled products and services. In this capacity, Dave works cross-functionally to ensure that the breadth of Measure’s expertise across flight operations, data engineering, and drone engineering is infused into customer-focused offerings that unlock the potential of commercial drone technology for industries including energy, media, telecommunications, construction, and public safety. Prior to joining Measure, Dave spent a number of years working in Japan with the JET Program. He holds an MS in international affairs and business from Georgetown University and a BA from Colorado College.

Louis Montgomery, Government Contracting Today: Chuck Prow

Chuck Prow

CEO, Vectrus. Will discuss "His road to CEO" Chuck Prow has over thirty years of management experience is major corporations including General Manager, and IBM. His understanding of technology and the skills that corporations seek set him apart from others. He creates market differentiation through integration of technology and service competencies.



Linda Mathes

Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross NCA
Linda Mathes is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region which includes the District of Columbia; Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; and cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, VA. Ms. Mathes is charged with the responsibility to carry out the mission of the American Red Cross throughout this regional community and to support other communities across the country and around the world.

Cynthia Gurne, The Workforce Show

Steve Clemons

Washington editor at large for The Atlantic
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor in chief of AtlanticLIVE. He is a national security and foreign policy contributor to MSNBC and a senior fellow at New America, where he founded the American Strategy Program and was executive vice president until 2011. Previously, Clemons was executive vice president of the Economic Strategy Institute, senior policy advisor on economic and international affairs to former senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and executive director of the Nixon Center. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Geopolitical Risk and serves on the board of Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.


Hector Velez

On this episode of the Secret Sauce, Jim Thomas talks with Hector Velez about hiring and recruiting within the workforce. Hector Velez shares his knowledge and experience within the HR recruiting field and discusses what makes a good candidate.


Francesca Molinara

Perianne Boring

Founder and President of DigitalCommerce
Perianne Boring founded the Chamber of Digital Commerce building it into the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. Perianne was named among CoinDesk’s “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016” and “Top Woman in Bitcoin 2015” for her public policy accomplishments. Perianne is a communications expert and avid public speaker. She has presented at leading industry events including the Consumer Electronic Show (“CES”), Money 20/20, South by Southwest and many others. She also contributes to Forbes through her column, “The Beauty of the Blockchain.” Prior to forming the Chamber, Perianne was a television host and anchor of an international finance program that aired in more than 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. Ms. Boring began her career as a legislative analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy. Perianne graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics. Raised in Florida, she currently resides in Washington, DC.