December 20, 2019 – Christmas Show – Employee Gifts Jared Jones, Chef Ceci Carmichael, Audio Books Robin Whitten and Authentic Gifts Dr. George Newman

December 20, 2019 – Christmas Show – Employee Gifts Jared Jones, Chef Ceci Carmichael, Audio Books Robin Whitten and Authentic Gifts Dr. George Newman

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Jared Jones – Senior Partner at Partners in Leadership and Author of Propeller: Accelerating Change by Getting Accountability Right

Jared Jones is a National Bestselling Author and Senior Partner at Partners in Leadership. He works in content development, authorship, and development of field practitioners while consulting with leaders in the world’s most successful organizations, including Boehringer-Ingelheim, Cigna, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, McKesson, Merck, OSF Healthcare, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Navy, Apple, Bose, Citizens Bank, Harley Davidson, and more. Jared is the co-author of Propeller: Accelerating Change by Getting Accountability Right, a project that leverages Jared’s extensive experience in healthcare and other spaces to assist managers and business owners in establishing team-wide ownership and development of projects.

Ceci Carmichael – Chef and Brand Ambassador at Swell Food – Entertaining Expert

Ceci Carmichael graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in 1998 and went on to start Swell Food, a personal chef service. In 1999, she became one of the hosts of Calling All Cooks on the Food Network. Three years later, she was hosting her own show on the Food Network, Good Food Fast and contributing as the food expert on Simplify Your Life on the Fine Living Network. She is currently a chef expert on Home Made Simple on the Oprah Winfrey Channel. Ceci also runs a kitchen coaching business, developing recipes for clients and teaching them how to prepare them. She also volunteers with Wellness in the Schools, where she prepares fresh and healthy food for public elementary schools. As a chef and entertaining expert, Ceci Carmichael will share her tips to help you survive the holiday season with flair.

Robin Whitten – Editor and Founder of AudioFile Magazine  

Robin Whitten founded AudioFile Magazine in 1992 to drive exposure for quality audiobooks and help consumers find the perfect audiobook for their listening needs. She continues to serve as the editor for AudioFile, including compiling a list of the best audiobooks of the year each December. The portability and hands-free nature of audiobooks has ensured the steady growth and continual refinement of the industry. With over 45,000 titles professionally reviewed every week, along with its narrator and author profiles, AudioFile is placed solidly as the #1 source in the world for audiobook reviews, and provides an invaluable service to book lovers of all kinds.

Dr. George Newman – Associate Professor of Marketing and Management at the Yale School of Management

George Newman is an associate professor of marketing and management at the Yale School of Management. He also holds affiliated appointments in the department of psychology and the department of cognitive science at Yale University. He is an expert in consumer behavior and consumer decision-making. His recent work focuses on questions related to the concepts of authenticity, identity, and the self. He has published more than 50 articles in leading scholarly journals, and his research has been featured in popular media outlets such as The New York Times, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. He has led seminars on various marketing and management topics for senior executives in North America and Asia. As people begin shopping for their loved ones this holiday season, a new study reveals authentic gifts bring the greatest joy and are valued the highest. The legitimacy of a gift is often judged by examining its history and stems from an absence of human interference. The research complements previous authenticity studies that demonstrate that the brain responds differently to authentic versus inauthentic paintings. There is a psychology behind which holiday gifts mean the most and why, providing proof for people’s affinity for the authentic.