WE ARE AMERICA’S JOBS TEAM.

America’s future relies on people like you to foster a dynamic economy. It’s a big responsibility, but you are not alone in shouldering the weight. You are part of America’s Jobs Team!

You know—as do we—that the business of creating jobs is hard work, requiring more than just a little bit of elbow grease. You’ve got to have: deep industry knowledge; community and workforce familiarity; an ability to form deep relationships and create unity; perseverance; and the drive to keep growing.

Over the years, the Consultant Connect team has seen many amazing economic development warriors battling for their communities. We are connecting with these fellow community champions to dive into how they got to where they are, what lessons they have learned along the way, and what inspires them daily. We firmly believe that when leaders get better, communities thrive!

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Episode 014: Carol Henderson | Cushman & Wakefield
Episode 014: Carol Henderson | Cushman & Wakefield 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Carol Henderson talks about why keeping people engaged is such a challenge in today’s workplace climate. She shares her insights on vulnerability and gives some amazing advice for emerging leaders. Carol’s authenticity shines through the whole interview, especially when she talks about her focus to stay inquisitive and…

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Episode 013: Ann Miller | Buda EDC
Episode 013: Ann Miller | Buda EDC 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Ann Miller, Executive Director at Buda Economic Development Corporation, talks with Carla Sones about her leadership journey. She talks about why having the courage to inspire others is so pivotal to her leadership style, and she shares how her mom’s fight with cancer inspired a passion for positivity…

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Episode 012: Kurt Foreman | Delaware Prosperity Partnership
Episode 012: Kurt Foreman | Delaware Prosperity Partnership 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Kurt Foreman, CEO at Delaware Prosperity Partnership, joins Carla Sones to talk about his leadership journey. Kurt shares his insights on the challenge of jadedness in the civic arena, as well as the danger of thinking we are indispensable. He talks about the importance of creating energy for…

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Episode 011: Jeff Pappas | ESRP
Episode 011: Jeff Pappas | ESRP 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Jeff Pappas, Executive Vice President of Site Selection and Brokerage at ESRP Real Estate Services, shares thoughts on generational differences and how he sees those playing out in the workplace, as wells as the 3 Hs that keep him growing and developing. Jeff talks about the importance of…

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Episode 010: Alex Philips | City of Burleson, TX
Episode 010: Alex Philips | City of Burleson, TX 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Alex Philips, economic development manager at City of Burleson, Texas, joins us on the podcast. Carla and Alex share a dynamic conversation that dives into how Alex’s father inspired enthusiasm for his work in him, as well as why Alex finds humility to be such an important trait.…

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Episode 009: Dennis Fraise | Lee County Economic Development
Episode 009: Dennis Fraise | Lee County Economic Development 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Dennis Fraise (Chief Operating Officer at Lee County Economic Development) and Nick Riashi talk all things leadership. Dennis shares advice about building your own brand with integrity, how to continue challenging the status quo and why having joy in your job is so important. Dennis is the chief…

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Episode 008: Ben Jones (City Utilities of Springfield, MO)
Episode 008: Ben Jones (City Utilities of Springfield, MO) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Nick Riashi and Ben Jones share a conversation. Ben is the Manager of Economic Development for City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri. During today’s podcast, he shares how his time in the armed forces, and particularly the impact of an amazing captain, has shaped his leadership style. Ben also talks…

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Episode 007: Misti Martin (Cherokee Office of Economic Development)
Episode 007: Misti Martin (Cherokee Office of Economic Development) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Carla Sones talks with Misti Martin, president of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. Misti shares her insights on why appreciation is so important to her and how today’s pace-of-work can be a challenge. Misti shares thoughts on wisdom she gleaned from mentors over the years, why she thinks…

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Episode 006 | Beth Doughty (Roanoke Regional Partnership)
Episode 006 | Beth Doughty (Roanoke Regional Partnership) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Ron Kitchens interviews Beth Doughty, executive director at the Roanoke Regional Partnership, about her leadership journey and the knowledge she has gained over the years. Beth shares her insights on the importance of creativity and how her art history major has been an asset over the years. She…

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Episode 005 | Tim Cowden (Kansas City Area Development Council)
Episode 005 | Tim Cowden (Kansas City Area Development Council) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Nick Riashi talks with Tim Cowden about all things leadership. Tim shares wisdom about staying relevant in today’s fast-paced world, and how ego and selfishness can wreck a career. Tim firmly believes that he is only as strong as the team he leads. Today’s podcast is jam-packed with…

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