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Skill Sharp: The Podcast

Skill Sharp: The Podcast

The Podcast is an interactive and entertaining analysis of the business landscape, key trends of the marketplace, and how to be or stay competitive professionally. Hosted by three media industry insiders, Mike, Todd, and Brian, who collectively have over 60 years of Talent Acquisition (Recruiting) & Human Resources experience working for some of the largest, most well-known media brands in the world. Subscribe to Skill Sharp: The Podcast and download fresh perspective every Thursday to stay sharp!

Recent Episodes

Skill Sharp: The Podcast - Secrets of a Cybersecurity Architect featuring Shalon Simmons, CEO of Secure Global Solutions

Oct. 27, 2021

We all need a crash course in Cybersecurity! Ransomware attacks, data breaches, other major hacks like Solarwinds are being reported daily. Would you be surprised to learn there are close to 3.5 million open Cybersecurity jo…

Skill Sharp: The Podcast - The Past, Present, and Future of Recruiting With Jon Pastoria

Oct. 15, 2021

The recruiting process remains a mystery to most candidates. This week’s Skill Sharp: The Podcast welcomes Jon Pastoria, Talent Acquisition and Recruiting Leader, who will share his experience and insights building recruitin…

How The Principles of Client Success Relate To Career Success

Aug. 4, 2021

Companies depend on client success to drive sustained revenue and business growth. In this week’s Skill Sharp: The Podcast, we welcome Joseph Banda, an enterprise-level client success executive, that specializes in business …

Guest: Joseph Banda

Skill Sharp: The Podcast - Recruiters’ Roundtable Featuring Christina Cha

July 29, 2021

Check out this week's Skill Sharp: The Podcast as we launch the Recruiters' Roundtable, Featuring Christina Cha . Christina is a creative and technical recruiting executive with experience working for top media and tech bran…

Guest: Christina Cha

Skill Sharp: The Podcast "Free-Form Career Conversation"

July 13, 2021

Listen in on this week’s podcast as we discuss a variety of topics like salary negotiations and being your best self in the workplace (be like water). This episode will definitely help fuel your journey toward career develop…

Skill Sharp: The Podcast Featuring Lisa Gillette, CEO, BIG SKY Coaching & Consulting

May 28, 2021

Skill Sharp: The Podcast welcomes Lisa Gillette, CEO of BIG SKY Coaching & Consulting. Lisa worked in the corporate arena for over twenty-five years, the last ten years as an executive in sports media. Today, Lisa focuses o…

Guest: Lisa Gillette

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About the Hosts

Brian Wright

Brian Wright is the Co-Founder & President of Max Edwards Company. MEC is a business consulting and professional development firm specializing in growth and engagement strategies for companies, communities, and individual professionals.

Brian has nearly 25 years of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition experience working for some of the largest media and entertainment brands in the world. (i.e., Universal Studios, House of Blues, Disney, Warner Bros., FOX Sports) Over his tenure in television, Brian led diverse teams that planned and executed major projects such as the launch of nine new broadcast and cable networks.

Following his career in corporate, Brian made the pivot to consulting where he leverages recruiting expertise and professional development strategies to help businesses build high-performing teams. Over the past four years, Brian has expanded his services to business development and strategic advisement for corporations, foundations, and non-profits. Also, he provides executive coaching and professional development strategies for professionals, recent graduates, and veterans. Our signature program is the AT&T Veterans Media Fellowship, which is in its second year and has doubled in size.

Todd Nakasone

Todd Nakasone is the Co-Founder of Targa Talent Group which provides Talent Acquisition Advisory and Consulting services to the Media, SaaS, FinTech, Electric Vehicle industries. His Talent Acquisition and Executive search career spans 26 years working for some of the world’s largest media brands such as Warner Bros. NBCUniversal, Disney & FOX Television Group. During his career he’s placed executives in Production, TV Development, Legal, PR, Operations, Marketing, Technology, Finance/Accounting and Sales.

Todd started his career in corporate as a Financial Analyst, but transitioned to Recruiting to help his candidates pursue their career aspirations.

Mike Daniels

Mike Daniels is an independent recruitment consultant who has over 20 years of experience partnering with numerous media and entertainment organizations to staff critical roles in engineering/technology, product, marketing, accounting/finance, business development, and television production.

His clients include:
• Warner Bros
• FOX Entertainment Group
• FOX Networks Group
• Viacom/CBS
• NBCUniversal