186: Amy Gwin (Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute)

Amy Gwin on Innovation City

“We need people who are adaptive, and creative, and able to change.”-Amy Gwin

Welcome to Season 5 of Innovation City (The St. Louis Edition), a podcast featuring innovators, creators, and disruptors to discover how business is changing in the modern world.

Created and produced by SLAM! Agency and Aīre Ventures, Innovation City gives you an inside look at how rapidly business and culture are changing thanks to increasing diversity and inclusion, heightened creativity, and a stronger and better-connected business community.

Today’s guest is Amy Gwin, Director of Client Engagement at Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute. Born from their parent company, Barry-Wehmiller, Chapman & Co. helps businesses worldwide embrace a more human-centered organizational culture. Amy Gwin has a deep understanding of the emerging workforce, which she utilizes to drive change within organizations. In this episode, Gwin sits down with the team to discuss the shift towards conscious capitalism, strategies for infusing values into businesses, and how human-centered models are the key to the future of capitalism.

They discuss:

  • Amy’s superpower
    • Innate desire to connect people
  • Sources of inspiration
    • Nature and beautiful spaces
  • Discovery of conscious capitalism
    • With a career in marketing and brand communications, Amy quickly evolved into using communications to drive change within organizations.
    • Conscious capitalism is coming and Amy’s goal is to help businesses understand that.
  • Helping CEOs understand conscious capitalism
    • The goal is to avoid short-term thinking. Conscious capitalism is all about long-term thinking and an overall mind shift.
  • Infusing values into organizational culture
    • Amy speaks business. She doesn’t ask companies to treat employees well because it’s nice; she speaks the language of retaining talent.
    • Organizations need to focus on being human-centric and think about what the emerging workforce expects from them.
    • It’s about building a place where people want to work and stay.
  • Major themes of conscious capitalism outside of talent retention
    • Diversity of the workforce and diversity of ideas
    • Globalization, which is amplified now that so many people can work from home.
  • Barry-Wehmiller and the founding of Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute
    • Chapman and Co. was born from the Barry-Wehmiller Company.
    • The Barry-Wehmiller leadership style is completely human-centric and it’s proof it can be done.
  • Challenges in working with leadership
    • It all stops at the top. She never wants to work with any company where she doesn’t have total access from the top.
    • A lot of time, she’s working solely to remove barriers.

Lightning Round:

  • What are you passionate about and want to spend more time doing?
    • Working closely with a leader in an organization in a coaching role
  • How do you show love to others?
    • Making strangers’ days better
  • Who are your heroes?
    • Entrepreneurs who fight passionately to build something new
  • What moves you to tears or gives you goosebumps?
    • People showing vulnerability
  • What or who are you grateful for?
    • Being raised in an optimistic environment

Get in Touch
Chapman & Co. Website
Follow Chapman & Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn
Connect with Amy personally at Amy.gwin@ccoleadership.com