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13 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Elena Valentine. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Elena Valentine, often where they are interviewed.

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13 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Elena Valentine. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Elena Valentine, often where they are interviewed.

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Humanizing the Work Experience with Elena Valentine

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Elena Valentine is the CEO and co-founder of Skill Scout, an organization that specializes in talent acquisition and employer branding. She is also the co-founder and Board President of Mezcla Media Collective, whose goal is to elevate women of color and non-binary filmmakers in Chicago. She joins Mike Wood to discuss Skill Scout’s mission and how they have been carrying it out.

Skill Scout

Elena and her colleague realized that many youths lacked access and exposure to job opportunities, and were hindered from achieving success by their lack of knowledge. They founded Skill Scout to provide youths and the wider community with the opportunity to understand which jobs would be the right fit for them. Skill Scout captures and shares the stories of employees from various industries and brings their jobs to life on video.

Humans at Work

Elena describes Skill Scout’s latest project: a series called Humans at Work. It tells the raw, authentic and emotional stories of employees who have found their purpose as people first, workers second.  This series stemmed from a need to increase the number of positive stories in the workplace, as they have the power to shift bias and counterbalance and form our brains in new ways. One of the major objectives for filming was to recognize and celebrate employees, she adds. When employees feel appreciated, they are more engaged and loyal to their companies.

COVID-19’s Impact

We are not working from home; we are working at home during a crisis. In previous generations it was the social norm to have a different persona for the workplace than you do at home, but because of the virtual and mostly remote nature of the global workforce, it is almost impossible to separate your work life from your home life. It is important to have empathy during these uncertain times. 


Elena Valentine on LinkedIn

Email: elena@skillscout.com



Aug 27 2020 · 15mins
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“This is how we B-Roll” with Elena Valentine

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Elena Valentine CEO of Skill Scout joins Serge and Shelley to discuss the impact that video can have on your recruitment marketing efforts. Elena shares her insights on how companies can share true authentic stories through video.
Jul 31 2020 · 50mins

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"The Privilege of Entrepreneurship" w/ Elena Valentine, CEO of Skill Scout

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As the leader of a business that set out to prioritize hiring women of color from the moment of their inception back in 2014, Skill Scout now finds themselves validated and invigorated in a renewed way, as the world shifts its consciousness and Black Lives Matter holds our attention.

Skill Scout is a workplace media company to help tell the stories of work on video as a way to attract, hire, or engage talent.  The passion Elena brings to her company is nothing short of manifested life purpose- and her intentions to lead with empathy shine through.  This episode gets into the ideas of social justice, the importance of empowering and hiring young people, and the advantage of naivete when launching a new product. We discuss the responsibility of taking the weight of a crisis on your shoulders as a leader and making your workforce feel empowered, safe, and confident. All in all, through the challenges, we discuss how being an entrepreneur is a privilege and to creativity is the ultimate gift.

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Jun 23 2020 · 41mins
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A Talk with Elena Valentine of Skill Scout

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On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience we talk to Elena Valentine, CEO/Cofounder at Skill Scout

cavnessHR website: https://www.cavnessHR.com

Jason’s email: jasoncavness@cavnessHR.com

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@jasoncavnessHR across social media

We talk about the following

How Elena started out in media.

What are some common mistakes when making videos

Her entrepreneurial journey

Why is HR important

Elena’s Bio

Elena is an expert in leveraging video stories in the workplace. With the motto “you cannot be what you cannot see” Elena started filming jobs as a way to get young people excited about the world of work. Since then, her team at Skill Scout has since built a world class media company. Their films have helped clients like Nike and American Airlines engage candidates and employees alike. She was recently named “HR Superhero of the Year” by DisruptHR Chicago. She is also the co-founder of Mezcla Media Collective. A non-profit that elevates women filmmakers of color. Next up for Elena and her team is the Humans@Work.

Elena’s Social Media

Elena’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elenavalentine1/

Elena’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Elena_Valentine

Elena’s Advice

While we are working remotely while our lives are being uprooted. Right now is finding ways that we can stay creative and grounded. One of the things that I'm doing every day as someone who does video is I'm creating  a short video piece every day. I've committed to every time that we are in quarantine, to create one short video piece a day. This isn't necessarily about work. It's just to provide moments of pause for myself and for others if it happens to strike them.

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Mar 30 2020 · 32mins

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Get Down To Business with Shalom Klein – 5/10/2015 – with Elena Valentine, Carl Dekker, Zeyad Matariyeh and Sid Mathias

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Join Shalom Klein on his weekly radio show, Get Down To Business with guests:

  • Elena Valentine
  • Carl Dekker
  • Zeyad Matariyeh
  • Sid Mathias
Mar 24 2020 · 14mins
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The Power of Stories to Transform Work with Elena Valentine

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Nancy Harris chats with Elena Valentine, CEO and co-founder of Skill Scout, an organization which specializes in talent acquisition and employer branding, about a more inclusive way to build your workforce.

Here are a few highlights from their conversation:

  • Elena is dedicated to looking past qualifications and sourcing talent in trendy ways: by media, which she calls the literacy of the 21st century.
  • You cannot be what you cannot see, Elena says. 
  • The idea for Skill Scout stemmed from Elena’s and her colleague’s realization that many youths and disenfranchised communities lacked access and exposure to job opportunities.
  • “Production light” is a method Skill Scout uses to help companies attract more employees. By encouraging the employees to show their experiences via their own smartphones, they democratize the tools so more narratives can be shared.
  • Elena quotes, “If you want to change the story, you must change the storyteller.”
  • Elena shares some of the backlash she received from putting women of color at the center of her other business, Mezcla Media Collective. She explains that rather than being about diversity and access, the purpose of her decision was about equity.
  • We have to look at our employees holistically, as more than just workers and as people with unique interests and families, Elena says.
  • At the heart of diversity and inclusion is feeling like you belong.



Feb 28 2020 · 37mins
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092: Every Job Has Story with Elena Valentine

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Let’s Fix Work Episode 92:

On today's show, I'm speaking to Elena Valentine, the Co-Founder, CEO, and Servant Leader of Skill Scout, a Chicago-based filmmaking company. Elena and her colleagues are workplace documentarians—they tell workplace stories. What's a workplace story? Well, it could be a video on a careers page. It could be a film attached to a job description. Or, it could be a welcome video on your first day of work. 

Listen in as Elena and I talk about the many different work environments and how every job has a purpose and a story behind it. If you're interested in a far-ranging discussion about workplace identity, tune into this episode of Let’s Fix Work


In this episode you’ll hear:
  1. BTS (behind the scenes) of a workplace filmmaker, what they do and how they do it.
  2. How social justice and equality intersect in workplace storytelling.
  3. Bridging the gap between HR departments and people in power with those doing the work.
  4. How Elena became a workplace filmmaker and why this is important to her.
  5. Elena answers the question, “Are there work environments that lend themselves to better stories compared to others?”
  6. The ethical dilemma of being asked to work with a company or organization whose values, mission, or viewpoints don’t necessarily match your values or those of your company.
  Resources from this episode:

Skill Scout

Skill Scout on YouTube

Elena on Twitter

Elena on LinkedIn

Laurie on Instagram

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Jan 27 2020 · 29mins
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Elena Valentine: Watch How SHE B Rolls

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Julie and Torin have the honor to welcome master of her video universe, Elena Valentine, CEO and co-founder of Skill Scout. Video is so hot in Talent Acquisition and D/I and Elena and her team not only tell us how to do it better and authenticly, but they also LEAD by example. Join Torin and Julie with Elena as she sets the bar for leading in an HR and TA environment. PREPARE YOURSELF FOR CRAZY AND THE KING! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing About Elena Skill Scout: https://www.skillscout.com/ Mezcal Media Collective: www.mezclamediacollective.org Womxn of Craft: https://www.womxnofcraft.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/elena_valentine LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elenavalentine1/ More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Cred: Produced by Julie Sowash Music by DJ Cellz Pic: Elena Valentine

Aug 14 2019 · 35mins
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Bringing Innovation To The Hiring Process + Keeping WOC At The Forefront w/ Elena Valentine

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Bringing Innovation To The Hiring Process + Keeping WOC At The Forefront w/ Elena Valentine by Loni Swain
Feb 06 2019 · 43mins
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HRSocialHour Wonder Women Episode 3 - Wendy & Anne talk to Elena Valentine

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It’s easier to tell a story with pictures and video, which is exactly what Elena Valentine is doing with her own organization, SkillScout, to help other businesses tell their story through video to attract and retain employees. Wendy and Anne talk to Elena about her efforts to create a diverse staff and “drink her own champagne.”
Elena’s recommendations:
Brene Brown 
You can find Elena online:
https://www.skillscout.com/ https://twitter.com/skillscout https://www.instagram.com/skillscoutjobs/
Nov 12 2018 · 31mins