Working Gratitude-Podcast

Real people. Real gratitude at work.

UPDATE: May 12, 2020 - NEW Episode Available Today!

"Start with gratitude." And, "Infuse with gratitude to defuse."
In this third episode of season 3 of Working Gratitude, we speak with Kerry Wekelo, COO, Actualize Consulting. Recorded in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, we address gratitude during crisis and conflict. We discuss starting and ending difficult conversations with gratitude and appreciation. Kerry is also the author of "Culture Infusion: 9 Principles to Create and Maintain a Thriving Organizational Culture" and soon to be released "Gratitude Infusion." We discuss using gratitude to "infuse and defuse."

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“Working Gratitude” launched in 2012 to stimulate dialogue and conversation about research based best practices of gratitude in the workplace and ways that gratefulness is expressed via involvement, community impact and giving. Now, in our 3rd Season with over 70 episodes, we explore other topics like kindness and compassion. These brief interviews with successful leaders from a variety of professional environments will encourage and inspire you and give you ideas about how you can start “Working Gratitude.” 

Darin Hollingsworth in the studio recording the Working Gratitude podcast.

Darin Hollingsworth in the studio recording the Working Gratitude podcast.


Kerry Wekelo, COO, Actualize Consulting

 As Chief Operating Officer at Actualize Consulting, a financial services firm, Kerry's  book and program Culture Infusion is the impetus behind Actualize Consulting being named a Top Company Culture by Entrepreneur Magazine, Top Work Place by The Washington Post, and a Great Place to Work.

Working Gratitude - Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins - Speaker, Author, Thought Leader

Mike Robbins and I discuss his previous books and his newest, "We're All in This Together". His work focuses on leadership, authenticity, vulnerability and belonging. The conversation is candid, especially about how gratitude and much of Mike's work includes relatively simple concepts, but NOT EASY.

Working Gratitude - LOLO

Lauren "LOLO" Pritchard Cobb

From Jackson, TN to Broadway to chart topping, Grammy nominated singer songwriter, LOLO shares her lifelong passion and gratitude for music. With new music available 3/27/20 and a very recent wedding this is a great Season 3 Premier for Working Gratitude! Recorded, March 13, 2020.

Working Gratitude - Season 3 - Preview

Preview Season 3 with our Host

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Working Gratitude - Chris Murchison

Chris Murchison - Organizational Culture

Chris currently works as an independent creative thought-partner, experience designer, and advisor to organizations ready to reimagine the possibilities of their cultures. Greater Good - Gratitude at Work - Chris Murchison

Working Gratitude - Dr. Tim Seelig

Dr. Tim Seelig - Director & CONDUCTOR, SFGMC

Tim Seelig is conductor, singer, teacher and motivational speaker. In addition to Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, he continues a busy guest-conducting schedule throughout the U.S. and across the globe.

Working Gratitude - Kyle Hermans

Kyle Hermans - Ceo & Founder, Be Courageous

Kyle is the Founder, CEO of Be Courageous, the global growth platform helping leaders and organizations create their future today through courageous breakthroughs in culture, strategy and innovation. Kyle is also a performing and recording musician and competes in ironman triathlons.

Working Gratitude - Najma Khorrami

Najma Khorrami, Founder - Gratitude Circle

Gratitude Circle is a new social media empowerment app. Najma has written for The Huffington Post, Success Magazine, & Thrive Global among others. She has a Master of Public Health from George Washington University & a Global Health Certificate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Working Gratitude - Byron Earnheart

Byron Earnheart, Barret School of Banking

Byron is Programming Director, Barret School of Banking, Memphis, TN. He hosts the “Main Street Banking” podcast, the only podcast solely devoted to community banks. He has over 15 years experience in financial services; 11 of which have been in various roles from teller work to branch management.


Dr. Paul White, author, The Vibrant Workplace Part 2

Working Gratitude - Dr. Paul White

Dr. Paul White, author, The Vibrant Workplace

Working Gratitude - Yasmin Nguyen

Yasmin Nguyen - Joyful Living Project

As a documentary filmmaker, Joy Ambassador, and speaker, Yasmin Nguyen, travels around the world to discover, share, and inspire joy. Yasmin created the Joyful Living Project as a way to reconnect people, ignite positive change, and remind us of all the beauty and good around us. 

Working Gratitude - Eric Severson

Eric Severson - Chief People Officer, DaVita, Inc.


Eric is a 25-year tenured human resources professional and since 2017 has served as chief people officer for DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care in the U.S. Prior to DaVita, Eric served as the Co-CHRO of Gap Inc. Eric is a director on the Board of Human Resources People & Strategy (HRPS).

Working Gratitude - Kristin Fox-Trautman

Kristin Fox-Trautman, Inspire Community Cafe

A native of Union City, TN, Kristin is co-founder/owner of Inspire Community Café. A business with a mission: to provide meaningful living wage jobs, healthy & delicious food, & a gathering place for local change makers to connect & collaborate for a more just & compassionate community.

Working Gratitude - Ron Grubbs

Ron Grubbs, Founder & President- Alliance Plastics

Ron, “Army Brat,” joined the Army, served in Korea, was called to active duty for Operation Desert Storm. After working for different stretch film manufacturers, his most rewarding career moment was starting Alliance Plastics with his father who instilled in him the notion of duty, honor, integrity and gratitude.

Working Gratitude - Michael Kurland

Michael Kurland, Founder/CEO - Branded Group

An award-winning CEO, Michael is committed to leading with purpose, giving back to his community, and living a healthy lifestyle. Branded Group has a culture of gratitude,  appreciation & giving back to the community. They are involved with Second Harvest Food Bank & Habitat for Humanity. #beBetter

Working Gratitude - Darin Hollingsworth

Darin Hollingworth - Grateful for mental health

In this episode Darin shares his gratitude, his  most recent journey through mental illness back to mental health.  He offers some tools and practices that have helped him. Read more on LinkedIn. Find other mental health and suicide prevention resources and research at