Mayor Walsh talks first year in office on This Week in Business

Sunday on This Week in Business, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas talking about his first year in office and his top priorities moving forward. Watch the interview here.

On the Business Beat, NECN’s Peter Howe reacts to the interview with Mayor Walsh, and weighs in on changes at JetBlue, the rollout of state’s new Health Connector website, and a new CVS technology center coming to Boston. Watch the interview here.

Boston’s Future Leaders Participant Profile: Lori Magno

Lori Magno HeadshotName: Lori Magno
Title: Associate Director, Corporate Culture
Company: DigitasLBi Boston
Program: Future Leaders

What’s the coolest part of your job?
The best part of my role at DigitasLBi Boston is the privilege of working with 700 unique and talented people. Showcasing the creativity that exists in every discipline, and connecting smart, talented, fabulous people in ways that spark energy and engagement makes every day different and exciting.

Who do you admire in the business world?
I admire the makers – the dreamers who become doers. I admire people who take chances and work hard. I am a huge fan of Mara Andreasen, of Strictly Skin who left a secure position in the legal world to open her own skincare salon in the financial district. She caters to business people who need professional skincare, but have limited time. She saw a gap in the marketplace and filled it.

What is your favorite place to take a client for lunch?
Only one? Yikes! Working in the Financial District means I have many choices within a 10-minute walk. Via Matta for a special lunch (and then a walk through the common to work it off.) Petit Robert Central has the best Croque Madame in town. Trade Boston is a quick walk through the greenway and the best people watching.

If you could have any job in Boston, other than your own, what would it be and why?
Except for my lack of musical talent, Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, because that has got to be the best job in the world. Harnessing the talent of so many individuals to create one beautiful sound — that seems like perfection. (And a lot of hard work.) If they ever raffle off a chance at that, I’m buying all the tickets.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
Everyone started at the bottom, there is opportunity to learn and improve at every station and stop along the way. Be nice (even to jerks) because the karma comes back to you. Volunteer your time to teach what you know about. Always bring a sweater.

How can young professionals expand their networks and increase their impact in Boston?
Boston is a hotbed of networking opportunities! From culture-focused groups like The Metropolitans, to coding and classes at General Assembly, and discipline-related groups like WonderWomen and Boston Media Makers. The first step is putting an event on your calendar, putting a pile of business cards in your pocket, and walking through the door.

What reading material is on your nightstand?
How Great Women Lead by mother-daughter team Bonnie St. John & Darcy Deane, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith, and The last three issues of the New Yorker (I’m behind.)

What advice would you give to someone who is starting the Boston’s Future Leaders program today to help them get the most out of their experience?
Talk to everyone in your group. Encourage your company to host an event and create social opportunities to bring the group together. The Future Leaders program will present great training and learning opportunities, you have to make the time to meet each other. Can’t gather? Ask to meet for coffee. Connect with someone who is not in your industry and learn about their work.

Women’s Leadership Program Participant Profile: Mirela Jonuz

Mirela Jonuz HeadshotName: Mirela Jonuz
Title: VP Regional Manager
Company: Salem Five Bank
Program: WLP 2012-13

What’s the coolest part of your job?
Coaching and helping employees reach their highest potential.

Who do you admire in the business world?
Angela Merkel, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet.

What is your favorite place to take a client for lunch?
I like to take business clients to local restaurants to promote a “do business locally” philosophy. Anytime I am in Boston I like to go to Strega.

If you could have any job in Boston, other than your own, what would it be and why?
Before moving to the US, I wanted to become a physician. So if I wasn’t a banker and I had the opportunity to choose my professional again, I would specialize in health care management. I think there are so many opportunities and challenges within that industry that needs more attention and more people that care about improving the health system.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
“Be open to learning new things every day. Because knowledge is power.”

How can young professionals expand their networks and increase their impact in Boston?
I think young professionals need to be more involved in what is going on around them. They need to attend more events and talk to more people. They need to leverage their school connections, invite people for a cup of coffee.They can utilize LinkedIn more to find other professionals with similar interests or join local charitable and business organizations.

What reading material is on your nightstand?
I love to read anything from Agatha Cristie! Also, I keep Bosnian magazines around so that I can stay informed on all that is going on in my home country.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting the Women’s Leadership Program today to help them get the most out of their experience?
Be open minded, participate, and take full advantage of the opportunity that is presented to you. This is a chance to meet many professionals and create connections along with learning from the experience of very successful business leaders in the community.

Executive Leadership Institute Participant Profile: Doug Lareau

NamLareau_Doug Photoe: Doug Lareau
Title: VP, Chief Legal Officer, Interim Chief Information Officer
Company: Shawmut Design & Construction
Program: 2014 ELI

What’s the coolest part of your job?  
Not knowing what’s going to come across my desk on a daily basis, and working in a dynamic company with great people.

Who do you admire in the business world?
Paul English and Tom Ford; both men made things happen in their careers in unconventional ways across multiple fields.

What is your favorite place to take a client for lunch?  
Trade because it’s a great atmosphere for good conversation, and Row 34 because you can never go wrong with Duxbury oysters and interesting beer.

If you could have any job in Boston, other than your own, what would it be and why?
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Olympics, and would like to be involved in bringing them to Boston.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
Whatever business or industry you work in, learn as much as possible about the financial model that makes it successful, and then find ways to make it even better.

How can young professionals expand their networks and increase their impact in Boston?
Embrace technology; it’s going to play an ever increasing role in our personal and professional lives.  Network in a sincere way; it’s about making meaningful connections, not papering the world with your business card.  The more interesting you are, the more people will remember you.

What reading material is on your nightstand?
Harvard Business Review, Smithsonian Magazine, Outside Magazine and right now, The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton M. Christensen.  I recently read The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien; it’s about the Vietnam War, and contains great lessons that are still relevant in today’s increasingly complex world.

Why did you chose to make professional development a priority at this stage in your career?
I like to learn new skills and talents at every stage of my career.  I knew the Chamber ran a first rate leadership program that would be well worth the investment of time and money, and it more than exceeded my expectations.

Learn more about data security from Rapid7 CEO Corey Thomas

Sunday on This Week in Business, David Paleologos, Director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss local and national election results. Watch this interview here.

In the Briefing Room, Rapid7 CEO Corey Thomas joined to discuss what businesses can do to protect themselves against Internet hackers. Watch this interview here.

On the Business Beat, NECN’s business editor Peter Howe weighs in on the latest US jobs report and provides post-election analysis. Watch this interview here.