Continuing Learning For Business Leaders

What’s a “Birdfeeder”?

A “Birdfeeder” is a public appearance by an expert resource for the benefit of Vistage members. (Private appearances are closed to anyone beyond a specific group’s members.)

Unless otherwise noted below, Birdfeeders are open to all Vistage members, chairs, and friends. Please share this page.

Upcoming Birdfeeders

Gustavo Grodnitzky, Ph.D., author of Culture Trumps Everything
UPDATED: Ready Or Not, Here They Come! Maximizing Performance in a Multigenerational Workforce
With 84 million Baby Boomers retiring, 68 million Gen Xers will replace them, creating a vacuum in the workforce to be filled by 79 million Gen Yers. Dr. Gustavo will describe:
  • Generational differences
  • Gen Y/Z challenges and strengths
  • Recruiting and Retaining Gen Y/Z: Implementing five “magnet factors” that attract and keep the best of Gen Y/Z in your workforce
  • Strategies and tactical Steps to better manage Gen Y/Z: A five-factor action list Dr. Gustavo will identify for each participant his/her own organizational “magnet factor” strengths and challenges as well as identify immediate tactical steps s/he can take to overcome those “magnet factor” challenges.

Participants will leave with specific action plans outlining what steps are required, strategically and tactically, to implement their “magnet factors” as well as individual steps to maximize Gen Y performance. These steps will be outlined for each member in a readily accessible format where participants can refer to their plan on a daily and weekly basis.

Thursday, July 16: 1p-4p

Joel Burstein
Minority Selling: Creating and Maintaining Equal Business Stature
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which [one] has overcome while trying to succeed.
Activist and educator Booker T. Washington hoped today’s black leaders would find easier paths to success. Yet minority communities continue to face professional barriers. Joel Burstein and James Alberson, Sander Training’s only two black licensees, have created a program to help minorities conquer challenges in selling to clients—and selling themselves. This one-hour program will explain how our curriculum empowers minorities in business to employ the proper mindset and techniques to achieve personal and organizational goals. We will learn what the challenges are, why action is needed, and how to improve sales results in the face of adversity.
Thursday, July 23: 1:30p-2:30p

Recently Recorded Birdfeeders

Christie Angel
On Eliminating Racism
President and Chief Executive Officer at YWCA Columbus, Christie Angel leads the 132-year-old nonprofit with this mission:: YWCA is dedicated to ELIMINATING RACISM, EMPOWERING WOMEN, and PROMOTING PEACE, JUSTICE, FREEDOM and DIGNITY FOR ALL. Prior to becoming the CEO of YWCA Columbus in 2017, Angel had worked for a government relations and public affairs firm; served on the YWCA board; and served as deputy chief of staff and director of external affairs and services for former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.
More on Christie Angel:


Buck Mallory, Attorney
Update on The CARES Act and Family Leave


Michael Carr
The Deming Lens: A New Way to View Your Business
Recorded on June 25, 2020:
Please request password from
Here’s the essential workshop on Deming:
Monica Levin
The Power of Body Language
Introduction to Reading People’s Nonverbal Communication

A nonverbal communication expert, Monica Levin taught us how to positively influence situations and people using nonverbal communication: intuition, mindset, and body language. Contact Monica and browse her websites for more information:

No recording is available from the sessions on June 23 and July 7, 2020.

Becca Apfelstadt
Time Management Tweaks: Change your thinking, change your day
Recorded on June 24, 2020:
Materials shared by Becca:

Alec Broadfoot
Right People in the Right Seats, Now and Post-Crisis
Recorded on June 12, 2020:
Alec’s slides:

Rebecca Heiss
Fear(less), Inclusive Leadership
Recorded on June 4, 2020:
Rebecca’s materials (slides and poem):
More resources (from Artie):
John Schuster
The Inner Game That Drives The Outer Game
Tom Foster
Management Myths and Timespan
Recorded on May 27, 2020:
Materials shared by Tom Foster:
Subscribe to Tom’s Management Blog:
Greg Ubert, Founder & President at Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea
Re-Starting Your Mom & Pop
Here is information on Greg’s book:
Recorded on May 20, 2020:
Michael Allosso
You On Your Best Day
Recorded on May 15, 2020:
Available only to current Vistage members. Please request password from
Patrick Ungashick
Recorded on May 14, 2020:
Available only to current Vistage members. Please request password from
Adam Harris, Expert On Remote Working and former Vistage Chair
Adapting Your Business To Remote Working, The Opportunity To Thrive
Recorded on May 5, 2020:
Boaz Rauchwerger,
Casey Brown, Boost Pricing
Artie Isaac, Vistage Chair
Leading in Challenging Times: 5 Strategies You Should Know
Recorded on April 30, 2020:
Angie Hicks, Co-Founder, Angie’s List
Re-Starting Your Mom & Pop
Recorded on April 29, 2020:

Shannon Lee, Relā
The Hula Hoop of Change

Poetry Circle 
Poets read poems to each other. Some poems are finished and ready. Some are still in the works. Listen as the poets applaud and critique each others’ work.

Natalie Siston, Small Town Leadership
Energy, Attitude & Leadership: How are YOU Showing Up? 

Recorded on April 23, 2020:
Here is the handout Natalie Siston shared after the session:
Bea Strickland Wray, Author
Business Lessons Harvard Taught Me But My Kids Made Me Learn
Recorded on April 22, 2020:

Jennifer Ciccarelli, Head of School, Columbus School for Girls
Isolation In A Home With Children

Recorded on April 15, 2020:
Here are materials Jennifer Ciccarelli shared after the session:
And, from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Two University of Georgia professors say this is not business as usual and it’s unethical to act as if it could be” (April 1, 2020):
Gustavo Grodnitzky, Ph.D., author of Culture Trumps Everything
Culture, Coronavirus, and RecoveryWhat We Can Learn From Companies That Are Weeks Ahead In Responding To This Pandemic
Recorded on April 10, 2020:
Steve Hammons
START ME UP: A View Of Beyond The Shutdown
Recorded on April 8, 2020:
Robert Shire, M.D.
Think, Eat, Move: Effective Leadership Principles to Be Healthier, Happier, and Less Stressed
Recorded on April 6, 2020:
Patrick Lencioni
Overcoming Organizational Dysfunction

Ongoing Birdfeeders

Juan Alvarez: Daily Mindfulness Meditation
Every day, Juan Alvarez guides two meditations on Instagram Live. You can attend live, or enjoy them all day @consciousexecutivecoach/.  
Daily, 8a
No registration required.

Beth Weinstock and Artie Isaac
Poetry Circle
Beth and I will read poems aloud. Some are finished and ready. Some are still in the works. Listen as we encourage and critique one another. (You and all other attendees will be muted throughout the session.)
Every other Sunday: 7p–8p (might go longer, depending on the poems)


Questions & Answers

May I bring — or send — a guest? Yes. Please limit guests to your family, potential peer group candidates, and your key executive colleagues. If you are wondering about whether a guest is appropriate, ask Monica.

Do I need to pre-register? Yes or no, as directed in each event. Ask any questions to

What’s “Birdhouse”? Birdhouse is the combined membership of the peer groups chaired by Artie Isaac. Like birds of different feathers, flocking together. Please refer candidates to