The Corporate Shadow

Helping bosses and employees build stronger relationships

Recent Episodes

42. How to Excel at Work and Make the Most of Development Opportunities

Sept. 21, 2021

It’s no surprise that 43 percent of companies want to increase the talent learning ecosystem, focusing on upskilling or reskilling . However, employees should also learn how to make the most of career opportunities and advan…

41. How to Tell Your Boss You’re On the Brink of Burnout

Aug. 17, 2021

85 percent of employees experience high levels of burnout, and 41 percent report a decline in work-life balance. An overwhelming number of employees reports that companies are pushing them to their limits, requiring availabi…

40. How to Deal with Work Overload

Aug. 1, 2021

Overworked employees have more tasks and responsibilities than they can handle or their job role allows. They either feel intrinsic pressure to go the extra mile due to a competitive workplace atmosphere, or their managers i…

39. Making Recruitment More Inclusive

July 10, 2021

How many companies have efficient Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DI&E) policies in place that make a long-lasting difference across all levels? – That mostly depends on the size of an organization. For instance, 60 percen…

About the Host

Ryan Giffen

Ryan Giffen is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). With over 20 years of experience in human resources, hospitality, and academic roles, Dr. Giffen’s career began in hospitality, leading operations and human resource departments for Fortune 500 companies, including Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Marriott Hotels Worldwide, as well as serving as the head of human resources for over 700 employees at Market Broiler Restaurants. Dr. Giffen then found his passion for teaching and consulting, which led him to achieve a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Hospitality Management with a research emphasis on human resources. This pursuit led him to the role of culture and human resource speaker, where he was asked to speak at organizations including the Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association, Collins College of Hospitality Management, the International Education Corporation, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and several others.

In addition to Dr. Giffen’s duty’s at CSULB, he consults with hospitality organizations in both culture and human resource strategy, is the host of The Corporate Shadow podcast, serves as a redistricting commissioner for the City of Long Beach, Founder of Inospire, Inc, serves on the Board of Directors for the West Federation Internationtional Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, and is an active PADI Divemaster. He and his husband, Giovanni, live in Long Beach, CA, with their two fur babies, Lucy and Benni.