The Corporate Shadow

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Recent Episodes

51. Laid Off...Now What?

Dec. 12, 2022

If you have been laid off from your job, it can be a scary and stressful experience. It’s important to remember that there are steps you can take to get back on track and start working again. Here are some of the things I re…

50. Find a New Job While Still Employed

Dec. 5, 2022

If you're in a job that you're not enjoying, seeking a new opportunity can feel overwhelming. But with the right approach and preparation, you can find yourself happily employed sooner than you think! Here are some of my tip…

49. How to Engage Your Work Staff and Retain Talent

Nov. 29, 2022

As a leader, staying on top of talent acquisition and retention is essential to ensure that your workforce is motivated and productive. Maintaining morale is one of the most critical aspects of successful talent management. …

48. Attract and Retain Top Talent

Nov. 14, 2022

The labor shortage is only going to get worse, driving business decision-making in the years to come. Employers are struggling to find qualified employees, which will only continue as the population ages and more jobs are au…

About the Host

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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.