The Corporate Shadow

Helping Bosses & Employees Build Stronger Productive Relationships

Recent Episodes

45. The Great Resignation is Empowering Employees and Why That's Beneficial for Employers

July 20, 2022

The Great Resignation is favorable for both employees and employers. This episode explores the most common reasons employees resign from their positions and how the Great Resignation empowers both employees and employers. Ab…

44. Don't Sign That Offer Letter Yet -Screening Your Future Employer

March 30, 2022

Employers screen candidates to discover whether a job applicant could jeopardize what they stand for, their reputation, and workplace safety. The same should apply to job seekers. Screening your future employer will give you…

43. Becoming Happier at Work

Dec. 6, 2021

Feeling unhappy with your work can decrease your motivation, productivity, and enthusiasm. You might think you are unable to do anything about how you feel at work, but there are things you could do to increase your workplac…

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…

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.