Episode 42

Recognizing transferable skills and creating equitable out comes with Chris Thoms

Published on: 21st June, 2022

Episode description

In this episode of Technically Speaking, the Experience Designer at NWEA (and my Clubhouse friend) Chris Thoms joins the show to unravel the events that led him into the creative business after dedicating his life to soccer coaching. We touch upon the value of transferable skills and creating safe spaces to reframe the conversations inside a work environment. Plus, he shares how he got in touch with the children and communities that he is designing for and how that is part of his purpose.

Jump straight into:

(01:18) - From soccer fields to experience design: Discussing biased preferences and systemic racism within sports coaching, design industry and entrepreneurship.

(11:23) - The offseason: Get to know more about Chris’ life and the events that led him to the creative business.

(21:01) -  Switching industries: Why it’s important that all companies recognize transferable skills?

(25:48) - The landmark work: How does Chris approach design and the creation of equitable outcomes?

(32:32) - Safe spaces in business: How does Chris enable safe spaces for opinion and power inside his work environment?

(36:42) - Aggressive collaboration and teamwork: On locker room communication, reframing conversations and individual success.


Episode Resources:

Connect with Chris through LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter

Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design by Kat Holmes


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I began my podcasting journey in 2016. A friend and I tried to launch a podcast and I couldn't believe how much went into creating a show...crazy right?!? For the last 4 years, I've jumped headfirst in podcasting and have made it my passion and livelihood. Since opening StudioPod in 2018 I've helped companies, writers, professional athletes, doctors, and many others produce their podcasts.