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“A win for our residents and the community around us.” – Bringing free public Wi-Fi to Dayton, Kentucky

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In the latest episode of “Chats That Matter,” Dayton Housing Authority Executive Director Gordon Henry and UniCity Policy and Program Manager Katie Meyer discuss partnering to bring public Wi-Fi to the riverside city of Dayton, Kentucky. The initiative provides complimentary high-speed internet to more than 140 DHA residents as well as offering access to the nearby community. Cincinnati Bell’s UniCity team continues to work with organizations across Greater Cincinnati to create more digital equity and increase access to education, healthcare, and employment opportunities. Music: All of the music used in this episode is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections. Credits: This episode was hosted by Josh Pichler, with editing and production by Matt Mulcahey. Special thanks to our guests Gordon Henry and Katie Meyer.

The Core of Empathy: Jodi Harding of Lighthouse Youth & Family Services

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In the latest “Chats That Matter,” Annette DiTommaso sits down with Jodi Harding, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lighthouse Youth & Family Services. The Greater Cincinnati non-profit social service agency provides assistance to kids through the age of 24, offering two homeless shelters for minors in addition to mental health services, residential treatment, and foster care and adoption. Lighthouse is known for its work with LGBTQ+ youth and was one of the first organizations supported by Cincinnati Bell’s Pride Employee Resource Group. For more information on volunteering or donating to Lighthouse, visit https://www.lys.org/.  Music:All of the music used in this episode is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections. Credits:This episode was hosted by Annette DiTommaso, with editing and production by Matt Mulcahey. Special thanks to our guest Jodi Harding.

Connecting What Matters in Dayton: Smart city solutions in the Oregon District

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In the latest episode of “Chats That Matter,” Dayton business luminaries and Cincinnati Bell leaders detail the process of bringing fiber and free public Wi-Fi to the city’s historic and iconic Oregon District. Guests include John Putnam, UniCity sales director, and Dayton native Jason Praeter, President and General Manager of Cincinnati Bell’s Entertainment & Communications business. Music:This episode features stock music provided by MV Production, George Pauley, and Ricky Valadez from Pond5. Credits:This episode was hosted by Annette DiTommaso and written by Josh Pichler, with editing and production by Matt Mulcahey. Special thanks to our guests Sandy Gudorf, Jason Praeter, Kyle Babirad, and John Putnam.

Choose to Challenge: A Women’s History Month Roundtable

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In the latest episode of “Chats That Matter,” incoming ARROW leader Kate Billberry and outgoing head Karin Ewing sit down with a panel of Cincinnati Bell’s female leaders to discuss the pandemic’s outsized effect on working women and to offer words of wisdom for those starting out in their careers. Music: All of the music used in this episode is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections. Credits: This episode was hosted by Annette DiTommaso, with editing and production by Matt Mulcahey. Special thanks to our guests Kate Billberry, Karin Ewing, Chris Neises, Christi Cornette, Su Shin, Amber Baugh, Kristi Clement Williams, and Patty Kurtz.

Opening Doors and Making Paths: A conversation with new BOLD leader Margaret Hocker

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Welcome to the new season of “Chats That Matter.” Throughout the year, we’ll be featuring conversations with the fresh batch of leaders guiding our employee resource groups. First up in front of the mic is Margaret Hocker, Legal Operations Manager for CBTS and now the head of BOLD. A Cincinnati native and Navy veteran with nearly two decades experience working in technology, Margaret walks us through her vision for BOLD’s future. Music:All of the music used in this episode is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections. Credits:This episode was hosted by Annette DiTommaso, with editing and production by Matt Mulcahey. Special thanks to our guest Margaret Hocker.

Opening a Dialogue: A Conversation on Disability Awareness

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In the latest episode of “Chats That Matter,” President & CEO Leigh Fox and Chief Financial Officer Andy Kaiser discuss how to raise that awareness and remove the stigma around discussing mental and physical disabilities in the workplace. Music: All of the music used in this episode is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections. Credits: This episode was hosted by Annette DiTommaso, with editing and production by Matt Mulcahey. Special thanks to our guests Leigh Fox and Andy Kaiser.

This Is Who We Are: Cincinnati Bell CEO Leigh Fox on Leading During a Pandemic

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On the morning of Friday, March 13th, a company-wide e-mail announced a startling new reality: In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Cincinnati Bell was moving to work-from-home status – effective immediately. Some of us remained on the frontlines – retail store staff, NOC engineers, call center workers, field techs – there to support customers who now depended on connectivity more than ever. But many of us gathered up our monitors, said “see you soon” to our cube mates, and headed home, where we’ve remained. As we re-open our offices for those who wish to return, Senior Communications & Media Relations Manager Josh Pichler spoke to CEO Leigh Fox about leading us through a pandemic and what happens next. Music: All of the music used in this episode is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections. Credits: This episode was hosted by Annette DiTommaso and Josh Pichler, with editing and production by Matt Mulcahey. Special thanks to our guest Leigh Fox.

Full Circle: A Conversation with CBTS President Jeff Lackey

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Jeff Lackey started his first business with $50,000 in seed money and the immense pressure of a mortgage, two car payments, and a pair of kids in diapers. Four years later, he sold the fledgling company to Cincinnati Bell, who re-christened the enterprise Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions. Lackey’s path came full circle this January when he took over as President of CBTS. In the latest episode of “Chats That Matter,” Lackey shares the story of CBTS’s origins, why he always starts with the customer’s perspective, and his priorities for the rest of 2020. Music: All of the music used in this episode, with the exception of the intro and outro, is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections. Credits: This episode was hosted by Annette DiTommaso and Josh Pichler, with editing and production by Matt Mulcahey. Special thanks to our guest Jeff Lackey.

Go Fast in the Right Direction

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Companies don’t endure for nearly 150 years without adapting. As Cincinnati Bell prepares for a new set of challenges, the latest season of “Chats That Matter” opens with a series of conversations centered on change. The debut episode focuses on the passing of the torch at Hawaiian Telcom as former President and General Manager John Komeiji and his successor Su Shin discuss Hawaiian Telcom’s recent reversal of fortunes and their vision for the future. Music: All of the music used in this episode, with the exception of the intro and outro, is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections. Credits: This episode was hosted by Ann Nishida Fry, with editing and production by Leah Nakaahiki. Special thanks to guests John Komeiji and Su Shin.

REPOST – A Seat At The Table: A Conversation With BOLD

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The Chats That Matter podcast kicks off its latest season next week with a conversation with Hawaiian Telcom’s new President and General Manger, Su Shin. To tide you over until then, we’re reposting a chat from last February between CEO Leigh Fox and members of the BOLD (Black Organization for Leadership Development) Employee Resource Group. Music: All of the music used in this episode, with the exception of the intro and outro, is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections. Credits: This episode was hosted by Leigh Fox, and edited by Leah Nakaahiki.  Thanks to our special guests Tangie Lewis, Jon-Michael McClinton, and Anne Hess.  Our quality assurance guests were Annette DiTommaso, Jonah Wilson, and Tangee Edmonson.