The Best WorkHappy Talks of 2017

by Joe Szynkowski | December 19, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

Ted Rubin, Callie Carroll and Connor James

Running The WorkHappy Blog gives us the opportunity to talk with experts and executives from various industries. As 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to reflect on a few of the most memorable WorkHappy Talks of the past year. We have some great interview subjects lined up for 2018 and are excited about sharing their insights.

In no particular order, here are three of our favorite WorkHappy guests of 2017.



A highly accomplished executive, published author, and the most followed Chief Marketing Officer on Twitter, Ted Rubin took time out of his busy schedule in August to dish out some gems on today’s Corporate America.

My favorite quote from Ted: “Start thinking of your employees as an investment. If you look out for them and help them when they need it, they’ll be there for you when you need them. It can be as simple as creating a nurturing workplace that encourages growth and innovation, versus a culture of fear fostered by so many companies today.”

Check out our full interview with Ted here.



Former reporter and morning anchor for WSIL-TV 3 in Carterville, Ill., Callie Carroll has moved on to a new role as Director of Athletics Development for Missouri State University. She brings a positive energy and infectious laugh no matter where she works, making her one of the most memorable WorkHappy contributors of 2017.

My favorite quote from Callie: “If you are unhappy at work, then find a new job. Think about what it is that makes you happy and find a job that helps you accomplish that. My happiness at work comes from the opportunity I have to spread positivity. Do I have bad days? Absolutely. But in those days I remember why I do what I do. When that spark isn’t there anymore, then I will choose to do something new.”

Check out our full interview with Callie here.



With an impressive collegiate athletic and academic career, Connor James’ best days remarkably may still be ahead. The founder and CEO of MeaningFull Books, Connor is focused on leveraging his unshakable optimism and relentless work ethic to make a difference in the lives of others.

My favorite quote from Connor: “We know we are supposed to be grateful for what we have, but how many of us are simply going through the motions? Personally, I know that if I don’t actively practice gratitude, then I’m off my game. I have made it a daily practice to write down three things from the previous day that were positive. That I smiled about. That made me grateful. We have to view gratitude as a practice.”

Check out our full interview with Connor here.

In the spirit of sharing, we are always looking for positive, career-minded people to highlight in our WorkHappy Talks. Feel free to pass along anyone you think would be a good fit as we try to empower those around us to discover and experience career happiness.

Merry Christmas!

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