On why using the right pronoun matters



In this episode, you will hear from Crystal (they, them, theirs), a desk operations specialist, and Adam (he, him, his), a nurse, as they discuss the importance of supporting one another by using the correct pronouns. Crystal identifies as gender-queer, which is commonly defined as a person whose gender identity cannot be solely described as male or female. Adam is a bisexual male, and notes that he is an ally for colleagues, no matter how they identify.


On finding tools, support to navigate mental health needs



In this episode, you will hear from Kristi, Human Resources, and Valerie, Orthopedics, discuss their journeys with mental health. Kristi shares her experience managing her depression while juggling a full-time job with children who were distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Valerie shares her perspective of working in a high-stress environment at a previous job that led her to an outpatient program at Mayo Clinic Hospital ― Rochester.


Brothers who are Mayo physicians discuss growing up on a farm, family work ethic that shaped them



In this episode, you will hear from Bradford Smith, M.D., a cardiac anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and Mark M. Smith, M.D., a cardiac anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. They are brothers who grew up on a farm with a father who was also a physician, and they grew to support one another in their careers. Dr. Bradford Smith shares his perspective of being the younger brother, while older brother Dr. Mark Smith shares his appreciation for being part of his brother’s journey to being an anesthesiologist.


On making a difference in patients’ lives as a Mayo Clinic volunteer



In this episode, you will hear from Pat and Stephanie as they share their perspectives of being Mayo Clinic volunteers, helping patients and their families, and staff. Pat shares her perspective of being a longtime Mayo Clinic volunteer wearing many hats, while Stephanie talks about being a new volunteer who is already making a big difference for Mayo’s patients and their families.


On balancing work, curveballs of being a dad



In this episode, you will hear Scott, a technical lead for Healthcare Technology Management, and Alan, a health systems engineer for Management Engineering and Consulting, share their journey of fatherhood. Scott shares his perspective of adopting two babies who grew up while he and his wife worked full time. Alan talks about his life as a dad and working from home while his wife, Alicia, is a stay-at-home mom to three young children.


On first taste of the U.S. as immigrants, finding a window into the world



In this episode, you will hear from Axel, a communications specialist, and Gaurav, a section head in Information Technology, as they share their experiences and perspectives as first-generation immigrants to the U.S. Axel shares his experience coming to the U.S. as a high school exchange student from Germany. Gaurav shares his perspective on moving to the U.S. as a child.


On finding meaning in work and things that bring you joy



In this episode, you will hear from Jenny, a nurse care coordinator, and Mark, chair of the Division of Engineering, as they discuss the importance of finding joy at work. Jenny shares her perspective of finding joy in the small moments and helping patients feel better. Mark talks about finding meaning and purpose in his work, as well as the role of gratitude in creating joy at work.


On finding time for fitness in busy lives



In this episode, you will hear from Ashlie, a Human Resources strategic communications specialist in Arizona, and Alec, a nurse practitioner in Rochester, as they discuss how they’ve found ways to fit fitness into their routines while balancing their work and personal lives. Ashlie shares how she’s found ways to make time for herself while working from home. Alec shares his perspective on how he fits in fitness while working in a patient care setting.


On being a working mom



In this episode, you’ll hear from Brenda, vice chair in Revenue Cycle, and Megan, a nurse in Neurologic Surgery, share their journey of motherhood. Brenda shares what it means to her to be a mom in a blended family with children ranging from high school to adult, while Megan shares her perspective of being a new mother.


On the rewards and challenges of raising children of color



In this episode, you’ll hear from Yerronda, an administrative assistant supervisor in Arizona, and Alisha, a medical assistant in Arizona, as they reflect on their experiences raising children of color. Yerronda shares her perspective of being an African American mom raising four African American children while Alisha shares her perspective of being a white mom raising children who are mixed race.