Modern Career Warriors

Technology, the “gig economy” and globalization have irrevocably altered the modern career. Launched in January 2020, MODERN CAREER WARRIORS is a series on that explores the lives of professionals leading robust, resilient and multi-dimensional careers.

For the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, I will be featuring more frequent, shorter conversations with Covid-19 Warriors in place of this in-depth interview series.


April’s MCW is Francisco Lasta, an occupational therapist whose career spans the domains of medicine, design and technology, with a healthy dose of emotional intelligence. Among other projects, Francisco consults on artificial intelligence, virtual reality and telehealth, and his ideas and innovations are directly relevant for the global health crisis we are currently facing.

Copyright Francisco Lasta

To read my full interview with Francisco, click here.

To find Francisco on LinkedIn, click here. 


Tom Johnson, former VP, Finance, Global Business Services and Chief Accounting Officer of Clorox, speaks about his “two careers” at Clorox and how greater authenticity and diversity are good for business.

“I was chosen for a key assignment and asked to move to London in 1995. They thought they were sending a single guy, and I decided it was finally time to tell my boss about my partner, Bruce. To my surprise and his unending credit, my boss was extremely supportive and created an ex-pat package that enabled us to accept the assignment.

So I was finally ‘out’ in San Francisco and then in London, but I also started traveling across Eastern Europe and to the Middle East. All while working in the consumer goods industry, which was notoriously conservative at the time.

As well-trained finance people, we started to push diversity and inclusion from a business perspective. We were losing talent to the technology companies sprouting up in the Bay Area.

I am amazed at how different it is today. While there is still a lot of equality work to do, I can’t help but reflect on how much has changed in a relatively short time.”

To read my full interview with Tom, click here.

To find Tom on LinkedIn, click here.


Catherine Sorbara in Antarctica.

Catherine Sorbara speaks about her “intense moment of reflection” during her expedition with 80 female scientists on the groundbreaking Homeward Bound initiative and all-women trip to Antarctica:

“I have never felt a connection with nature as intensely as I did in Antartica. It’s a visceral feeling. We humans are a small part of an amazing landscape, with icebergs the size of skyscrapers and animals you never imagined you would see.

At same time, you witness the unmistakeable effects humans are having on the landscape. I felt so strongly that I needed to change what I was doing to be part of it.

To read my full interview with Cathy, click here.

To find Cathy on LinkedIn, click here.

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Sandy Baggett Image

Sandy Baggett’s role as a Prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Chambers in Singapore focused on Financial and Securities Offenses and:

“…took everything I learned in the D.A.’s office and brought it to a much larger scale. I was prosecuting all of the major crimes under international law: corruption, wire fraud, money laundering, sanctions, you name it….

I also became a global expert on U.S. and U.N. sanctions on North Korea and continue to get calls about that here in Spokane.

Two [of those cases] were especially interesting. In one case, I prosecuted Chinpo Shipping after they financed a shipment of nuclear weapons on route from Cuba to North Korea. It was the first criminal prosecution for violations of U.N. sanctions of financial assistance to North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs.”

To read my full interview with Sandy, click here.

To find Sandy on LinkedIn, click here.

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