S4 E35 | Have you met… Shannon Pritchett

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Barb Ruess 0:03
Welcome to CareerXroads. I’m Barb Ruess, with CXR and today I am bringing you an episode of Have you met a podcast series where we introduce you to a variety of interesting people in the talent industry. And today, I am very excited to introduce you to Shannon Pritchett, our very own Managing Director of Community and Benchmark Research. Hi, Shannon.

Shannon Pritchett 0:34
Hey, Barb, what’s up?

Barb Ruess 0:36
Nothing. It’s fun. We talk all the time. But we don’t ever get a chance to talk about, you know, a little work in a little not work stuff.

Shannon Pritchett 0:43
I know, I must say I’m quite excited for this.

Barb Ruess 0:45
I know we do a nice little break in our day. So it hasn’t even been a full year since you joined CareerXroads And we’ll certainly talk about that. But in that same time period, there’s so much more exciting change that happened in your life and I think that’s so we should talk about first. So how is that adorable baby boy of yours?

Shannon Pritchett 1:04
Oh, he’s doing good. He’s napping right now his rooms right above me so I can hear it when he wakes up. But he’s awesome. It was a good addition to the family of you know, it was quite an interesting time to be born during this pandemic. But he’s doing great, he’s healthy. He’s starting to babble and become more aware of his surroundings. He’s only three and a half months old. So it’s just it’s great motherhood is awesome. I’m still adjusting but I feel like we have a pretty easy baby so far compared to what I’ve heard.

Barb Ruess 1:37
That is a wonderful thing. I have three kids my first one was what we call the golden child and and the second one not so much, but I still love the all. Well, good, I’m excited. It’s fun just to you know, get little glimpses of him from time to time so it’s cute that he started to babble and stuff. That’s fun.

Shannon Pritchett 1:54
Yes, absolutely and sleeping through the night.

Barb Ruess 1:57
Yes, that is a big milestone. Big milestone.

Definitely. Okay, now on to the second big change that has happened in the past year. And that’s joining CXR. Now, obviously, even though you’ve only been with us for gosh, I guess nine months or so now, you knew about CXR, long before that. So why don’t you tell us a little bit about how you do about us and what you were doing before you came on board?

Shannon Pritchett 2:22
Yeah, well, um, you know, like most of us have had a career in the recruitment industry. But I remember and, you know, it’s kind of, you know, reminiscing and where we are right now to look back at this time. But, you know, when the company wasn’t doing well, back in 2008, I only had a couple of years recruiting under my belt at the time, and I needed to advance my skills and the time where no was really hiring. I remember I had a supervisor come up to me, I was working at T Mobile at the time, and she basically just said, if you don’t prove yourself, you don’t start developing yourself, then you’re probably going to be eliminated.

You know, and T Mobile had cut, like, I think half of the recruiting staff and I was one of the last ones to join. And so I was literally hanging on by a thread, but the opportunity to, you know, develop my skills and to seek personal development was something that I was all for. And I had never received that in my career. So basically did what most people do you know, when you want to be trained is to go online and look for resources. And I came across CareerXroads. And the data that you know, Gerry was putting out at the time was so fascinating, and I just kind of like hung on to every single report that I could. I signed up for every single article, and pretty much if Mark or Gerry does something, I was kind of lurking in the background. I was a sponge and that really opened up my skills to so many, you know, different online portals and back in 2008, that’s when social media was becoming big. That’s when bloggers becoming big, you know, conferences are starting to become more of a thing within the industry, and so I latched on to the work like ERE media and I try to attend all the conferences that I could but also this how I found are became obsessed with communities as well. I remember and this search and I don’t think I’ve told you the story Barb but I came across the town acquisition community within Nashville. It was called Tans. That was talent acquisition way talent acquisition networking source is what it stood for. And I you know, to people that are dear friends of mine, Matt LeBlanc, and Matt Lauer and he were running it. And so I signed up for that it was free to join. They had it all sponsored by vendors. So you know, for example, maybe crib letter would buy everyone lunch one day, etc. And I started attending as many networking events as I could. And just the idea of first off learning about reports that were being produced to the public from career prospects at the time, on the articles that ERE media was putting out and eventually SourceCon and networking capabilities within the small but tight knit community within Nashville really developed my skills. And that’s how I kind of became obsessed with the idea of community. I started learning from other people. I started switching my career around a little bit, you know, I was able to open myself up to much more opportunity, many more jobs. You know, I tried experimenting with new techniques. I wanted to be the person on stage presenting, but my professional development went from like hardly anything to full blown. And, you know, I developed the idea. Well, this is so great I want to give back has helped me so much and I became an airbrush trainer and started interacting with Gerry and ventually. Chris, I remember my first meeting with Gerry, I was at a conference I was presenting at SourceeCon is one of my first public speaking gigs. I look down in the front row and I’m just some young 20 something year old. No one’s heard of me. You know, I just, you know, brand new to the scene. You know, I looked down and there’s Gerry Crispin and Glen Kathy and Jim Stroud, and Eric Jake with all these like legends, these big names within the industry, I think Brad Cooper probably there too. I’ve got so nervous I was a breakout session. I’m like, why are all these bigwigs sitting in the front row this second? And afterwards Gerry came up to me and I remember exactly what he said he was like You did awesome. And he goes, a star is born. I look behind me to see who he was talking to. And there’s no one behind me. So I figured he had a few glasses of wine. But nonetheless, you know, I want to know him a little bit better that evening. Must have been 10 years ago, maybe maybe nine. And we became instant friends and Chris and I have known each other. This is actually kind of funny, Barb. Chris and I never hung out in the United States. Probably the first dozen or so times that we interacted. We would go on these conference tours where we’d see each other in Amsterdam, Australia, New Zealand, you name it. We were constantly London, hanging out outside the US, we just either we’re both there for the same event. We’re both there with two different events or happen to be there at the same time. But yeah, for a while, I only hung out with Chris outside the US. And finally I moved to Dallas from Nashville, and was able to get to know him a lot better. So probably three years before I accepted the job. They all went out to dinner one night, Gerry was in town. And, you know, we laid the foundations to the team that is together today. So yeah, yeah, this is very cool. But funny story with both of them.

Barb Ruess 7:31
Yeah, that is a funny story. You know, I wonder how many people can track particularly Gerry, back to some sort of a conference because it’s funny – your story of meeting him approximately 10 years earlier is very similar to the same story as how I met him. Yeah, speaking at a conference and Gerry and Mark were in the room. Yeah, it’s very funny how I wonder how many people can make that connection to

Shannon Pritchett 7:55
one of the things we talked about at dinner and this is what really got my attention was The French Laundry and Gerry had just had his first dinner at the French Laundry and I was asking how did you get a reservation at the French Laundry? And he told me this trick he did with having the credit card do it for him because people cancel all the time and credit card reservations like gold with them. And so, this year, our babymoon was to Napa and I was so proud to tell Gerry that I got a reservation at French Laundry I did go through the credit card, which means I got to use credit card points, which was awesome. But unfortunately with William we came early and then the pandemic end up canceling the reservation as well. So yeah, that’s got my attention. Gerry told me how to get a reservation at French Laundry.

Barb Ruess 8:44
Yes, he does have all kinds of good tips like that. I think maybe when the world gets back to normal we should see if Gerry could get a reservation for like a you know a CXR team meeting at French laundry.

Shannon Pritchett 8:55
That sounds totally acceptable.

Barb Ruess 8:58
I’m sure Chris won’t mind that idea. One bit.

Shannon Pritchett 9:04

Barb Ruess 9:06
Okay, so you were talking a little bit just now about how early in your career you found your local community of people. But I think a lot of us also from that local, local community of people, that’s always a, you know, a great place, particularly for those of us who are involved in, you know, the recruiting world, you know, it’s a, it’s a people job. So the more people you get to meet, the better it is. But I know that you have fostered community in a lot of different ways, not just being part of it, but helping actually grow communities. And I think it’s interesting, and I’d like people to hear, we didn’t have a position focused on community here at CXR until you came on. So talk to me a little bit about what attracted you to that new role and what you’re excited about, that you’ve been able to do so far here at CareerXroads.

Shannon Pritchett 9:50
I think just the concept of community attracted me to this role. And I always looked at CXR as the premier talent acquisition community. You know, Yeah, I told you about laying the foundation with TANS. My job at manpower group was to create a community of sorcerers and let us all share knowledge with one another. And that was under a training capacity and it was over 42 different countries and you know, we kind of inadvertently developed this community, this, you know, notion around the sharing best practices. And that led to SourceCon, which is a massive community for practitioners and that really kind of showcase my skills and I think I am so attracted to the role of a community manager because community means so much to me. I remember when I first started blogging and writing, I had so many people constantly reached out to me and what I mean this was sounds to start blogging, you know, 10-15 years ago, we developed this like online email chain, where we would constantly just email each other back and forth with different questions, problems that we were in let’s develop phone conversations and a really developed into what’s now known as the source con community. And I think so many people, you know, come to the idea of community first off to be amongst people who are similar to them, who can challenge them. I like that I don’t like necessarily surrounding myself by people who are similar to me, but people who have the same passions as me. I like people who are different than me. So because those people challenge me, which is why I’ve always been fascinated with global recruiting. If recruiting is not challenging in the US, now try recruiting in different country where you’re not you don’t live in, you’re not from and you might have never been to that’s a real challenge. So that’s kind of how my passion on the global world kind of happened. And so but just the idea of so many people’s problems are quickly solve by being able to come together and share information, bounce ideas off of one another, and kind of that’s like the fuel that lights that fire. And so that’s when our really saw the importance of community. I know Chris and Gerry were you know heavily involved in Burning Man and looking at you know, the success of when groups of people with similar passions can come together. And it’s you know, made sense for CareerXroads who was already a community but just not identified itself as one to you know, want to take that stance and you know, I was all in I couldn’t wait, you know, and it’s, I’ve seen so much success with in CareerXroads with it. I mean, it’s just, it’s amazing when a member has a question or wants to bounce an idea off of someone, or they can quickly come to our exchanges are just the relationships that they built from meetings and how they get all their problems quickly solved. And it’s not just solving problems. It’s friendships that you develop professional relationships that you have, it’s the ready to change jobs ready to change careers. I mean, there’s so many beautiful things about being in a community, but the most important thing is just Of course, sharing information helping one another. And I think, you know, we do a very, very good job, not the best job of establishing that within the talent acquisition industry. And so you know, what better place to, you know, flex my skills and grow them then with CareerXroads. So yeah, I’m still learning everyday. Like Gerry said, we’re all students.

Barb Ruess 13:21
That’s right, me too. That’s why I’m here too. So I really like what you just said. And I think it really fits in when I hear from some of our members, the fact that you don’t want to be in a community that’s, you know, like life in a bubble where everybody thinks and feels the same way. But at least most of us don’t you want to be in a community where you have something key in common, which in our cases, that that raising the bar of the talent profession, whichever little niche that you’re involved in, but you want to be involved with people who have that same passion and will challenge you and I think that’s one of the cool things about CareerXroads, right. We’ve got big we got companies of all sizes, we’ve got brands that are recognizable to anybody in the world. We’ve got companies that may be so He’s never heard of. They all have the same passion. They all come to these meetings with the same challenges and and I love that, that you’re here to help kind of, you know, nudge them along. I’m gonna bring up something that you and I just did this. Just today. We had Melissa posted a poll and yeah posted a poll on the exchange. She had just read an article. I think it was about just campus recruiting, and I think GPA requirements. Yeah. Yeah. And she reached out to talk to us to make sure she was interacting in the right way. So why don’t you talk about that as a way people can use the exchange because that that poll question was really cool.

Shannon Pritchett 14:35
Yeah, no, the poll question was cool. It was from an article that Roy did from Sherm, and it was about how minorities, particularly the African American community, tend to have lower GPAs then the Caucasian community, I think Asians have the highest GPA, followed by Caucasians and then Hispanics and African Americans as a cumulative average, right? And, you know, it was saying that she asked if, well, what if we have a minimum GPA requirement, like, let’s say 3.0, which the average Caucasian, the average Asian, according to this research from this article, I didn’t have time to look further into it. So I was curious to hear more from the article. If you set your GPA at a 3.0, then you’re really only limiting yourself to the majority of the Caucasians and Asians that are applying According to the study, although I don’t think I had a 3.0 but someone has to balance it out. And then and then you’re kind of missing the Hispanic and the African American community. So she was saying, yo, do you have any GPA requirements? If so, wouldn’t it make sense if you’re trying to diversify your applicants to lower the standards to meet the national average? And I thought that was so interesting and such a challenge. At first I read it and I was like, when I first read it, I was like, hey, where’s this article going was pointing out for different GPAs but then I looked at it from a hiring perspective. And I was like, that is really, really Interesting, and a second thought provoking question that she can take from an article she read, which is perfect to address within our exchanges, she set up a poll here, she just put it on your team, she didn’t get a ton of responses. But now it’s you know, we kind of this is what we do at CareerXroads. Right, we’ll probably have a meeting. And we’ll probably set a run a benchmark poll and find out, you know, do we look at GPA? If so, do we need to change it, I guarantee you, a lot of companies will start changing it. And so that’s just the one of the beautiful things that go on within CareerXroads. And it’s, it’s the same reason why bar like you join a running club, right? Or a book club, right? You read the same book, right? So similar, but someone’s going to take something a lot different than somebody else, right? Just as Melissa did with that article. When I go on a run, we’re all running the same distance, but someone’s going to run a lot faster, and someone’s going to challenge me and so that’s going to be you know, that’s what we like with this. And so we know we’re all reading the same information for her to interpret something completely. difference that can, you know, involve massive change amongst some of the largest employers is quite amazing.

Barb Ruess 17:06
Yeah. I’m also amazed at how the how the people in our community can think of something like that, like just one question. And you’re right that it can actually, you know, snowball and it will pick up steam, not just people talking about it, but a lot of the different pieces that we offer our community. And that’s one of the reasons why I’m so excited you’re here because you pull those pieces together, like you’ll watch the interaction and then you’ll say, Oh, you know what, we should launch a benchmark poll and or we should have a webinar to talk about this and, and so it’s nice to have you there to tie all those things together.

Shannon Pritchett 17:38
Nice to be there and be a part of it. I kind of don’t look at myself as that kind of person. But this is what we’re just talking about by being students as Gerry likes to say we are is you know, I want to know more. I want to see what more is out there. And so like this is kind of my it benefits everyone but I feel like I’m selfish in my regards to constantly You know, push this a little bit further to see what information we can get from it. You know, because this is something that’s outside of my sweet spot. And so to learn more about him take a deeper dive into it and try to change the way companies are doing things. That’s, that’s why they come to us. And, you know, for us to learn from that process, I think is just absolutely incredible. And again, that’s the beauty of being inside of a community like ours.

Barb Ruess 18:25
I think so too. So I happen to know that you’re also working on a lot of different pieces with the exchange, like I don’t know if a lot of our members know they can do a poll, but hopefully they will now, and I don’t I know you’re not I know you’re not ready to launch all the new things. I was wondering, are there any little sneak peeks into some of the cool stuff that you’re working on that you can share? Ah,

Shannon Pritchett 18:46
Yes. um, so I’m pretty competitive by nature, right? We all are a CareerXroads. I don’t think any of us are, are, you know, we all have some kind of a competition with inside of us competitive nature and so on. Chris came to came at me with an idea and challenge to add a kind of a gamification component to our exchanges. You know, our exchanges are popular, and they’re used, but they’re not used by every single member. And so since we are a community and I think what better way to look at the community as a whole, and then to challenge everyone a little bit further, is to get more participation and more conversations, and encourage more usage, not only within our exchange, but within just general conversations with each other. So that’s kind of a surprise that’s coming. I don’t want to give away too many details, but I will say it will involve prizes. And if you’re familiar with, with CareerXroads, you know, the type of prizes that we like to give away. So, yeah, hopefully that can be launched before the end of summer. I know it’s in the works right now. And I’m really looking forward to see you know, our community gamified in a way that’s going to produce more conversation, more knowledge and more ideas.

Barb Ruess 20:00
Yeah, I’m excited about it too. And I also think it adds an element of fun, which for anybody who’s been involved in CareerXroads knows whether it’s at a dinner or a digital meeting where we throw people into rooms for just a few minutes at the beginning. We do like to have fun. Yes, we do identify. Okay, let’s switch gears. Let’s stop talking about work for just a minute. You and I have a little something in common and that we both went to big 10 schools. Yes, same colors, different schools. But you are a college athlete in a sport that I know you’re still very involved in. So why don’t you talk to us about that for a little bit? Yeah,

Shannon Pritchett 20:38
I grew up in Nashville and you know, swimming was my sport of choice, I guess you can say. It was something that I struggled when I first got into it, but just absolutely fell in love with things like the smell of chlorine and waking up at four o’clock in the morning and having my hair damaged in wet all day and dry. Skin I just I loved it. I still do. And, you know, Wisconsin had surprisingly a really good swim team people don’t, you know, look at Big 10 schools Indiana has a good school. Good swim team too. And if people don’t look at Big 10 as a powerhouse was so mean, but it is and Wisconsin was a top end program was a top 10 program when I was there, and I was lucky enough that they were interested in me took one visit to campus and immediately fell in love with it. And yeah, assuming I did quite well there I would say I didn’t last all four or five years with the red shirt I did because of injuries but no, you I enjoyed my college time I enjoyed swimming. I think the coolest thing and this is how I got into the recruiting industry was through swimming. So after I graduated, I had some like a year, year and a half. It’s like 2006 i remember i told a little white lie, like going my old food club and I told my coach that I wanted to compete in the 2008 Olympic trials which was not true at all, I had no desire to compete in Olympic trials. I didn’t even show up when I in 2004 just you know there’s a little bit sore and then there’s Shannon and I wasn’t going to show up ever. And so, yeah, and so but by saying that I got to swim for free, and David Williams at the time, who unfortunately passed away a few months ago, but he was the athletic, kind of like, technically he’s the Vice Chancellor slash athletic director. They didn’t really have an athletic director at Vanderbilt. They just reinstated there’s some team he came up to me at practice. I’m someone with his daughter and he said, Shannon, would you like to be our assistant swim coach? And absolutely I am. I just graduated college with no job and you want me to coach a divisionone SEC school? Absolutely. And coaching college athletes wasn’t for me, but I loved the recruiting side of it. And that’s how I got involved in the recruiting industry. And today I’m still really really involved with with swimming. I still coach I coached middle school aged children. They are insanely fast. Some of them are some of the fastest swimmers in the nation. No doubt a couple of them will make it on big stage in the Olympics, you know when their time comes. But yeah, I try to take a few hours a day. It’s getting harder with William. And not like we don’t have any work to do Barb, maybe every other day is more accurate and potential pool and coach them when I can. And it’s something I absolutely love. And you tell you what if I could survive off of $10 a day, this would be my dream job, but it doesn’t work that way. And so and so it’s kind of nice having now three careers that I absolutely impassionate about and somehow it works and yeah, this is why I mostly have wordfriends because I don’t have time for anything else.

Barb Ruess 23:54
You are a little busy. That’s fun. I knew about the swimming. Obviously. We’ve talked about it before my daughter was a swimmer all through high school and she’s got friends who she actually has one friend who is at that Olympic level it’s so it’s it’s a fun sport to watch these kids. I did not know however that that’s what got you interested in recruiting? So that’s a fun thing to learn.

Shannon Pritchett 24:12
Yeah. The kids I was coaching it at Vanderbilt where it was really funny because they said, Okay, here’s your here’s your coach. Now you don’t get to recruit the team. Um, you know, you have to use people who are are Well, technically Yes, because we did recruit, but you haven’t used the kids who are already on campus. Well, if you’re a good swimmer, you’re off at some school, swimming. So we had a couple people on the swim team, who had never swung a lap in their life. And it was it basically became like a water aerobics year and I remember like, had our first swimming we played against the University of Georgia, and half the team had just rolled off the 2004 Olympics. There was record holders and American record holders there. And here comes like our team who could barely dive in the pool. And the team was so nice and so sweet. They I mean, every race is in the water. They had a huge welcome for us are so excited to see Vanderbilt about come to the SEC. And it was such a unique experience. But yeah, again college coaching not for me, but I loved I love the relationships and the cording of the high school athletes I was going after the whole process of trying to get them to interested and so to me, that’s if I can convince a college athlete to come to Vanderbilt, I can convince a Java developer to come work for this company called IBM. So it worked out.

Barb Ruess 25:39
there’s probably you could draw parallels and I’ll tell you something else. I’m not a competitive swimmer, but I’ve done triathlons. So I’ve certainly done my share of laps. And I think that the swimming community is actually another example of a group of people in general like I have done, you know, races all over the place and next to people who you know, they’re gonna lap me very quickly but everyone is so welcoming and again it’s just it’s a different kind of community right?

Shannon Pritchett 26:06
It is we’re all nerds we call it chlorinated and try this

Barb Ruess 26:09
funny though.

Shannon Pritchett 26:12
Cus you and I Barb have a have a passionate I think though we share of what you know when you didn’t run and I still try to run along getting more involved with walking. But I guarantee you I could take some serious booty on the swim and everyone would kill me by the time it came to the bike. I probably wouldn’t even finish the race, I’ve just get frustrated on the bike.

Barb Ruess 26:33
That was that’s part of my problem is I’d be top 10 coming out of the water and I and then I would drop down to like 25%

Shannon Pritchett 26:43
on the bike, you know, like, water, right? Great. I can flow this is this is my you know, I’m trying to land I’m just like, what am I doing? I can sit on something. No,

Barb Ruess 26:56
I do think I do think it’s an exclusive club of us though because I’m kind of the same way Do actually like the smell of chlorine like? Yeah, I get that. Okay, well, we’re almost out of time. But before we go, I do want to talk about something sort of related to work that you and I both are really interested in passionate about. And that’s CXR Cares. So for those of you who don’t know about CXR Cares, so this is an initiative that we started. It’s been a couple years ago now. And the CXR our team always travels out of date early before we have our in person events. And we were talking one time and Chris said, you know, we’ve got some extra time. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could use that to give back and that sparked CXR Cares. And so we have spent a variety of time doing community service projects in all the different communities where we’re hosted because when CareerXroads does get to have in person meetings, we are hosted at member locations all across North America. So it’s been amazing. I have I have loved I loved the idea. I love the idea of giving back to the community and that I also just like getting to know community on a different level. Like, you know, when you work in a food pantry, you learn about a different side of the community that you may not get to know about when you just just come to visit. So I know you’ve gotten to participate in a couple projects. And you were also you know, helping us get started. So tell me what strikes a chord with you about CareerXroads. I mean, CXR Cares.

Shannon Pritchett 28:20
It’s the ability to actually do something with people you care about to help people who are in the less fortunate situation than you are and the fact that we take time to do it. I think anyone within the CXR family or community would volunteer if they had that time, right? Nobody. There’s no not one member. I guarantee you that just absolutely hates volunteer and has no desire to get back right that just really doesn’t exist within the the town acquisition profession. And so for me is someone who’s very passionate just like you are about you know, helping others and having the opportunity but the fact that we actually do our research, do our homework partner with a good organization and then set aside you know, three to four hours just to work with that organization, especially with the people who sign up and register a lot of our friends and people will come to multiple meetings that we’ve gotten to know over the years are with us, but also first time, CXR member attendees, you know, people who are new to the community, you get to know them, and you get to see them in a little bit more of a relaxed, and of course, you know, friendlier and more humbling setting. And so the fact that, you know, we are a company that takes the initiative and to carve out the time, I, especially before we get really busy with our meetings, you know, that was really cool. And, you know, when Chris and Gerry and I first started talking about me potentially coming on board at CareerXroads, you know, we weren’t talking community at the time, actually, this was one of the first things we started talking about, because I’m assuming you guys just have launched it and that’s kind of what I said who are the partners You know, I’ve never ever had worked for a company that says, hey, we’re going to go volunteer today. And we’re going to we’re going to do is 10 times throughout the year, I’ve just always been something I’ve had to do in my spare little time that I have. And so I like it, that we get to take a few hours and get back and get to hear other people’s stories. And it’s, I think, not only humbles ourselves, but also, you know, it sets the tone for a successful week, you know, at whatever location that we’re in. And I, you know, it’s been something that I know we’ve struggled with not being able to do because of pandemics. And if we’re not there helping, I mean, there’s so many people that are also aren’t getting help right now. And so I think, you know, when we resume our travel schedule, I think that’s something that we are looking forward to doing that. I know we’re looking at ways that we can do it virtually too. So I can’t wait to get back and do more of this xR cares. And I love seeing all the charities that our members keep throwing at us. There’s so much out there and so much we can do and I’m just glad that we carve out the time to do it.

Barb Ruess 30:57
Yeah, I’m really glad we do too. And I like you You mentioned it is it is fun because we invite any members who might be local to the area or who might have traveled out or able to travel out early to join us. So it’s, it’s cool because we get to know the community that we’re serving, we get to learn about a whole new organization. We also get to learn a little bit more about our members, which is, which is pretty fun, too. So yeah, I I also very much miss CXR Cares. This year, though. I’m excited about some of the plans that we’re, we’re slowly starting to talk about, and I think that when it comes back, it’s going to be better than ever.

Shannon Pritchett 31:29
Yeah. Last night. We’ve had a few teasers bar.

Barb Ruess 31:33
I know it’s like little cliffhanger podcast for a while. Well, Shannon, it has been a pleasure talking to you today. Thank you for sharing a little bit about you and about the great work that you’re doing here at CareerXroads

Shannon Pritchett 31:45
Thanks for interviewing me Barb.