About Us

Workplace Champions is dedicated to helping executives open a new chapter of growth for their middle-market firms.

Our on demand content offerings including our  Workplace Champions podcast is now available on iTunes, Stitcher and GooglePlay.


Inspire & Hire

How to Make a Great Hire (Now on Demand) 

midmkt_16While larger companies aren’t always effective at making employees feel that their work has purpose, many small and mid-sized companies — more keenly aware of the competitive price of workforce attrition  — are rethinking and retooling the way they inspire and hire employees.

In fact, when it comes to hiring few business leaders are more insightful than the business owners and C-suite leaders of middle-market firms. Why? Because they actually do the hiring.

Join us when we ask talent–minded business leaders: How Do You Make a Great Hire? 


podcast_channel_artwork.pngThe Workplace Champions Podcast: (Season One Now On Demand)  It’s all about inspiring talent-minded business leaders as they learn from the failures, Ah-ha! moments, and workplace successes of others. 

In the age of the millennial workforce, people want to feel that they’re a part of something larger than themselves and that their work isn’t just a job but a meaningful experience. Here too middle-market firms can be counted among industry’s foremost innovators. While larger companies aren’t always effective at making employees feel that their work has a purpose, many middle-market firms – keenly aware of how business and markets are changing — are rethinking and retooling the way they inspire and retain employees.


Your Hosts

(One Journalist  +  One Thought Leader)

Jack Sweeney

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With a background of more than 25 years in print and online journalism, Jack arrived in the world of podcasting two years ago with the launch of the CFO Thought Leader Podcast shortly followed by the Middle Market Thought Leader Podcast. Convinced talent and workforce issues are today the primary pain point for middle market businesses he launched Workplace Champions to engage talent-minded business leaders and share their experiences and insights with burgeoning middle market audience.

Jack has written extensively about finance, management consulting, information technology and public policy. He is the former editor in chief of Business Finance Magazine and the founding editor of Consulting magazine. He served as editor of Integration Management and Washington Technology, both published by The Washington Post Cos. Prior to the Post, he worked as a reporter for CMP Media in London.

Jack lives outside of New York City with his wife and two children. He can be reached at jack@workplacechampions.com

Brett Knowles



Brett is a long-time thought leader in the performance measurement space. Over the last twenty years he has worked with Drs. Kaplan and Norton and has had clients referenced in each of their books. Brett has assisted over 3,000 organizations from around the world and in all sectors from AT&T to Zeneca, the IRS to the City of Kingston. His clients have had as many as 250,000 employees and as few as 5. He is the co-founder of the first Balanced Scorecard application, has developed numerous measurement concepts around intangible assets, and has served on countless editorial boards and conference constructs.

Brett’s clients have been profiled in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and Forbes. There are over 20 business school cases covering the success of his clients. He can be reached at Brett@workplacechampions.com



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