The Wind Beneath Their Wings: Zoologist Gives a Voice to Birds and Other Creatures Which Can't Speak for Themselves

October 21, 2015
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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Episode Description

Did you as a child, or perhaps even today as an adult, absolutely love animals – and maybe even sometimes prefer their company over humans? Do you want to ensure they’re loved, rescued and well cared for, and understood? My guest in this episode loves her work as a zoologist and is specifically most focused on caring for birds of many plumages. Her passion is to ensure these beautiful creatures have the best life they can while in captivity and that she accurately understands and conveys their voice. An avid conservationist, she cares about our planet and all the creatures that dwell on it. Both on the clock and off, she’s engaged with various efforts to defend the beauty and pristine nature of this world we call home. This episode lets us in on a little of the life and times of Gwen Harris, who has trekked various parts of the world in her pursuit to learn about animals and how we can understand and preserve their livelihoods.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a speaker, consultant, coach, published author, radio show and podcast host, and Development/Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. She has dedicated herself to helping people across the globe more meaningfully and productively connect with their work to achieve greater fulfillment, more impactful results, and meaningful work-life integration, and “live with passion, work on purpose.” Alise is particularly called to help organizations synergize the human-technological workforce integration that artificial intelligence and robotics have introduced to enable workforce development that raises the human contribution to work. Her other niche area is working with organizations to integrate the younger millennial and generation Z workforces with their more tenured counterparts to create an engaged, productive culture.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Her post-doc research yielded 15 “modes of engagement,” discovered by interviewing 115 professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries. Her consulting offerings are drawn from this research.

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