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Careers & Cocktails

75 EpisodesProduced by Renee FreyWebsite

I am Renee Frey, recruiter, author, business owner, and cocktail enthusiast. 🥂With nearly two decades of recruiting experience, I have had the opportunity to network with leaders across many industries. I’ve bombed an interview, negotiated a pay raise, experienced the highs and lows of the employme… read more

75 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Encore Chapter with Stacy Fisher

July 26th, 2022


In today's episode we have the lovely Stacy Fisher joining us! She is a fellow competent career coach with loads of wisdom to share. Stacy talks about how significant relationships are to her. She shares her journey of …

Cannabis Career with Juliana Whitney

June 6th, 2022


Juliana Whitney, founder of Leafsheets and Cann Strategy is our featured guest this week! She talks about her passion for her business which she …

Credit Can Impact Your Career with John Mackey

April 7th, 2022


This week I am joined in the studio by John Mackey, who is a credit genius! Get ahold of a wealth of information on how credit, credit reporting, and …

Living Fearlessly with Lori Crever

March 31st, 2022


Tune into this week's episode with Lori Crever, as she talks about her adventures while sipping on her favourite Cape Cod. From having a "gypsy" lifestyle living in New York City and switching jobs frequently, Lori …

Strategically Change Your Mindset with Claudia Miller

March 16th, 2022


Meet Claudia Miller who was listed in the top 23 most innovative career coaches of 2020 by Business Insider! Her expertise and skills in career coaching are highly advanced and beneficial to those who are looking to …

Building a Mindful Career with Sarah Baker Andrus

March 8th, 2022


Happy International Women's Day!   

On today's episode we have Sarah Baker Andrus who is the Founder and CEO of Avarah Careers.

Sarah shares her passion for helping people excel in their careers and be the best version …

Stop Playing Small With Gina Lemon

December 14th, 2021


From the words of my guest this week, STOP PLAYING SMALL.  

Gina Lemon, Leader of Human Kindness and Founder of Pandemic Possibilities, joins me to chat about her recent pivot from VP of Human Resources to Business …

Supply Chain Insights With Executive Leader, John Bauer

November 2nd, 2021


Thrilled to share this episode featuring a fellow former Targeteer, John Bauer.  

A man who at one time, early in his career, found himself walking down the street thinking, "I've made it!", working as a Manager within …

Get Right With Yourself + Transformation Coach Karen Astromsky

August 31st, 2021


This week I am joined in the studio by Karen Astromsky, Transformation Coach, Motivational Speaker and Yoga, Qi Gong and Meditation Instructor.  Karen shares the timely reminder to always be changing, never stop growing …

Maximize Your Value With Blake Schofield

June 29th, 2021


Are you....  ...frustrated in your job search... ...feeling like you're on the brink of a break down... ...being ghosted by recruiters and hiring leaders... ...struggling to communicate your value...  

Blake Schofield, …

Taking The Boring Out Of Business With Timmy Bauer

June 15th, 2021


Excited to share my chat with Timmy Bauer - - - a Children's Book Author!   

From working at Disney to paving a career as an Author and Story …

Seize The Day With Abigail Emerson

May 20th, 2021


Abigail Emerson is my featured guest this week and she had a LOUD and CLEAR message..... 

We have ONE life to live and there is no better time than NOW to seize the day! Like MILLIONS of others, Abigail found herself …

Live Intentionally With Carmen Croonquist

April 13th, 2021


This week I am joined by Carmen Croonquist, an Executive Coach & International Speaker who has dedicated her career to helping others LIVE WITH INTENTION.      

Maybe you have been considering a job change....but …

Invite People To Your Table + Amalia's Easy Cocktail

March 16th, 2021


This past October I was LUCKY enough to connect with nine-time award-winning author and chef entrepreneur Amalia Moreno-Damgaard.   

I am 'jumping out of my seat' excited to FINALLY share our conversation and Amalia's …

Strengthening Your Leadership + Jaime Adam Taets

February 16th, 2021


This week my featured guest is Jaime Adam Taets, CEO and Founder of Keystone Group International.    

Jaime joins me for a virtual glass of Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne and dives right into it - sharing LOADS of value …

Recruiting In A Virtual World + Margaritas

January 26th, 2021


This week I am serving up an episode featuring Katie Kroll, Director of Development and Internships at Northwestern Mutual.   

As a relationship …

Exercising Your Mind & Body + Prosecco

January 12th, 2021


It is NEVER too late to start investing in YOU.    

That means the whole package of you: Mind + Body + Soul.   Undoubtedly, one impacts the next, so …

Revenue & Relationship Building With Aaron Eggert

December 15th, 2020


It is NEVER too late to reignite your network! My guest this week is Aaron Eggert - - an old classmate from high school, and most notably, the …

Level Up + Jamo Ginger

December 1st, 2020


Can you believe it has taken me until NOW to try Jameson Irish Whiskey❓ A little late to the party I'd say  - - BUT... just in time for the release of SEASON 2 of Careers & Cocktails❗😁  

In today's episode, we are …

Achieving Success In Sales + Bourbon Old Fashioned

August 4th, 2020


Another week of DYNAMITE company and DELICIOUS drinks! Karen Lamb is my guest of honor this week - and she chose to sip a Bourbon Old Fashioned. No complaints here.

You don't want to miss out because Karen is one the …

Building A Healthy Relationship With Money + Mimosas

July 28th, 2020


Eleni Anastos, a business strategist and prosperity coach, joined me this week from beautiful and sunny Florida. Again, embracing the power of …

The Rewarding Career of a Doula

July 21st, 2020


Joining us from the other side of the world this week is Esther Kokkelmans, a Doula who currently lives in Belgium. 

Knowing very little about the …

Surrendering To Success + Chai Tea Latte

July 14th, 2020


This week I am joined by Jay Fletch, a successful real estate agent, avid reader, speaker, consultant and coach. 

Jay's track record as a Real Estate …

Minisode: Where Do I Go In My Career?

July 7th, 2020


Feeling stuck in your career....but not sure where to go, or what to do?  


As a career coach and resume writer, I work with people DAILY to help them achieve their career goals, uncover their …

Viewer Questions Answered: Cover Letters, Interview Tips, Navigating A Career During Covid

June 30th, 2020


A mocktail that can easily be transformed into a cocktail - YES PLEASE!

Thank you Johnny Campbell for suggesting the Good Morning Sunburst- DELICIOUSNESS in a glass. And there are so many fun variations to try.

This …

For The Love Of Wine + The Journey Of Winemaking

June 23rd, 2020


Attorney turned Winemaker, Rob Fowler joined me in the studio to school us with his knowledge of wine, grape varieties, different wine-making methods …

Growing Your Mindset To Grow Your Business

June 16th, 2020


Beyond excited to chat with a mentor of mine, Mike Gionta, Founder of The Recruiter U.  

Having owned a successful recruiting firm for over 23 years, …

Tips From An Executive Recruiter + Aperol Spritz

June 9th, 2020


This week I connected with executive recruiter and Founder of KLA Industries, Karen Sturgeon.    

Both sharing a passion for recruiting and cocktails - we started our chat with mixing up one of Karen's favorite …

How To Enhance Your Employment Brand + Pearadise Martini

June 2nd, 2020


This week Kathryn St. Peter joined me from her home office to speak on the topic of employment branding.    

As an expert recruiter and life long learner, Kathryn's career has been focused on talent acquisition - …

Mastering The Art of Negotiation + Cosmos

May 19th, 2020


This week we are serving up a new episode featuring Ruzana Glaeser, a Sourcing Professional, Negotiation Expert, Author, Speaker and Co-Founder of  

Ruzana breaks down the process of negotiation …

Gender Differences In Communication + Mango Martinis

May 12th, 2020


Our guest on this week's episode is Amelia Reigstad, a university professor and workplace communication consultant with nearly two decades of …

Finding Success In The Restaurant Business

May 5th, 2020


Coming to you again - Live from The Netherlands!

I am joined by Marinda van den Broek, who recently transitioned into the role of Co-Owner of the …

Corporate America To Co-Owner + Raspberry Tea

April 28th, 2020


This week we are enjoying a cup of hot raspberry tea and chatting with Tessi Russel, Co-Owner of Healthy Solutions.    

Tessi radiates positivity and …

Discipline Fuels Motivation + Heineken [live from The Netherlands]

April 21st, 2020


I am beyond excited to be bringing you an episode live from The Netherlands.    

Careers & Cocktails is officially making an international imprint with listeners in over 9 countries and now, episodes recorded …

Follow Your Intuition + Mojito Mocktail

April 14th, 2020


This week we are serving up a Mojito Mocktail at the request of our guest, Vikas Narula.    

Vikas' background encompasses entrepreneurship, public …

Gaining Credibility + Whiskey Sour

April 7th, 2020


My guest this week is Lexie Janson and she is joining us via Zoom all the way from her home in Germany!  [the power of technology]  

Lexie is …

The Coach Approach + Old Vine Red

March 31st, 2020


This week I am serving up an episode featuring Sarah Necklen, a Talent Consultant at Cargill.

Sarah has been with Cargill for 15 years! 15!!  I was …

Women, Workwear & Safety + Brandy Old Fashioned

March 24th, 2020


Technology is a beautiful thing - and this week it enabled us to chat with Anastasia Kraft, Founder and CEO of Xena: Workwear For Women

Anastasia …

Becoming Your Own Bo$$ + Prosecco

March 17th, 2020


This past week I celebrated the 5 year anniversary of starting my business TalentQ, Inc. 😲 the spirit of entrepreneurship, there is no better time than now than to share a glass of bubbly with one of my …

Navigating A Career In Technology + Founders Breakfast Stout

March 10th, 2020


Mikey Boldt, a Software Engineer by trade [and near and dear cousin of mine] joined me in the studio to enjoy a Founders Breakfast Stout and chat …

Career Planning + #1 Resume Mistake

March 3rd, 2020


Another University of Wisconsin - River Falls alum in the house!   

Are you on the hunt for a new career? Looking for guidance on the topic of career planning?    

If you graduated from a University – more often than …

Diversity In The Workplace + Brandy Old Fashioned *sweet*

February 25th, 2020


I was thrilled to be joined in the studio this week by Sheri Marnell, an agent of change, an internal optimist and a fellow former Targeteer!    

Being that we both live in Hudson we paid homage to our home state by …

Soar With Your Strengths + Resume, Networking & Interview Tips

February 18th, 2020


As a graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls, I was ecstatic to have McKenna Schumacher Pfeiffer, Assistant Director of Career Services at UWRF join me in the studio.  

McKenna helps students and alumni make …

Selling With Intention + Cosmo

February 11th, 2020


Three-time Bestselling Author & award winning entrepreneur and sales expert, Ursula Mentjes joins me in the studio for a cosmopolitan.

Personally …

True to Intention + Mocha

February 4th, 2020


I am forever grateful for my guest this week, Amanda Johnson.    

Amanda is the Founder of True to Intention, a speaker, best-selling author....and …

Empowered Women Empowering Women + Moscow Mule

January 28th, 2020


Business leader extraordinaire Anne Finch, joined me in the studio for a Wander North Moscow Mule. She takes us to the start, and shares about her …

Don't Hold Back + Spicy Margarita

January 21st, 2020


So.Much.Fun to visit with a former classmate of Forest Lake High School -- Therese Molloy.

We were dreaming of sandy beaches and sunny weather when …

A Great MN Whiskey With A Great MN Story + Brother Justus

January 14th, 2020


Whiskey lovers, this is for you! 

My dear friend Jodi Mayers who was featured on a previous episode (watch that HERE), introduced me to her favorite whiskey, Brother Justus. From that point on, I fell back in love with …

Mindset & Money + Amaretto Sour

January 7th, 2020


As we enter a new year - no better time than NOW to talk about Mindset & Money!   Just over 5 years ago, there was a knock at my door at home.  I answered, and to my surprise, it was Michelle Johnson, a financial …

Actress & Voice Over Artist Janet Fogg + Stinger

December 31st, 2019


Actress & Voice Over Artist Janet Fogg joins us in the studio for one of her favorite past-time cocktails, the Stinger.    

Often referred to as …

Wander North Distillery + Snow White

December 17th, 2019


Careers & Cocktails hit the road and went on-site to Wander North Distillery. We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Daniel Metcalf, the Brand Ambassador at Wander North, a business leader, dreamer, …

On-Site at Wander North Distillery + Wander North Creamsicle

December 17th, 2019


Careers & Cocktails was thrilled to hit the road and go on-site to Wander North Distillery located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We had the …

The Power of Community + Tequila Cosmo

December 10th, 2019


Melissa Freiermuth, the queen of positivity, accountability and taking action joined me in the studio for a tequila cosmo!

Melissa has a diverse background spanning from owning her own business, working in the funeral …

Safety Abby + Two Women Lager (New Glarus Brewing Co.)

December 3rd, 2019


Abby Ferri, a trailblazer in the safety community joined me in the studio for a New Glarus lager called Two Women.

Abby had me on board when she said …

Get Out Of Your Own Way + Honees Honees

November 26th, 2019


Female entrepreneur, friend and beer lover Erin Mason, joins me in the studio to introduce me to one of her favorite beers - Honees Honees by Oliphant Brewing out of Somerset, WI.  Bursting with flavor, it has a a …

What They Don't Teach You In Real Estate School + Arnold Palmer

November 21st, 2019


Jill McNamee joins us in the studio for a classic Arnie Palmer.  Jill is a DYNAMO networker and relationship builder.   She shares insight into what …

Follow Your Intuition + Pinot Noir

November 14th, 2019


A transplant from Wyoming to Minnesota, Mary Prevost is a gypsy at heart….and as you'll hear from the short rant in the beginning - is aspiring to become the Offensive Coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

When asked …

May Hay While The Sun Shines + Moscow Mule

November 14th, 2019


Let me introduce you to Leon (aka Ben) Flottemesch, the most vibrant accountant you will ever meet!

He joined me in the studio to mix up a Moscow …

Embracing A Growth Mindset + The Donnie Mule

November 5th, 2019


Donnie Gupton and I are the prime example that there are no barriers to networking!  I have had the pleasure of working with Donnie for the past year - and it has been a game changer!  

Through the power of social media …

Carajillo + Productivity

October 29th, 2019


Want your coffee to be a bit stronger? We added Licor 43 to ours! 😍

Join me as I mix up a Carajillo and chat about how I juggle being a mom, wife and business owner.  

A key to my success is a routine.  It's no …

Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously + Summer Shandy

October 29th, 2019


When asked, "What would you tell your 20 year old self?" Aaron's response was, "Take a Risk- Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously."

Cheers to that …

The Superpower of Confidence + Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Lemonade

October 29th, 2019


Listen in as Chum Struve and I dive in to the difference between Confidence vs. Arrogance and the importance of being able to articulate your skills …

Don't Let Fear Hold You Back + Clase Azul Tequila

October 22nd, 2019


Steph Beedle - A friend and fellow business owner joins me to sip on my favorite tequila - Clase Azul!

IT.IS.SO.GOOD! Dangerously good.

Join in on …

The Power of Relationships + Dirty Martini

October 22nd, 2019


Former Targeteer Jeff Marwede joins us in the studio for one of his favorite cocktails, a dirty martini.

A recruiter at heart, Jeff shares his journey of getting hired at Target Corp and how he transitioned out of …

Chambong + Amazon

October 22nd, 2019


In my 17 years of recruiting I have had the opportunity to recruit for some of the most desirable companies across the nation - - Amazon being one of them.  

Amazon's bar for talent is unmatched. 

Listen in as I chat …

Bourbon Old Fashioned + Resignation Letters

October 15th, 2019


Join me for a Bourbon Old Fashioned and let's chat about knowing when it's time to leave your current employer. 

I'm told by candidates all the …

Millennials In The Workplace + Apple Cider Mules

October 15th, 2019


Mix up an Apple Cider Mule and join in on my conversation with Lyndsey Bunger.  

Lyndsey's background encompasses hospitality, mortgage and real …

How To Show Up As Your Best Self + The Kristen Paloma

October 15th, 2019


Kristen Brown joins us in the studio to share how to show up for your BEST self - even if you are going through a hard time.  

We get personal as Kristen shares her journey of how she left corporate America after being …

Attorney Turned Winemaker + Fowler Wine

October 8th, 2019


Wine Lovers..this is episode is for you!

My dear friend Rob Fowler puts me to a wine taste test....(Spoiler Alert....I failed 😣) and chats about his journey of graduating from MIT, practicing law and embracing his love …

What Keeps Me Up At Night + Nespresso

October 8th, 2019


'Wake Up. Kick Ass. Repeat' is a mantra I live by - and drinking my morning Nespresso out of my kick ass coffee cup is a daily reminder to continue working toward the goals I've set for myself.  

So, what keeps me up …

Finding Joy With Roxane Battle

October 8th, 2019


How lucky am!?!?   Roxane Battle, award winning author, veteran television journalist, author and mom sat down with me to enjoy some bubbly as we chatted about the difference between being 'Happy' and 'Choosing Joy'.   

Brother Justus & Jodi Mayers

October 1st, 2019


"I don't think I've ever had a better whiskey in my life!" 

Renee sips on Brother Justus whiskey with Jodi Mayers, Owner of Jodi Mayers & Style Partners.

When you have a question about the whiskey you are …

The Most Cost Effective Way To Hire Talent & Surly Furious

October 1st, 2019


Did you know Surly was named after the owner's frustration with not being able to find a high quality beer?

Many hiring leaders can relate to the 'Surly' feeling of unqualified applicants applying to their openings.  

Champs With A Champ

October 1st, 2019


Superstar Stacey Stratton, marketing guru and President of True Talent Group, joins us for some bubbles and to celebrate the FIRST episode of Careers & Cocktails. 

Learn the difference between Sparking Wine, …


July 15th, 2019


Welcome to my Podcast!

If you have a job, wan't a job, need a job you are our kind of people! 

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