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Episode 092: “Living Centered through Emotionally Smart Leadership”

Featuring Dr. Ed Barron and Debbie Carroll

Today Mickenzie and Lindsey got a master-level class in leadership with Leadership Consultant Dr. Ed Barron and Onsite VP of Entertainment and Specialized Services Debbie Carroll. As Onsite Alum, and facilitators within our first-ever digital leadership course, Emotionally Smart Leadership, Dr. Ed and Debbie dig into our pressing leadership questions, discuss why they think accessing and thoughtfully managing emotions is an essential skill for any leader, and make sense of the shifts and trends we’re seeing in our workplaces.


Safeguarding Your Organization through the Mental Health Tsunami

Meet this episode’s experts

Dr. Ed Barron

Organizational Consultant

Dr. Barron is an accomplished organizational consultant, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leader, and executive coach with over 30 years of experience partnering with small non-profits, higher education institutions and large complex organizations. An expert systems analyst, Dr. Barron is well known for leading executive teams through processes that transform their strategy and culture, lead to continuous improvement, improve organizational effectiveness and increase customer satisfaction. In other words, he helps companies be better so that they can do better. 

Dr. Barron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration for the University of La Verve, a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. 

Dr. Barron enjoys reading, cycling, resistance training and all things James Bond. He has two daughters, Dr. Jessica Barron of Durham N.C. and Brittany Barron, MS of Los Angeles CA. Both of his daughters are published book authors. Dr Barron and his partner, Jennifer Edic Bryant, live in Azusa CA.

Debbie Carroll

Onsite Vice President of Entertainment and Specialized Services

Joining the team to lead Onsite’s entertainment division, Debbie Carroll is an accomplished executive steeped in the entertainment industry. Carroll has created scalable emotional health solutions in the areas of counseling, addiction recovery, human services, psychiatric care, coaching, and intensive outpatient care.

For more than two decades, she has served as Vice President of Health and Human Services for MusiCares, a charitable partner of the Recording Academy.

As the Vice President of MusiCares® Health & Human Services, Debbie was responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing MusiCares’ programs and services nationally. Under her leadership, MusiCares succeeded in substantially increasing their programs and services from 230 clients and $236,000 distributed in 1998 to over 38,000 clients and more than $28 million dollars distributed during the COVID pandemic. Ten years ago, Carroll was instrumental in launching MusiCares’ first preventative Healthy Essentials Clinic. Since then, the program has expanded to over 500 annual events nationwide that address medical issues, dental and hearing health, emotional health, addiction recovery services, and educational topics of interest to music people.

After nine years of prior experience in the human services field, Debbie joined MusiCares in August of 1998, and worked in various capacities in the health care industry, ranging from hospital settings to private practice. During the course of her illustrious career, Carroll was instrumental in developing substance abuse treatment programs in Massachusetts, Colorado, and Georgia.

Debbie currently serves on the ACM Lifting Lives, Harmonium, and Leadership Music Board of Directors and serves on the Cumberland Heights Advisory Board. She is the past Chairman of ACM Lifting Lives and is currently President-Elect for Leadership Music. She previously served as a board member of the American Heart Association and Onsite Foundation. She has been honored for the past six years with the Nashville Business Journal’s Women in Music Business Award and was recognized by Pollstar 2020 Live! as an Impact 50 Honoree.

Carroll holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Safeguarding Your Organization through the Mental Health Tsunami

How Emotionally Smart Leadership Can Help You Survive (and Thrive) Amidst America’s Mental Health Crisis

Our companies are being bombarded with workplace culture issues. As leaders, we’re having to navigate increased turnover, flexible schedules, and remote workforces, all the while trying to stay afloat admits America’s mental health crisis.

According to a recent study by Workable, 92.6% of people in today’s workforce state that mental health challenges have impacted their work. As we traverse through the “Great Resignation,” it is clear that wellness is the latest metric by which companies are being evaluated.

Join the emotional health experts at Onsite for a free 50-minute webinar exploring how addressing workplace issues from an emotional health lens will help safeguard your organization through the Mental Health Tsunami.

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