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The Employee Life Cycle (ft. Jennifer Grillo & Clarisce Tolston)

AHFter Hours Podcast

December 6, 2021

31 minutes

The Employee Life Cycle (ft. Jennifer Grillo & Clarisce Tolston)

How to attract, engage, and inspire your people


Jennifer Grillo – Director of HR at AHF. Based in New York, Jennifer has been with AHF for eight years and helped the organization optimize the strength of the team and help employees make the best of their time at AHF.

Connect with Jennifer: LinkedIn

Clarisce Tolston – Director of Talent Acquisition at AHF with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She’s passionate about bringing the best possible resources to the AHF family to help fuel development and personal growth.

Connect with Clarisce: LinkedIn


[4:48]Seeing Your Impact

Finding a responsive career path

The AHF team shares how their work at the organization is rewarding because its impact is so present in their day-to-day work. There’s collaboration and the reward of seeing that collaboration measurably improve the lives of the people AHF serves. Can we all find work that brings the same types of rewards?

[7:47]Grow Yourself, Grow Your Career

Personal growth is the hallmark of a career

Looking for a job that will help you grow your career? Look for one that will help you grow yourself. Find a place that will invest in you not only as an employee but as a human being and watch how your options open and you achieve more than you ever thought you could.

[20:37]Your Manager Isn’t Just Your Boss

A teammate and partner in all your work

This week’s guests emphasize that a manager at any organization shouldn’t just be the person that gives you assignments and lets you know whether you’re doing a good job. They should be someone with whom you can discuss what you’re striving for, what excites you, what paths you want to pursue next— and someone who helps you achieve those things.

[22:20]Stay Curious

Find your impact by looking

It’s easy to get into a role or career we enjoy and become stagnant. We forget that we have ideas, forget that we have impact. We forget how much our insights and perspectives matter. Remain curious and seek out opportunities to not only help grow your organization but also grow yourself. Always be on the lookout for new roles within your organization, even (or especially) if it’s something that may challenge or stretch you.



The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the world’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization, operating in 45 countries globally. The mission? Providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy for everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

The AHFter Hours podcast is an official podcast of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, in which host Lauren Hogan is joined by experts in a range of fields to educate, inform, and inspire listeners on topics that go far beyond medical information to cover leadership, creativity, and success. 

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Lauren Hogan is the Communications Manager for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and has been working in a series of roles with the Foundation since 2016. She’s passionate about increasing the public visibility of AIDS, the Foundation's critical work, and how everyday people can help join the fight to make cutting-edge medicine, treatment, and support available for anyone who needs it.


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