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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Apr 20, 2021


How are you embracing human connection at the workplace or home during the lockdown? Research shows that human interaction has more benefits in all aspects of life and especially at the workplace. Did you know that human connection leads to more productive and healthier teams in business?


Pete Bombaci is the founder of The GenWell Project, the Human Connection Movement, a thought leader in the space of workplace connectivity, and purpose-led leader too. The GenWell Project is a human connection movement whose mission is to make the world a happier and healthier place by reminding people about the importance of face-to-face (and virtual) human connection.


Pete shares his journey in the space of human connection working in the corporate world and how that inspired him to start the GenWell Project.


Listen in to learn the importance of human connection in the world, especially now in the middle of the pandemic. You will also learn how to be more conscious of how you use technology to supplement relationships during these very different times we find ourselves in.


Key Takeaways:

  • How human interaction and inclusion at the workplace can lead to better collaboration and productivity.
  • How to create a mentally and physically healthy world through human connection.
  • How to use technology for the positives to create human connection during the pandemic.


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Episode Timeline:

  • [0:41] Intro
  • [4:23] Why Pete started the GenWell project to educate people about human connection.
  • [6:27] How to build human interaction and inclusion within the workplace.
  • [12:14] Understanding why the concept of human connection is new in business.
  • [17:50] How the pandemic has taught us to be open to human connections.
  • [21:35] The importance of striking conversations with strangers, especially during the pandemic.
  • [24:27] Being more intentional about human connection by understanding why and doing it.
  • [26:29] Prioritizing human connection to attract and retain young and smart employees.
  • [28:56] Why businesses should be focused on helping employees build a more holistic life.
  • [33:23] Pete describes his corporate experience with human connection and what it taught him.
  • [37:58] Tips on how to utilize technology positively than negatively during the pandemic.

Standout Quotes:

  • “Social connection is the single largest preventative action that we can all take to avoid depression.”- Pete Bombaci [12:55]


  • “The last year has shown us how important it is to connect, to come together and to come back to our human needs.”- Cathleen Merkel [14:18]


  • “Businesses need to think about their people less than just employees and more holistically as human beings.”- Pete Bombaci [30:46]


  • “At the end of the day human connection is going to lead to a happier, healthier, and more successful world all around us.”- Pete Bombaci [37:06]


  • “The last year has shown us that there’s an upside and a downside to technology.”- Cathleen Merkel [37:36]


  • “When we go through it together, we always get to it a little easier.”- Pete Bombaci [43:10]


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About Cathleen: 


As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!

Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  

At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.  

With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself, she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.


Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!


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About Pete Bombaci


Pete is an expert in the field of human connection and the founder of The GenWell Project - a Canadian Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to making the world a healthier and happier place by educating people about the importance of proactive face-to-face social connection and inspiring them to take action.

Following a successful career in the beverage alcohol industry, Pete ventured into the world of cause and not-for-profits by heading up Movember Canada. Under his leadership, Movember Canada grew to become the number one fundraising country in the world, raising 142M dollars over 5 years. Since his departure, Pete has focused on the roll out of his passion project, The GenWell Project.


Although society was in need of a Human Connection Movement prior to the global pandemic, Covid-19 has raised the collective consciousness about the need for greater human connection in the world and The GenWell Project is the catalyst that intends to make that a reality.