Deeper Weekend 2014

Episode 68

The Art of HR with Mathew Heggem

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Show Notes:

In Episode 68, Jason Blumer and Greg Kyte are joined by Mathew Heggem, aka The Dancing CEO, from SUM Innovation. They discuss the art of HR; the art of hiring the right team and then caring for them.

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Mentioned in the Show

Become a Thriveal Member!
Matthew Heggem
SUM Innovation
Drive by Dan Pink
Why MailerLite Spends on Employees, Not Things
Rize (krumping documentary)
Intro to Thriveal monthly call

Audio Engineering by: Aaron Dowd

Produced by: Jennifer Blumer

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Instagram: @thrivealcpas @gregkyte

This month’s guest: Mathew Heggem

Modern day renaissance man Mathew Heggem, known as the dancing CEO, is the co-founder of SUM Innovation (SUM). With three divisions providing everything from #AccTech (Accounting Technology) overhauls to full-time CFOs, this NYC-based accounting consulting firm helps fast-growth businesses transform their businesses through the power of numbers.

In the spirit of being awesome accountants, SUM’s mighty team was recently awarded the SmartCEO Corporate Culture Award for its outstanding company culture and dedication to sustainability in the workplace. As the organization’s leader, Mathew was recognized as one of CPA Practice Advisor’s 2015 “40 Under 40” honorees and was recently selected to participate as an industry expert on the advisory committee for Accountex, a highly acclaimed global accounting technology conference.

Last year, this Sleeter/Xero/QuickBooks certified pro spoke at several industry conferences on topics of leadership, organizational development, growth strategy, branding and “digital plumbing,” a.k.a. the challenge of #ZeroDataEntry and the Future of Accounting. He loves sharing ideas and has taught workshops at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and has provided individual training to emerging entrepreneurs.

Mathew also originated the #SUMTech Initiative, an annual summit that explores the intersection between accounting, technology, and entrepreneurship as it relates to trends within the SUM ecosystem; and in service to that very ecosystem, he is currently advising the nonprofit brainchild of SUM (in partnership with various collaborators), called the Mission Control Center, helping small mission-driven organizations to collaborate through a PEO & shared, backoffice platform.

Prior to SUM, he gained significant experience in the world of nonprofits and last served as the Development & Communications Director for The Bookkeeping Center, an agency that assisted individuals aspiring to enter the accounting workforce as bookkeepers. During his time, The Center was awarded for its exemplary bookkeeping curriculum by the New York City Employment & Training Coalition for supporting middle-skills jobs.

When he’s not growing organizations, he’s writing about culture, leadership, and strategy for SmartCEO,, The Sleeter Report and various other publications. He also loves building community and was an active member of NYC’s Conscious Capitalism chapter, serves as the Board President for the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, and is in the process of building a platform to connect global entrepreneurs, on a mission to lower the barriers of entry for US-bound startups, called Neuland Alliance.

In true renaissance fashion, Mathew is also an accomplished dance artist and co-founder for an NYC-based dance company, Left Side Labs, where he choreographs and performs in collaboration with Emma Batman.  As a dancer, he has worked with Nicholas Leichter Dance, ClancyWorks Dance Company, Clyde Forth Visual Theater, and Jennifer Monson. He was also a soloist for historical reconstructions of Ted Shawn and Doris Humphrey works as part of ‘The Art of the Solo.’ For over 10 years, he has presented his own work at arts festivals, cabarets, and theaters throughout the Northeast, including: Cabaret Cataplexy; Queer Art Impact’s ‘Come As You Are’ Festival and Gay Wars; various evenings at Dixon Place and The Tank; the New Dance Alliance’s ‘Performance Mix Festival’, the Gloucester New Arts Festival and the Transmodern Festival, as part of a duet company, Kineasthesia, co-directed with artist Wendell Cooper. He was also an artist in residence for the acclaimed Djerassi Resident Artist Program.  As an arts educator, he has been on faculty at the Goucher Summer Arts Institute and Experimental Movement Concepts, was a resident artist for the Trinity College LaMaMa Summer Arts program, and taught workshops for various colleges, high schools and private performing arts institutions.

Mathew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Dance, concentrating in choreography & performance, with a minor in Inter-Religious Studies from Goucher College. He also graduated from the Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program and recently completed a two-year certification in Awareness Through Movement at the Feldenkrais Institute.

Driven by Purpose. Powered by Dance. Tweeting for Life @matheggem

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