Creating an Ensemble Work Environment with Omar Abdullah, VP of Marketing & Outreach at Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education

By Jeremy Weisz posted 04-19-2021 10:55 AM


Omar AbdullahOmar Abdullah is the Vice President of Marketing & Outreach at Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education. In this role, he helps raise awareness about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy through marketing, branding, communication, sales, and advocacy.

Prior to joining Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education, Omar was an interdisciplinary scholar and communication consultant. He taught courses at the University of California, Davis, and Texas A&M University and has spoken at conferences and facilitated workshops at Trinity University and SXSW. In addition to this, Omar is a former stand-up and sketch comedian who has performed in venues across the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Omar Abdullah talks about a pivotal moment in his life: moving from India to the US at age 15
  • Omar’s journey from comedy to philosophy — and how that shaped his dissertation
  • Using improvisation and comedy in the corporate world
  • How to understand and embrace your “why”
  • Omar’s career goals and how he got involved with Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education
  • The importance of showcasing your ensemble — both in comedy and in business
  • How did the pandemic impact Omar’s organization, and what are his predictions for the future of work?

In this episode…

According to Omar Abdullah, collaboration and discovery are key elements to a great work environment. As he says, leaders should surround themselves with talented people, uplift their team, and reflect on their “why.” So, what steps can you take to start implementing these ideas into your leadership approach?

With a background in both comedy and philosophy, Omar specializes in helping leaders in the corporate world activate their intellectual curiosity and effectively grow with their team. As an individual, this means embracing your “why” and building a career based on your passion. On a team level, Omar suggests you focus on showcasing your ensemble and building a non-hierarchical, collaborative environment that will take your company to the next level.

In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco is joined by Omar Abdullah, the Vice President of Marketing & Outreach at Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education. Omar discusses his journey from comedy to philosophy, how he boosted morale during the pandemic, and his strategies for implementing improvisation into the corporate world. He also shares the steps you can take to create a collaborative, growth-centered work environment. Stay tuned for more!

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