Episode 27: The Future of Returning to Work with Dr. Scott Ostdiek and Eddie Fredericks

Mar 4, 2021 | Community Connections Podcast

E27 The Future of Returning to Work with Dr. Scott Ostdiek and Eddie Fredericks

On this episode of The Future of Work we are joined by Dr. Scott Ostdiek and Eddie Fredericks, Co-Founders of WorkingAware. They share their fascinating story of how they met and how their mutual love of great local restaurants brought them together to start WorkingAware. WorkingAware provides customized post-pandemic workplace infection control planning solutions and Safer Workspace Certifications. Dr. Scott Ostdiek shares his experience as an infectious disease doctor and how he wants to leverage his knowledge and experience to help businesses get back to work and do it safely. Eddie brings his business background and a powerful partnership was formed.

This is a great episode for business owners who are looking for information and resources on what strategies to put into place to create a healthy work environment. If you are swimming in the recommendations and are unsure which protocols are effective and what things apply to you and your business – this is a great episode, packed full of advice and offers listeners ideas on first steps.

WorkingAware provides customized post-pandemic workplace infection control planning solutions and Safer Workspace Certifications. They help your company meet and exceed all the relevant guidance in a way that works right for your own unique business operation, utilizing the knowledge of an infectious disease physician with over 20 years of experience in the management and development of infection control planning. From providing education and training, to onsite assessments or full certification, WorkingAware helps businesses work safer for their employees, partners and customers.

Dr. Scott Ostdiek is the Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of WorkingAware. He leads the workspace evaluation and authors the customized recommendations in our reports, incorporating all of the guidelines that are relevant to a particular business setting. He grew up and went to college and medical school in Nebraska before moving to Phoenix to start his pediatric training in 1990. He went on to do three years of specialty fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases and then came back to serve the children of Arizona in 2000.

He is a Board-Certified Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician with over 22 years in practice and has had 18 years of experience as the Medical Director of the Infection Prevention Department at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He is currently the Section Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine (Phoenix).

He is an active member of national infection prevention and infectious diseases organizations and spent four years on the Steering Committee for the Infection Prevention Directors Forum of the Children’s Hospital Association, an international organization of over 200 of the largest children’s hospitals from around the world.

Eddie Fredericks is Managing Director and co-founder of WorkingAware. He manages the business operations, with a focus on business development and partner relationships.  He is integrally involved in our reporting process, ensuring that WorkingAware always provides best-in-class quality of content in a manner that results in an excellent experience for our customers.

Eddie has spent most of his career in business development and sales management, creating business-to-business solutions that are equally high in integrity as they are business-friendly. His experience consulting and advising local and national businesses of diverse sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, helps guide our services so that they are readily actionable and easier for companies to implement. He has worked in or supported a broad range of businesses, including, manufacturing sectors, retail, and the food service industry.

Eddie moved to Arizona in 1993 to attend Arizona State University and lives in Tempe, AZ with his wife and family. He is passionately committed to supporting local Arizona businesses in his community.

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Kyle McIntosh

With a background in marketing, in various for profit and not for profit companies, Kyle McIntosh wondered, “How can I pair the passion and commitment to community progress of a non-profit with the sustainability and reach of a for profit company?” From this question and perspective a mission evolved to tear down the false distinction between the two sectors and to promote companies with Conscious Capitalism® business models through MAC6.

Kyle is the President and Creative Excitant of MAC6.  Day to day, his main operational role is on the “spaces” side of the business, focusing on creating thriving communities in the commercial office buildings, the co-working space, and the co-manufacturing space.  The other role that he plays is that of EOS implementer, working with clients to bring the Entrepreneurial Operating System, from the book Traction® to their businesses.  Additionally, he sits on the boards of Conscious Capitalism Arizona, telling the stories of good businesses in Arizona, and The Tempe Chamber of Commerce, sustaining Tempe’s quality of life and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

Kyle loves Arizona and wants to see us all collectively find great success based on the awesome things that are happening here every day.

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Jennifer Burwell joined MAC6 in 2013. Jennifer is their VP and Director of Programs. She uses her experience in real estate, team development and management to seamlessly integrate each of the MAC6 business units to assure they are all focused on the long-term company vision. She is also a student of human behavior.

As a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, she uses her knowledge to facilitate culture-focused leadership programs with organizations of all sizes to integrate the company’s values and create higher-performing teams.

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