Diva Tech Talk Podcast
About This Show
Three women in technology are on a journey to share insights into leadership, innovation and breaking down the big issues women face in a tech-savvy world. We interview women leaders all around the world from CIOs and Founders, to creators and nonprofit executives, covering generations of innovation. Everyone with whom we've crossed paths has a story of success. Don’t get tangled along the way in your journey; listen in and learn from dynamic divas who share everything from balancing life duties, to negotiating, forging their way in their fast-changing industry, to (most of all) finding themselves. Follow along with us here at www.divatechtalk.com.
Divas (Co-Founders/Hosts): Nicole Johnson (@tech_nicole), Amanda Lewan (@Amanda_Jenn), and Kathleen Norton-Schock (@katensch)
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Ep 39: Janet Tyler: When to slow down and when to accelerate
Diva Tech Talk interviewed Janet Tyler, Chief Operating Officer, at Red Level Networks (www.redlevelnetworks.com). Janet’s early tech interest was enthusiastically fostered by her father. “That carried me in through college” where Janet earned an MBA in Organizational Development at Eastern Michigan University, and her computer interest was a continuous underlying theme. After obtaining her master’s degree, Janet’s first job was at New Horizons (www.newhorizons.com) where she initially trained customers in emergent applications (like Microsoft DOS). She traveled extensively, training end-users on relatively new applications, and then moved into a New Horizons marketing and operations management role. From New Horizons, Janet moved to the Franco Public Relations Group for whom she led a technology practice encompassing customers like Microsoft, Omnicom, T-Mobile, Supply Solutions Inc. and various tech startups. After four years at Franco PR, Janet “hatched an idea” with the its President to “spin off a company that was dedicated solely to the needs of technology companies:” Airfoil Public Relations (www.airfoilgroup.com ). There she was President and Chief Operating Officer. Janet grew as the company did, at one point moving to Silicon Valley. She spent 3-4 years establishing the Airfoil operation in California, before moving back to the Midwest in the middle of the 2009 recession. In 2012, she became co-CEO of the company, and helped build a highly collaborative culture. Among Airfoil accounts were eBay, eBay Motors, Microsoft, LinkedIn, PayPal, and many others including less renowned startups. In the last two years, Janet joined Red Level to help them pursue their “mission to provide IT consulting and services to companies throughout Michigan, predominantly, who are invested in technology and who innovate.” As COO, she oversees all operations and marketing. Her personal strengths include: strong communications capability, process orientation, project management skills, broad future view/vision and a sincere team orientation Being a woman has not negatively affected Janet. “I have rarely looked at myself as a ‘woman’ leader,” she said. “My lens is not geared to that.” One of her personal weaknesses, along the way, has been her occasional “negative self-talk, and self-doubt.” Now, she is achieving a greater level of peaceful, internal balance through mindfulness and meditation.
Rated 5 out of
Great topics and guests
This podcast diving into careers, projects, and advice for women in technology. The length is just right and you learn things you can use in any stage of a career in tech!
Date published: 2015-05-14