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Outspoken with Shana Cosgrove
58 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
I’m Speaking: Lauren Lockwood, Founder & Principal, Bloom Works LLC, and Emily Wright-Moore, Principal at Bloom Works.
Remote Collaboration, Tech Efficiency, and Career Journeys.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Lauren Lockwood, Founder & Principal, Bloom Works LLC, and Emily Wright-Moore, Principal at Bloom Works LLC. Lauren and Emily give their insight on the very real effects of outdated vital government services and what can be done to mitigate those effects. They also discuss their very different paths that led them to starting Bloom and why following their passion has been so powerful. Lauren and Emily also reveal their favorite projects with Bloom and how those projects reflect Bloom’s mission. Finally, we hear what they wanted to be when they grew up, combating ageism and sexism within tech, and their advice to their younger selves!QUOTES“One of my favorite moments in a meeting was early on, working with the state. Me, Emily, and this other woman show up for our first meeting with their team to redesign some of their systems. The people from this agency walk in and the Commissioner is a woman, her deputy is a woman... they sit down with us, and they were so relieved that we weren’t just a team of dudes walking into the room.” - Lauren Lockwood [50:10]“I feel like we default to this specialist mindset. And I think being a generalist is pretty, pretty great. I like knowing a lot of things and I like pulling in a lot of past jobs and past skills. So I feel like I would just stop worrying about that. Like, it's fine” - Emily Wright-Moore [52:33]“Switching careers is not a failure, I don't think. I think it is like you learned a lot and it was good for that time, but not necessarily forever. Think of this time as an exploratory time, rather than a first step on a journey.” - Lauren Lockwood [53:14] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[01:43] Meet Lauren Lockwood and Emily Wright-Moore[02:11] How Lauren and Emily met[03:04] What is Digital Transformation?[04:57] The Cost of Inefficiencies in Vital Services[05:26] Updating Outdated Technology[08:28] What is Bloom Works?[10:04] Bloom’s Tech Stack[11:30] Bloom’s Ideal Sample Size of Users[12:51] User Groups[15:45] Lauren’s Favorite Bloom Projects[18:30] Emily’s Favorite Bloom Projects[19:57] Sharing Bloom’s Work with the World[21:00] Starting Bloom Works[21:58] Lauren’s Experience after Harvard[26:14] Lauren’s Unique Career Path[29:09] Lauren’s Work with the Mayor of Boston[30:53] Redesigning Boston.gov[31:30] What Lauren Wanted to be as a Kid[33:31] What Emily Wanted to be as a Kid[36:39] Emily’s Experience at Parsons School of Design[39:46] Correcting Misperceptions in the Industry[41:35] What is United States Digital Service[43:56] Emily’s Journey after her Tour[44:27] Lauren’s Work Background[46:31] Combating Ageism within Tech[50:04] Sexism in Tech[52:17] Advice to their Younger Selves[54:01] Lauren’s Book Club[54:37] Final Thoughts[57:44] Outro RESOURCESUS Department of Veterans AffairsIssues with Unemployment during COVIDMicrosoft OutlookGoogle MapsReactMicrosoft .netCOBOLFigmaI-CorpsUnited States Digital ServiceThink Of UsSixto CancelHarvard Business SchoolMorgan StanleyMarty WalshPythonUS Department of DefenseStanfordLockheed MartinMicrosoft ExcelRachel HaotBoston.govParsons School of DesignWhy Bureaucrats Don’t Seem to CareMikey DickersonHealthcare.govJennifer Pahlka18FTwilioMarina (Martin) NitzeUSAJobsBOS:311 AppJon StewartSheryl SandbergThe Overstory RELEVANT LINKSLauren Lockwood on LinkedInEmily Wright-Moore on LinkedIn Bloom WorksNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
64 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
I’m Speaking: Colleen McKenna, CEO and Founder of Intero Advisory, Leader in LinkedIn Branding, Sales and Recruiting Enablement, and Author of It’s Business, Not Social™
LinkedIn, Consistency, and the FutureIn this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Colleen McKenna, CEO and Founder of Intero Advisory, LinkedIn Trainer, Author of It’s Business, Not Social™, and Leader in LinkedIn Branding, Sales and Recruiting Enablement. Colleen gives her insight and professional tips on marketing yourself and your business on LinkedIn. She goes into what it is like working alongside her family, what her business work environment is like, and the way she looks at the future. Colleen also shares the catalysts of her starting her book and what that experience has been like for her. Lastly, we get to hear books that have impacted Colleen and her fun fact about Oprah Winfrey!QUOTES“Most CEOs don’t love social media. But, they will be open-minded to a business tool that will help them increase productivity and sales, find talent, help their salespeople connect with the right people, and share their content and build their brand.” - Colleen McKenna [18:10]“I’m pretty driven once I say I’m going to work on something and I like creating things...I always say I’m like the baker…So, I’m usually the person that puts it in the oven, pulls it out, puts it on the table, then other people on the team finish it up and make it beautiful. - Colleen McKenna [30:28]“I think everyone should take a look at their [LinkedIn] profile and really make sure that their profile is built out as a marketing tool.” - Colleen McKenna [37:31]“Always add value to a conversation. I think that’s my 2021 motto. Are you adding value to the conversation?” - Colleen McKenna [42:27] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[01:44] Meet Colleen McKenna[03:55] Starting a Business[06:46] HubSpot[07:48] Business Establishment[10:00] Remote Work and COVID-19’s Effect[11:05] Look-Back of the Year[13:08] LinkedIn as a Business Search Engine[14:37] Growing as a Business[18:36] Delegation and Building a Team[21:32] Pricing Services[22:33] Joyful Moments[25:23] Digital Communication and Relationships[27:01] It's Business, Not Social™[31:18] Colleen’s Children[33:41] Technology and Being a Futurist[34:29] Colleen’s Husband and Work Environment[37:27] Colleen’s Tips for LinkedIn[42:57] Treating LinkedIn Like Facebook?[45:20] Cons of LinkedIn[48:12] Connecting With New People[49:48] LinkedIn Networking and Features[52:07] Creating Content on LinkedIn[54:58] Data and ROI[58:09] LinkedIn in the Hype Cycle[01:00:25] Colleen’s Impactful Reads[01:02:06] Colleen’s Fun Fact[01:04:06] Outro RESOURCESHubSpotMarcus SheridanRiver PoolsVistage WorldwideFacebookTwitterInstagramGoogleBob Miller on LinkedInMiller Heiman Group, Inc.ZoomXeroxReid Hoffman on LinkedInThe Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman (Permanent Beta)The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid HoffmanWhat I Learned as a Young Professional During a Pandemic by Sarah BentleySarah Bentley on LinkedInLinkedIn Sales NavigatorLife Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age by Bruce FeilerThe Dutch House: A Novel by Ann PatchettOprah WinfreyPeople Are Talking RELEVANT LINKSIt's Business, Not Social™ by Colleen McKennaColleen McKenna on LinkedIn Intero AdvisoryIn:side Your LinkedIn Mastery ProgramLinkedInNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
62 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
I’m Speaking: Rebecca and Keith Scott, Founders of TallSmall Productions, LLC.
Public Speaking, Observation, and Standing Out.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Rebecca and Keith Scott from TallSmall Productions, LLC. We get to hear all about how they started and what it’s like being partners in both life and business. Communication experts, the pair provide several great tips and tricks on public speaking - omitting filler words, using anchor words, listening, having fun, and presenting yourself with open body language. Keith and Rebecca also explain how looking at the world as a stage doesn’t have to cancel out the fun or genuineness of conversation. Finally, the two share many of their experiences working with clients and how observation of others can help you be a better speaker!QUOTES“We help people communicate better. We strip away all the junk. We’re almost home organizers, but we do that for your brain and your presence.” - Rebecca Scott [04:23]“There’s nothing better than the feeling of watching somebody think they can’t do something, and then seeing that light come on in them [when they] realize they can.” “Plus, everyone can do public speaking, but the problem is… something happened between third and fifth grade that shot them down, created judgement, and they lost the ability to do it... So, it’s taking people back to a time before they had judgement, before they felt shot down by society.” - Rebecca and Keith Scott [08:03]“But, the fact is, watching people’s body language tells you more than anything else. Because typically their bodies change before the words vocalize. You’ll notice a change in their bodies, and then you’ll hear words. And then you’ve got to figure out, do the words and the body language, do they match? Or are they polar opposites? And that’s where you figure out [if] people are being real or not.” - Keith Scott [25:29] “For you to make connections, you have to be open. When we close our body, we don’t make a lot of connections. When we’re open, and we’re relaxed, that’s where we invite people in.” - Keith Scott [28:16] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[01:53] Meet Rebecca and Keith Scott[03:34] LinkedIn[04:23] What The Scotts do at TallSmall[07:37] Public Speaking[09:17] Working with Teams[12:04] Filler Words[14:32] Speaking Speed[15:29] Letting Others Be Heard[18:14] Anchor Words[24:23] Body Language[29:45] Self-Care and Self-Talk[34:08] Narrowing Yourself or Business[36:39] Have Fun![38:23] Starting TallSmall[40:20] Rebecca Growing Up[41:00] Keith Growing Up[41:25] Making Public Speaking a Living [42:15] Marriage[46:16] Working with a Partner[48:23] Sharing the Stage[51:08] Communicating Virtually[52:29] Learning by Observing the World[54:24] Advice for Younger Selves[57:29] Wrap-Up Questions[01:01:40] Outro RESOURCESHow to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale CarnegieWilliam ShakespeareAll the World’s a Stage by William ShakespeareRolls-RoyceBurger KingRELEVANT LINKSKeith Scott on LinkedInRebecca Klein Scott on LinkedInTALLsmall Productions, LLC.TALLsmall Career CoachingTALLsmall Productions, LLC. on FacebookTALLsmall on InstagramTALLsmall Productions on TwitterNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
53 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
I’m Speaking: Roy White, Veteran and IT Leader
Impact, Air Force, and Information Technology.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Roy White, a leader in the world of Information Technology. Roy’s upbringing, be it tough, was no match for the success he would have throughout his future. Roy speaks on all he’s accomplished, including joining The Air Force, obtaining experience in many senior information technology positions, and being a positive mentor to many, including his children. As someone who has been very driven since his childhood, Roy goes into the life experiences that drive him even further and make him the entrepreneur he is today. Roy also talks about what it’s like having his busy schedule all while being a good husband and father. Finally, we hear Roy’s secret to success, his “why,” and his real thoughts about public speaking! QUOTES“I did have a lot of trauma. I dealt with a lot of things, but I can say I persevered. A lot of my drive is based upon not having to go back or not wanting to go back to dealing with that and protecting my kids from dealing with whatever I dealt with.” - Roy [15:26]“A lot of the underclassmen started teasing me about “well what are you going to do Roy?... Because I never really voiced my plans of what I was wanting to do and things like that. And I said ‘Well one day I’m going to own my own business’ and everybody just busted out laughing, even the coaches and all of that. And so, that’s been my fuel for years… To kind of really push me toward business and entrepreneurship and things like that.” - Roy [18:54]“[The secret to success is] being relentless. And understanding that there is no escalator, there’s no elevator, you know, there’s no catapult or anything like that to the top. You have to take the stairs.” - Roy [34:27] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[01:33] Meet Roy[03:52] Roy’s Schedule and Working Out[06:58] Roy and Shana Meeting[09:11] Golf[12:03] Roy’s Wife[13:15] Managing Services[14:30] Growing Up[15:43] Ending Up in IT[19:37] Entrepreneurship[20:47] Air Force and Losing Scholarship[24:26] Marriage and Social Life[25:40] Party Promoter[27:55] Consortium[31:56] Wife and Children[34:24] Secret to Success[36:18] Year Plans[37:18] What Roy Would Do Differently[38:26] Roy’s Reads and Inky Johnson[42:50] Mentors[43:50] Impact, Opposition, and the “Why”[47:04] Roy’s Surprising Fact[50:08] Roy’s Ask[52:23] Outro RESOURCESMicrosoft SurfaceMicrosoft 365GoogleGoDaddyAppleWebrootPax8United States Air ForceNathan Turner on LinkedInThe PentagonBooz Allen HamiltonThe Park at 14thEventbriteCIO-SP4TikTokGrubhubCybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)Empty the Bucket by Inky JohnsonKevin HartMichael Grier with MOSAIC Technologies GroupAngie Lienert on LinkedInIntelliGenesis LLC RELEVANT LINKSRoy White on LinkedInNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
66 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
I’m Speaking: Doreen Harwood, President of the Fort Meade Alliance
Intelligence, NSA, and the Fort Meade CommunityIn this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Doreen Harwood, President of DEHarwod LLC, a small consulting business that provides acquisition support to large and small businesses within the Intelligence Community. The bulk of Doreen’s career was spent as a civilian serving the National Security Agency (NSA), in which she rose to become a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). In this episode, we talk about the ins and outs of Doreen’s time - her varying positions, what the technology was like, and being a working mom. She also offers great insight on building a high-performance team and earning trust from companies you may have yet to build a relationship with. As President of the Fort Meade Alliance (FMA), Doreen gives insight into how to lead a successful nonprofit that supports its community’s most pressing needs. Finally, we get to hear about Shana and Doreen’s first time meeting, Doreen’s favorite reads, and a surprising fact!QUOTES“[Life after high school for me] was all about living in the moment… Still very tied to my high school group. And then, at the same time, meeting lots of new people… Kind of the integration of all the new people and all the new happenings... It was all about learning and… just soaking in everything that you could. And I had a really diverse set of friends and I loved every minute of it.” - Doreen Harwood [17:23]“...there are a standard set of reliable processes and procedures that guide everyone through, …there are certain tough decisions that have to be made and they need to be made based upon facts, …but then, on top of it all, it’s the ability of… leaders to communicate and the common trust that they have that make it all work.” - Doreen Harwood [44:02]“...I said ‘I vouch for him’ So basically, “Even though you haven't spent twenty years with him, you’ve spent twenty years with me. Treat him the same. I trust him that way. I would recommend you trust him that way.’ And it actually worked. I don’t know if that works in every instance, but [it did] in this case… Get somebody to vouch for ya’. I know it sounds kind of crazy.”- Doreen Harwood [45:33] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[01:52] Meet Dorene Harwood[04:50] Growing Up[08:22] After High School and FBI[11:35] Working After High School[14:44] Doreen’s Family[17:13] Marriage[18:42] NSA[21:43] Bachelors and Masters[23:48] Program Management[26:05] Maternity Leave and Moms at NSA[30:12] Getting into Program Management[33:35] Program Management to IT[35:51] Programming Class and Technology Back Then[37:28] Senior Ranks[41:10] Building a High-Performing Team[44:27] Building Trust at NSA[46:51] Doreen and Shana’s First Meeting[52:17] Fort Meade Alliance Board[59:54] Being Your Best Self[01:01:54] Doreen’s Favorite Book[01:04:07] Doreen’s Surprising Fact[01:05:32] Outro RESOURCESThe Hershey CompanyUnited States ArmyAT&TBaltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall AirportDays of our LivesDark ShadowsThe Oprah Winfrey ShowWheel of FortuneJeopardy!Federal Bureau of InvestigationNational Security AgencyNational Security Agency Friendship Annex (FANX)Notre Dame of Maryland UniversitySt. Philip-NeriThe Young School Kunia Regional SIGINT Operations CenterPearl HarborUniversity of HawaiiNorthrop GrummanBendixFordCol. Christopher M. NylandFort George G. MeadeCol. Tracy Michael on LinkedInArmy ROTCUniversity of WashingtonLonny Anderson on LinkedInThe Fort Meade AllianceDefense Information Systems AgencyUnited States Cyber CommandKuhn Hall to be Education and Resiliency CenterThe Whiting-Turner Contracting CompanyLaguna Development CorporationThe Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoTen Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed ZakariaMontel WilliamsStairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin RELEVANT LINKSDoreen Harwood on LinkedInDoreen Harwood on The Fort Meade AllianceDoreen Harwood on The Maryland Cybersecurity Center I’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
48 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
I’m Speaking: Ashley Guchhait, CEO and Game Designer of Boba Studios, Co-Chair of International Game Developers Association, D.C. Chapter
Game Design, Speaking Up, and Passionate Visions.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Ashley Guchhait, CEO and Game Designer of Boba Studios and Co-Chair of International Game Developer's Association, D.C. Chapter. Ashley talks all about her company, Boba Studios. We get to hear what it was like finding her team throughout college, at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), how the company was built, and her experience of entering competitions and conventions. Ashley also goes into the details of her game, Squirrely Roo Rabbit. Lastly, we get to hear what Ashley has learned throughout her experiences in the industry and the ways she and her studio have improved.QUOTES“I never raised my hand in class, and when teachers called on me—even in high school—I would be so quiet because you know somebody calls on you and my throat would close up. And I didn’t know what to say and my voice would barely come out… Ironically, at this point, I am the person that talks the most at our studio.” - Ashley Guchhait [09:32]“Things that are worth it. They take hard work.”– Ashley Guchhait [29:18]“Sometimes you might get feedback that, you know, it doesn’t necessarily apply. But we always really appreciate anybody who will give us critique and talk about it from their perspective. Because all of those things are super helpful and they make what we do clearer no matter what it is. - Ashley Guchhait [38:11] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[01:53] Meet Ashley Guchhait [03:53] Boba Studios[04:27] Deciding on College[06:47] Managing Self-Talk While Creating[07:45] Maryland Institute College of Art[10:30] Ashley’s Studio Partners and MICA Majors[11:30] Life Visions and Welcoming Passions[13:22] Meeting TJ and Kyrstin[18:26] Technology Used[19:57] Boba Studios Entering Competitions[31:45] Making Money After College and Conventions[36:34] Ashley Expressing Her Visions to Others[38:30] Squirrely Roo Rabbit[44:19] Books That Impacted Ashley[47:24] Outro RESOURCESWinnie the PoohPeabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins UniversityMaryland Institute College of ArtTJ Martin on SoundCloudKyrstin Cooksey on LinkedInHarvest MoonSquirrely Roo Rabbit by Boba StudiosAlienware by DellBoba Studios Wins Up/Start Venture CompetitionTemple RunShore HatcheryDita Von TeeseMusic And Gaming Festival (MAGFest)The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a Wallflower FilmEmma Watson RELEVANT LINKSBoba StudiosBoba Studios on TwitterBoba Studios on FacebookBoba Studios on YouTubebobastudios on InstagramBoba Studios on SoundCloudNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
59 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
I’m Speaking: Danelle Barrett, Author and Keynote Speaker and Independent Director at Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Protego Trust Bank N.A. and KVH Industries Inc.
Leadership, Cybersecurity, and Transformation.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to retired Rear Admiral Danelle Barrett, former deputy CIO of the US Navy, Director of Operations at Cyber Command and Author of ‘Rock the Boat’. Danelle talks about what it was like to be a wife and mother while serving the Nation. She goes into the values of communication and importance of the transformational opportunities in life. We also get to hear about the writing and production process of Danelle’s book, Rock the Boat and what made her decide to write. Lastly, Danelle allows us to hear about her past experiences working at Disney World, what she wishes she did differently, and her ‘embarrassing mom moment.’QUOTES“So, I think sometimes we have to really be mindful and open to whatever’s coming our way. Be a little Semper Gumby, a little flexible, and leap at that opportunity that we just wouldn’t have seen or didn’t see because we were so blind [with] everything we thought we wanted.”– Danelle Barrett [12:20]“So, her dream was just as important as mine and my husband’s. So, there’s ways in families to manage that, but it takes effort, takes some coordination and stuff like that, but you know, you can’t be solely focused on your career yourself. You got to make sure that everybody else’s dreams and aspirations are just as important as yours and taken care of.”– Danelle Barrett [28:56]“...I do believe, you know, as a leader you have to look for those opportunities that are transformational. That will change something for the better.”– Danelle Barrett [36:53] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[01:52] Meet Danelle Barrett[02:59] Rock the Boat [03:37] Corporate Boards[04:58] Leaving the Navy[06:58] Going into the Navy and Working in the Pentagon[09:37] Evolution of Technology[10:10] Shifting to Leadership Roles[12:34] Women Going to Sea and the Ships[15:25] Danelle’s Husband and Daughter[16:58] Danelle’s Parents and Siblings[18:47] Being in the Navy as a Mom[22:05] Danelle’s Mother[24:40] Marriage Tips and Familial Communication[28:06] Danelle’s Daughter[30:02] Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science[33:11] Hair and Clothing[36:12] Rock the Boat[38:51] Ideas, Visions, and Evolution[41:53] Communication Systems Impacting Cybersecurity[43:51] Writing a Book and the Distribution Process[48:08] Ping Pong and Piano[50:53] Danelle’s Favorite Book[52:02] What Danielle Looks Back on[53:27] Working at Disney World[54:17] Funny Mom Moment[58:39] Outro RESOURCESUnited States NavySemper GumbyUSS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20)U.S. Department of Federal AffairsOccupational Health NurseBest in ShowUniversity of KentuckySearsAmazonElon MuskWalt DisneyNeil GaimanThe Salvation ArmyA Bell for Adano by John HerseyThe Pulitzer PrizeAll The Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrJane AustenFar from the Madding Crowd by Thomas HardyLincoln on Leadership by Donald T. PhillipsCheetahs: The World's Fastest Land AnimalDisney WorldHaunted Mansion AttractionJohn Paul JonesEpcotFederal Home Loan Bank of New YorkProtego Trust Bank N.A.KVH Industries Inc. RELEVANT LINKSRock the Boat by Danelle BarrettDanielle Barrett on LinkedInDanielle Barrett on TwitterDanielle Barrett on InstagramNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
56 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
I’m Speaking: Kendra Parlock, Executive Director at Npower Maryland.
Economic Mobility, Innovation, and Women of Color in Tech.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Kendra Parlock, Executive Director at NPower Maryland. Kendra talks about her early love of science and what growing up was like with both her parents being in the Marines. She also goes into the heart of NPower and the importance of bringing more women and women of color into the tech industry. Kendra discusses what it was like working in the mayor’s office and how her organization and detail orientation has allowed her to be successful in her career.QUOTES“That’s how innovation happens. It’s not mysterious and magical. It’s committing to and identifying a problem, asking the right questions, collecting the right data, coming up with ideas, trying them out, collecting that information. That’s when the innovation happens.”– Kendra Parlock [15:55]“There was a lot to manage and that’s where my value came in. Like okay, I can make sense of this, and I kept all of that organized.”– Kendra Parlock [21:23]“People are drawn to people who present themselves well. And so, I was able to meet more people, collaborate more, make more connections because, you know, I looked the part.”– Kendra Parlock [46:34] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[03:20] Meet Kendra Parlock[05:45] Schooling and Love of Science[07:03] Kendra’s Parents[07:45] College and Six Sigma Training[10:43] DuPont and TiO2[15:07] Organization, Detail Orientation, and Innovation[19:35] Starting at W. R. Grace & Co.[22:55] Executive MBA at Michigan State University[25:54] W. R. Grace & Co. to Mayor’s Office[29:32] Office Architecture, Community Data, and Working for the Mayor[34:20] NPower and Women in Tech[44:33] Kendra’s Style in Life and Business[46:48] Kendra’s Husband[50:02] Wrap-Up Questions[55:27] Outro RESOURCESNPowerCitiStatCabot CorporationW. R. Grace & Co.DuPontUniversity of FloridaWright State UniversityMichigan State UniversityUnited Way of Central MarylandBolton Hill Community AssociationInnovation WorksThe Daily RecordUniversity of Maryland BioParkMarinesSix SigmaFormer President Donald J. TrumpFreddie GrayCompTIA ITF+ CertificationCompTIA A+ CertificationCompTIA Security+ CertificationBaltimore Family AllianceNorthrop GrummanMaryland Institute College of ArtThings Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeAgatha ChristieBaltimore Digital Equity CoalitionBaltimore Digital Equity Coalition Community Tech Support Hotline RELEVANT LINKSKendra Parlock on LinkedInKendra Parlock on TwitterThe Daily Record Kendra ParlockNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
45 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
I’m Speaking: Diane Janosek, Women in CyberSecurity.
CyberSecurity, Confidence, and Charisma.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Diane Janosek, Training Director for The National Cryptologic School at The National Security Agency. Diane talks about her journey from practicing law to loving cybersecurity. She also discusses her involvement in nation-shaping moments such as the Bill Clinton impeachment and the Snowden disclosures. Finally, we learn how Diane’s drive has compelled her to take the CISSP, grow Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS), and read voraciously about what will affect her nation next.QUOTES“You gotta have confidence, and if you don’t have it you gotta fake it because otherwise you’re gonna be eaten alive. So, it is a learned behavior. Even for an introvert, it’s all about just knowing who you are, what you have to offer, and you’re not gonna compromise. ”– Diane Janosek [21:40]“There’s so many things that you can make a lifetime out of, so just find what you’re interested in, find your passion, meet people that are doing it, and just network as much as you can.”– Diane Janosek [39:44]“Everybody wants to [...] have sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, that they’re contributing to something bigger than themselves - and having a professional organization of camaraderie and a sense of community in your area of discipline is really important.”– Diane Janosek [32:19] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[04:12] Getting to Know Diane[05:17] Fitting into People’s Expectations[07:48] Journey From Law to Cybersecurity[11:18] Working with Janet Reno[12:40] Impeachment of Bill Clinton[13:59] Starting with the NSA[16:34] Becoming Chief Legal Officer of Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board[18:58] Gaining a Passion for Cybersecurity[20:35] Charisma of Powerful People[23:40] Skill Set Needed for Network and Information Security[24:32] Taking the CISSP[28:03] Why Technical Competency Matters as a Woman[29:30] Diane’s Family[30:55] Women in Cybersecurity[34:42] Books that Influenced Diane[36:07] Diane’s Reading Habits[39:14] Advice to Younger Professionals[40:36] Diane’s Creative Outlet[44:31] OutroRESOURCESWomen in Cybersecurity (WiCyS)CybHER Warrior AwardsCybersecurity Association of MarylandDreamportFormer President Ronald ReaganChecks and BalancesDepartment of JusticeJanet RenoImpeachment of Bill ClintonChuck RuffGeneral Paul M NakasoneRobert DeitzPrivacy and Civil Liberties Oversight BoardJudge Patricia WaldFormer President Barack ObamaDavid MedineRachel BrandFormer President Donald TrumpSnowden DisclosuresNational Intelligence UniversityJustice Ruth Bader GinsburgSection 702 and Section 215ISSOCISSPJustice Sandra Day O’ConnorYale Law SchoolDrexel UniversityJustice Sonia SotomayorDr. Ambareen Siraj501(c)(3)The Cyber Effect by Dr. Mary AikenCode Girls by Liza MundyLittle Sisters of the PoorSaint Jeanne JuganFeedlyGoogle AlertsInternet of ThingsPointillismRELEVANT LINKSDiane Janosek on LinkedInDiane Janosek on TwitterNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
61 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
I’m Speaking: Amanda O'Donohue, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Experience Officer at Nyla Technology Solutions.
Trusting Your Gut, Growing, and Being a Leader.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Amanda O'Donohue, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Experience Officer (CXO) at Nyla Technology Solutions. Amanda discusses the value of the culture at Nyla and her journey with Shana for the past six years. She also talks about being a leader and the dynamic with her team. We get to hear a good bit of advice on trusting your gut, growing, and getting out of your comfort zone. Lastly, Amanda goes into her regrets, superpowers, and how she got away with shoving a pie in Shana’s face!QUOTES“I feel like in business and in life, there’s not always a right answer or wrong answer. So, you have to go with what you think is best and be okay with that.”– Amanda O'Donohue [19:36]“I think if you can’t experiment and try out new things, you can’t grow.”– Amanda O'Donohue [34:25]“I think there’s something validating [to knowing] that you following your gut is working. You’re making good decisions. I think that’s the biggest thing is it’s given me a lot more confidence.”– Amanda O'Donohue [54:56] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[02:35] Meet Amanda O'Donohue[03:59] Growing Up Wanting to be a Pharmacist[04:43] Forensic Chemistry and Trying New Things[05:44] Growing Up in Buffalo[07:02] Work During and After College[08:52] Meeting Shana[13:52] Starting at Nyla[15:28] Staying at Nyla[17:34] Before Nyla and Becoming a Leader[19:18] Figuring it Out and Team Dynamic[27:17] Moving Back Home[30:01] Culture and Experience Working at Nyla[34:49] Philanthropy at Nyla[39:03] Shoving Pie in Shana’s Face![40:22] Programs Amanda Found for Nyla[44:26] Getting a Business Coach[47:07] Amanda’s Superpowers[49:35] Recruiting[50:59] Regrets and Growing[52:16] Amanda and Shana’s Dynamic[54:21] Amanda’s Favorite Book[55:09] Wrap Up Questions[60:39] Outro RESOURCESThe Daily Record Leading Women AwardUniversity at BuffaloTowson UniversityMentholatumHUBZoneDISARachel Hollis ConferenceK9s For WarriorsHabitat for HumanityChromebookCollington Square Elementary/Middle SchoolJodi Hume on LinkedInEd Mullin on LinkedInBaltimore Robotics CenterGary Bonner on LinkedInPCs for PeopleHiring Our Heroes (HOH)Courtney Davis on LinkedInMaryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP)Governor Larry HoganNSAThe 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell RELEVANT LINKSAmanda O'Donohue on LinkedInNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
78 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
I’m Speaking: Jennifer Banwart, U.S. Senate Candidate for NC.
Changing the World, Authenticity, and It’s PossibleIn this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Jennifer Banwart, U.S. Senate Candidate for North Carolina. Jennifer talks about what it’s like running for Senate and what all compelled her to get into politics. She also touches on her college experience and the bold personal decision she made to build herself a valuable foundation. Additionally, we get to hear about Jennifer’s experience with the NSA, her decision to leave the government, and how she went from living a private life to being up front in the public eye.QUOTES“Intelligence is messy. People have to be comfortable with that if they’re going to thrive in it.” - Jennifer Banwart [46:53] “You can see that if you start to do things in a certain way, other people will start to do things a certain way and eventually you’re changing the world. And you have to believe that that is true. It’s possible.” - Jennifer Banwart [67:34] “I’ve always tried to be kind, as much as I could. And sometimes my kindness has been mistaken for weakness and I’m not afraid to come out and show it when I need to. But I’ve always tried to come from a place of remembering my manners, respecting other people, being humble and believing that there’s something bigger than me, but be firm. Be pragmatic, but be firm.”– Jennifer Banwart [71:45]TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[03:09] Shana and Jennifer[06:25] Working for and Leaving the Government[08:36] Family Meetings and Listening[11:03] Growing Up and Family[16:54] Early Interest in Politics[18:34] Deciding on College[21:25] American University[24:17] Nyla Technology Solutions[24:50] Energy and Bob Dole’s Campaign[27:57] Transferring to Whitman[32:04] Work After College[35:16] Student Debt[35:54] Meeting Recruiters and Deciding[37:24] Marriage and Having Children[38:17] Interviewing at NSA and CIA[39:10] Jennifer’s Career at NSA[44:40] National Counterterrorism Center[46:59] Jennifer’s Christmas Card[48:01] Running for Senate[52:13] Moderate Republican[54:27] It’s Possible[59:40] Overview of Jennifer’s Campaign[67:47] Private Life to Public Eye[70:48] Wrap Up Questions[77:57] OutroRESOURCESU.S. Department of DefenseSecretary of Defense Medal for ValorLaboratory for Analytic SciencesNC State UniversityCasioFamily TiesSesame StreetThe Electric CompanyRonald ReaganJoffrey BalletNYUAmerican UniversityNewt GingrichBob DoleUrban OutfittersDC InsiderWhitman CollegePythonSQLOlive GardenCIANSANational Counterterrorism CenterMichael LeiterSenator BurrFederal Election CommissionNelson MandelaTim FerrissTed CruzVáclav HavelRELEVANT LINKSJennifer Banwart on LinkedInJennifer Banwart on TwitterJennifer Banwart on InstagramJennifer Banwart on FacebookJen Banwart for U.S. SenateNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, would you take a moment to give us a 5 star review and I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
55 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
I’m Speaking: Teresa Shea, Vice President of Cyber Offense and Defense Experts for Raytheon Intelligence and Space.
Cybersecurity, NSA, and Working Mom In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Teresa Shea, Vice President of Cyber Offense and Defense Experts (CODEX) for Raytheon Intelligence and Space. Teresa talks about her 34 years with the NSA and her experience being surrounded by talented and motivated individuals. We also hear about her family and what childcare was like for her and her husband as working parents. Teresa also gives her two cents on priorities, promotions, and team building. QUOTES"It’s going to take us a long time to recover from [the pandemic]. As women, we just need to help each other. We need to be aware, and empathetic, and when these women are ready to come back to the work force, open the door, help them get in." – Teresa Shea [04:58]“I’m a proponent of constant defense. I don’t believe we’re going to get to a hundred percent secure networks anytime soon. I am a believer in you just constantly have to defend. Build in resiliency.” Teresa Shea - [14:04]“Behavior is critically important. Behave in the way you want others to emulate. You want to create that culture that thrives in that kind of environment.” – Teresa Shea [42:25]TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[02:36] Meet Teresa Shea[03:12] Priorities[05:16] Teresa’s Kids and Grandkids[07:13] Teresa’s Position at Raytheon[08:48] Offense Vs. Defense[17:05] Growing Up and Family[24:00] Nyla Technology Solutions[24:34] Working and College as a Woman[29:07] Electrical Engineering and Teresa’s Husband[30:42] Childcare[32:24] Working and Appearance[35:26] Work at the NSA[38:52} Women in Cybersecurity and Speaking Up[41:30] Advice on Promotions and Team-Building[45:13] Being a Working Mom[50:35] Wrap-Up Questions[54:40] OutroRESOURCESGeorgia TechNSAIn-Q-TelRaytheon Intelligence & SpaceGeorge W. BushBarack ObamaNational Intelligence Distinguished Service MedalWilliam J. Donovan Award ®Distinguished Civilian Service AwardHilton HeadU.S. NavySimple File UploadSoftware Social PodcastCDCGeorgia SouthernPurdue UniversityChris InglisJen EasterlyAnne NeubergerDHS“The Woman Who Smashed Codes” by Jason Fagone“The Wolves at the Door” by Judith PearsonRELEVANT LINKSTeresa Shea on LinkedInNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, please give us 5 stars and I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
32 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
At The Table : Cathy King, Software Developer and Project Manager at 20/10 Solutions
In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Cathy King, Software Developer and Project Manager at 20/10 Solutions about the power of being a working mother. Shana and Cathy discuss growing up together as next door neighbors, the impact of Nyla’s wise words, and the value of geeking out with coworkers. Cathy imparts advice on a wide range of topics from staying relevant in your field to making time for your children as a working parent.QUOTES"I just remember one time - and this stuck in my head - Nyla said, ‘Hey Cathy, you know that you could be a mother, but you can also have a career. You know that don't you?’” - Cathy King [03:53]“I felt, ‘Am I going to be able to do this?’ and then it clicked. And that was like, ‘I can do this’. I was probably about your age then. ‘I can learn this,’ and I did.” - Cathy King [20:30]“You have to pat yourself on the back because I don’t think people get what you do, and it’s like that with a lot of things. You know, I don’t know how airplanes fly, I just get on it and want it to work. When you put something together, especially if you’re doing web programming, there can be no errors.” - Cathy King [22:43]TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[00:53] Meet Cathy King[02:45] Cathy and Shana’s Mother[05:29] When Cathy First Realized that she Excelled at Math[06:47] Interest in Computer Science[08:26] How Cathy put Herself Through School[08:56] Life After Graduation[09:42] McDonnell Douglas[11:00] Talking Salary[11:29] Meeting her Husband[12:39] Leaving Pittsburgh for California[13:28] Life as a Working Mother[16:33] Software Advantage[18:45] Keeping up with Technology[21:20] Cyber-Security Coding[21:37] Geeking out With a Friend[23:04] Working for her Brother[23:59] Careers of Cathy’s Children[25:13] Book Recommendation[26:16] Being Strong[26:43] Best Advice Cathy Ever Received[28:08] Tips on Being Working Parents and Marriage[29:54] Love of Sports and Basketball[30:18] Shana on how Cathy Inspired her[31:34] OutroRESOURCESDefinition of NebnoseThe Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch AlbomSlippery Rock UniversityTitle IXUniversity of PittsburghMcDonnel DouglasMicrosoft AccessCold FusionAsp.netModel-View-ControllerVisiting AngelsThe Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria VanderbiltRELEVANT LINKS20/10 SolutionsCathy Warner on LinkedinNyla Technology Solutions I’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday.Live well, Shana
54 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
At The Table : Fred Fauth, Vice President at Nexxis Solutions
In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Fred Fauth, Vice President at Nexxis Solutions, about his current professional role and the varying architecture for his current and past companies. We get to hear about his side businesses including renting out properties, One Project Closer, and the benefits and experiences he has gained from them. Fred also speaks on growing up, college, and how it all led him to a life around computer science.QUOTES"If an employee feels like, ‘I go into work everyday and I make a meaningful contribution to the world, to this customer space,’ and the customer comes out and says, ‘I love the people, I love the engineering, I love the results I get from this small business,’ that’s a match that is really unparalleled." - Fred Fauth [14:56]“Our thought process around this is, if you do what’s right for your customers and your employees, and that relationship is killing it, and you’re being really thoughtful about the fiscal aspects of the business so that you’re making good decisions, that should leave a lot left over to make a big difference in the local community.” - Fred Fauth [16:13]Word of mouth is one thing - 'yeah you should come in and meet this person.' But it's really great if it's 'You should come in and meet this person, and by the way go check out the website and you'll see everything you need to know about working for this place.' It's all about multiple brand impressions and building relationships with folks through multiple venues.” - Fred Fauth [27:29]TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[01:32] Meet Fred Fauth[01:56] Capture and Meeting Shana[06:05] Role at Nexxis Solutions[07:52] Small Companies[10:44] Hiring Expert Support[13:06] Architecture for Praxis vs. Nexxis[16:59] Shana and Fred’s First Lunch[20:09] Technical Architecture[23:43] Working from Home[25:31] Nyla Technology Solutions[26:06] Website Development[28:43] Growing Up[34:34] College[36:09] Booz Allen[37:59] Fred’s Wife and Children[41:23] Side Businesses[49:13] Being Busy in a Relationship[50:35] Wrap-Up Questions[53:21] OutroRESOURCESPraxis EngineeringBooz Allen HamiltonSlackSquarespaceLoyola University MarylandAirbnbThe Simple Path to Wealth by J L CollinsRELEVANT LINKSFred Fauth on LinkedInNexxis SolutionsOne Project CloserNyla Technology Solutions I’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday. Live well, Shana
36 minutes | May 18, 2021
At The Table : Nick Luby and Susan Zhang, Founders of The Concert Truck
In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to professional pianists and founders of The Concert Truck, Susan Zhang and Nick Luby. The pair talk about the beginning stages of starting their business and what it’s like performing concerts in a truck! They also speak about their other musical experiences such as their education, teaching piano, and their entrepreneurial view of the industry. QUOTES"The only reason to do music is the music itself." Nick Luby - [09:40]"There are a lot of ups and downs with learning to play an instrument, or really learning any craft well. I think that it’s good to experience that. Even when you’re young. Because you learn that to get better than anything, you’re going to have to feel those uncomfortable feelings. And that’s an important part of the process." Susan Zhang - [13:13]“If you’re a great improviser, then you’re automatically a good composer because improvisation is spontaneous composition.” Nick Luby - [16:14]TIMESTAMPS[00:04] Intro[01:00] Nick Luby Musical Excerpt[01:30] Meet Nick Luby and Susan Zhang[02:08] Teaching Piano[04:20] Meeting and Creating The Concert Truck[07:54] College[09:03] Family[10:25] Susan’s Education Experience[10:53] Susan Zhang Musical Excerpt[11:25] Susan’s Parents[12:00] Kids Starting in Music[14:33] Vulnerability and Improvisation in Music[17:13] Success[17:49] Adopting The Concert Truck[19:47] Entrepreneurship[21:54] Nick Luby and Susan Zhang Musical Excerpt[22:23] Entrepreneurship Continued[25:03] Nyla Technology Solutions[25:36] Driving The Concert Truck[27:37] First Concert to Now[33:37] Wrap Up Questions[35:35] OutroRESOURCESJohns Hopkins Peabody InstituteGilman SchoolWesleyan UniversityJohann Sebastion BachWolfgang MozartLudwig van BeethovenFrédéric ChopinSouth Carolina Arts CommissionUniversity of South CarolinaEastman School of MusicSamuel BarberNikolai KapustinSergey RachmaninoffSouth Carolina Piano FestivalArthur Fraser International Piano CompetitionDallas Symphony OrchestraFour Seasons Chamber Music FestivalThe Kennedy Center The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigalRELEVANT LINKSThe Concert TruckUpcoming Events with The Concert TruckThe Concert Truck on FacebookAbout Nick Luby and Susan ZhangNick Luby on LinkedInSusan Zhang on LinkedInSusan Zhang on TwitterNyla Technology SolutionsI’d love to hear from you -- your feedback is important to me and I read all of it. If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll give us 5 stars. I’ll be sure to thank you via email. If not, let me know what you think we should do differently. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe” so you’ll receive notifications about guest interviews and other topics that drop every Tuesday. Live well, Shana
47 minutes | May 11, 2021
At The Table : Chris Petty, Senior Manager at Blue Origin
In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Chris Petty, Senior Manager at BLUE ORIGIN. Chris talks about her love for systems engineering and her experiences in the field as a biracial female. She also goes into her working with astronauts, her passion for space systems, and her newfound excitement of managing people. QUOTES"You know, I’ve just naturally been interested in engineering. I’ve always been kind of an engineering nerd, science and math nerd, STEM." - Chris Petty [12:48]"In this modern day and age, we’re working on incredibly complex systems and trying to deliver them on timelines that are ridiculously short. That’s just the speed of business today. You know, the speed of financing those programs. And so, trust becomes a major factor in how fast you can actually execute." - Chris Petty [42:19]“Look at yourself and are you really listening to people or are you just waiting for the chance so you can talk? You know, you’re never going to have trust with somebody unless they can trust that you’re listening to them.” -Chris Petty [43:58]TIMESTAMPS[00:04] Intro[01:02] Meet Christina [03:00] Sierra Nevada[04:47] Contracts[06:42] Systems Engineering[08:18] BLUE ORIGIN and Managing[11:21] Growing Up[13:20] Working With Astronauts[14:22] Habits and Moving[16:05] Nyla Technology Solutions[16:40] High School[19:29] Internship at Orbital[21:18] College[26:08] First Job After College[28:26] Northrop Grumman[34:28] Career Experience as a Biracial Female[40:19] Wrap-Up Questions[47:06] OutroRESOURCESSierra Nevada CorporationDream Chaser®NASANASA’s Commercial Resupply ServicesSpaceXBLUE ORIGINNew ShepardU.S. Army®Atomic Habits by James ClearJames Clear’s Habit JournalMisfits MarketThomas Jefferson High School for Science and TechnologyGar-Field High SchoolThe SATOrbital SciencesMicrosoft AccessHarvey Mudd CollegeMITZontec SystemsNorthrop GrummanXPRIZE FoundationCSEPJohn’s HopkinsBrooke Owens FellowshipThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyLeading Change by John P. KotterRELEVANT LINKSNyla Technology SolutionsChris Petty on LinkedIn
45 minutes | May 4, 2021
At The Table : Robert Miller, Senior Vice President Missile Defense and C5ISR Business Development at Parsons Corporation
In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Robert Miller, Senior Vice President Missile Defense and C5ISR Business Development at Parsons Corporation. Robert talks about his being in the Navy, his start in cryptology and customer success. He also speaks on growing your business and even tells us about his and his twin brother’s side hustle. QUOTES“Don’t be afraid of change. You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable, I think, for you to truly grow not only as a person but as a professional. You can’t be afraid of change.” Robert Miller - [27:13]“It takes a lot to build up your reputation, but it takes only a little to knock it down.” Robert Miller - [29:49]“You should always take a role that intimidates you.” Robert Miller - [31:51] TIMESTAMPS [00:04] Intro[01:03] Meet Robert Miller[01:50] C5ISR[04:42] Business Advice[06:32] Robert’s Typical Day[08:33] Military and College[11:04] Beginning in Cryptology[13:54] Customer Success[15:57] Listening and Gender[17:19] Growing the First Business[18:01] After First Business Was Sold[20:48] Large Business Subcontractor[23:08] Parsons’ Differentiators and Core Services[27:03] Robert’s Advice[28:37] Comfortable Being Uncomfortable[32:28] Best Decisions Along the Way[33:45] Side Hustle and Robert’s Brother[35:27] Wrap-Up Questions[44:57] OutroRESOURCESDepartment of DefenseNavyGwinnett Technical CollegeDits and DahsRIMPACNSAHarvarddetectwise™Missile Defense And C5ISR at ParsonsOGSystemsNational Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyThe Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben HorowitzNyla Technology SolutionsAmazonRELEVANT LINKSRobert Miller on LinkedInParsons
46 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
At The Table : Stephanie Beben, Chief Data Scientist at Nyla Technology Solutions.
In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Stephanie Beben, Chief Data Scientist at Nyla Technology Solutions. Stephanie talks about her journey from being a Music Industry Major to becoming a Data Scientist. She also touches on topics such as data stability, women in the industry, and her interest in the culture of her workplace.QUOTES“Everything about data science is multidisciplinary.” - Stephanie Beben [11:17] “I’ve seen so much value over my experience to diverse teams and it’s more challenging and it takes more effort to include people with differing backgrounds and experiences and everything. But it brings out such a much more robust and well-thought-out and well-envisioned final product.“ - Stephanie Beben [40:26]“The career satisfaction of going to work and actually - what I’ll say - using your powers for good very generally because I think there’s a ton of fields out there that you can apply those skills to.” - Stephanie Beben [42:20]TIMESTAMPS[00:04] Intro[01:35] Meet Stephanie Beben[02:36] Being A Chief Data Scientist at Nyla[04:22] Cyber Analytics[05:59] Where Does Cyber Data Come From?[08:20] Increasing Mobile Society[09:41] Data Stability [10:47] Professionally-Exciting Problems[11:55] Growing Up[14:51] Music [16:33] University Experience[24:31] NSA Internship and Development Programs[27:37] Women in Computer Science and Data Science[31:02] Data Scientist Label[32:38] Training[33:30] Coming to Nyla[35:30] Nyla’s Culture and Inclusivity [41:58] Stephanie’s Advice[42:52] Stephanie’s Favorite Book[44:12] Unknown Fact about Stephanie[46:01] Outro RESOURCESNortheastern UniversityQuinnipiac UniversityDepartment of DefenseJavaPenn State UniversityTexas A&M UniversityNSABooz Allen HamiltonSilo Series by Hugh HoweyMaestro by Roger Nierenberg RELEVANT LINKSNyla Technology SolutionsStephanie Beben on LinkedIn
41 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
At The Table : Gary Bonner, Executive Director at PC’s for People.
In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Gary Bonner, Executive Director at the Baltimore PC’s for People. Gary speaks on the importance of digital literacy and how PCs for People, a social enterprise, provides low-cost devices to those who may not have them readily available. He also touches on how his parents shaped his world view, and how this was the catalyst of Gary’s life of helping others.QUOTES“During my time I was [in the military], I really began to feel my heartstrings tug at me more towards an occupation that allows me to help people on a much, much larger scale. Particularly the people who were like the kids that I went to school with.” - Gary Bonner [05:13] “The real issue with digital literacy is: There is no greater barrier to economic mobility than the inability to compete in a digital world. ” - Gary Bonner [28:37]“You have a voice, you have a story you want to tell, do you want to blog, do you want to compose music? You know, these are all things that you can do through your device. And don’t look at it as something you’re just going to write letters on and do homework on.” - Gary Bonner [38:12] TIMESTAMPS[00:04] Intro[01:32] Meet Gary Bonner[02:47] Air Force[06:11] World View and Family[10:05] Ins and Outs PCs for People[15:44] Apple Devices[16:42] Social Enterprise[18:18] Techs and Warehouse Workers[21:45] Safety Processes[23:20] Starting a Nonprofit During a Pandemic[24:52] Leaving Healthcare to Start Nonprofit[25:40] Solving the Problem[30:46] Success Stories[33:36] Wrap-Up Questions[40:25] OutroRESOURCESThe University of Texas at AustinROTCMicrosoftWhiting-TurnerCapital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty RELEVANT LINKSGary Bonner on LinkedInPCs for PeopleContact Information for Maryland’s PCs for PeopleGary’s Email
50 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
At The Table : Susan Katz, CEO of Susan Katz Advantage.
In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Susan Katz, CEO of Susan Katz Advantage. Susan talks about being a business coach and what an ideal business owner looks like to her. She also touches topics such as what starting a business is like, what to look for in a coach, and living from your empowering belief. QUOTES"Just knowing something doesn’t mean you will change. You can read all the self-help books in the world -and I call them ‘shelf-help’ because you read them, they sit on the shelf- if you do nothing, nothing changes. " - Susan Katz [13:45]“We all have a choice whether we want to stay in the limiting belief or whether we want to live from our empowering belief.” - Susan Katz [20:53]“I would say that a coach is also someone who should be pushing you out of your comfort-zone. Because staying comfortable doesn’t cause growth. Getting uncomfortable causes growth.” - Susan Katz [39:30] TIMESTAMPS[00:04] Intro[02:44] Meet Susan[04:39] Client Engagements [06:57] Coachable Clients[11:33] High-Performers and Ambitions[15:38] Mindset and Story Exercise[22:59] Becoming a Business Coach[28:56] Finances Starting a Business[30:57] Susan’s Husband[32:39] Turning Down Business[34:16] Starting a Business is Hard![36:17] Business Coaching Now Vs. When Susan Started[37:56] What to Look For in a Coach[41:29] Wrap-Up Questions[50:01] OutroRESOURCESChicago BullsBaltimore RavensThe Talent Code by Daniel Coyle Trust Me by Nick MorganPrentice Hall (Pearson)Wolters Kluwer101 Ways to Enhance Self-Concept in the Classroom by Jack CanfieldChicken Soup for the Soul by Jack CanfieldThe Success Principles by Jack Canfield RELEVANT LINKSSusan Katz AdvantageSusan Katz on LinkedInSusan Katz Advantage on FacebookSusan Katz Advantage on YouTubeCreate Your Dream Job by Susan KatzNyla Technology Solutions
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