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She+ Geeks Out Podcast
70 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Episode 105: Beyond Leaning In with Melanie Ho
Melanie Ho, author of BEYOND LEANING IN: Gender Equity and What Organizations are Up Against, sits down with Rachel and Felicia to discuss the cumulative and ripple effects of discrimination against women in the workplace. The novel offers unique insights in a fictionalized (but very familiar) office as men and women try (and often fail) to create an equitable and supportive workplace. Rachel and Felicia also discuss the app Clubhouse, and look back at their own early career experiences.
42 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Episode 104: Meghan Markle and The Royally Toxic Institution of Whiteness
She+ Geeks Out Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion facilitators Fatima Dainkeh and Jacquis Watters sit down to respond to Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special. Fatima and Jacquis look at the Royal Family’s connection to and complicity with the institutions of whiteness and white supremacy, and why it’s dangerous to separate institutions from people. They also dive into the universality of Meghan Markle’s experiences as a Black woman, how we can all think about dismantling racism in our own families, and a legacy of support within BIPOC communities.
60 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
Episode 103- The Wonderful World of DEI Metrics with Erika Powell
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion experts Felicia Jadczak, Fatima Dainkeh, and Erika Powell talk about the myriad of ways companies can meaningfully measure the impact of DEI programs, how to move on from initial benchmarking data, destigmatizing DEI data, what metrics are important to track, and how to measure some of the "squishier" parts of inclusion.
63 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Episode 102: Back to Work! Job Searching in the Age of 'Rona with the Career Contessa
Boy are you in for a treat! We spoke with the incredibly wise Lauren McGoodwin, aka the Career Contessa, to talk all things job search! We got super practical. We got fantastic answers to these questions and more! I feel overwhelmed by the different options of going back to school to get my masters in CS, getting a certificate, going to a bootcamp, or just trying to transition internally onto a software engineering team at work. Of course time and money are things I am heavily considering, and the opportunity cost of having to cut down time at my current job to pursue a program. Do you have any advice on what is the best path? How do I search for a new job while furloughed and pregnant? Is applying to jobs online worth it when people are saying that most new hires are based on referrals? Especially for people just starting out? How do you explain getting fired when applying for jobs? I realized through COVID that despite being in my current field for 10 years, I want to change careers. I know I’m going to have to start a few rungs down the ladder than I currently am, but how do I get a hiring manager to look at my application for those more junior positions without looking overqualified and out of left field. Is “loyalty” a thing anymore? If someone has a few jobs in a row of 12-18 months, does that start to raise red flags about loyalty or jumping ship? How long do I need to stay? How do you go about asking for the salary range of a position if it’s not stated in the listing? Is that seen as too bold to ask directly during an initial interview? Marijuana is legal in my state, but it seems like there’s still a lot of confusion around this. How could someone address this for a new job with a drug screen if I’m using it legally, either recreationally or medicinally? What’s the best way to address career gaps? I took some time off when having children, but when I start to apply to go back, I’ll have a 6 year gap in my resume. How do I make sure I’m considered as a candidate with no recent experience? Learn more about Lauren, get all of your career needs met, and buy her new book, Power Moves! Did you like this episode? Subscribe, rate, review and reach out to us on the social media platform of your choice. Tell us who you’d like to hear from, ask us questions, or just say hi!
62 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Loneliness & Belonging with Cat Moore
Cat Moore. She is a delight and a joy. And has probably the best head of hair we've ever seen. Cat is the Director of Belonging at University of Southern California & President & Chief Communications Officer of ReHuman, which is an app that helps us create strong relationships among friends, family, coworkers, + neighbors. We talk about loneliness, belonging, and how her CLICK (Connect As Is – Listen First – Investigate – Communicate Kindness – Keep in touch) framework is needed now more than EVER. Quick Links: Cat Moore Salon.com article on loneliness & belonging Spectrum News video on CLICK Did you like this episode? Subscribe, rate, review and reach out to us on the social media platform of your choice. Tell us who you’d like to hear from, ask us questions, or just say hi!
92 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
Episode 100: Felicia & Rachel Reflect and What Even Is Time?
She+ Geeks Out Co-CEOs Felicia and Rachel are interviewed by SGO team Fatima and Vienna on this very special 100th episode of the She+ Geeks Out podcast! We got INTO it... after 5 official years, and 7 unofficial years of working together, there's a lot to reflect on! Hear what we had to say on the following questions. Here's to another 5 years! What have you been up to? How would you answer that 5 years ago? 3 months ago? Now? What’s been the most valuable advice anyone has given you? What is the most surprising lesson you’ve learned through SGO? What are some of the biggest challenges as a business owner that have come up? (Funding? Investing?) What does it mean to you as a business owner to celebrate the 5 year anniversary? How has your personal life changed over the last 5 years? What do you think the next 5 years hold? What’s next for SGO? How have you grown or changed as a facilitator? As an employer? As a person? What’s something you’ve had to let go of as a business owner, and how did it feel? What has been your most awkward moment? Peak and Pit- What has been the best moment of SGO? The worst moment? What are you currently geeking out about?
64 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Being a Better Ally with Karen Catlin
The world is a dark place, and Felicia and Rachel intro this episode recounting their feels. The interview starts 15 minutes in, where they interview the wonderful Karen Catlin, author, coach, and advocate for inclusive tech workplaces. Karen spent 25 years in tech as a software engineer, VP, and CEO. Then she moved into leadership coaching, speaking, and advocating for a more inclusive workplace. She's also the force behind the incredible Better Allies, a resource we reference often! Please note that we recorded our interview with Karen on May 15th, 2020. Quick Links: Better Allies Karen Catlin Jacon Collier Our Feminism is Intersectional. Black Lives Matter. Did you like this episode? Subscribe, rate, review and reach out to us on the social media platform of your choice. Tell us who you’d like to hear from, ask us questions, or just say hi!
54 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Making Shift Happen with Edie Stringfellow
Edie Stringfellow is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at MassBio, an organization dedicated to advancing Massachusett's leadership in the life sciences to grow the industry, add value to the healthcare system, and improve patient lives. We wanted to talk with Edie as someone who is on the forefront of the work toward finding a solution to COVID-19 from a diversity and inclusion lens. Before our interview with Edie, we spent some time processing the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Muhlaysia Booker, George Floyd, and Tony McDade, as well as the video of Amy Cooper's dangerously racist language toward Chris Cooper in Central Park. Please note that this was recorded last Thursday, before the weekend's protests and violence occurred (which we will have more feels on in an upcoming episode). Quick Links: MassBio Making Shift Happen discussions If you're looking for more resources to fight racism, head over to our podcast on intersectional feminism and black lives matter. Did you like this episode? Subscribe, rate, review and reach out to us on the social media platform of your choice. Tell us who you’d like to hear from, ask us questions, or just say hi!
59 minutes | May 19, 2020
Not So Sotto Voce with Liz Cass
Liz Cass is a producer, educator, arts leader, and active operatic performer. As if that's not enough, she's also the founder and the Executive Producer of the award-winning LOLA (Local Opera Local Artists) and serves as the Executive Director of the Armstrong Community Music School. Wow! So we were honored to get to spend some time geeking out with her about all things opera, running a business, education, and more! Liz is simply a delight and we were inspired by her optimism, goofiness, creativity, and sincerity. We are officially fans and we're sure you'll be too! Quick Links: Liz Cass's website Lizzie Cass on Instagram LOLA Austin My Brilliant Friend Below Deck - Bravo Limoncello Flamingos kissing We’ve got some great events coming up! See our latest events over here or sign up for our community or diversity, equity, and inclusion newsletters to get the latest news! Did you like this episode? Subscribe, rate, review and reach out to us on the social media platform of your choice. Tell us who you’d like to hear from, ask us questions, or just say hi!
50 minutes | May 12, 2020
Inclusion in the Workplace with Bärí A. Williams
Bärí A. Williams is Head of Legal for Human Interest, a company offering an easy and affordable 401(k) retirement plan for the modern workforce, and published author in the New York Times, WIRED, Fortune, and Fast Company. We virtually sat down with Bärí to discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and how it's more important now than ever. Quick Links: Bärí A. Williams website Diversity in the Workplace book Bärí onTwitter We’ve got some great events coming up! See our latest events over here or sign up for our community or diversity, equity, and inclusion newsletters to get the latest news! Did you like this episode? Subscribe, rate, review and reach out to us on the social media platform of your choice. Tell us who you’d like to hear from, ask us questions, or just say hi!
38 minutes | May 5, 2020
Being Successful in Customer Success with Gemma Espineira
Gemma Espineira, VP of Global Success at Decibel, talks with Felicia and Rachel about all things customer success-- what it is, what it takes to thrive in the role, and why it's such an important job, now more than ever! Oh yeah, and of course we geek out about bunches of random things. Links below! Quick links: Find Gemma on LinkedIn Reformation clothing 12 week workout program by Heather Robinson Money Heist We’ve got some great events coming up! See our latest events over here or sign up for our community or diversity, equity, and inclusion newsletters to get the latest news! Did you like this episode? Subscribe, rate, review and reach out to us on the social media platform of your choice. Tell us who you’d like to hear from, ask us questions, or just say hi!
45 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
Creating Community with Erica Kuhl
Erica Kuhl was instrumental in building the Salesforce community from its infancy. Late last year she decided to take all of her incredible experience and share it with others so they could benefit. Erica drops some critical knowledge on what community means, how to grow community, what to focus on, and why it's more important than ever. Quick Links: Erica's website Erica's blog Erica's story on working remotely Erica's mentor & coach, Joanna Bloor We’ve got some great events coming up! See our latest events over here or sign up for our community or diversity, equity, and inclusion newsletters to get the latest news! Did you like this episode? Subscribe, rate, review and reach out to us on the social media platform of your choice. Tell us who you’d like to hear from, ask us questions, or just say hi!
34 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Crushing COVID with Karina Popovich
Karina Popovich is a first year student at Cornell, but that barely defines her, as she’s also a serial entrepreneur (read, problem solver). She is a self-defined maker who is currently bringing together a community of other makers to create 3D printed face shields for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. An avid lover of STEM, she has built a company called Wear Alpha, a 3D printed clothing company, and a nonprofit called Connect with Tech, which introduces STEM to underrepresented communities. And she’s 19. We don’t know how she does it either, but we asked, and we learned. Listen in and we hope you’re as inspired as we were! Quick Links: Karina's website Makers for COVID-19 Makers for COVID-19 GoFundMe Wear Alpha Karina on Instagram and Twitter We've got some great events coming up! See our latest events over here or sign up for our community or diversity, equity, and inclusion newsletters to get the latest news! Did you like this episode? Subscribe, rate, review and reach out to us on the social media platform of your choice. Tell us who you'd like to hear from, ask us questions, or just say hi!
64 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable with Cheryl Porro
It's been almost two years (or, um, two millenia?) since we spoke with the lovely Cheryl Porro, founder of rth (pronounced earth!) labs, former CTO of Thrive Global, and former SVP of Technology & Products at Salesforce.org! We talk about the opportunities that present themselves during moments of change. For Cheryl, she was ahead of the curve, so we talk about how moments of change can be one way to find what we're here to do. Felicia and Rachel also spend some time in the first part of the pod catching up on our favorite things in the world and all the things we're working on to make this world a little bit shinier in a time when it doesn't feel so shiny. Links to all the things below! Cheryl Porro - rth labs Episode 84 with Cheryl Porro Project Drawdown Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything DEVS NailedIt Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend Cat Ski Mask We've got some great events coming up, particularly if you're in a career quagmire or unemployed. 4/14 - Virtual Happy Hour with Brightcove 4/17 - Virtual Career Coaching Event 4/24 - Virtual Job Fair 4/28 - Virtual Geek Out with Buildium If you want to be connected and learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion, check out our upcoming virtual events! 4/15 - Webinar: Supporting Colleagues during Times of Crisis 4/29 - Virtual Meetup: Embodying Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at your Startup
49 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
Getting Happy with Sarah Shewey
It's the year 2020 and a global pandemic has taken over the world. IRL events are canceled everywhere and many are forced to get super freaking creative with how to stay connected. This is why we were so excited to speak with Sarah Shewey! Sarah is the Founder of Happily, a nationwide network of over 50,000 independent marketers, producers, coordinators, and assistants, specializing in delivering effective strategy and sustainable operations for conferences and popups with some of the world’s biggest brands. Her experience as an early team member of TED and a whole host of other events led her to the creation of Happily. We talked about the probletunities of being an event organizer and business owner in these challenging times. We also talk about Sarah's incredible glasses, her upcoming nuptials, making fashion masks, and more! Quick links: Find Sarah at Happily See her get married at the coolest wedding event ever (4/25/2020) Get the pattern for Ashton Michael fashion masks Get her baller glasses Watch a TED talk Try the Icebreaker tool to connect with others Did you like this episode? Subscribe, rate, review and reach out to us on the social media platform of your choice. Tell us who you'd like to hear from, ask us questions, or just say hi!
52 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
She+ Geeks Out is Back!
Hey team, we're back! In this time of uncertainty and reflection, we decided to bring back something we absolutely love... our podcast! In this first episode in a while, we catch you up on a few things both professionally and personally, and you'll meet our incredible new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Facilitator, Fatima Dainkeh. She shares her journey and we talk about why this work is more important than ever!
56 minutes | Jun 26, 2018
Going Off-Script with Aubrey Blanche
We promised a round two, and we're delivering! Felicia went to San Francisco to support their new City Organizer, Lorin Bond, and met up with Aubrey Blanche, this time in person, at Atlassian's offices! Aubrey's changed her title from inclusion to belonging and they get into all the reasons why in this super fun and informative interview. ALSO this is our last podcast for a while. We're taking a hiatus! If you're devastated, tell us, and it will motivate us to get this puppy back on, but for now, we've decided to take former podcast guest Janet Comenos' advice and focus! Happy summer! For a complete calendar of events, visit www.shegeeksout.com!
60 minutes | Jun 19, 2018
Dropping Wisdom with Nikki Innocent
Nikki Innocent is not only a She Geeks Out ambassador and diversity and inclusion facilitator, but she is also the Founder of marketing consultancy Story & Voice and a women's leadership coach. All the things! Nikki is always inspiring and she had a ton of wonderful pearls of wisdom to share. Go on and listen, then share your authentic voice! For more She Geeks Out, visit www.shegeeksout.com.
76 minutes | Jun 12, 2018
Bustling with Abbey Adkison
Rachel went to NYC to support their new City Organizer, Marisa Marquez, and they interviewed the very lovely Abbey Adkison, Senior Video Producer for Bustle! We checked out their sweet offices and learned all about not only what Bustle is all about, but how Abbey fell in love with her work. Listen on and be inspired! For a full schedule of events and show notes, visit www.shegeeksout.com.
71 minutes | Jun 5, 2018
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Fatigue with Aubrey Blanche
We have been fangirling over the very smart, very kind, and very funny Aubrey Blanche, Global Head of Diversity & Belonging at Atlassian. As always, we start with exploring how she got to have this fancy cool title, and then dig into what it all means. Atlassian released their second report on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in US Tech and talked about what people are sharing... a sense of fatigue when it comes to tackling issues around diversity and inclusion. This is part one of two... In the second episode, coming out in a few weeks, Aubrey explores why we're moving beyond inclusion and talking about belonging. Stay tuned! For a full schedule of events and show notes, visit www.shegeeksout.com.
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