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Tech in the Right Direction
29 minutes | 2 days ago
Overcoming Obstacles and Self-Doubt to Drive Change
This week's guest is Jane Wiseman, CEO of the Institute for Excellence in Government. This consulting services organization helps state and local government clients with strategy development, policy analysis, program implementation, and performance management. Jane is a seasoned government innovation and data analytics thought leader, strategy consultant, and experienced board member for social enterprises and non-profits. Today we talk about Jane's move into the tech industry and how she became an executive-level leader within her organization. We also talk about how women can drive change in male-dominated industries by overcoming their self-doubt and knocking down obstacles. Thank you for listening; we hope Jane's story helps inspire others to seek or grow their tech career.
44 minutes | 9 days ago
How-to Envision Success and Accomplish Your Goals
This week's guest is Heather Doran, Chief of Staff for Business Applications Marketing & Global Industry at Microsoft. Heather is an enthusiastic leader with a proven record of implementing high-performing marketing, operations, and event strategies. She has an innate ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams to successfully develop a vision based on customer-focused insights and data that delivers results. Today we talk about Heather's move into the tech industry and how she moved her way up through the ranks at Microsoft. We also talk about how women can find success and break down barriers in a male-dominated industry. Thank you for listening; we hope Heather's story helps inspire others to seek or grow their tech career.
51 minutes | 16 days ago
How AI and 3D Modeling is Changing the Apparel Industry
This week's guest is Whitney Cathcart, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at 3DLOOK. This AI-first technology company has built a patented mobile body scanning technology that measures fully dressed people with the highest precision of accuracy in seconds. Their fit-tech solution is allowing the fashion and apparel industry to catch up with modern times. Today we talk about Whitney's move from the applications space into the fit-tech industry and how 3DLOOK is helping modernize fashion and apparel. We also talk about how women are becoming a driving force in technology and how staying curious can keep this drive going. Thank you for listening; we hope Whitney's story helps inspire others to seek or grow their tech career.
36 minutes | 23 days ago
How We Can Invest in Women to Shape a Better Future
This week's guest is Momei Qu, the Senior Vice President of PSP Growth - the growth equity arm of PSP Partners. They focus on leveraging their multi-faceted experience and expertise across vital economic segments, including business & technology services, housing, and industrials. Their approach is centered on investing in innovative high-growth software and tech-enabled services companies that drive efficiency and disrupt the status quo. Today we talk about how Momei's passion for technology started and how her tech career grew into a senior-level position with PSP. We also discuss the importance of investing in women and how that investment can pay dividends down the line. Thank you for listening; we hope Momei's story helps inspire others to seek or grow their tech career.
45 minutes | a month ago
Transforming Industries through Tech Innovations and Challenging the Status Quo
This week's guest is Sowmya Murthy, Chief Customer Officer with Seven Lakes Technologies - a SaaS company that focuses on empowering people to gain insights and take timely action on Production, Capex, Opex, Reserves, Regulatory and Compliance metrics of over 100,000 wells of the 1 million wells in the US. Sowmya has a passion for measurable revenue growth outcomes by implementing disruptive business strategies, product roadmaps, and market leadership campaigns for B2B technology companies. She has 15+ years of insights in leading product marketing, demand generation, brand awareness, strategy consulting, and start-up initiatives. Today we talk about how Sowmya's career in tech started and how it grew into an executive-level position. We also talk about the power of technology and how it is transforming industries. We also discuss owning your position as a woman in executive-level leadership and how women can challenge the status quo. Thank you for listening; we hope Sowmya's story helps inspire others to seek or grow their tech career.
48 minutes | a month ago
Designing Tech Products to Solve Modern Day Problems
This week's guest is Elisabeth Bohlmann, VP of Client Strategy for December Labs - a company that focuses on building vibrant and game-changing products for Enterprise corporations, such as Google, Accenture, Zurich, Santander & Nest, along with Silicon Valley’s top-funded startups and growth-stage companies. Elisabeth is a versatile cross-functional marketing executive specializing in defining and developing custom marketing solutions with aesthetic precision and timely execution. She has developed and led projects for iconic brands such as Mattel, NBCUniversal, Food Network Latam, NBA Latam, Concacaf, Sony Music, Universal Music, Univision, sports clients, and celebrities. Today we talk about Elisabeth's early beginnings in tech and how her passion for tech products grew into a full-time career. We also talk about designing tech products with a solution-based mindset. Thank you for listening; we hope Elisabeth's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
22 minutes | a month ago
How Government and Tech are Working Together to Create a Better Tomorrow
This week's guest is Jen Snyder, Chief Evangelist at GovQA - a provider of SaaS-based collaboration tools enabling the nation's top cities, counties, and state agencies to process complex work while facilitating internal and external communications in a highly secure environment. Jen is also a guest speaker and moderator for government events, roundtables, and associations with nearly fifteen years of experience in the state and local government space - plus another ten years managing local and international business development initiatives for B2B tech companies. Today we talk about Jen's move to the tech industry and how GovQA is helping build a better tomorrow. We also discuss the different opportunities women have when entering the tech industry and finding what fits them best. Thank you for listening; we hope Jen's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
Creating Representation in Technical Roles
This week's guest is Kris Blackmon, the Chief Channel Officer at JS Group - a management consulting firm specializing in creating impactful indirect go-to-market strategies for tech firms. Kris has been in the channel market for several years now, which she has used to develop her skills and grow into an executive role within JS Group. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and her volunteer efforts bring her a deep sense of fulfillment. Today we talk about Kris's career journey and how she found herself working in the tech industry. We also talk about her passion for making a difference regarding women's career opportunities and growth - especially in more technical roles. Thank you for listening; we hope Kris's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
How-to Rise Above and Become a Leader
This week's guest is Holley Hunt, Sales Director at IntelliSite - an organization that focuses on turnkey IoT solutions that build out to a wide range of managed applications that create connected businesses and actionable outcomes. Holley has been passionately involved in the security industry for over 20 years. She currently represents innovations in IoT, AI, and Computer Vision for smarter and more secure solutions. Today we talk about Holley's beginnings in the tech industry and how she became a director and leader at IntelliSite. We also discuss the challenges women face when entering the tech industry and how to rise above these challenges to become leaders within an organization. Thank you for listening; we hope Holley's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
How-to Break Barriers for Women in Tech
This week's guest is Shindy Chen, the Founder and CEO of Scribe - a global financial content consultancy and agency based in New York. As a former guest contributor and on-air expert for media outlets such as The Huffington Post and Cheddar TV, she wrote on fintech, credit, lifestyle, career, and travel advice. She has also authored three books: "The Credit Cleanup Book" (Praeger) was published in 2014. Its sequel, "Credit Score Hacks" (Scribe) released in September 2017 and hit #1 on 2 Amazon Bestseller lists in its first week of release. "The First Time" (Scribe), released in February 2017, hit 3 Top 10 Amazon bestseller romance lists. Today we talk about Shindy's beginnings in the fintech industry and what led her to start her own company. We also talk about how women can advocate for themselves and overcome challenges such as the gender pay gap. Thank you for listening; we hope Shindy's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
How-to Grow Women's Presence in the Tech Industry
Christine Bongard is the President of the WIT (Women in Tech) Network, and she is joining us in this week’s episode to discuss the amazing work her organization does. The WIT Network is present in over 30 countries worldwide and it is working diligently on encouraging women and girls to pursue careers in the technology sector, enable more women to attain leadership positions and support more female entrepreneurs in their professional endeavors. Christine talked to us about including more girls in the tech world through working with schools, creating work environments that are more welcoming to women and insisting on inclusion strategies. She emphasizes the importance of inspiring and coaching each other to gain confidence needed for a successful career in the fast-paced technology industry. Despite the long road that is still ahead, Christine is confident this is a great time for women in technology as companies are opening up and more opportunities are being offered to marginalized groups. Tune in to learn more about Christine's efforts and pick up on some great advice that she shared with our listeners.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Why Understanding Data Is Critical for the Success of Your Business
Joining us in this week’s episode of our podcast is Sarika Malhotra, a dynamic business leader who spent over 25 years consulting companies around the world, helping them with their IT needs. Today, Sarika is the founder and CEO of C3IT Software Solutions and a community leader at IAMCP, a not-for-profit working with the Microsoft Partner Channel, however she told us her amazing journey in the world of technology started by mistake. Sarika almost followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the army as a medical professional, but her drive and ambition led her down a different path. A bold and energetic entrepreneur that she is, Sarika understands how critical data analysis is to run a successful business which is why she focuses on helping large enterprises comprehend and utilize information in the best way possible with the goal of transforming and bettering their business. Her work, however, does not stop there. Sarika is also engaged with the international partner community to encourage diversity at the workplace. She is an active proponent of inclusion of people with different backgrounds and aside from telling us about her professional endeavors, she shared her thoughts on the significance of workplace diversity.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
The Importance of Mentorship in Your Career Journey
This week's guest is Sarah Haggard, the Founder and CEO of Tribute. A peer-to-peer mentorship platform that enhances team collaboration, learning, and productivity by creating real-time access to knowledge sharing via micro-mentorship. Sarah is an innovative people and business leader who has led multiple start-up initiatives within her decade-long career in Product Marketing at Microsoft, raising $40M to scale her last business. She is an expert in P&L management, enterprise software, and GTM strategy. Sarah's tenacity and drive for results led to her being recognized as a turnaround expert and new business incubator. Today we talk about Sarah's beginnings in the tech industry and what led her to found Tribute. We also talk about the importance of mentorship and how it can help shape your career. Thank you for listening; we hope Sarah's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
How-to Lead the Way for Positive Change in Technology
This week's guest is Sherlaender (Lani) Phillips, the VP of US Channel Sales for Microsoft. Lani brings over 20 years of experience in managing transformation in technology and inclusive leadership. As a recognized member of Microsoft leadership, Lani has been a driving force behind creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce which in turn has made Microsoft a centerpiece for positive reform within the tech industry. Lani's story of creating positive change is an inspiration to everyone facing the challenges in today's tech culture. Lani credits her success to her personal experiences, the people she's surrounded herself with, and the education she’s sought out. She also credits a few books that have helped her along the way: Inclusive Leadership: The Definitive Guide to Developing and Executing an Impactful Diversity and Inclusion Strategy: - Locally and Globally Inclusive Leadership: From Awareness to Action THRIVE: The Facilitator's Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings Lani's work and story will continue to leave an indelible mark on the world of technology. You can continue to follow her story when her book arrives in 2021. We want to thank you for listening and we hope that Lani's story inspires you to be a part of the transformative change that is taking place in the world of technology.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
How-to Overcome the Challenges Women are Facing In Tech
This week's guest is Gavriella Schuster, Corporate VP of Commercial Partners at Microsoft. Gavriella currently leads a global portfolio of channel partners that has influenced over $1 trillion in ecosystem revenues through Microsoft's fastest-growing ecosystem. She has over 20 years of leadership in digital and cloud transformation roles, driving strategy and execution spanning all aspects of the business model and product development, launch, marketing, sales, and partner development. As a builder and change agent, she has built and turned around businesses by inspiring a vision for future customer relevance and engaging teams in developing the roadmap. Today we talk about Gavriella's beginnings in the tech industry and how she became an executive-level leader at Microsoft. We also talk about the challenges women face when entering the tech industry and how to overcome those challenges. Thank you for listening; we hope Gavriella's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
28 minutes | 3 months ago
Developing Your Skills to Stand Out from the Field
This week's guest is Evelyn Sheahan, Director of Business Programs for Azure Cloud and AI at Microsoft. She has a background in technology, business management, and marketing. Evelyn has a wide range of corporate and field experience and has worked in sales-enablement programs developed to drive multi-million-dollar sales with increased efficiencies. Today we talk about Evelyn's beginnings and how it eventually grew into a role at Microsoft. We also talk about the challenge’s women face within tech and how important it is to develop your skills to stand out. We also talk about how important it is to find a mentor who can guide you in the right direction. Thank you for listening; we hope Evelyn's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
How Real Change is Created by Market Leaders
This week's guest is Aja Hill, Director of Modern Workplace Customer Success - Federal at Microsoft. Aja's primary focus is on ensuring Microsoft customers achieve full adoption of their Microsoft Teams technology. She does this by giving the customer full visibility into what they own, developing plans to train end-users to use the technology, and encouraging end-users to make the technology their own.Today we talk about Aja's beginnings in marketing within the music industry and how she eventually grew into a role at Microsoft. We also talk about the challenges women are facing within tech and how market leaders like Microsoft are taking action.Thank you for listening; we hope Aja's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Global Perspective: How-to Grow Your Organization
This week's guest is Leonie Moos, the Head of Program at Grace - Accelerate Female Entrepreneurship. Leonie previously worked at a fintech company in the e-commerce industry and a venture capitalist firm. Her global industry experience has allowed her to become an expert on how to grow a business with worldwide capabilities.Today we talk about how a global perspective can help organizations improve and grow a worldwide presence. We also discuss the importance of promoting female entrepreneurs and some advice for females’ entrepreneurs just starting.Thank you for listening; we hope Leonie's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
How-to Spark Your Career and Grow as an Individual
This week's guest is Binna Kim, the President and Co-Founder of Vested - Communications Agency. She is an experienced financial services communications consultant, working with large and small financial brands on strategy and execution. Leveraging creativity and pragmatism, she worked with firms to craft a compelling strategy with impactful results. As an integrated communicator, she thinks holistically about how brands can leverage the communications mix to deliver ROI.Today we talk about how certain people and experiences help spark career inspirations. We also talk about how different industries have evolved to make room for women, but more work remains. Thank you for listening; we hope Binna help inspire others to grow their tech career.
50 minutes | 4 months ago
How-to Grow a Diverse and Inclusive Organization
This week's guests are Megan McCann, Jane Hamner, and Leslie Vickrey. Megan is an established IT recruitment and technology services leader known for building and leading highly successful IT services firms and for her work to advance diversity and cultivate talent across the technology industry. Jane is a dedicated and seasoned IT staffing professional with more than 30 years of experience delivering top technology talent and IT solutions to businesses. Lastly, we have Leslie, an enterprising Chicagoan with a keen entrepreneurial spirit, focusing on making a difference in the tech and business community.Today we talk about how different journeys can bring people to a single place and create a shared mission. Our different talents, passion for diversity, and affinity to technology led us to each other and has allowed us to grow diversity and inclusion within tech. We will also look at how everyone can help make a difference in the tech industry by driving a diverse and inclusive workforce.Thank you for listening; we hope Megan, Jane, and Leslie help inspire others to grow their tech career
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