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Women in Business & Technology
53 minutes | a year ago
060 - Getting clear on values with Microsoft’s CMO Chris Capossela
Colleen and Sonia are officially closing up shop! This is the final episode of Women in Business & Technology. We’re celebrating with a phenomenal guest: Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer and committed ally, Chris Capossela. Chris shares more about his career as well as his broader team’s culture journey. Our hosts wrap with a conversation about legislation banning race-based hair discrimination.
39 minutes | a year ago
059 - Building a modern union of women with The Riveter CEO Amy Nelson
Colleen and Sonia share their plans for closing out 2019. Colleen interviews Amy Nelson, the Founder and CEO of The Riveter, a modern union of women fighting together for equity of opportunity for all working women. They talk about Amy’s journey into entrepreneurship and positioning motherhood as a superpower to investors. Finally, our hosts wrap the show with a study that shows that women are addressed less often by their formal professional titles than their male counterparts.
57 minutes | a year ago
058 - Committing to inclusive leadership with Author Jennifer Brown
Our hosts start the show with Sonia’s recap of a month on the road. Then, Colleen interviews Jennifer Brown, an award-winning entrepreneur, diversity & inclusion speaker, consultant, and author of the new book: How to Be an Inclusive Leader. The two discuss the responsibility of leaders to get educated on and invest in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Colleen and Sonia wrap with a conversation about a letter of solidarity from women members of parliament to Princess Meghan Markle.
57 minutes | a year ago
057 - Securing the Seat with The Memo Founder and CEO Minda Harts
Our show starts with a segment spotlighting the Female Founders Alliance Ready Set Raise accelerator. Then, Microsoft Content Strategist Ashley Walls interviews Minda Harts—the Founder and CEO of The Memo. They discuss Minda’s new book, The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table in front of a live audience of Microsoft employees affiliated with Women@Microsoft and Blacks@Microsoft. Our hosts wrap the show with a conversation about the first all-woman spacewalk.
44 minutes | a year ago
056 - Connecting global talent to opportunity with Legalpad COO Sara Itucas
Our hosts kick off the show by amplifying M12’s announcement of the second Female Founders Competition. Sonia interviews Mihika Iyer, a young podcaster who has been producing the show InspireHER. Then, Colleen has a conversation with Legalpad Co-founder and COO Sara Itucas about immigration, work visas, and the necessity of global talent. Finally, our hosts wrap with a conversation about a study that showed that startups with female founders raise more venture cash.
45 minutes | a year ago
055 - Sharing the full picture with Grace Hopper Celebration Chair Vidya Srinivasan
Sonia provides a recap on the recent #MicrosoftEvent in New York City where seven new Surface products were revealed. Colleen interviews Microsoft Senior Program Manager of Mixed Reality, AR, and VR and General Chair of the Grace Hopper Celebration, Vidya Srinivasan. Finally, our hosts wrap up the show with a conversation about gender diversity on boards, and how important it is to actual board directors.
39 minutes | a year ago
054 - Getting acquired for millions with serial entrepreneur Linda Rose
Our show intro is now Sonia’s Travel Corner, and she brings us up to speed on her globetrotting. Colleen interviews serial entrepreneur Linda Rose about her new book, Get Acquired of Millions: A Roadmap for Technology Service Providers to Maximize Company Value. Our hosts then discuss the list of the Forbes 100 Most Innovative Leaders, and the aftermath of featuring only one woman on that list.
37 minutes | a year ago
053 - Detangling ego from diversity, equity, and inclusion with Dr. CI
Colleen interviews Dr. Cheryl Ingram, the Founder and CEO of Diverse City LLC—a DEI consulting firm—and Inclusology—a company building DEI enterprise software. Sonia and Colleen discuss the McKinsey Global Institute report titled “The Future of Women at Work: Transitions in the age of automation.” Sonia distributes a challenge to commit to more inclusive hiring practices.
54 minutes | a year ago
052 - Cultivating community with Sarah Haggard and Les Alfred
We kick off our Community Connect segment with Sarah Haggard, the founder and CEO of Tribute, a modern mentorship add for the enterprise. Then, Colleen interviews Les Alfred, the founder of Balanced Black Girl Media and the host of the Balanced Black Girl Podcast. Our hosts wrap the show with a conversation about Greta Thunberg’s carbon-neutral journey to the UN Climate Action Summit.
47 minutes | a year ago
051 - Revisiting the history of Silicon Valley with Professor Margaret O’Mara
Sonia and Colleen reflect on a recent speaking engagement supporting early-in-career professionals. Colleen sits down with Chloe Csadenyi-Benson, the founder of Gather Seattle—a platform bringing together creatives in the Pacific Northwest. Producer Lexi Swanson interviews University of Washington Professor of History Margaret O’Mara about her book, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America. Our hosts wrap the show with a conversation about Athleta’s sponsorship of Allyson Felix.
59 minutes | a year ago
050 - Making money move with Laura Clise and Tori Dunlap
Sonia and Colleen celebrate the milestone of Episode 50! Then, we hear from Intentionalist Founder and CEO Laura Clise about intentional spending. Sonia interviews Tori Dunlap, the founder of Her First $100K—a money and career platform for millennial women. Our hosts wrap the show with a discussion about 25 Dutch venture capitalists who have committed to realizing more equitable funding of female founders.
55 minutes | 2 years ago
049 - Building a sense of self-belief with author Maxie McCoy
Sonia and Colleen are back from (separately) vacationing in Alaska! We hear from Cheri Wells, a program manager of TechRoots, a community for diverse talent in the tech industry. Then, Colleen interviews author Maxie McCoy about her book, You’re Not Lost: An Inspired Action Plan for Finding Your Own Way. Finally, our hosts wrap with a conversation about the U.S. Women’s National Team’s win at the Women’s World Cup, and the fight for equal pay.
72 minutes | 2 years ago
048 - Shutting the doors with serial entrepreneur Avni Patel Thompson
Our hosts start the show by chatting about Sonia’s recent travels. Sonia interviews Lindsey Wilson, the Co-Founder and Board Director of Unloop, a nonprofit organization building the pipeline from prison to tech. Then, Colleen interviews Avni Patel Thompson, a serial entrepreneur dedicated to making parents’ lives easier. Finally, our hosts wrap with a conversation about an Illinois law aimed at diversifying corporate boards
42 minutes | 2 years ago
047 - Building for the customer with CoverWallet Co-founder Rashmi Melgiri
Colleen recaps the iFundWomen Seattle Pitch Competition. Microsoft Software Engineer and guest producer Jingyi Du interviews Microsoft Partner Director of Program Management Kevin Lee about his participation as a male ally in women-sponsored mentor circles. Sonia interviews CoverWallet Co-founder Rashmi Melgiri about diving into entrepreneurship. Our hosts wrap with a conversation about the disproportionate displacement of women workers by artificial intelligence.
52 minutes | 2 years ago
046 - Pressure testing your personal brand with Storyteller Miri Rodriguez
Colleen hosts this solo mission of an episode while Sonia is traveling for work! She interviews Deena Pierott and Heather Ratcliffe of Black Women in STEM 2.0. Then, Microsoft storyteller and keynote speaker Miri Rodriguez shares tips on building a strong personal brand. The show wraps with a look at the 33 women-led companies on the latest Fortune 500 list
40 minutes | 2 years ago
045 - Assembling a Future for Us with Sage Quiamno, Aparna Rae, and Jessie Woolley-Wilson
Our hosts report from the inaugural Future For Us Assembly—a sold-out conference for women of color with big dreams. Sonia interviews Future For Us founders Sage Quiamno and Aparna Rae about how they’re building a platform dedicated to advancing women of color at work. Then, Sonia and Colleen interview the CEO and President of Dreambox Learning, Jessie Woolley-Wilson, who delivered the keynote address at The Assembly about fellowship and scaling impact for good.
57 minutes | 2 years ago
044 - Exercising true allyship at Seattle’s Women in Tech Regatta
Sonia and Colleen report from Seattle’s Women in Tech Regatta, a gathering to connect women in tech to mentors, peers, and resources. They interview Melody Biringer, the Founder of the WIT Regatta, and Sonya Trejo, a Board Member of the Seattle Chapter of Women in Bio—an organization recruiting onsite. Finally, our hosts moderate a panel on True Allyship featuring allies Anthony Suarez (Code.org), Jeremy Modjeska (Highspot), Krish Srinivasan (PCC Community markets), and Scott Enhert (Moz).
54 minutes | 2 years ago
043 - Navigating the talent shift with Simplicity Consulting CEO Lisa Hufford
Our hosts head to the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards gala, and interview founder Leslie Feinzaig as well as the award winners: Julie Pham, Molly Moon Neitzel, Yoko Okano, Jill Angelo, Shellie Willis, Judy Loehr, Laura Espriu, Jennifer Arlem Molina, and Mar Brettmann. Colleen speaks with Lisa Hufford, the Founder and CEO of Simplicity Consulting, and the author of Navigating the Talent Shift. The show wraps with a conversation about Ellevest’s recent $33 million funding raise.
27 minutes | 2 years ago
042 - Activating change with Microsoft US President Kate Johnson
Sonia and Colleen report from Microsoft’s Executive Industry Summit, an event designed to give C-suite leaders an immersive view of business transformation. Our hosts join a women’s luncheon onsite, and chat with industry leaders in retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and financial services about why conference spaces for underrepresented people are important. Finally, Sonia interviews Kate Johnson, the President of Microsoft US, about her approach to leading an organization through change.
39 minutes | 2 years ago
041 - Being Brave, Not Perfect with Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani
Colleen landed a new job with M12—the team that manages Microsoft’s corporate venture fund. Sonia interviews Alice Chen and Jasmine Ong of Arise Seattle, an organization that aspires to see a world where more Asian women are leaders in their careers. Our hosts interview the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, about her book Brave, Not Perfect. Colleen and Sonia wrap with a conversation about The New York Times Magazine feature, The Secret History of Women in Coding.
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