September 24, 2019
Join us in welcoming back Microsoft employee Keith Boyd. This week he will share his career story and how he has flourished over the years in the field of technology. In order to remain relevant In a time when technology and the IT industry are rapidly changing, Keith ensures he has leading edge technology skills backed up with solid foundational business skills. Listen in to hear Keith’s thoughts on soft skills, and why he believes certification is critical in the IT industry today.
Later we are joined by Jane Weisman, a well-rounded leader in the technology field, who is dedicated to improving government and moving it in a positive direction. Find out how keeping an open mind led Jane to an unexpected job that would be the foundation for her entire career, and how she feels being a woman in a male-dominated field has actually provided her with opportunities she wouldn’t have otherwise had.
September 10, 2019
This week on Tech in the Right Direction we start off talking with full stack web developer and technical trainer Jenna Beckett. Jenna began her career in construction management but eventually found herself in a bootcamp to become a developer. After a few years in the field she returned to bootcamps, but this time as a trainer helping others learn as she did and helping them enter the tech field. Listen in to hear Jenna’s views on taking the ‘non-traditional’ route into technology, why she doesn’t believe four-year degrees should be a requirement in the tech industry, and when certifications are most valuable.
Later, IT Business Analyst Caitlin Knox joins us to share her journey into technology. Working in Hospitality, studying Political Science, then returning to Hospitality, Caitlin continually explored her skill sets. Taking a leap of faith, with no experience in the tech industry, she found a job as a Tech Assistant. See how Kaitlin uses her ‘humanness’ to stand out and hear her inspiring story of being a rookie in tech while pushing herself to be one of the first complex users of Power BI.
September 3, 2019
Our first guest this week is Peggi Peaslee, a well-rounded tech veteran currently in the HR space. She shares her journey with us; from her start in banking, where she began taking on tech projects and realizing her passion for tech, through 10 years in various tech roles. Come see how Peggi was able to meld tech with business. We also discuss the importance of having a mentor, as well as being a mentor. Listen in to hear Peggy’s advice on how to choose mentors and have a successful career in Technology.
Later, in our Women in Tech segment, we get a different view of technology from 30-year tech vet and Vice President of Sales, Sharan Hildebrand. Sharan fell in love with tech her Junior year of college when she took a coding class and saw the amazing output that could come from writing code. She shares her experiences over three decades of working with technology and dives into the tech job roles that are often overlooked. She also shares what it’s like to be a woman in tech, how to gain and maintain confidence, and the challenges she’s overcome.