Tech in the Right Direction
The Renaissance Woman

The Renaissance Woman

July 28, 2020

There is nothing this incredibly successful entrepreneur and well-rounded expert cannot do. In this week’s episode, we had the joy to talk to Arabel Alva Rosales, the president and CEO of AAR & Associates that utilizes technology to transform both private and public sector entities into exceptionally run organizations. Her business also provides consulting expertise in the area of telecommunications. She majored in Business Administration at Loyola, obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul College of Law, and holds an executive certificate from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
As we chatted with Arabel, we had the pleasure to witness her expertise that lies in both management and technology tools as well as her constant evolving; a trait much needed in the tech world. Additionally, this multitalented professional is co-owner and co-executive producer of Latino Fashion Week, the only full week dedicated to Latino Fashion in the country. Be sure to tune in and learn more about Arabel’s diverse endeavors that made Chicago Magazine describe her as “Renaissance Woman”.

There’s always more that we can do for diversity!

There’s always more that we can do for diversity!

July 21, 2020

In this week’s episode, we welcome Karen Fassio. Since her humble beginnings as a receptionist in a tech company to over her 21 years at Microsoft, Karen acquired rich and diverse working experience by holding multiple marketing roles. Currently, she is the leader of the strategy for digital marketing engagement that serves the global Microsoft partner ecosystem. Her engagement with the tech world, however, does not stop there; Karen is also co-founder and steering chair of Women in Cloud, a community-centered organization committed to helping female entrepreneurs lead and grow their business in the cloud. Join us as we discuss Karen's amazing career journey and all the milestones achieved along the way, as well as her incredible drive and passion for diversity and stronger inclusion of women in a male-dominated industry.

Why Understanding Data Is Critical for the Success of Your Business

Why Understanding Data Is Critical for the Success of Your Business

July 14, 2020

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.

How to Find Your Voice in the Business World

How to Find Your Voice in the Business World

July 7, 2020
This week, Tech in the Right direction features a multilingual business delivery executive that made her way from Czech Republic to the United States bringing an invaluable global perspective into the tech world. Her name is Sandra Kafka and during our conversation she not only shares her incredible journey with us, but also reminds us that in the world of technology staying agile, adaptable, and open to constant learning is the true key to success. As she continues to grow professionally, Sandra is still refining her business skills by pursuing an MBA at Northwestern University and offering her mentorship skills to young and emerging tech professionals.
Join us this week to hear more about Sandra’s path to finding her own voice in the business world, ways she conquered many challenges that women face in a male-dominated industry and gain insight from a female trailblazer who is not afraid to fall and get back up to try again.
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