December 29, 2020
This week's guest is Lori McColl, the CEO and Founder of Whim-Detroit, a technology startup and digital transformation group that focuses on implementing agile solutions. She is passionate about sharing her experience in the tech industry and growing a new business. Lori has been a guest speaker at several events, including the future of retail and social movements at the Women's Convention, Social Media Week, Planet M IoT Connect, and Detroit Start-up Week.
Lori has taken a customer-focused approach to growing her business. This focus on client needs has allowed her to build trust, which gives her the ability to innovate and develop projects quickly. This approach has been central to the culture of Whim-Detroit and has allowed them to grow into the successful business they are today.
Thank you for listening; we hope Lori's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career. To learn more about Lori and Whim-Detroit, visit their site here: https://www.whim-detroit.com/
December 22, 2020
This week's guest is Chaitra Vedullapalli, an influential business leader with a passion for enabling business equity throughout our communities. Chaitra is also the Co-Founder and CMO of Meylah, a cloud solution provider that helps businesses grow their digital presence through a wide range of solutions. She is also a Board Member, Forbes & YourStory Contributor, Entrepreneur, TEDx & Public Speaker, Strategic Partnerships, Top100 Global Change Leaders Seeking opportunities to contribute to public or private boards.
Chaitra began her technological career in college, where she was exposed to COBOL Programming, Oracle Databases, and Windows. This experience opened her eyes up to the opportunities technology can create to change the world for the better. She also saw the glass ceilings for women and saw a chance to make meaningful change. Seeing these glass ceilings led her to become a Co-Founder of Women in Cloud, 'a community-led developmental organization for women that celebrates the female entrepreneurs in the tech world; creates opportunities and access for entrepreneurial acceleration.'
Thank you for listening; we hope Chaitra's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career. To learn more about Chaitra and to get in touch with her, visit her LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chaitrav/
December 15, 2020
This week's guest is Tina Eskridge, a Senior Director of Marketing at Microsoft. Tina is responsible for digital marketing, strategy and analytics, marketing technology, and inclusion with a focus on the delivery of best-in-class services. Before joining Microsoft in 2012, Tina spent more than 17 years in strategic roles across various industries.
Tina started her career in supply-chain and marketing, which allowed her to get a full picture of what it takes to grow a successful business. Her journey continued to revolve around marketing but touched on several different aspects within organizations. Along this journey, Tina saw the value of connecting with people and growing her relationships. Connecting and meeting with people to not only improve business but to develop personal relationships is vital to her. This idea has become even more prevalent within the world we are currently living.
Thanks for listening; we hope Tina's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
December 8, 2020
This week's guest is Cathy Moya, a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. Cathy's primary focus is to bring customers and engineers together to create better technology products. Cathy's ability to bring people together has allowed her to grow her program and become a successful member of the Microsoft team.
Cathy saw the disconnect between people who are heavily involved in tech vs. those who work in positions or industries outside of that world. Cathy understands that people who consider themselves outside of tech are really working on or with tech every day—shifting their belief to view themselves as working in tech has allowed them to open-up to different ideas and solutions to problems. This idea of changing their worldview or 'work-view' has helped bridge some gaps between the two.
Thank you for listening; we hope Cathy's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
December 1, 2020
This week's guest is Lisa Heite, a Partner Development Manager at Microsoft, with a passion for helping others. Lisa's story revolves around living, studying, and working around the world. She gained a wide range of experience throughout her international travel and has used that to bring a unique perspective to the tech industry. Her ideas and approach give her an edge when it comes to solving problems and bringing people together.
While volunteering at an NGO, Lisa developed a digital strategy and saw how digital transformation furthered women's rights and give them a voice throughout the world. This passion for women's rights led Lisa to the WIT Network, and she is now lending her skills to their cause.
Thank you for listening; we hope Lisa's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career. To learn more about the WIT Network, visit their site here: https://thewitnetwork.com/