Tech in the Right Direction
Why Understanding Data Is Critical for the Success of Your Business

Why Understanding Data Is Critical for the Success of Your Business

March 4, 2021

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.

The Importance of Mentorship in Your Career Journey

The Importance of Mentorship in Your Career Journey

March 3, 2021

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.

How-to Lead the Way for Positive Change in Technology

How-to Lead the Way for Positive Change in Technology

March 2, 2021

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:

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.

How-to Overcome the Challenges Women are Facing In Tech

How-to Overcome the Challenges Women are Facing In Tech

March 1, 2021

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.

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