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How-to Keep Innovating and Thriving When Facing Modern Day Challenges

How-to Keep Innovating and Thriving When Facing Modern Day Challenges

September 28, 2021

This week's guests are Colette Bishamy and Melody Roberts. Colette is the Director of Women's Innovation Learning Labs at the Women's Business Development Center. The organization is focused on supporting and accelerating innovation by and between women business owners, subject matter experts, and corporate partners. Melody is the CEO and Co-Founder of Liv-Labs. They focus on combining self-care tools and easy-access services for convenient health management, starting with pelvic floor fitness.

In today's episode, we talk about how innovation is a crucial aspect of business growth. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made innovation difficult but not impossible. Listen to the episode and learn how to continue innovating and thriving when facing the modern world's challenges.

Thank you for listening; we hope Colette and Melody help inspire others to grow their tech career.

Leadership to Drive Social Change in the Tech Industry

Leadership to Drive Social Change in the Tech Industry

September 21, 2021

This week's guest is Anne Bathel, CEO, and co-founder of ReDI School of Digital Integration. In 2006 Anne graduated from KaosPilot in Denmark, a hybrid of a business and a design school. From 2006-2009, she worked as a corporate social responsibility consultant. While in this role, Anne developed and implemented Samsung Electronics' award-winning corporate social responsibility strategy for Scandinavia. Anne eventually moved to Japan, researching open social innovation, where she received the prestigious Rotary Peace Fellowship.

Today we talk about Anne's journey into the tech industry and how her experiences helped shape her career. We also cover how in 2012, she moved to Berlin to set up the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab in association with Stanford University. The lab focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social change toward global peace. In 2015, in response to the refugee crises, Anne co-founded ReDI School of Digital Integration, a vocational training program teaching programming and tech skills to refugees and marginalized people. ReDI is currently teaching 1500+ adults and kids per year - with 65% of these being women and girls.

Thank you for listening; we hope Anne's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.

Breaking the Glass Ceilings: Creating Opportunities for Women

Breaking the Glass Ceilings: Creating Opportunities for Women

September 14, 2021

This week's guest is Chaitra Vedullapalli, an influential business leader passionate about enabling business equity throughout our communities. Chaitra is the Co-Founder of Women in Cloud and the 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 & Your Story Contributor, Entrepreneur, TEDx & Public Speaker, and avTop100 Global Change Leader.

 

Today we talk about Chaitra's career journey and how her early experiences helped form her passion for technology. Chaitra saw the potential technology had to advance people's lives for the better and she wanted to be a part of these advancements. However, she also saw the glass ceilings that women faced in the industry. To break these glass ceilings, Chaitra co-founded Women in Cloud to give women access to opportunities they otherwise wouldn't have. Listen to today's episode and learn more about Chaitra's story and the progress she’s making.

 

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/

How Experienced Leaders Can Make Real Change in Today’s World

How Experienced Leaders Can Make Real Change in Today’s World

September 7, 2021

This week's guest is Gavriella Schuster, the founding sponsor of Women in Cloud and the Women in Technology Network. She currently sits on the board of both, along with being a board member of ChinaSoft International, IAMCP, and the University of Washington Bothell. Last year she gave a TEDx speech on "Gender Equity," where she launched her "Become Framework." As an Athena International Global Leadership Award winner and a former Corporate VP at Microsoft, Gavriella knows what it takes to make significant changes for women in tech.

Today we talk about Gavriella's career journey and how she rose through the ranks at Microsoft as a woman in tech. Being at Microsoft for 25+ years, she reached an executive-level position by continuing to build on her knowledge and experiences to stand out from the rest. We also talk about her passion for growing women's presence in the industry and how she's turning that passion into real-world change through the various projects she helps manage. Finally, we talk about exposing the problems facing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the tech industry and how we can all help solve them.

Learn more about Gavriella and the organizations she's involved with by following her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gavriella-schuster/

Thank you for listening; we hope Gavriella's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.

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