October 26, 2021
Our next guest on MENtors that Make a Difference is Allen Middleton, Partner Development Manager of North America for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Allen has spent over 20 years in the IT learning and development space, where he has a proven track record of creating positive organizational change. He is a driven leader focused on creating team success and the growth and advancement of his customers.
Today we discuss Allen's professional career and how his past 20 years in the learning development space have led him to Amazon Web Services (AWS). We also cover women's presence in tech and the challenges women face in today's IT landscape. Then, digging in further - we talk about how organizations can advocate for positive change for women to help overcome these modern-day challenges and how the data is trending in the right direction.
Thank you for listening; we hope Allen's story helps inspire others to seek or grow their tech career.
October 19, 2021
This week's guest is Alaina Percival, the CEO and Board Member of Women Who Code - an international nonprofit focused on creating opportunities for women to excel in tech careers. Alaina sees the lack of women in tech as a global issue and is passionate about finding modern-day solutions to help solve it. She founded Women Who Code with these ideas in mind and has continued to grow the organization's reach by expanding into new communities every day.
In today's episode, we talk about Alaina's career journey and how she took a non-traditional path to tech. Alaina started coding and chose a path that helped her realize her potential and grow in the tech industry. Our discussion evolved into talking about her passion for increasing women's presence in tech and how this eventually led her to found Women Who Code. Listen to today's episode to learn more about Alaina and her incredible story.
You can learn more about Women Who Code here: https://www.womenwhocode.com/
We hope Alaina's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.
October 12, 2021
This week's guest is Sarah Currey, a Cloud Security Consultant at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Sarah works closely with AWS customers to architect, implement, and deploy AWS Cloud Security solutions. Additionally, Sarah is a strong advocate for underrepresented individuals in the cloud security space and serves on several committees to help push for more inclusion in the industry.
In today's episode, we talk about Sarah's early years in tech and how her career evolved into working within the IT security space. We also talk about the gaps being created for women in tech and how the pandemic has created further problems. We then cover how to navigate these gaps and how women can work together to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
Thank you for listening; we hope Sarah's story help inspire others to grow their tech career.
October 5, 2021
Our next guest on MENtors that Make a Difference is Michael Ashford, the Director of Marketing at The Receptionist. Started in 2013, The Receptionist paved the way as the first-ever visitor management company. They are now in over 4k+ locations and 36 countries worldwide. You can learn more about The Receptionist here: https://thereceptionist.com/
Today we talk about Michael's career journey and how his different experiences working in a wide variety of roles helped shape his business skillset. We also talk about the positive shifts that are taking place for women in tech and how gender stereotypes are being broken to create change.
Thank you for listening; we hope Michael's story helps inspire others to seek or grow their tech career.