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.
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.
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.