Episode #10: Laura Espriu, Executive Coach & Founder at Laura Espriu Consulting
Laura Espriu is a certified Executive Coach with experience in developing and facilitating leadership, talent, and diversity and inclusion initiatives for individuals and organizations. Her experience involves working as a Coach and Trainer for leading organizations such as Columbia University, Accenture, Chopt Creative Salad Company, Mitsubishi Electric, U.S. Mexico Foundation, Ellevate-invest in women, Savvy Ladies among others.
She’s passionate about boosting performance and is a highly motivated consultant who creates a cohesive development environment to foster individuals’ success and integration. Her background as a strategic HR leader, collaborating with business partners allowed her to create and implement strategies for creating diverse, inclusive, equitable environments, developing and retaining talent, and boosting people’s engagement.
Today, she is the Founder of her own company, Laura Espriu Consulting and the creator of the Dare with Grace™ program. The program is designed to inspire women to boost their confidence from the outside-in by developing their leadership skills.
Episode #9: Chelsea Cooper, Partner Human Resources Associate at Starbucks and Co-Chair of Women’s Impact Network
“I have always been passionate about helping people grow – helping them figure out how to grow. At the end of the day, if you want to change the future, you have to start with young people.”
Chelsea Cooper is a Partner Human Resources Associate in the Finance Division at Starbucks and the Co-Chair of Women’s Impact Network. She’s full of great advice on career development for young people and believes strongly in gender equity. Chelsea had various career changes but ultimately found what “fit” her core desire, which was to help people and make a significant difference in their life despite thinking that she was conforming to the stereotypes of pursuing a job that was more “emotional” because she is a woman. To young women, she says to be careful of the subtle things that people say or remark. “Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do something. Period.”
Episode #8: Julie Pham, VP of Community Engagement & Marketing at Washington Technology Industry Association
VP of Community Engagement & Marketing at WTIA, Julie Pham, Ph.D. shares her on-the-go learner attitude. The storyteller describes herself as a “dot connector” and has some helpful advice on business, negotiation, relationships, and volunteering!
She believes that being vocal gets you rewarded and that taking the opportunities that come by is worth pursuing because you never know the connections you’ll make and the people you’ll meet. Her diverse background, networking skills, and project management abilities got her to transition from the business and journalism world to the tech industry.
Episode #7: Liz Tinkham, Retired Senior Managing Director at Accenture
Episode #6: Shannon Eubanks, AVP Device Development at L’Oreal
“I very early on demonstrated that I didn’t have to be treated differently because I was a female so I never wanted to stand out because I was female. I don’t want to get picked because I’m a female, I want to be picked because I’m qualified” says AVP Device Development, Shannon Eubanks from L’Oreal. She knew that she wanted to be in the technical world since her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and it all stemmed from passion.
Episode #5: Venus Rekow, CEO of Neural Shifts
“Don’t be bias.” It’s easier said than done, but CEO of Neural Shifts, Venus Rekow thinks she knows how to shift people’s perspective and thought processes by fixing internal systems and processes and removing biases within. “It’s really hard to shift identities but by understanding that there are systems in place where the bias lies within and changing that, is how we change the individuals [and remove biases],” says Rekow.
Episode #4: Sheri Ellis, Technical PM at Chameleon Technologies
Being a female Technical PM is about “being one of the boys,” says Sheri Ellis. She leads a team of five male data analysts and developers, and we got to hear about how she became the #GirlBoss. She has been part of the Chameleon family for over four months now and has been leading the data team with many projects.
Episode #3: Rajashree Varma, CEO/Founder of Arth Systems
“When a woman learns, the whole house becomes educated,” says Rajashree Varma, CEO, and Founder of Arth Systems. Varma shared how her family’s support and upbringing led her to the technical world, but she also talks about the fear, uncertainty, and doubt in her journey and how she succeeded.
Episode #2: Cathi Rodgveller, CEO/Founder of IGNITE Worldwide
“Women need to invest in themselves,” says CEO/Founder of IGNITE Worldwide, Cathi Rodgveller. We welcome her on our second episode of Chameleon Chats to share her passion for inspiring young women to get into tech fields. She truly believes that women need to be brave and that every girl deserves IGNITE. IGNITE’s mission is to create opportunities to spark girls’ excitement about technology careers and inspire them to new possibilities.
Episode #1: Melissa Acton-Buzard, CEO/Founder of Chameleon Technologies
For the very first episode, CEO of Chameleon Technologies, Melissa Acton-Buzard sits down with show host, Prab Doowa to discuss the importance of women in today’s tech and business world. Chameleon Technologies is a technical staffing and data services firm that precisely matches qualified candidates to open positions at well-known companies in the Pacific Northwest and offers data services to companies in need of improving data analysis and visualization. Melissa talks about why this podcast matters and how she hopes to create a community of like-minded women who come together and have smart conversations around what it means to be a woman in typically male-dominated fields, in hopes to inspire young women today for tomorrow.