Episode #14: Farida Ali, CEO of Dynamic Computer Corporation
For over 20 years now, Farida Ali has been working in her family’s business. It wasn’t her original plan but today, she’s the CEO of Dynamic Computer Corporation. The IT industry has changed drastically since 1994 and is completely different today. Farida had to find ways to compete and engage in markets that wanted to pay for what DCC had to offer. Today, under her leadership, DCC is an innovative technology partner helping customers deploy technology that is compliant, consistent and controlled. In this episode, she discusses industry changes but also brings up job expectations and family, the choices women make, and how to get out of your comfort zone and learn about new technology.
Episode #13: Dr. Charu Raheja, CEO of Continuwell
Dr. Charu Raheja, the CEO and Board Member of Continuwell has leveraged her healthcare experience and strong finance background to revolutionize the healthcare industry by using technology for good by allowing patients to have access to nurses even when the doctor’s office is closed. She is an expert in setting strategy and using technology and people to drive innovation, engagement, better usage of health resources, and increase profit in the process. When it comes to starting a business, Dr. Raheja talked about how a lot of people will bring you down, or say you can’t do it, or maybe you’ll do that to yourself as a lot of young women do. But, she encourages young women to believe in themselves and “stay the course” because that’s the only way that you will get to where you want to be. And, she found that the “place where [her] heart is, [is in] healthcare.” She says to “trust your instincts and that you know what you’re doing” because “we’re always going to think that we’re not perfect but we don’t have to be.”
Episode #12: Lakeisha Jackson, Digital Communities Manager at Microsoft
After 11 years of professional experience focused college access and small business development from the non-profit sector and higher education institutions, Lakeisha Jackson made a career shift into tech by joining Microsoft as a Digital Communities Manager within the Worldwide Commercial Business Organization. Lakeisha discusses the responsibility of technology, how the world is facing digital transformation and what that really means, and how technology all comes down to communication and people. It’s about how we use technology to connect with people from all around the world.
Episode #11: Ashley Walls, Content/User Experience Writer at Microsoft
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.