Leanna Joy, President of Elevate Billing Solutions

Episode #16: Leanna Joy, President of Elevate Billing Solutions

If there’s anyone who understands what it means to “love what you do,” and not just “do what you love,” it’s Elevate Billing Solution’s President, Leanna Joy. Elevate Billing’s expert specialists provide the accuracy, consistency, and efficiency that dental practices need to increase collections and profitability without breaking the bank. At age 23, Leanna decided to start a company with her partner. In this episode, you will find out how she did it, why she did it, and everything she’s learned along the way.


Robbie Ericson, CEO of Miitek

Episode #15: Robbie Ericson, CEO of Miitek

CEO, Robbie Ericson is an IT professional with over 20 years experience in the software billing industry. She has participated in three full lifecycle implementations of CC&B and two full lifecycle implementations for ORMB. She is a certified software tester by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). In this episode, she provides great advice on careers in general and careers within technology. Some highlights include a discussion on how there’s place in tech for people who don’t come from a STEM background, how to not comprise your integrity, and how to succeed on your own merit. Robbie believes that learning is a priority in every job and you never know where a conversation or networking event may take you.


Farida Ali, CEO of Dynamic Computer Corporation

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.


Dr. Charu Raheja, CEO of Continuwell

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.”


Lakeisha Jackson, Digital Communities Manager at Microsoft

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.


Ashley Walls, Content/User Experience Writer at Microsoft

Episode #11: Ashley Walls, Content/User Experience Writer at Microsoft

People often have a misconception about those who are Communication or Journalism majors in college. They think that there are only a few career paths these fields can take you, but the possibilities are actually endless with these degrees. If you’ve been told that there isn’t money in pursuing these fields, you heard wrong! Ashley Walls not only brings her curiosity and empathy to her current job as a Content/User Experience Writer at Microsoft but has found a way to make tech understandable to all. Sometimes it can be hard for people to understand technology, the security of their data, or even the user interface of the product, and so Ashley is one of those who makes the difficult, easy to understand. She collaborates with designers, engineers, developers, and managers to create end-to-end experiences for Microsoft products that will truly benefit customers.


Laura Espriu, Executive Coach & Founder at Laura Espriu Consulting

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.


Chelsea Cooper, Partner Human Resources Associate at Starbucks and Co-Chair of Women's Impact Network

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.”


Julie Pham, VP of Community Engagement & Marketing at Washington Technology Industry Association

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.


Liz Tinkham, Retired Senior Managing Director and Professor at UW

Episode #7: Liz Tinkham, Retired Senior Managing Director at Accenture

Retired Accenture Senior Managing Director and current professor at the UW’s Foster School of Business’s CBDC program, Liz Tinkham not only has some of the best advice and stories from her 30+ years as a consultant but also brings such a light to the way she approached a very flexible and versatile lifestyle.
Today, she tells her students “to have four hours a week to learn and think” because she knows now how it important it is to reflect. “I like learning, I learn so much from students every year. I love the energy and love seeing what happens in the beginning to the end of the project. It’s the joy of consulting I get to see.”

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