Episode #21: Farah Allen, CEO of TheLabz
“There is this time when you’re starting, you don’t know anything,” said Farah Allen, CEO, and Founder of TheLabz. “Then, something happens and you realize that you do know. You know now. You know enough.”
Allen is known for connecting dots and resolving problems using technology. She combined her passion for technology, problem-solving, and music by starting her own company called TheLabz. TheLabz a cloud-based blockchain music creation and real-time collaboration platform, programmatically collecting song data needed for the facilitation of electronic exchanges of contracts, digital copyrights, and intellectual property protection. This episode has the scoop on how Allen did it all – from the process of starting her company to what she wishes she knew before her venture and her specific advice for new entrepreneurs.
Episode #20: Danielle Griebel, CEO of BlueZones Systems Inc.
Episode #19: Subha Rajana, CEO of Biarca
Episode #18: Jami Moore, President of Jem Tech Group
Jami Moore, the President of Jem Tech Group discusses the joys of being an entrepreneur. Jami loves helping customers solve their technological challenges and has a passion for consulting them on how to be more efficient. 18 years ago, she took over her dads business and has scaled it to the well-established company it is today. Jami has extraordinary leadership skills as she leads by example and believes in the core values that she has set for her company and its employees.
Episode #17: Angela Hood, CEO of This Way Global
Angela Hood, the CEO of This Way Global. This Way Global is known for being the AI for jobs. The company matches people to jobs. Angela discusses the bias in diversity as well as inclusion in regards to jobs and how she believes that a company represents the customer. Our conversation gets into talent vs. diversity and how diversity is not just about looks but also in the way we all think. This Way Global tries to find the balance between using technology to help people find jobs while keeping the human touch as well.
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.
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.
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.