Tech in the Right Direction

Tech in the Right Direction

Welcome to Tech in the Right Direction! Every week, Directions Training President and CEO, Jennifer Didier discusses how women can take tech in the right direction to drive social change and close the employment, pay, and culture gap for women in technology.


November 29, 2022 39 min

Join Jennifer Didier and Danica Bunnett as they discuss the operations of Bluon.  Danica will share how her childhood experiences have helped to find her passion and use it to build Bluon to it's current status in the marketplace. 

Danica Bunnett Bio:

As Bluon’s Chief Operating Officer, Danica manages the day-to-day operations of Bluon, a rapidly growing technology company in the HVAC space that has grown from 30 people to 130 ...

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Meet Breno Araujo from BOTO as he discusses with Jennifer Didier how the hiring practices of BOTO pursues qualified women for Technology jobs. Breno shares his unique ideas on how to maintain the candidates they hire.

A little more about Breno Araujo:

Breno Araujo is the Founder and CEO of BOTO, a no-code platform that allows anyone to build and share automation. Before BOTO, Breno was head of Revenue Intelligence for Ripple and ha...

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Tech in the Right Direction host, Jennifer Didier and Manager of People and Culture at Curate Partners,  Natasha Thomas talk about how she got involved in the Technology industry.  Natasha also shares some great insight on how to represent yourself to be considered for technology opportunities.

Natasha's Bio:

Natasha Thomas is the Manager of People and Culture at Curate Partners. She studied at SUNY Fredonia, majoring in Psych...

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November 8, 2022 31 min

Join Jennifer and Laura Bell Main as they talk about the importance of Software security.  Software security is not just a business challenge, but a challenge for home computer users as well.  Laura Bell Main shares some great insights and tips that everyone can use to have a safer online experience.

A little more about Laura Bell Main:

Laura Bell Main specializes in securing some of Australia and New Zealand’s fastest-growing orga...

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November 1, 2022 46 min

Jennifer Didier gets to know Weili Dai. Hear their conversation about Understanding how to make next-gen Conversational AI in the metaverse a reality.

Weili Bai Bio:

Weili Dai is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world. Widely considered a technology visionary, she is the only woman Co-Founder of a global semiconductor company, Marvell Technology Group. For her contributions to technology and society, Newsweek n...

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Listen to hear Jennifer Didier converse with Estelle Giraud about Estelle's firsthand experience navigating the maze that is beginning of life medical care. Estelle will share how using her own struggles to inform a solution, She Co-founded Trellis Health . Trellis Health is an all in one platform that takes frustration and anxiety out of coordinating and curating pre and postnatal health. 


Estelle Giraud is a PhD scientis...

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October 18, 2022 28 min

Jennifer Didier and Shannon Meadows talk details on education technology.  How it came to be a necessary service for our daily lives. 

Some additional information about Shannon:

Shannon was previously VP of Sales & Operations for Blackboard Inc. where she worked on $182M in Acquisition between NTI Group & Blackboard Connect. As Chief Revenue Officer, Shannon leads the Sales and Customer Success organizations at BibliU. She ...

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As Jennifer asks questions, Liya helps us explore and gain understanding of web 3 and blockchain.  This is a detailed conversation of where we are now and where this technology may take us. 

Liya Safina Bio:

Liya is a digital design director and web3 strategist living in Honolulu, Hawaii. Through her work in blockchain innovation, Liya is building with a mission to help people get educated, connected, and empowered in web3. She ha...

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October 4, 2022 45 min

Join Jennifer Didier and Shruthi Rao, as they discuss how the data blockchain can resolve communication problems for companies and offer better customer and data interactions.

Shruthi Rao Bio:

Shruthi Rao is the Co-Founder & CBO at Vendia, a serverless, multi-cloud platform inspired by the tenets of blockchains, that enables IT firms to manage distributed data and code. Rao has spent most of her professional life scaling busine...

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September 27, 2022 31 min

This week's guest is Jennifer O'Brien, the Founder of Accounting Business Solutions by JCS - a solution provider that focuses on the implementation, training, and technical assistance for accounting software.

Today we talk about Jennifer's career journey and how she dove headfirst into tech during the early part of her career journey. Jennifer's headfirst attitude developed because she knew she would see a return on...

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Join us on this episode as Jennifer speaks with Kimberly Fox. Kimberly will share with us how she used the pandemic to start a food blog and turn it into a variety of corporate cooking experiences. 

A little about Kimberly:

Kimberly Fox leads virtual corporate cooking classes and is a recipe developer and writer for her food blog, From Market to Table. Kimberly developed her signature corporate cooking experiences after spending 10...

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September 13, 2022 34 min

Listen to Jennifer Didier and Lorraine Hamilton discuss how all employees should not be treated the same.  It is not healthy for the employee or the Employer. 

A little information about Lorraine Hamilton:

Lorraine Hamilton PCC is a globally accredited coach with over 15 years of

experience. Before coaching, Lorraine was a radio frequency engineer

designing cellular networks using cutting-edge technology in the UK and

New Zealand. ...

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Melissa Widner from Lighter Capital talks to us about the evolution of the Venture capital space for Women Entrepreneurs. 

Melissa Widner

Melissa Widner is the CEO of Lighter Capital, the pioneer and leader in revenue-based financing for tech startups, founders, and companies. Previously, Melissa was the Managing Director of NAB Ventures, the VC arm of the National Australia Bank, and a General Partner at Seattle based SeaPoint Ven...

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Jennifer interviews Sunnie Weber about her accomplishments professionally as well as family.

Sunnie Weber Bio:

Director of IoT Ecosystem Partner Strategy and Scale

Sunnie has been in the world of IoT for the last 8 + years now having worked in Sales and Partner Enablement, Sales Operations, and Channel Scale Design at Cisco and Intel before focusing on setting up partner programs for our edge partners, the OT SI. Just recently ...

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Join Jennifer as she speaks to Katy Rose about entering the age old business of insurance and developing new ways to process and service customers.

A little information about Katy Rose: PINS CEO

The youngest on her block and in her family, a very competitive Katy Rose bemoaned to her father, Marshall, that the big kids didn’t want to play with her. His response, “Build something that they’d want to be part of, and they’ll come to y...

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Jennifer and Robin talk about the need for employers and employees to be honest about what they can and are willing to do.  The need to have strong empowering boundaries for all parties is extremely important for business and personal success. 

Robin Corralez is a hands-on, diversified, human resources leader focused on creating sustained value in fast-paced, dynamic environments by building strong teams and identifying, assessing,...

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August 3, 2022 43 min

Seth Earley is an expert with 20+ years of experience in Knowledge Strategy, Data and Information Architecture, Search-based Applications, and Information Findability solutions. Seth has worked with a diverse roster of Fortune 1000 companies helping them to achieve higher levels of operating performance by making information more findable, usable, and valuable through integrated enterprise architectures supporting analytics, e-...

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Dan is the CEO and Founder of CipherStash, a data storage platform for sensitive data. Their platform uses searchable encryption technology to protect against attacks that leak a snapshot of the entire running system, thereby enabling development teams to search data with high levels of protection without compromising on usability.

Connect with Dan:

  • Debugging Diversity
  • CipherStash
  • Twitter
  • Thank you for listening to Dan's expertis...

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    Caley Adams is the Founder & Creative Director of Wildes District, an NYC-based design studio that specializes in emerging women's and e-commerce brands. Wildes District works closely with founders to build meaningful experiences that span multiple touchpoints — including brand, web, app, print, packaging, and more.

    In today's episode, Caley discusses the importance of branding, her challenges, and being an entrepreneur...

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    Leelila Strogov is the Founder and CEO of AtomicMind, an education technology company offering families a boutique coaching experience that prepares students to become “wow candidates” in the increasingly competitive college admissions landscape. Leelila earned her Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and, with dual interests in the humanities and sciences, works with students around the world. As a former journalist, Leelila employ...

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