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. Whether you’re already an IT Pro, or simply interested in learning more about the profound and intricate world of technology and how women fit in, be sure to tune in.

Episodes

July 27, 2021 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 o...

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This week's guest is Jane Pitt, a Business Program Manager at Microsoft. Jane is a Technical Architect with +20 years of experience in infrastructure engineering and architectural design and a Storyteller with a passion for illuminating opportunities to grow and succeed personally and in business.

Today we talk about Jane's career journey and how she got into tech. Her story is very similar to most women who join the i...

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This week's guest is Jennifer Buchholz, the Founder of Excel and Flourish - a corporate technical training company. Jennifer helps organizations, teams, and individuals leverage their technology to save time, increase productivity, and reduce frustrations.

Today we talk about Jennifer's early experiences with technology and how her childhood helped shape her career path in tech training. We also talk about the importance o...

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This week's guest is Nauren Batjargal, the Co-Founder and COO of erxes Inc, an open-source growth marketing platform that focuses on being a single tool for the Growth Marketing Lifecycle. They currently have over 1 million downloads in over 100 countries and are in the process of raising even more capital for further growth.

Today we talk about Nauren's career journey and how she moved up the ranks within the financial te...

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This week's guest is Deanna Emery, a Lead Data Scientist at Aon - a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, reinsurance, retirement, and health solutions. In addition to her work as a Lead Data Scientist, Deanna heads a Sprinternship Program that focuses on growing women and non-binary presence in the STEM fields.

Today we talk about Deanna's jump from Astrophysics to becoming a Lead Data...

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This week's guest is Lisa Heite, a Partner Development Manager at Microsoft with a passion for helping others. Lisa's story revolves around living, studying, and working around the world. She gained a wide range of experience throughout her international travel and has used that to bring a unique perspective to the tech industry. Her ideas and approach give her an edge when it comes to solving problems and bringing people t...

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This week's guest is Dr. Nicole Tschierske - a scientist and positive psychology coach. Nicole is passionate about helping overlooked women in STEM become influential to confidently unlock new opportunities for themselves. Nicole lives in Hamburg, Germany, is a food chemist by training and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry next to certifications in coaching, positive psychology, change management, and advanced problem-solving. As a sc...

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This week's guest is Evelyn Sheahan, Director of Business Programs for Azure Cloud and AI at Microsoft. She has a background in technology, business management, and marketing. Evelyn has a wide range of corporate and field experience and has worked in sales-enablement programs developed to drive multi-million-dollar sales with increased efficiencies.

Today we talk about Evelyn's beginnings and how it eventually grew into a...

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This week's guest is Sharan Hildebrand, Vice-President of Strategic Alliances for the North American division of Hitachi Solutions. Sharan has more than 15 years of client development and consulting experience in the IT industry. She is passionate about partnering with customers and other corporate organizations to leverage technology that helps people reach their top-line goals and address their most significant business probl...

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This week's guest is Sarah Haggard, the Founder and CEO of Tribute− a peer-to-peer mentorship platform available in Slack and Teams that enhances team collaboration, learning, and productivity by creating real-time access to knowledge sharing via micro-mentorship. Sarah is an innovative people and business leader who has led multiple start-up initiatives within her decade-long career in Product Marketing at Microsoft, raising $...

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This week's guest is Andrea Stevenson Conner, the Principal of Stevenson Conner Global Strategies - an organization that collaborates with game-changing, innovative leaders of regional/global nonprofit and for-profit organizations with missions for gender equity that seek significant impact extending to the 7th generation. Andrea is a consultant who knows how to build the team around critical initiatives and serves as an agent ...

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This week's guest is Jane Wiseman, CEO of the Institute for Excellence in Government. This consulting services organization helps state and local government clients with strategy development, policy analysis, program implementation, and performance management. Jane is a seasoned government innovation and data analytics thought leader, strategy consultant, and experienced board member for social enterprises and non-profits.

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This week's guest is Heather Doran, Chief of Staff for Business Applications Marketing & Global Industry at Microsoft. Heather is an enthusiastic leader with a proven record of implementing high-performing marketing, operations, and event strategies. She has an innate ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams to successfully develop a vision based on customer-focused insights and data that delivers results.

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This week's guest is Whitney Cathcart, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at 3DLOOK. This AI-first technology company has built a patented mobile body scanning technology that measures fully dressed people with the highest precision of accuracy in seconds. Their fit-tech solution is allowing the fashion and apparel industry to catch up with modern times.

Today we talk about Whitney's move from the applications space int...

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This week's guest is Momei Qu, the Senior Vice President of PSP Growth - the growth equity arm of PSP Partners. They focus on leveraging their multi-faceted experience and expertise across vital economic segments, including business & technology services, housing, and industrials. Their approach is centered on investing in innovative high-growth software and tech-enabled services companies that drive efficiency and disrupt ...

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This week's guest is Sowmya Murthy, Chief Customer Officer with Seven Lakes Technologies - a SaaS company that focuses on empowering people to gain insights and take timely action on Production, Capex, Opex, Reserves, Regulatory and Compliance metrics of over 100,000 wells of the 1 million wells in the US. Sowmya has a passion for measurable revenue growth outcomes by implementing disruptive business strategies, product roadmap...

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This week's guest is Elisabeth Bohlmann, VP of Client Strategy for December Labs - a company that focuses on building vibrant and game-changing products for Enterprise corporations, such as Google, Accenture, Zurich, Santander & Nest, along with Silicon Valley’s top-funded startups and growth-stage companies. Elisabeth is a versatile cross-functional marketing executive specializing in defining and developing custom marketi...

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This week's guest is Jen Snyder, Chief Evangelist at GovQA - a provider of SaaS-based collaboration tools enabling the nation's top cities, counties, and state agencies to process complex work while facilitating internal and external communications in a highly secure environment. Jen is also a guest speaker and moderator for government events, roundtables, and associations with nearly fifteen years of experience in the stat...

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This week's guest is Kris Blackmon, the Chief Channel Officer at JS Group - a management consulting firm specializing in creating impactful indirect go-to-market strategies for tech firms. Kris has been in the channel market for several years now, which she has used to develop her skills and grow into an executive role within JS Group. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and her volunteer efforts bring her...

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March 16, 2021 44 min

This week's guest is Holley Hunt, Sales Director at IntelliSite - an organization that focuses on turnkey IoT solutions that build out to a wide range of managed applications that create connected businesses and actionable outcomes. Holley has been passionately involved in the security industry for over 20 years. She currently represents innovations in IoT, AI, and Computer Vision for smarter and more secure solutions.

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