Women in Business & Technology

Women in Business & Technology

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041 - Being Brave, Not Perfect with Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani
Mar 15 • 39 min
Colleen landed a new job with M12—the team that manages Microsoft’s corporate venture fund. Sonia interviews Alice Chen and Jasmine Ong of Arise Seattle, an organization that aspires to see a world where more Asian women are leaders in their careers. Our…
040 - Innovating in personal care with Virtue Labs CEO Melisse Shaban
Feb 28 • 44 min
Sonia is back from Amsterdam! Colleen meets Karen Okonkwo, the Co-Founder of TONL—the destination for premiere diverse stock photos. Then, Colleen interviews Melisse Shaban, the Founder & CEO at Virtue Labs, a biotech company creating products to repair…
039 - Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace with Candour Founder Ruchika Tulshyan
Feb 15 • 58 min
Our hosts kick off the show with a conversation about Black History Month. Colleen chats with Nancy McSharry Jensen, the CEO and Co-founder at The Swing Shift—the destination for women in career transition. Sonia interviews Ruchika Tulshyan, the CEO and…
038 - Designing alongside excluded communities with Mismatch.design Founder Kat Holmes
Feb 1 • 71 min
Sonia and Colleen share progress on their new YouTube show, Microsoft Unboxed. Colleen chats with Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Nuevo Foundation, Beatris Mendez Gandica about her work to inspire kids to be curious, confident, and courageous by…
037 - Bring Your Human to Work with Workplace Strategist Erica Keswin
Jan 15 • 57 min
Our hosts kick off the show with rave reviews about the multi-level marketing investigative podcast, The Dream. Then, Sonia and Colleen play a round of Persist the Game with creators MaryBeth Pecha and Kathryn Ekloff. Sonia interviews bestselling author,…
036 - Exploring privilege and patenting with Mobile Device Architect Ginger Chien
Dec 31, 2018 • 50 min
Sonia and Colleen kick off 2019 by sharing their New Year’s resolutions. Our hosts chat with Edaena Salinas, the host of The Women in Tech Show podcast, about her show origins and how she sources great guests. Sonia interviews Mobile Device Architect, D&I…
035 - Crowdfunding Beanie Babies with Girls’ Night In CEO Alisha Ramos
Dec 17, 2018 • 62 min
Sonia delivers a weekend debrief on ALPFA’s fundraising gala. We hear from Female Founder School Co-Founders Katie Doherty and Brittney Riley about their work to empower early stage founders with the skills and community to build successful companies.…
034 - Shaping legacies with Tracie Group CEO Jill Tracie Nichols
Nov 29, 2018 • 58 min
Sonia recaps Dona Sarkar’s latest book, Spin Your Tale: The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Your Personal Brand. Colleen learns more about the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) from local Seattle leaders Carlos Ruiz and Lester Moses. Guest…
033 - Incorporating Inclusion Riders with Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Founder Dr. Stacy Smith
Nov 15, 2018 • 47 min
Colleen shares a debrief on her experience enrolling in a Dale Carnegie Immersion Seminar. Sonia connects with Microsoft employees Kristin Carr and Briana Roberts about Returnity, a program to support mothers reentering the workplace. Colleen interviews…
032 - WorkPartying with Create & Cultivate Founder Jaclyn Johnson
Oct 30, 2018 • 47 min
Colleen and Sonia chat about WorkParty, a new book by Create & Cultivate Founder Jaclyn Johnson. Producer Lexi Swanson reports on Ready Set Raise, an accelerator program launched by the Female Founders Alliance. We hear from FFA Founder Leslie Feinzaig as…
031 - Celebrating Grace Hopper with AnitaB.org CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson
Oct 15, 2018 • 54 min
Sonia returns from the launch event for four new Surface devices. Then, women of Microsoft share their stories from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Colleen speaks with the President and CEO of the AnitaB.org, Brenda Darden Wilkerson.…
030 - Amplifying inclusion at Microsoft Ignite with Startup Technical Advisor Claudia Galván
Oct 1, 2018 • 45 min
Our hosts are in Orlando, FL at Microsoft Ignite, a conference where IT pros are skilling up. Sonia interviews Microsoft Diversity & Tech Community Lead Shona Chee about the onsite activations promoting inclusion. Colleen interviews Silicon Valley startup…
029 - Achieving clarity through coaching with Tenshey CEO Maggie Chan Jones
Sep 13, 2018 • 46 min
Sonia returns from the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Amsterdam. Our hosts chat with Microsoft summer interns before they head back to school. Colleen interviews Tenshey founder and CEO Maggie Chan Jones about advancing gender diversity in the workplace…
028 - Becoming an unapologetic feminist mother with Chairman Mom CEO Sarah Lacy
Aug 30, 2018 • 56 min
Sonia and Colleen chat with SassyBlack, a singer, songwriter, and producer who composed a new set of songs for this show! Our hosts celebrate one year of podcasting with a live interview with the Founder of PandoMedia and Chairman Mom, Sarah Lacy. They…
027 – Designing understanding with Chineasy Founder ShaoLan
Aug 16, 2018 • 38 min
Sonia and Colleen kick off the show at the Microsoft One Week Hackathon, the largest private hackathon on the planet. Colleen interviews teams at Imagine Cup, a global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to create…
026 – Connecting at Microsoft Inspire with Corporate Vice President Gavriella Schuster
Jul 26, 2018 • 37 min
Sonia and Colleen head to Las Vegas for Microsoft Inspire, the company’s biggest partner event. Global Chairperson Christine Bongard shares more about the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners Women in Technology community. Colleen…
025 - Delivering style and substance with Refinery29’s Piera Gelardi and Finola Austin
Jul 11, 2018 • 41 min
In episode 25, Sonia celebrates her first half marathon and Colleen learns about Women in Cloud, an organization empowering female tech entrepreneurs. Sonia interviews Piera Gelardi and Finola Austin of Refinery29, the leading global media company focused…
024 - Committing to culture with Microsoft’s Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan
Jun 28, 2018 • 38 min
We hear from writer, director, and producer Serena Schuler about her upcoming comedy TV series focused on a female founder, Makeshift Society (www.MakeshiftSociety.com). Our hosts interview Microsoft’s Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan about the…
023 - Forging team and product inclusion with Glowforge CEO Dan Shapiro
Jun 15, 2018 • 53 min
Sonia and Colleen play Robot Turtles, a game that teaches kids about programming. We hear from attendees at a STEM Exploration Day coordinated by Young Women Empowered. Colleen interviews Glowforge CEO Dan Shapiro about building inclusive teams and…
022 - Defining work flexibility with Werk Co-CEO Annie Dean
May 30, 2018 • 45 min
Colleen and Sonia debrief after Seattle Business magazine’s Daring Women Seattle. The duo visits Lights, Camera, IGNITE!, a gala to support programming that introduces girls in grades 6-12 to STEM careers. Sonia interviews Werk Co-CEO Annie Dean about…
021 - Kicking off Microsoft Build with Corporate Vice President Charlotte Yarkoni
May 11, 2018 • 41 min
Recorded at Build, Sonia speaks with the Cloud Developer Advocates—a team empowering developers to do more with the cloud. Colleen talks to Nina Baliga, the CEO of ersity, a Glassdoor-type website focused on diversity and inclusion. Colleen interviews…
020 - Navigating the Women in Tech Regatta with Cynthia Tee and Melody Biringer
Apr 30, 2018 • 35 min
Recorded at Seattle’s Women in Tech Regatta, Colleen and Sonia connect with the event creator, Melody Biringer to learn more about her motivation to curate a week of educational events, workshops, and conversations. Then, Colleen interviews Fethya…
019 - Exploring accountability with Keita Williams and Steve Petitpas
Apr 12, 2018 • 44 min
Sonia recaps her recent experience at Beyond 98052: When the Customer Isn’t You, an event focused on inclusive marketing hosted by BlackLight, a community of black marketers at Microsoft. Then, Colleen chats with the Founder and Chief Strategist of…
018 - Tackling maker spaces and hackathons with Xyla Foxlin
Mar 29, 2018 • 47 min
Colleen and Sonia reflect on an amazing Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day activities. Then, Colleen chats with Kate Sommer, the LocalLEVO Seattle leader and community manager about their monthly meetups. Sonia interviews Xyla Foxlin, the…
017 - Taking the Better Together Pledge with Jonathan Sposato
Mar 14, 2018 • 62 min
Colleen shares an update on her exploration of sports and leadership after checking out the Seattle Ignited Women Project and an F Bomb Cocktail Club event. Then, Sonia has a conversation with Lauren Wesley Wilson, the Founder and President of ColorComm.…
016 - Celebrating International Women’s Day with CVP Toni Townes-Whitley
Mar 7, 2018 • 44 min
In this bonus episode, Sonia and Colleen celebrate a very special moment - International Women’s Day 2018! To mark the occasion, the hosts break from their typical show format to dive into the history of IWD & offer some ways that you can take part in the…
015 - Becoming the CEO of your dreams with Serrah Linares
Feb 28, 2018 • 48 min
Colleen and Sonia debrief on an event called #MeToo in Seattle Tech: What Men Can Do, a gathering where male allies learned more about how to support women at work. Then, Colleen talks all about the intersection of healthcare and tech, as well as the…
014 – Caging confidence gremlins with UK Marketing Director Helen Tupper
Feb 14, 2018 • 58 min
Fresh from the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards, Sonia chats with Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno of Ladies Get Paid about the takeaways from her Salary Negotiation 101 workshop. Then, Colleen interviews Microsoft Commercial Marketing Director for the…
013 - Rearchitecting the tech pipeline with Kal Viswanathan
Jan 31, 2018 • 50 min
Prepare to be inspired! Colleen sits down with Kal Viswanathan, a HoloLens Principal Software Engineer by day, and a philanthropist at her very own Kal Academy by…weekend. But before that interview, Sonia talks to Emily d’Andrea to learn about Women Think…
012 - Getting started with community builder Megan McNally
Jan 15, 2018 • 44 min
In Episode 12, Colleen travels to the inaugural Lady Bosses Gala to interview Dr. Alysondra Duke, the founder of Lady Bosses, a community that promotes women’s empowerment and unapologetic badassery. Later in the episode, Sonia meets another badass, Megan…
011 - Engineering the team with Star Treknical Goddess Laura Butler
Jan 1, 2018 • 51 min
Colleen sits down with Microsoft Vice President and Star Treknical Goddess, Laura Butler. Sonia visits the inaugural launch of Tech Ladies Seattle, and learns more about the value of bringing the community to the west coast. In the Cutting Edge segment,…
010 - Ambika Singh offers infinite style
Dec 14, 2017 • 47 min
Sonia and Colleen aren’t playing games in this episode, but Colleen chats with two coordinators of Women in Gaming, a community focused on celebrating women in the interactive and entertainment tech industry. Sonia talks to Ambika Singh, the CEO of…
009 - Driving innovation with Accessibility Architect Mary Bellard
Dec 1, 2017 • 46 min
In this episode, Colleen speaks with Microsoft Senior Accessibility Architect Mary Bellard to learn more about how to incorporate accessibility into product development processes. Colleen and Sonia network over beers to support Techbridge Girls, an…
008 - Julia White’s journey to the cloud
Nov 20, 2017 • 45 min
In this episode, Colleen heads to a day-long coding camp at Code Fellows, and Sonia has a great conversation with Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Cloud Platform, Julia White. Have you ever wondered why men are more supportive of gender parity in…
007 - Revolutionizing retail with Fitcode’s CEO
Oct 23, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode, Sonia interviews Rian Buckley, the Co-Founder and CEO of Fitcode, a tech company aspiring to make it easier for women to shop for jeans. But first, we check in with attendees of the Grace Hopper Celebration—the largest gathering of women…
006 - Journey to the C-Suite with Marimekko’s CEO
Oct 13, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode Sonia shares her experience at the Lean In Seattle chapter’s monthly event, and we hear from some of the attendees. Then, Colleen goes in-depth with Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko about her journey to the C-Suite at Marimekko, a renowned global…
005 - Live from Microsoft Ignite!
Sep 27, 2017 • 36 min
We are live from Microsoft Ignite, where we joined more than 20,000 IT professionals in Orlando Florida. In an interview with Information Security professional and author Tarah Wheeler, she gives us insight into her book, Women in Tech, and teases a few…
004 - Strategies for Male Allies and Advocates
Sep 21, 2017 • 33 min
In this episode, Sonia and Colleen head to the Create & Cultivate conference, and speak with attendees about the criticality of community in building a career. We then meet male advocate Scott Hanselman, who shares his best practices on building inclusive…
003 - How can a leadership coach help you?
Sep 14, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode we learn where you can be part of a supportive community and how a professional coach can help you. First, Sonia gets insights on the community building company, Janes of Digital. Second, Colleen shares her conversation with insightful…
002 - Unboxing the future of STEM
Aug 10, 2017 • 46 min
In this episode, Colleen and Sonia unpack the future of STEM by hearing from a scientist-turned-entrepreneur about her passion for developing the next generation of steminists. You will also learn how to build your community in advance of and at events by…
001 - Microsoft Ignite plus Dona Sarkar
Jul 11, 2017 • 33 min
In episode one we get to meet our hosts Colleen O’Brien and Sonia Dara for the first time and learn about the Women in Business & Technology Podcast. At Microsoft Ignite, Women in Business & Technology will have its own track and guess speakers. It will…