Coolest Nerds in the Room

Coolest Nerds in the Room
Join tech engineers Stephanie and CoolBlkNerd for their weekly podcast highlighting other cool nerds in the industry, what it’s like to be underrepresented in tech, and how they keep their sanity while trying to advance their career. From salary negoti?

Shootin’ the Breeze with POCs featuring Christina Morillo
Feb 26 • 103 min
This week we talk have Christina Morillo come and hangout with us as we chop it up about how the necessity of code switching, the importance of building a community, and passion isn’t necessary to be productive.Please make sure you rate, review, and…
A Binary World
Feb 19 • 73 min
This week we talk about the issues with having a binary view of what success looks like and how we can begin to make this better. We also on touch on our complicated relationship with being black, how leaving home can add perspective, and why giving…
Black Love with Kiersten & Paul Brager
Feb 13 • 125 min
If it wasn’t for this couple we probably wouldn’t have a show! We bring Kiersten and Paul Brager to the show this week to talk about black love in tech this week. It takes a lot to keep a good thing going and these two share with us the up’s and down’s…
Simpin’ Ain’t Easy
Feb 5 • 59 min
Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk about what it means to be a simp in 2020.
All About the Benjamins
Jan 29 • 102 min
Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk money this week as they chronicle their salary journey in their tech careers.
BDE: The Fine Line Between Confidence and Cockiness
Jan 22 • 97 min
We’re back and this week we’re talking about finding our confidence and remaining humble along the way. Steph and CoolBlkNerd document their journey’s of finding their confidence and the lessons that have came with it.Please make sure you rate, review,…
New Year, New Us
Jan 1 • 82 min
CoolBlkNerd and Steph talk about what 2019 taught them and what 2020 will show them as go over lessons from 2019 and goals for 2020.
Don’t Cross that Line! Lessons on Setting Boundaries
Dec 18, 2019 • 65 min
Boundaries come and go, but one thing is for sure, they always get tested! This week we talk about our experience with setting boundaries, why shifting boundaries is so hard, and if we betray ourselves every time we bend our boundaries.Please make sure…
When Misery Loves Company
Dec 12, 2019 • 82 min
This week Steph and Madblkman talk about why people love to complain in the tech industry.
Just Keep Living with Courtney Tezeno
Dec 5, 2019 • 101 min
Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk with Courtney Tezeno about her journey as a entertainment journalist in Hollywood.
What Legacy Means to Us
Nov 27, 2019 • 57 min
Legacy is something we all think about at some point in our lives. The hosts talk about their thoughts on it and take a look ahead to what kind of seeds their starting to plant today towards their legacy for tomorrow.
Introverting in a Extroverted World
Nov 13, 2019 • 85 min
Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk surviving as a introvert in a environment that rewards extroverts.
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
Nov 6, 2019 • 79 min
Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk about the importance of stepping outside their comfort zone.
Lonely & Unique
Oct 30, 2019 • 80 min
Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk about their experiences with always being unique and the loneliness that can come with it.
Call Center Struggles
Oct 21, 2019 • 83 min
This week Steph and CoolBlkNerd dial it back and talk about their time working in call centers before entering into more formal technical roles. From what we learned about ourselves to what we learned about the people we worked with, we tackle our past …
Flag on the Play
Oct 9, 2019 • 89 min
Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk about catching red flags at work and in your personal life
Tapping into our Creativity
Oct 8, 2019 • 69 min
Steph and CoolBlkNerd chat with Doug Bryant about cybersecurity and creativity
Dealing with Anxiety Paralysis
Sep 24, 2019 • 95 min
Money Makin’ Izzy
Sep 16, 2019 • 80 min
Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk with Izzy about money management
Finding the Great in Yourself
Sep 10, 2019 • 83 min
Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk about finding the great within themselves.
Essential Confrontations
Sep 6, 2019 • 119 min
This week Steph and Madblkman discuss how to navigate confrontations
Visualizing Success w/ O’Shea Bowen
Aug 28, 2019 • 88 min
O’Shea Bowens stops by to talk life as a newly-found business owner, how the security landscape is changing, and how he uses his background in fashion design to help him come up with creative solutions.
Parental Advisory
Aug 14, 2019 • 123 min
Therapy is in session this episode as Madblkman and Steph talk about how their relationships with their parents affect their daily lives.
The Real MVPs
Aug 7, 2019 • 78 min
Steph and Madblkman chop it up about the importance of keeping a dope circle around at all times
The Myth of Diversity & Inclusion
Jul 31, 2019 • 111 min
This week we’re shaking tables as we breakdown our issues with diversity & inclusion. From still having to deal with labels, education discrimination, and the importance of allowing people to tell their own story.We even touch on financial planning,…
A Spectrum of Perspective w/ Chloe
Jul 24, 2019 • 61 min
Chloe Messdaghi joins us to talk about her fight for more women to enter into cybersecurity
Kickin’ SaaS w/ Tricia Howard
Jul 17, 2019 • 93 min
Tricia Howard joins us to talk dating, operas, and the cybersecurity field.
Computer Love
Jul 10, 2019 • 111 min
Madblkman and Infostep chop it up about what it’s like to date while in tech.
Kickin’ Back with Mo Fulgham
Jul 3, 2019 • 97 min
Monet Fulgraham joins Madblkman and
How to Create a Learning Path
Jun 26, 2019 • 100 min
This week Steph and Madblkman talk about how to create a efficient learning path for picking up new skills
Shaking Tables with Tracy Maleeff
Jun 19, 2019 • 82 min
This week we have Tracy Maleef, aka InfoSecSherpa, joining us! We talk about engineers having more empathy with end users, what Tracy thinks about degrees, and if black men are being overlooked in tech!There’s going to be a lot of table shaking this…
2 Week Notice
Jun 12, 2019 • 96 min
Steph and MadBlkMan get together to talk their experiences of giving companies their 2 week notice.
To Degree or Not to Degree
Jun 5, 2019 • 91 min
The crew gets together to talk about if it’s worth it to have a degree or not in tech.
The Keys to Overachieving
May 29, 2019 • 83 min
MadBlkMan and Steph talk about what it takes to overachieve in your career.
A Walk Down Mental Health Lane
May 22, 2019 • 80 min
InfoSteph & MadBlkMan discuss mental illness and mental health in this week’s episode.
Meet-up & Chill
May 15, 2019 • 69 min
Steph and MadBlkMan get together to talk about the importance of community when working in tech.
Creating a Vision for Yourself
May 8, 2019 • 72 min
This week Steph and Madblkman talk about the importance of creating a vision for yourself and your career.
Coolest Nerds in Westeros
May 1, 2019 • 74 min
This week, The Coolest Nerds bring on Mike Thomas and Chuck Cook for an extra special episode of Coolest Nerds in the Room. We discuss Game of Thrones (natch), balancing your passion and your 9-5, music, anime and so much more.
No Burnout Over Here!
Apr 24, 2019 • 65 min
Steph and Madblkman discuss what burnout looks like in tech and ways to combat it
Game of Politics
Apr 17, 2019 • 63 min
InfoSteph and MadBlkMan are back again, and this time, they are tackling office politics!
What’s a Cool Nerd?
Apr 7, 2019 • 57 min
We define what a cool nerd is and how InfoSteph and Madblkman came up with the idea of the show.