The Women in Business and Technology Podcast was created to showcase interviews with prominent women in business and tech roles and their allies, and coverage of programs disrupting inclusion in the workplace. Whether you’re just starting out in the tech industry, strategizing on how to get your next business role, or managing a woman for the first time, we’ll provide some great insights to support a great career and broader inclusion.
060 - Getting clear on values with Microsoft’s CMO Chris Capossela
Colleen and Sonia are officially closing up shop! This is the final episode of Women in Business & Technology. We’re celebrating with a phenomenal guest: Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer and committed ally, Chris Capossela. Chris shares more about his career as well as his broader team’s culture journey. Our hosts wrap with a conversation about legislation banning race-based hair discrimination.
01/01/2020 • 52 minutes 53 seconds
059 - Building a modern union of women with The Riveter CEO Amy Nelson
Colleen and Sonia share their plans for closing out 2019. Colleen interviews Amy Nelson, the Founder and CEO of The Riveter, a modern union of women fighting together for equity of opportunity for all working women. They talk about Amy’s journey into entrepreneurship and positioning motherhood as a superpower to investors. Finally, our hosts wrap the show with a study that shows that women are addressed less often by their formal professional titles than their male counterparts.
15/12/2019 • 38 minutes 55 seconds
058 - Committing to inclusive leadership with Author Jennifer Brown
Our hosts start the show with Sonia’s recap of a month on the road. Then, Colleen interviews Jennifer Brown, an award-winning entrepreneur, diversity & inclusion speaker, consultant, and author of the new book: How to Be an Inclusive Leader. The two discuss the responsibility of leaders to get educated on and invest in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Colleen and Sonia wrap with a conversation about a letter of solidarity from women members of parliament to Princess Meghan Markle.
04/12/2019 • 56 minutes 53 seconds
057 - Securing the Seat with The Memo Founder and CEO Minda Harts
Our show starts with a segment spotlighting the Female Founders Alliance Ready Set Raise accelerator. Then, Microsoft Content Strategist Ashley Walls interviews Minda Harts—the Founder and CEO of The Memo. They discuss Minda’s new book, The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table in front of a live audience of Microsoft employees affiliated with Women@Microsoft and Blacks@Microsoft. Our hosts wrap the show with a conversation about the first all-woman spacewalk.
15/11/2019 • 57 minutes 21 seconds
056 - Connecting global talent to opportunity with Legalpad COO Sara Itucas
Our hosts kick off the show by amplifying M12’s announcement of the second Female Founders Competition. Sonia interviews Mihika Iyer, a young podcaster who has been producing the show InspireHER. Then, Colleen has a conversation with Legalpad Co-founder and COO Sara Itucas about immigration, work visas, and the necessity of global talent. Finally, our hosts wrap with a conversation about a study that showed that startups with female founders raise more venture cash.
30/10/2019 • 43 minutes 38 seconds
055 - Sharing the full picture with Grace Hopper Celebration Chair Vidya Srinivasan
Sonia provides a recap on the recent #MicrosoftEvent in New York City where seven new Surface products were revealed. Colleen interviews Microsoft Senior Program Manager of Mixed Reality, AR, and VR and General Chair of the Grace Hopper Celebration, Vidya Srinivasan. Finally, our hosts wrap up the show with a conversation about gender diversity on boards, and how important it is to actual board directors.
15/10/2019 • 44 minutes 53 seconds
054 - Getting acquired for millions with serial entrepreneur Linda Rose
Our show intro is now Sonia’s Travel Corner, and she brings us up to speed on her globetrotting. Colleen interviews serial entrepreneur Linda Rose about her new book, Get Acquired of Millions: A Roadmap for Technology Service Providers to Maximize Company Value. Our hosts then discuss the list of the Forbes 100 Most Innovative Leaders, and the aftermath of featuring only one woman on that list.
01/10/2019 • 39 minutes 12 seconds
053 - Detangling ego from diversity, equity, and inclusion with Dr. CI
Colleen interviews Dr. Cheryl Ingram, the Founder and CEO of Diverse City LLC—a DEI consulting firm—and Inclusology—a company building DEI enterprise software. Sonia and Colleen discuss the McKinsey Global Institute report titled “The Future of Women at Work: Transitions in the age of automation.” Sonia distributes a challenge to commit to more inclusive hiring practices.
16/09/2019 • 36 minutes 45 seconds
052 - Cultivating community with Sarah Haggard and Les Alfred
We kick off our Community Connect segment with Sarah Haggard, the founder and CEO of Tribute, a modern mentorship add for the enterprise. Then, Colleen interviews Les Alfred, the founder of Balanced Black Girl Media and the host of the Balanced Black Girl Podcast. Our hosts wrap the show with a conversation about Greta Thunberg’s carbon-neutral journey to the UN Climate Action Summit.
30/08/2019 • 53 minutes 48 seconds
051 - Revisiting the history of Silicon Valley with Professor Margaret O’Mara
Sonia and Colleen reflect on a recent speaking engagement supporting early-in-career professionals. Colleen sits down with Chloe Csadenyi-Benson, the founder of Gather Seattle—a platform bringing together creatives in the Pacific Northwest. Producer Lexi Swanson interviews University of Washington Professor of History Margaret O’Mara about her book, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America. Our hosts wrap the show with a conversation about Athleta’s sponsorship of Allyson Felix.
15/08/2019 • 46 minutes 54 seconds
050 - Making money move with Laura Clise and Tori Dunlap
Sonia and Colleen celebrate the milestone of Episode 50! Then, we hear from Intentionalist Founder and CEO Laura Clise about intentional spending. Sonia interviews Tori Dunlap, the founder of Her First $100K—a money and career platform for millennial women. Our hosts wrap the show with a discussion about 25 Dutch venture capitalists who have committed to realizing more equitable funding of female founders.
01/08/2019 • 58 minutes 41 seconds
049 - Building a sense of self-belief with author Maxie McCoy
Sonia and Colleen are back from (separately) vacationing in Alaska! We hear from Cheri Wells, a program manager of TechRoots, a community for diverse talent in the tech industry. Then, Colleen interviews author Maxie McCoy about her book, You’re Not Lost: An Inspired Action Plan for Finding Your Own Way. Finally, our hosts wrap with a conversation about the U.S. Women’s National Team’s win at the Women’s World Cup, and the fight for equal pay.
17/07/2019 • 55 minutes 15 seconds
048 - Shutting the doors with serial entrepreneur Avni Patel Thompson
Our hosts start the show by chatting about Sonia’s recent travels. Sonia interviews Lindsey Wilson, the Co-Founder and Board Director of Unloop, a nonprofit organization building the pipeline from prison to tech. Then, Colleen interviews Avni Patel Thompson, a serial entrepreneur dedicated to making parents’ lives easier. Finally, our hosts wrap with a conversation about an Illinois law aimed at diversifying corporate boards
01/07/2019 • 1 hour 11 minutes 38 seconds
047 - Building for the customer with CoverWallet Co-founder Rashmi Melgiri
Colleen recaps the iFundWomen Seattle Pitch Competition. Microsoft Software Engineer and guest producer Jingyi Du interviews Microsoft Partner Director of Program Management Kevin Lee about his participation as a male ally in women-sponsored mentor circles. Sonia interviews CoverWallet Co-founder Rashmi Melgiri about diving into entrepreneurship. Our hosts wrap with a conversation about the disproportionate displacement of women workers by artificial intelligence.
17/06/2019 • 42 minutes 8 seconds
046 - Pressure testing your personal brand with Storyteller Miri Rodriguez
Colleen hosts this solo mission of an episode while Sonia is traveling for work! She interviews Deena Pierott and Heather Ratcliffe of Black Women in STEM 2.0. Then, Microsoft storyteller and keynote speaker Miri Rodriguez shares tips on building a strong personal brand. The show wraps with a look at the 33 women-led companies on the latest Fortune 500 list
30/05/2019 • 51 minutes 51 seconds
045 - Assembling a Future for Us with Sage Quiamno, Aparna Rae, and Jessie Woolley-Wilson
Our hosts report from the inaugural Future For Us Assembly—a sold-out conference for women of color with big dreams. Sonia interviews Future For Us founders Sage Quiamno and Aparna Rae about how they’re building a platform dedicated to advancing women of color at work. Then, Sonia and Colleen interview the CEO and President of Dreambox Learning, Jessie Woolley-Wilson, who delivered the keynote address at The Assembly about fellowship and scaling impact for good.
16/05/2019 • 39 minutes 53 seconds
044 - Exercising true allyship at Seattle’s Women in Tech Regatta
Sonia and Colleen report from Seattle’s Women in Tech Regatta, a gathering to connect women in tech to mentors, peers, and resources. They interview Melody Biringer, the Founder of the WIT Regatta, and Sonya Trejo, a Board Member of the Seattle Chapter of Women in Bio—an organization recruiting onsite. Finally, our hosts moderate a panel on True Allyship featuring allies Anthony Suarez (Code.org), Jeremy Modjeska (Highspot), Krish Srinivasan (PCC Community markets), and Scott Enhert (Moz).
02/05/2019 • 57 minutes 18 seconds
043 - Navigating the talent shift with Simplicity Consulting CEO Lisa Hufford
Our hosts head to the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards gala, and interview founder Leslie Feinzaig as well as the award winners: Julie Pham, Molly Moon Neitzel, Yoko Okano, Jill Angelo, Shellie Willis, Judy Loehr, Laura Espriu, Jennifer Arlem Molina, and Mar Brettmann. Colleen speaks with Lisa Hufford, the Founder and CEO of Simplicity Consulting, and the author of Navigating the Talent Shift. The show wraps with a conversation about Ellevest’s recent $33 million funding raise.
15/04/2019 • 54 minutes 12 seconds
042 - Activating change with Microsoft US President Kate Johnson
Sonia and Colleen report from Microsoft’s Executive Industry Summit, an event designed to give C-suite leaders an immersive view of business transformation. Our hosts join a women’s luncheon onsite, and chat with industry leaders in retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and financial services about why conference spaces for underrepresented people are important. Finally, Sonia interviews Kate Johnson, the President of Microsoft US, about her approach to leading an organization through change.
29/03/2019 • 27 minutes 15 seconds
041 - Being Brave, Not Perfect with Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani
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 hosts interview the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, about her book Brave, Not Perfect. Colleen and Sonia wrap with a conversation about The New York Times Magazine feature, The Secret History of Women in Coding.
15/03/2019 • 39 minutes 1 second
040 - Innovating in personal care with Virtue Labs CEO Melisse Shaban
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 hair. Our hosts wrap with a Cutting Edge conversation about the correlation between a company’s ROI in building diverse teams and the larger cultural importance of diversity.
28/02/2019 • 44 minutes 54 seconds
039 - Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace with Candour Founder Ruchika Tulshyan
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 Founder of Candour, an inclusion strategy organization. Live on Microsoft’s campus, they discuss Ruchika’s book, The Diversity Advantage. The show wraps with a conversation about Pixar’s new short film, Purl.
15/02/2019 • 58 minutes 37 seconds
038 - Designing alongside excluded communities with Mismatch.design Founder Kat Holmes
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 discovering the world of STEM. Our hosts interview the Founder of Mismatch.design and the Author of Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design, Kat Holmes. The show wraps with a conversation about The Wing’s updated admissions policy.
01/02/2019 • 1 hour 11 minutes 17 seconds
037 - Bring Your Human to Work with Workplace Strategist Erica Keswin
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, workplace strategist, and Founder of The Spaghetti Project, Erica Keswin. Our hosts wrap with a conversation about entrepreneur Alexa von Tobel’s $200M capital raise.
15/01/2019 • 57 minutes 17 seconds
036 - Exploring privilege and patenting with Mobile Device Architect Ginger Chien
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 Speaker, Rock Musician, Storyteller, and Science Wonk Ginger Chien about serial patenting and her commitment to greater workplace inclusion. Our hosts wrap the show with a look at how onscreen demographic trends translate at the Box Office.
31/12/2018 • 50 minutes
035 - Crowdfunding Beanie Babies with Girls’ Night In CEO Alisha Ramos
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. Colleen interviews Alisha Ramos, the Founder and CEO of Girls’ Night In, a community of women who’d rather stay in tonight. Our hosts wrap up with a conversation about Michelle Obama’s book tour comments on the strategy of leaning in.
17/12/2018 • 1 hour 2 minutes 12 seconds
034 - Shaping legacies with Tracie Group CEO Jill Tracie Nichols
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 host Pamela Soberman interviews CEO of the Tracie Group and former Microsoft Chief of Staff to the CEO, Jill Tracie Nichols. Our hosts wrap the show with a conversation about how Britain’s Equal Pay Day highlighted the gender pay gap.
29/11/2018 • 58 minutes 19 seconds
033 - Incorporating Inclusion Riders with Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Founder Dr. Stacy Smith
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 Dr. Stacy Smith, the founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the originator of the concept of an inclusion rider. Our hosts take a look at how brands celebrated International Day of the Girl.
15/11/2018 • 47 minutes 1 second
032 - WorkPartying with Create & Cultivate Founder Jaclyn Johnson
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 well as members of the first accelerator cohort. Colleen interviews Johnson, and the show wraps with a conversation about the Geekwire profiles of 50 women VCs and angel investors in the Pacific Northwest.
30/10/2018 • 47 minutes 27 seconds
031 - Celebrating Grace Hopper with AnitaB.org CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson
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. Our hosts wrap with a conversation about the California state law that mandates female board directors. Find us at www.wibt.com. Send feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
15/10/2018 • 54 minutes 20 seconds
030 - Amplifying inclusion at Microsoft Ignite with Startup Technical Advisor Claudia Galván
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 Technical Advisor Claudia Galván about her commitment to getting more women into STEM. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us at www.wibt.com. Send feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
01/10/2018 • 45 minutes 14 seconds
029 - Achieving clarity through coaching with Tenshey CEO Maggie Chan Jones
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 through coaching programs. The show wraps with a conversation about information sharing across cultural boundaries. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us at www.wibt.com. Send feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
13/09/2018 • 46 minutes 29 seconds
028 - Becoming an unapologetic feminist mother with Chairman Mom CEO Sarah Lacy
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 wrap the show with recommendations on how to better support friends’ careers. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us at www.wibt.com. Send feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
30/08/2018 • 56 minutes 59 seconds
027 – Designing understanding with Chineasy Founder ShaoLan
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 new applications. Sonia interviews ShaoLan, the Creator and Founder of Chineasy. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us at www.wibt.com<span style="margin: 0px;
16/08/2018 • 38 minutes 29 seconds
026 – Connecting at Microsoft Inspire with Corporate Vice President Gavriella Schuster
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 interviews Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of the One Commercial Partner team, Gavriella Schuster. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us at www.wibt.com. Send feedback to [email protected]</span
26/07/2018 • 37 minutes 20 seconds
025 - Delivering style and substance with Refinery29’s Piera Gelardi and Finola Austin
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 on young women. To end, both discuss a profile of Lauren Simmons, the only full-time female NYSE stockbroker. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us at www.wibt.com. Send feedback to [email protected]<
12/07/2018 • 41 minutes 11 seconds
024 - Committing to culture with Microsoft’s Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan
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 company’s culture transformation. We wrap with Procter & Gamble’s pledge to have women direct 50% of ads by 2023. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us at www.wibt.com. Send feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
28/06/2018 • 38 minutes 9 seconds
023 - Forging team and product inclusion with Glowforge CEO Dan Shapiro
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 products. Our hosts wrap with coverage of BCG’s recent analysis, “Why Women-Owned Startups are a Better Bet.” Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us at www.wibt.com. Send feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
15/06/2018 • 53 minutes 27 seconds
022 - Defining work flexibility with Werk Co-CEO Annie Dean
Colleen and Sonia debrief after Daring Women Seattle, an event hosted by Seattle Business magazine featuring local women leaders. The duo then visits Lights, Camera, IGNITE!, a gala to support programming that introduces girls in grades 6-12 to technology and engineering careers. Sonia interviews Werk Co-founder and Co-CEO Annie Dean about work flexibility. Our hosts then discuss Backstage Capital’s recent announcement of a $36M fund to invest in black female founders. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us online at www.wibt.com. Send any and all feedback to [email protected] or
30/05/2018 • 45 minutes 46 seconds
021 - Kicking off Microsoft Build with Corporate Vice President Charlotte Yarkoni
Recorded at Build, Microsoft’s ultimate annual developer event, Colleen and Sonia debrief after Satya Nadella’s vision keynote on the Expo floor at the Washington State Convention Center. Then, Sonia heads to The Lounge onsite to speak with a few Cloud Developer Advocates—a community-based team at Microsoft with a goal to empower developers to do more with the cloud. Colleen connects with Nina Baliga, the founder and CEO of ersity, a website that showcases insiders’ perspectives on company diversity and inclusion initiatives. Finally, Colleen is joined by Charlotte Yarkoni, the Corporate Vice President of Growth and Ecosystems in the Cloud + AI group, to talk about her team’s involvement with the conference and her support of organizations encouraging girls and young women to pursue their interests in STEM. <span style= "margin: 0px;
11/05/2018 • 41 minutes 14 seconds
020 - Navigating the Women in Tech Regatta with Cynthia Tee and Melody Biringer
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 Ibrahim, the secretary of the local professional chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Sonia interviews Cynthia Tee, the former Executive Director of Ada Developers Academy and an Advisory Board Member for the WiT Regatta. Our hosts wrap it up with some reflections on their favorite panel of the week, #WhatWouldChadDo. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us online at www.wibt.com. Send an
01/05/2018 • 35 minutes 34 seconds
019 - Exploring accountability with Keita Williams and Steve Petitpas
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 Success Bully, Keita Williams, about the criticality of community in forming and achieving big goals. Sonia interviews General Manager of Microsoft Digital Stores and Microsoft.com Services Steve Petitpas about his role as a Co-Executive Sponsor of diversity and inclusion on the Marketing and Consumer Business team. Our hosts wrap it up with some commentary on a recent study that documents the lack of awareness of women tech leaders amongst the general public. Please subscribe, rate, and share the e
12/04/2018 • 44 minutes 4 seconds
018 - Tackling maker spaces and hackathons with Xyla Foxlin
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 founder and CEO of Parihug and the host and producer of Beauty and the Bolt. Our hosts wrap up the show with a discussion about inclusion riders and NPR’s coverage of Frances McDormand’s Oscar acceptance speech. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us online at www.wibt.com. Send any and all feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
30/03/2018 • 47 minutes 4 seconds
017 - Taking the Better Together Pledge with Jonathan Sposato
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, a networking organization focused on advancing the visibility of women of color in communications, marketing, advertising, and digital. Colleen interviews serial entrepreneur, investor, and author Jonathan Sposato about his book, Better Together: 8 Ways Working with Women Leads to Extraordinary Products and Profits. Our hosts wrap it up in the Cutting Edge segment with a conversation about a New York Times article entitled Women in Cryptocurrencies Push Back against Blockchain Bros. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us online at www.wibt.com. Send any and all feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
15/03/2018 • 1 hour 2 minutes 2 seconds
016 - Celebrating International Women’s Day with CVP Toni Townes-Whitley
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 and offer some ways that you can take part in the moment. Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Industry, joins Sonia in the studio for an incredible interview, where she covers topics like career majors and minors, her work-life balance philosophies, and the importance of representation (diversity begets diversity!). Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us online at www.wibt.com. Send any and all feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
08/03/2018 • 44 minutes 34 seconds
015 - Becoming the CEO of your dreams with Serrah Linares
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 HIMSS18 conference with Serrah Linares, the Global Vice President of Sales and Commercial Operations at KenSci. To wrap it up, our hosts discuss the #MentorHer campaign launched by Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us online at www.wibt.com. Send any and all feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
01/03/2018 • 48 minutes 22 seconds
014 – Caging confidence gremlins with UK Marketing Director Helen Tupper
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 UK market, Helen Tupper, who talks about managing “squiggly” careers and pursuing passion projects. Our hosts wrap it up with a look at Google’s 3D exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture launched in conjunction with Black History Month. Be sure to listen to the end of the show for your mission. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us online at <span style= "margin: 0px; color: windowtext; text-decora
15/02/2018 • 58 minutes 53 seconds
013 - Rearchitecting the tech pipeline with Kal Viswanathan
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 Next and the organization’s upcoming programs that our listeners can join. Finally, in Cutting Edge, Colleen and Sonia discuss an article about this year’s Consumer Electronic Show and the event’s lack of female keynote speakers. You can’t be what you can’t see! Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Find us online at <a href= "http://w
01/02/2018 • 50 minutes 56 seconds
012 - Getting started with community builder Megan McNally
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 McNally, a serial entrepreneur who is creating almost faster than we can record. Then in Cutting Edge, we discuss whether AI can improve the human condition or if it might sustain cultural biases. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Send feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
15/01/2018 • 44 minutes 24 seconds
011 - Engineering the team with Star Treknical Goddess Laura Butler
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, Sonia and Colleen discuss Ellen Pao’s Medium post on the importance of measuring diversity and inclusion program data. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
01/01/2018 • 51 minutes 41 seconds
010 - Ambika Singh offers infinite style
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 Armoire, about how she is helping women take time back by offering a curated wardrobe subscription service. In the Cutting Edge segment, Colleen and Sonia discuss the impact of emotional labor. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
14/12/2017 • 47 minutes 1 second
009 - Driving innovation with Accessibility Architect Mary Bellard
Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. That change requires employees to ensure that products are accessible to people with disabilities. 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 organization dedicated to advancing opportunity for girls in STEM. Our hosts wrap the show with a discussion about representing jobs in the tech industry that don’t require technical skill sets. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
01/12/2017 • 46 minutes 8 seconds
008 - Julia White’s journey to the cloud
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 private than in public? Sonia and Colleen discuss a Harvard Business Review article that points to some answers in social psychological processes. Please subscribe, rate, and share the episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected] or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
20/11/2017 • 45 minutes 5 seconds
007 - Revolutionizing retail with Fitcode’s CEO
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 technologists in the world. Lastly, Colleen and Sonia discuss Women in the Workplace 2017, a report released by Lean In and McKinsey & Company. Please subscribe, rate, and share this episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected], or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
24/10/2017 • 28 minutes 49 seconds
006 - Journey to the C-Suite with Marimekko’s CEO
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 design company. In the Cutting Edge segment, Colleen and Sonia discuss how the normalization of remote work could help solve tech’s gender gap. Please subscribe, rate, and share this episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected], or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
13/10/2017 • 31 minutes 10 seconds
005 - Live from Microsoft Ignite!
In this episode, 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 upcoming projects. We also get to hear from the force behind the Women in Business & Technology track at Microsoft Ignite, Dawn Conner. We wrap up the show with a discussion on the cultural sensitivity around name pronunciation. Please subscribe, rate, and share this episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected], or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
27/09/2017 • 36 minutes 11 seconds
004 - Strategies for Male Allies and Advocates
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 teams and “lending his privilege” to communities that are underrepresented in technology. Please subscribe, rate, and share this episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected], or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
21/09/2017 • 33 minutes 43 seconds
003 - How can a leadership coach help you?
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 Microsoft's community-building initiative in online advertising, Janes of Digital. Second, Colleen shares her conversation with leadership coach, Carrie George. Her insights can help you move forward and understand how to take down barriers. Please subscribe, rate, and share this episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected], or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
14/09/2017 • 32 minutes 34 seconds
002 - Unboxing the future of STEM
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 leveraging the power of LinkedIn. Finally, Sonia and Colleen reflect on the importance of making women role models in STEM more visible to young girls. Please subscribe, rate, and share this episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected], or tweet @MicrosoftWomen.
10/08/2017 • 46 minutes 15 seconds
001 - Microsoft Ignite plus Dona Sarkar
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. We will also get a preview of the upcoming Microsoft Ignite 2017 event in Orlando this September 25th through the 29th. At Microsoft Ignite, Women in Business & Technology will have its own track and guess speakers. It will be a great time to learn and connect. But the star of this episode is author, fashion blogger and tech leader, Dona Sarkar. Listen, learn and be inspired to achieve more. Please subscribe, rate, and share this episode. Send any and all feedback to [email protected], or tweet @MicrosoftWomen