51 episodes

Join Deena McKay as she shares the authentic stories of Blacks in the tech. Not only will you learn their stories, but you'll also learn about their successes, failures, resources and most importantly the skills you need in your toolkit to be successful. Each episode is meant to inspire, motivate, and empower those in tech or looking to get into the industry.

Black Tech Unplugged Black Tech Unplugged by Deena McKay

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    • 5.0 • 73 Ratings

Join Deena McKay as she shares the authentic stories of Blacks in the tech. Not only will you learn their stories, but you'll also learn about their successes, failures, resources and most importantly the skills you need in your toolkit to be successful. Each episode is meant to inspire, motivate, and empower those in tech or looking to get into the industry.

    Relationships, My Biggest Life Lesson: Brandy Hays Morrison Unplugged

    Relationships, My Biggest Life Lesson: Brandy Hays Morrison Unplugged

    Brandy Hays Morrison's mom had a dream. That her kids would one day work at IBM. Well she got her dream(and then some). Allow me to introduce you to Brandy, VP of Strategic Growth at Pluribus Digital, but more importantly a Black woman with resilience and a tech journey that you would never believe. Listen to episode 049 to hear the story of a woman who took a leap of faith into engineering ended up in the VP chair.

    Full show notes for this episode: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/09/16/brandy-hays-morrison-unplugged/

    Connect with Brandy:
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/brandyhays
    Twitter: twitter.com/brandyhaysdc
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    • 44 min
    Chop Chop Back to Business (NOT): Black Tech Unplugged

    Chop Chop Back to Business (NOT): Black Tech Unplugged

    VOTE FOR MY SXSW PANEL: panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/118371
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    Africa and I are back together yall! Bringing you a good kiki and the latest tech news. To be specific in this episode we cover:

    - Deena's SXSW Panel - Code Switching: Lifestyle or Necessary Evil?: panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/118371
    - How OnlyFans is removing sex worker content (the content that made them money): https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/tech/onlyfans-creators-react-sexually-explicit-ban/index.html
    - Google work from home salary cut: https://www.reuters.com/world/the-great-reboot/pay-cut-google-employees-who-work-home-could-lose-money-2021-08-10/
    - Chip shortage causing Toyota to cut its global production:  https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/19/toyota-to-slash-september-production-due-to-global-chip-shortage.html
    - Recent viral videos (The Scholarship video challenge and the milk crate challenge)

    Full show notes for this episode can be found here:
    https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/08/26/ep-048-black-tech-unplugged/

    Connect with Africa:
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/africamiranda
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/africamiranda
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/africamiranda/videos
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    • 28 min
    Bringing the People Mechanics Back to Leadership: Teri Green-Mason Unplugged

    Bringing the People Mechanics Back to Leadership: Teri Green-Mason Unplugged

    VOTE FOR MY SXSW PANEL: https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/118371
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    On this episode I am joined by the outspoken, positive being known as Teri Green-Mason. She tells us the story about starting off her career as an intern (it sounds normal, but it's not what you think) and how she climbed the corporate ladder extremely quickly. Learn how this transformational CIO builds successful teams and has everybody wanting to join her standups. And most importantly she's giving all of us game about how to get into that coveted c-suite just like her. Don't believe me? Listen to the episode now to find out!



    Full show notes for this episode can be found here: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/08/12/ep-047-teri-green-mason-unplugged/

    Connect with Teri:
    Facebook: facebook.com/teri.green.9
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/terigreen
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    • 51 min
    Ep. 046: Black Tech Unplugged

    Ep. 046: Black Tech Unplugged

    Black Tech Unplugged is back with a new episode and a new format!

    On this episode Deena welcomes guest co-host, Africa Miranda, and together we discuss a few of the top tech stories of the past week. We want to share with you how tech decisions affect our community as well as share events that are happening in the tech space.

    In this episode we cover:
    • Atlanta being the breeding ground for tech startups (http://techcrunch.com/2021/05/02/how-did-atlanta-become-a-top-breeding-ground-for-billion-dollar-startups-in-the-southeast/)
    • The United Shades of America episode, Black to the Future (https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/05/07/united-shades-black-to-the-future-101.cnn)
    • Changes going on with AfroTech (https://www.experience.afrotech.com/)
    • The divorce heard around the world. That's right our faves Melinda and Bill Gates divorcing

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    • 31 min
    Diversity & Inclusion: Buzzword, Movement or BS? : #BTUatSXSW

    Diversity & Inclusion: Buzzword, Movement or BS? : #BTUatSXSW

    Remember my mama I made it moment from this year, getting to speak at SXSW? Well now I get to share the experience with you!

    That's right today I get to release my SXSW set titled "Diversity & Inclusion: Buzzword, Movement or BS?" to all of you!

    So join myself, Lisa Magill of Aleria, and Lisa Godwin of You Are Tech & the The New York Times, as we discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in tech as well as we finally decide what is D&I.

    Full show notes are available at: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/05/06/ep-045-btu-at-sxsw-unplugged/

    Connect with Lisa G:
    Twitter: twitter.com/lisag_nyc
    Instagram: instagram.com/lisag_nyc
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    Connect with Lisa Magill:
    Twitter: twitter.com/lisaadrienne_
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lmagill/
    Aleria: https://aleria.tech/
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    • 50 min
    The More You Learn, the More You Earn: Kanika Tolver Unplugged

    The More You Learn, the More You Earn: Kanika Tolver Unplugged

    Have you met a Black woman who made the six figure club in tech before they turned 30?

    Have you seen a Black woman dominating the tech industry in various ways?

    Well let me introduce you to episode 044's guest, Kanika Tolver. Kanika is a project manager, career coach, and author who is showing us how to run game in tech. On this episode we talk about her 15+ year journey in tech, she schools us in how to get to six figures (spoiler alert: it's hard work!), and she talks to me about why it's important to "date" jobs.

    If you want to win in tech in 2021, get into this Black Tech Unplugged episode!

    Full show notes for this episode can be found here: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/04/15/ep-044-kanika-tolver-unplugged/

    Connect with Kanika:
    Twitter: twitter.com/kanikatolver
    Instagram: instagram.com/kanikatolver
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kanikatolver
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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73 Ratings

73 Ratings

@vanteDEV ,

Overall Great Podcast

I usually don’t leave reviews but I felt this time was necessary. As a young African American male in tech, I love seeing/hearing about others that look like me especially in tech. Will continue to listen to these amazing stories. Love the podcast

Mtkornegay ,

All love

Hope this podcast continues awesome podcast we need it

Sunkist:-) ,

What’s Not to Love?!

Great format! Interviews always have interesting people of various academic/career/personal backgrounds. Always enjoy hearing everyone’s humble stories and their pathway to success in tech!

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