38 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

    • Technology
    • 5.0, 53 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.

    It's About Damn Time: Arlan Hamilton Unplugged

    It's About Damn Time: Arlan Hamilton Unplugged

    Arlan Hamilton shook the tech world when she hopped on the scene in 2015. She took what once used to be the 'good old boys' club and made room for a new group in town by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT via her company Backstage Capital.

    Now her life wasn't always rainbows and butterflies (hell she was homeless before this all started). BUT, Arlan uses her hustle mentality and resilience to not only survive, but thrive in the world today.

    On this episode of Black Tech Unplugged you learn about Arlan's journey to greatness as well as hear some snippets from her new book "It's About Damn Time".

    Purchase Arlan's book here: https://www.itsaboutdamntime.com/ or https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593136411?tag=randohouseinc39578-20

    Full show notes can be found here: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2020/05/09/ep-036-arlan-hamilton-unplugged/

    • 28 min
    Part time teacher (thanks Rona!), Full-Time Tech Lawyer: Bari A. Williams Unplugged

    Part time teacher (thanks Rona!), Full-Time Tech Lawyer: Bari A. Williams Unplugged

    There’s many paths you can take in law, but have you ever thought about being a lawyer in tech? Bärí A. Williams didn’t KNOW that would be her route in life, but many years later she has worked at startups and companies (including Facebook and Stubhub) to make sure they are protected.

    Oh! And did I mention on top of being a lawyer she is a diversity warrior? Her passion for making people see every side of a situation is what makes Bärí... well Bärí.

    Listen to episode 035 Bärí A. Williams Unplugged where we talk about tech law, Bärí's career journey, and her new book “Diversity in the Workplace: Eye-Opening Interviews to Jumpstart Conversations about Identity, Privilege, and Bias”, which is out right now!

    Link to purchase Bärí's book: https://www.amazon.com/Diversity-Workplace-Eye-Opening-Interviews-Conversations/dp/1641529040

    Full show notes for this episode: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2020/04/14/ep-035-bari-a-williams-unplugged/

    • 46 min
    From Wannabe Hollywood Actress to Tech Movement Creator: Pariss Athena Unplugged

    From Wannabe Hollywood Actress to Tech Movement Creator: Pariss Athena Unplugged

    Imagine starting your career thinking you are going to write scripts and act in movies, then.... that doesn’t work out. So now what?

    With a little help from her guidance counselor, Pariss found her new career path, TECH. Find out how joining a coding boot camp helped elevate Pariss to become a woman who wears many hats in the tech industry including being the founder of #BlackTechTwitter & Black Tech Pipeline as well as killing it in her current role as recruiter/marketer/ social media extraordinaire at her day job.

    Hear Paris’s adventure of going from wannabe Hollywood actress to the tech movement creator in episode 034 of Black Tech Unplugged.

    • 49 min
    When Leaning In Goes Wrong: Yassmin Abdel-Magied Unplugged

    When Leaning In Goes Wrong: Yassmin Abdel-Magied Unplugged

    Sometimes we think 'if I just fit in with the rest of the group I'll be alright'. Some call it Leaning In, others call it survival mode, in this case no one was the winner.

    Allow me to introduce Yassmin-Abdel Magied, a young Black women who tried to lean into her tech job, but found herself fighting to shine her extraordinary light with the world!

    On episode 033 of the podcast Yassmin and I discuss her time in tech, how being in a toxic environment psychologically affected her, and how leaning in did not work for her.

    Full story notes here: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2019/11/27/ep-033-yassmin-abdel-magied-unplugged/

    • 50 min
    From the Hood to the White House: David E. Holmes Unplugged

    From the Hood to the White House: David E. Holmes Unplugged

    Who would've thought a boy from the hood of Stanton Island would end up in the White House?

    We did, but I digress...

    On episode 032, David Holmes shares his story of how his love for computers at an early age led him to become the Director of Engineering at USDS.

    From being called the n-word (it wasn't intentional) to hackathons to his dream role, this is David Holmes story.

    Full story notes here: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2019/10/31/ep-032-david-e-holmes-unplugged/

    • 47 min
    Ep. 031: Greg Greenlee Unplugged

    Ep. 031: Greg Greenlee Unplugged

    Greg Greenlee is the man we all want to be... the man who has over 17 years of experience in tech. The person who has used his personal experiences in the industry as a motivator to create change in the industry. And furthermore, that's why I had to have him on episode 031 of Black Tech Unplugged, it was time to share his knowledge with us so we can be motivated too.

    On episode 31, Greg & I discuss:
    * The evolution of his organization, Blacks in Technology (BIT)
    * What a Dev Ops Engineer is and how he got into that role
    * How he plans to increase the number of Black men and women in tech

    Connect with Greg:
    https://twitter.com/bit_greggreenle
    https://www.facebook.com/blacksintechnology/
    http://www.blacksintechnology.net/

    Full show notes at: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2019/10/09/ep-031-greg-greenlee-unplugged/

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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53 Ratings

53 Ratings

MrsMOTR ,

Listen and learn!

Deena has a great interview style! I love hearing the different stories that each guest gives on how they got to where they are in the tech industry. You can definitely learn a lot from this show whether you’re in the tech industry on not.

thisisdamon ,

Excellent podcast!

I just started listening, and the first episode I checked out was great. It’s cool to hear stories about other black folks in tech, and learning of the shared experiences we’ve had. Looking forward to catching up on all of the older episodes while I wait for the next one to drop 👍🏾

MattyDaBaker ,

First time listener!

Loving this podcast! Definitely taking notes and listening at the same time! Thanks for sharing!

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