36 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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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.

    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 a 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
    Ep. 030: Charles Kuykendoll Unplugged

    Ep. 030: Charles Kuykendoll Unplugged

    When I tell you that Charles Kuykendoll has been on a ride and yet doing the most, I'm not exaggerating!

    This man went from an operations internship at Barclays, which he had no experience to do, to now leading engineering recruiting at AirBNB.

    On episode 030, Charles breaks down his unique journey into tech, why being a good person is going to get you far, and how he has a business that doesn't interfere with his 9-5.

    Full show notes at: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2019/09/24/ep-030-charles-kuykendoll-unplugged/

    • 58 min
    Ep. 029: Latesha Byrd Unplugged

    Ep. 029: Latesha Byrd Unplugged

    Episode 029 features Latesha Byrd, the Founder & CEO of Byrd Career Consulting — a consulting firm on the mission to help millennial professionals turn their dreams into careers that allow them to live life on their own terms.

    On this episode Latesha and I discuss:
    * Stigma around career switching
    * Why you need to take control and "manage up" today
    * The importance of LinkedIn and why you should update your profile weekly

    Make sure to sign up for Latesha's FREE salary negotiation masterclass on September 19th or September 21st: https://www.lateshabyrd.com/masterclass

    Connect with Latesha
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/latesha_byrd
    Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lateshabyrd
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/latesha_byrd
    Website: http://lateshabyrd.com

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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!

notnotdave ,

Great interview podcast

I just got done with the episode with Camille Eddy. Love the interview style, great questions that kept the conversation moving. I feel like these are very important stories to share since representation is so important in STEM, and all fields, really. Great information on networking, setting goals, and proper use of social networking. Great show!

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