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Welcome to Tech in the Right Direction! Every week, Directions Training President and CEO, Jennifer Didier discusses how women can take tech in the right direction to drive social change and close the employment, pay, and culture gap for women in technology. Whether you’re already an IT Pro, or simply interested in learning more about the profound and intricate world of technology and how women fit in, be sure to tune in.

Tech in the Right Directio‪n‬ Jennifer Didier

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Welcome to Tech in the Right Direction! Every week, Directions Training President and CEO, Jennifer Didier discusses how women can take tech in the right direction to drive social change and close the employment, pay, and culture gap for women in technology. Whether you’re already an IT Pro, or simply interested in learning more about the profound and intricate world of technology and how women fit in, be sure to tune in.

    Designing Tech Products to Solve Modern Day Problems

    Designing Tech Products to Solve Modern Day Problems

    This week's guest is Elisabeth Bohlmann, VP of Client Strategy for December Labs - a company that focuses on building vibrant and game-changing products for Enterprise corporations, such as Google, Accenture, Zurich, Santander & Nest, along with Silicon Valley’s top-funded startups and growth-stage companies. Elisabeth is a versatile cross-functional marketing executive specializing in defining and developing custom marketing solutions with aesthetic precision and timely execution. She has developed and led projects for iconic brands such as Mattel, NBCUniversal, Food Network Latam, NBA Latam, Concacaf, Sony Music, Universal Music, Univision, sports clients, and celebrities.
    Today we talk about Elisabeth's early beginnings in tech and how her passion for tech products grew into a full-time career. We also talk about designing tech products with a solution-based mindset.
    Thank you for listening; we hope Elisabeth's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.

    • 48 min
    How Government and Tech are Working Together to Create a Better Tomorrow

    How Government and Tech are Working Together to Create a Better Tomorrow

    This week's guest is Jen Snyder, Chief Evangelist at GovQA - a provider of SaaS-based collaboration tools enabling the nation's top cities, counties, and state agencies to process complex work while facilitating internal and external communications in a highly secure environment. Jen is also a guest speaker and moderator for government events, roundtables, and associations with nearly fifteen years of experience in the state and local government space - plus another ten years managing local and international business development initiatives for B2B tech companies.
    Today we talk about Jen's move to the tech industry and how GovQA is helping build a better tomorrow. We also discuss the different opportunities women have when entering the tech industry and finding what fits them best.
    Thank you for listening; we hope Jen's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.

    • 22 min
    Creating Representation in Technical Roles

    Creating Representation in Technical Roles

    This week's guest is Kris Blackmon, the Chief Channel Officer at JS Group - a management consulting firm specializing in creating impactful indirect go-to-market strategies for tech firms. Kris has been in the channel market for several years now, which she has used to develop her skills and grow into an executive role within JS Group. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and her volunteer efforts bring her a deep sense of fulfillment.
    Today we talk about Kris's career journey and how she found herself working in the tech industry. We also talk about her passion for making a difference regarding women's career opportunities and growth - especially in more technical roles.
    Thank you for listening; we hope Kris's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.

    • 25 min
    How-to Rise Above and Become a Leader

    How-to Rise Above and Become a Leader

    This week's guest is Holley Hunt, Sales Director at IntelliSite - an organization that focuses on turnkey IoT solutions that build out to a wide range of managed applications that create connected businesses and actionable outcomes. Holley has been passionately involved in the security industry for over 20 years. She currently represents innovations in IoT, AI, and Computer Vision for smarter and more secure solutions.
    Today we talk about Holley's beginnings in the tech industry and how she became a director and leader at IntelliSite. We also discuss the challenges women face when entering the tech industry and how to rise above these challenges to become leaders within an organization.
    Thank you for listening; we hope Holley's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.

    • 44 min
    How-to Break Barriers for Women in Tech

    How-to Break Barriers for Women in Tech

    This week's guest is Shindy Chen, the Founder and CEO of Scribe - a global financial content consultancy and agency based in New York. As a former guest contributor and on-air expert for media outlets such as The Huffington Post and Cheddar TV, she wrote on fintech, credit, lifestyle, career, and travel advice. She has also authored three books: 
     
    "The Credit Cleanup Book"​ (Praeger) was published in 2014.
    Its sequel, "Credit Score Hacks" (Scribe) released in September 2017 and hit #1 on 2 Amazon Bestseller lists in its first week of release.
    "The First Time"​ (Scribe), released in February 2017, hit 3 Top 10 Amazon bestseller romance lists.
     
    Today we talk about Shindy's beginnings in the fintech industry and what led her to start her own company. We also talk about how women can advocate for themselves and overcome challenges such as the gender pay gap.
     
    Thank you for listening; we hope Shindy's story helps inspire others to grow their tech career.

    • 38 min
    How-to Grow Women's Presence in the Tech Industry

    How-to Grow Women's Presence in the Tech Industry

    Christine Bongard is the President of the WIT (Women in Tech) Network, and she is joining us in this week’s episode to discuss the amazing work her organization does. The WIT Network is present in over 30 countries worldwide and it is working diligently on encouraging women and girls to pursue careers in the technology sector, enable more women to attain leadership positions and support more female entrepreneurs in their professional endeavors. Christine talked to us about including more girls in the tech world through working with schools, creating work environments that are more welcoming to women and insisting on inclusion strategies. She emphasizes the importance of inspiring and coaching each other to gain confidence needed for a successful career in the fast-paced technology industry. Despite the long road that is still ahead, Christine is confident this is a great time for women in technology as companies are opening up and more opportunities are being offered to marginalized groups. Tune in to learn more about Christine's efforts and pick up on some great advice that she shared with our listeners.

    • 19 min

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