9 episodes

In the unprecedented times of the 2020 pandemic, Ed Christmas was challenged with the question, “What’s Your Why?”. As the founder and president of a technology firm, he questioned the reason for the digital divide and the under-representation of blacks in the field of technology and entrepreneurship.

With that, in his new podcast series, “The Road to Why”, Ed Christmas engages in meaningful conversations with fellow technology industry experts, business leaders, and non-profit organizations about making a difference, not just making a profit. He invites his guests to share their journey of deciding their “why” and where they’re headed to achieve their goals.

He highlights the positive impact that is being made in lives and communities of those who have been forgotten. It is through these discussions that Ed hopes to bring attention and awareness to the opportunities to build a brighter future of economic and digital equality in underserved communities.

The Road to Why podcast is proudly sponsored by Cisco. Sology Solutions is honored to be a member of the African American Cisco Partner Community.

To learn more about Sology and watch episodes of The Road to Why, visit https://sologysolutions.com/the-road-to-why-podcast/.

The Road to Why with Ed Christmas RNCN

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In the unprecedented times of the 2020 pandemic, Ed Christmas was challenged with the question, “What’s Your Why?”. As the founder and president of a technology firm, he questioned the reason for the digital divide and the under-representation of blacks in the field of technology and entrepreneurship.

With that, in his new podcast series, “The Road to Why”, Ed Christmas engages in meaningful conversations with fellow technology industry experts, business leaders, and non-profit organizations about making a difference, not just making a profit. He invites his guests to share their journey of deciding their “why” and where they’re headed to achieve their goals.

He highlights the positive impact that is being made in lives and communities of those who have been forgotten. It is through these discussions that Ed hopes to bring attention and awareness to the opportunities to build a brighter future of economic and digital equality in underserved communities.

The Road to Why podcast is proudly sponsored by Cisco. Sology Solutions is honored to be a member of the African American Cisco Partner Community.

To learn more about Sology and watch episodes of The Road to Why, visit https://sologysolutions.com/the-road-to-why-podcast/.

    Empowering and Educating Youth to Open Doors for a Future in Technology

    Empowering and Educating Youth to Open Doors for a Future in Technology

    Giving the next generation options, accessibility and confidence” is what drives Courtney Batiste to lead The Batiste Project whose mission is to empower, educate and bridge the tech divide for economically challenged youth in multiple areas of technology. Her journey as a woman of color in the field of technology has led her to do great things that are making a difference in the lives of students today, that will open doors for them tomorrow.

    • 26 min
    Reaching Out and Reaching Back to Pull Up the Next Generation

    Reaching Out and Reaching Back to Pull Up the Next Generation

    Meet Johannes Starks – educator, mentor and leader who is full of wisdom and energy to reach out and reach back to pull up the next generation, by providing opportunities through her work with STEAM-based programs and organizations. She serves in many roles to live out her “why” to connect passion and purpose. She is the Executive Director of BEST of Texas Robotics; she volunteers as a statewide mentor for NASA HUNCH (High schoolers United with NASA to Create Hardware), and she serves as a college and career readiness Leadership Coach for Educate Texas.

    • 24 min
    Championing Diversity and the Success of WBE/MBEs in the Public Transportation Sector

    Championing Diversity and the Success of WBE/MBEs in the Public Transportation Sector

    Gabriel Beltran of Dallas Area Rapid Transportation shares his journey of living out his desire to help others by serving in the public sector, supporting women and minority-owned businesses, as an executive in the Diversity & Vendor Management department.

    • 28 min
    Woman-owned business walks the talk for diversity and bridging the digital gap

    Woman-owned business walks the talk for diversity and bridging the digital gap

    “We walk the talk.”—Tomeka Herod, President, of The Wilkins Group, a multi-generation, woman-owned telecommunications company committed to closing the digital divide by placing fiber in cities throughout the United States. Tomeka and her team show respect and care by employing the hard-to-employ, providing STEM education to young people in the community and developing minorities in their technology careers.

    • 20 min
    Increasing the Representation and Participation of Black people in T­echnology

    Increasing the Representation and Participation of Black people in T­echnology

    “I’ve found my why. I have to do this.” -- Peter Beasley of Blacks United in Leading Technology International. As Executive Director of BUILT, Peter shares how his organization is building equity for Blacks in the technology industry through community-focused activities, events and programs. BUILT places an emphasis on their efforts being a united movement, and partners with organizations representing all ethnicities who act as investors to support their work.

    • 27 min
    Solutions for MBEs struggling to access capital to grow and scale their business

    Solutions for MBEs struggling to access capital to grow and scale their business

    Playbook Investors Network’s Rodney Woods (Founder, CEO & Board Chairman) and Dean Jones (Venture Partner) engage in a candid and lively discussion regarding the challenges black business owners face to take their enterprise to the next level. Through PIN, they provide opportunities for all types of emerging business enterprises to do business with a range of corporations, from the Fortune 500 to smaller organizations and other diverse suppliers looking to broaden their reach.

    • 32 min

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Meaningful podcast with stimulating discussion

I enjoyed learning more about the realities of issues surrounding the inequalities as it pertains to Blacks in technology and what others are doing to bridge that gap. Great show!

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