Diversity in Tech with Joanna Udo
By Bridges in Tech
We’ll hear from advocates, recruiters, career strategists and leaders.
You’ll learn how to:
Get in the field
Grow in the field
Create the lifestyle of your dreams
Navigate corporate America
It also discusses light hearted topics about life as a technology professional.
Hosted by Joanna Udo
Diversity in Tech with Joanna UdoOct 07, 2020
Living a Healthi-her lifestyle as a Technology Professional w/ Gwendolyn Woody
Gwendolyn is the founder of The Wellness Loft, where she educates and
empowers women of color to kick the glucose habit and sugar addiction by adopting a healthi -her lifestyle.
On this episode she's sharing tips & tricks to help you as a technology worker live a healthier lifestyle.
More about Gwendolyn:
She also contracts with government and corporate agencies through a subset of her business called Wellness WERKS 8. With an innate compassion for helping others, she's living out her dreams as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
This career path led her to step into my purpose and become a Pre-Diabetes Lifestyle Coach and a Public Health Partner recognized by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention’s (CDC) Secure Access Management Services (SAMS). I use my decade of nursing and nutrition experience to educate others about overcoming health obstacles and not succumbing to generational illnesses.
You can connect with Gwendolyn using any of the following links:
FB : https://www.facebook.com/thenutritionistandnurse
IG : https://www.instagram.com/thenutritionistandnurse
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Episode 18: Tech & Social Entrepreneurship w/ Yulkendy Valdez
On this episode I sit down to learn more about Yulkendy and her company Forefront.
Yulkendy is a Forbes 30 Under 30 social entrepreneur, storyteller, and TEDx speaker. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Forefront, she helps employers, schools, and nonprofits create low-barrier, culturally relevant virtual experiences for youth (ages 16-24) to facilitate their transition from education to career.
Yulkendy brings a diverse set of both corporate and nonprofit experience to the table. She’s worked with Bank of America, EY, Puma, and Innosight Consulting as well as the International Institute of St. Louis and Betty Jean Kerr People’s Centers. Yulkendy has received numerous fellowships, including the Resolution Project, Young People For, Opportunity Nation Leaders Program, Future Founders Fellowship, Net Impact Racial Equity Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy Leadership Conference, One Young World, StartingBloc, and PPIA Indiana University. She is a proud alumna of Babson College, #1 school for entrepreneurship. More recently, she was named one of the Latino 30 Under 30 honorees by El Mundo Boston and a top millennial in Boston by Get Konnected. With roots in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, Yulkendy has traveled to over 30+ countries for work and fun.
You can learn more about forefront at www.getforefront.co
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Episode 17: Meet The Founder & CEO of Blaq App Maureen Martin
Episode 16: Leadership & Data Governance w/ Andrew Ysasi
Episode 15: Tech Recruiting w/ Madoree Pipkins
Episode 14: Virtual Reality with Taylor Freeman
Over the following years, he and his team built UploadVR.com, the industry's largest daily VR news site reaching millions of people per month, established two co-working spaces in LA and San Francisco with 150 VR, AR and AI startups, hosted over 500 VR and AR focused events, trained nearly 1,000 creators on VR and AR development, and worked with companies like Google, IDEO and NASA JPL on immersive education.
As an advocate for inclusive leadership, Taylor is a founding council member of XR Inclusion and sits on the board of Women of AI. Taylor taught the first remote in-VR class at MIT, and was awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 for his work building the VR industry.
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Episode 13: Starting A Tech Career w/ Joyce
Joyce is a 23 year old young black professional working in the tech industry.
She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in computer science and minor in psychology.
She's currently rotating through different areas of technology at a bank and shares her experience with us.
When she’s not working, she works on her YouTube channel, JoyOfMyLife, which is a lifestyle channel focused on fashion, beauty and tech, in addition to her fun vlogs.
You can follow her on your favorite social media platform:
Search JoyOfMyLife on Facebook, Tik Tok and Pinterest!
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Episode 12: The Way Forward: Discrimination, Racism & Privilege
Episode 11: Tech Recruiting w/Gabrielle Williams
She comes with 3 years of experience, a Bachelor's Degree in Biopsychology from Oglethorpe University, and a Master's in Business Administration from American University's Kogod School of Business.
Williams is a current partner at Hrblgy, an herbal wellness initiative and apothecary. There, she manages finances, logistics, and operations. During her tenure at Real Staffing she was the recipient of the 2018 Midwest Recruiter of the Year and the Customer Experience Champion Awards.
She also led fundraising efforts for the African Science Academy, raising over $4,000, where she later volunteered on-site in Ghana. Gabrielle is an avid New Orleans Saints fan and OrangeTheory attendee.
She has aspirations to one day work in Business Strategy or Product Management within the Technology Industry.
Social Media Handle (Insta/Twitter): @GlobeTrottaGabs
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Episode 10: Meet the Creator of the largest community of Black Women in Tech - Alexandria Noel Butler
Her thought provoking advice and opinions on how to create a more equitable work environment stem from her own experiences working in some of the most popular tech companies.
In 2013, she founded Grown Up Truth, an online magazine dedicated to the new college graduate experience.
This platform not only inspired young professionals but also experienced leaders that used this knowledge to better support their young adult workforce and how to guide them.
In April 2017, Lexi B founded Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, a community that supports Black women in tech companies and tech related professions.
This 5,800+ international community has partnered with organizations such as Phenomenally, Instagram, Youtube, Linkedin and Slack. Lexi’s main mission is to inspire people to create their desired life journey by understanding their purpose and life goals.
In her own words, “People deserve to live the life that caters to their strengths and passions. When they truly understand what they need and what they offer, they can then implement tools to create their own path and thrive.” You can follow Lexi’s career journey on Instagram and Twitter at Unfiltered By Lexi B where she discusses career tips and tricks on how to be authentic and successful in your profession.
IG = https://www.instagram.com/unfiltered_27/
Twitter = twitter.com/ByUnfiltered
Episode 9: Life as a UX/UI Designer + Career Coach with Ashley Jenelle
At Caterpillar Inc., Ashley taps into user needs and challenges while designing solutions that allow them to save time, money, and increase productivity.
As a UX coach and course creator, she’s developed an online course, “Learn UX Online in 16 Weeks” to help aspiring UX designers go from beginner to experienced UX Designers and land jobs at top companies.
Using her UX expertise and passion for working with people, Ashley’s not only helped others land their dream roles, but build the confidence to become successful UX Designers.
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Episode 8: Drone Security Expert - Tomiko Evans
After working nearly 20 years in the information technology field, in May of 2018, Tomiko Evans earned a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology degree with honors from the multi-award winning program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). She currently serves a US federal government agency as a Cybersecurity Consultant.
Tomiko Evans holds a US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 certification, where she is licensed as an FAA Certified Drone Pilot. In order to pursue her passion to integrate the cybersecurity discipline into the protection of systems and information in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and drones, she launched a startup called Aerial Footprint, LLC, where she partnered with Red Tail Aerial Network (http://RTAN.co).
She is an active speaker and has been featured in various events as well as podcasts. As an exemplary alumnus, Tomiko Evans was featured several times in various UMUC websites and social media stories. She has also been featured in "The Baltimore Sun" newspaper.
She wrote an article that was published in eForensic Magazine. Tomiko has also been combining her interdisciplinary professional skills and innovative artistry to produce introductory videos and educational content such as a CyberRap and DroneRap.
Just recently on Jan 2020, she became the founding member of Atlanta Chapter Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu. She was also chosen as one of the judges for the Alley of the Year 2020 Awards.
As Tomiko Evans continue her journey, she hopes to lead the younger women towards a passion of cybersecurity and Drones.
Find Tomiko Evans on LinkedIn or join her Linkedin group Cybersecurity Momentum Movement
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Episode 7: Life As A Full Stack Developer /w Moya Richards
I usually stay under the radar, but I thought about it... and came to the conclusion that if i want to see more #womenInTech, I have to show up and raise my voice and say, "I am here, you can be too, let me share my past experiences and what I seek to accomplish".
I want to build a community where Developers are allowed to be vulnerable, where they are free to seek help with coding, get real time career advice, and make friends.”
Connect with Moya using these links👇🏾
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Episode 6: Life as a Hacker w/Chris Roberts
Episode 5: From Customer Service Representative to Consultant w/ Shanayla Sweat
Thanks to her college instructors, who peaked her interest in technology careers, today she’s not only a technology consultant but also a successful entrepreneur
She’s created a blueprint to help other customer service representatives start an IT career and offers a 15% discount to that program with code 👉🏾 BRIDGESINTECH
Visit tektimellc.com for more details on the program.
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Episode 4: Network Administration w/ Morgan Lucas
You can find her on LinkedIn, www.runtcpip.com or twitter.
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Episode 3: From Nanny to Rocket Scientist w/Melanie Wullaert
Originally, her goal was to tour with bands. She booked and managed small tours in Europe in her early 20s and progressed to becoming an audio engineer in her late 20s, but never managed to break into the industry enough to make a living.
Took her another 5-ish years to find the confidence and strength to start taking pre-engineering night classes at Seattle community colleges while holding down nanny day jobs so she could pay rent and bills to survive.
"I was never good at math or physics or any other STEM class back in school, so me trying to go for an ME degree was an absolutely ludicrous idea. Turns out, I am not as bad at it as I thought!"
She was accepted into the University of Washington's Mechanical engineering department in Fall of 2015, got a NASA internship at NASA MSCF in the summer of 2017 and was promptly hired by Virgin orbit after graduation to become a Structural Dynamics Engineer for Launcher One.
Only a short while after that, she moved back home to Seattle to work for Blue origin on their New Glenn Rocket.
you can learn more about her on Facebook/Instagram under @2inkfinityandbeyond and Twitter under @Mel2Inkfinity, as she has started sharing her journey with the world. Follow @bridgesintech on your favorite social media platform.
Episode 2: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome w/ Rhonda Hill
She couldn’t believe she was doing these great things, even when her friends and colleagues were praising her on how good she was.
She shares how she worked through that and is learning how to celebrate her success.
Of course we also talked about how she got started in tech and some her favorite projects.
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Episode 1: Job Search Nuggets - Katia Dean
She’s sharing every bit of that journey on this podcast, from searching for jobs, writing a resume, interviewing and negotiating her salary, the tips are fresh and ready for your use today!
She also shares a code for 25% off her deluxe pro package. This package offers a full circle job seeker’s guide, support educational materials and much more! So make sure you listen all the way to the end, you don’t want to miss out on the deal.
Learn more about her at katiascylife.tech
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