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getWITit is a podcast exploring through interviewing community leaders, community members and influential individuals that looks into the decline of women in the technology industry and informing the community by promoting awareness, address attrition, create opportunities for transition into tech and preparation of leadership. New episodes will be released on Mondays.
 
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Today we are joined by Laura Berland, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Compassionate Leadership. Laura started her career in startups and digital media. But after getting burnt out and hitting a wall, she was fortunate to have a friend who introduced her to a retreat where she learned about mindfulness and meditation. From there, sh…
 
Today we chat with Cynthia Orduna, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant at Peoplism. During her time in HR and recruiting, Cynthia witnessed the similarities of the workforce in the tech industry. She wanted to change that and help create a more diverse culture at these companies. Now at Peoplism she is doing just that. Peoplism helps compan…
 
Today we chat with Whitney Cathcart, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of 3DLOOK. With an extensive background in the retail industry, Whitney became intrigued by the advances in 3D technology and quit a great job in retail to pursue 3D tech. With 3DLOOK she has been able to combine these experiences by helping the apparel industry streamline t…
 
Today we are joined by Maya Pochiraju, VP of Product at Payability. Payability provides accelerated daily payouts and capital advances for inventory and marketing for eCommerce sellers. Maya had an international childhood. She was born in New York but spent most of her youth in Singapore and moved back to New York just before high school. Maya take…
 
Today we are joined by Jennifer Etchegary, Founder of The ChatC Group with the mission of finding and vetting the best Emerging Technology vendors around the world and helping businesses procure and implement this rapidly evolving technology with confidence. Having started her career in finance and taking a detour into culinary school, Jennifer got…
 
On this episode we are joined by Lauren Glass, Senior Data Engineer at Instagram. While teaching at boot camps, she realized she had a knack for simplifying complicated topics. This led her to pursuing a passion project of publishing her Data Mastery series of prep books covering SQL, Python, and one she is currently writing on Product Analytics. l…
 
Today we are taking on a different aspect of tech. We are joined by Joan Gelfand who is a Writer and Writing Coach. She lives in the capital of tech, San Francisco, and is also an award-winning poet. Her latest work and also her first novel is titled "Extreme" and is about a Silicon Valley extreme gaming startup. Hope and her ex-husband, Doug, are …
 
On this episode we have a tag team of guests! We are joined by Kevin Calloway, CTO at Muzik, and Sarah Heering, COO at Muzik. Muzik specializes in wearable devices built for culture by culture. Its products empower you to create, share, and inspire. Their initial product is VISION which is the world's first camera headphone. Kevin and Sarah explain…
 
On this episode we have Chelsea Clarke of BlogsForSale.co. Chelsea has extensive experience in Content Marketing and used her expertise to create a real estate marketplace for blogs and websites. BlogsForSale.co is a boutique brokerage and marketplace of quality established blogs and online businesses for sale. Chelsea explains how she got the insp…
 
Today we have Ashley Wali, VP of Product at Discuss.io. Over the past year we have all learned how critical video has become to our work. Face to face has transitioned to online video-based discussions. And Discuss.io is positioned to fulfill that need. It is an all-in-one qualitative consumer conversation platform that helps you understand your co…
 
On this episode we have a special panel of women who all work in cyber security and online infrastructure. They all are involved with OSHEAN which stands for Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network. OSHEAN delivers carrier class optical transport, advanced IP-based networking and innovative cloud solutions to Co…
 
Today we are joined by Evelyn Van Til, Apprentice Experience Program Manager at Apprenti. Apprenti empowers people to pivot into tech careers via apprenticeship. Evelyn's background includes working in higher education at The Ohio State University in program management for over a decade focused on recruitment, retention and & student success, servi…
 
Today we chat with Elisabeth Bohlmann, VP of Client Strategy at December Labs. Originally from Germany, Elisabeth is currently based in Uruguay and helps startups and enterprise companies refine their strategy for scale and continuous growth. A music lover at heart, she decided early on to not seek music as a profession and instead study Behavioral…
 
For our last episode of the year we have an extra special episode! We have a full house and are joined by Amber Rush, Recruiting Manager at HMB and Teran Shaffer, Sr. IT Account Executive at HMB. HMB is a technology consulting firm and helps companies solve tough technology challenges so they can get back to business better than usual. 2020 has bee…
 
On our 50th episodes of getWITit we are joined by Vicki Knott, CEO & Co-Founder of Crux OCM. Crux OCM is a solution for the oil and gas industry and works within industry regulations to create a remote working environment, helping operators stay safe and ensuring operations continue even as the world changes. Based in Canada, Vicky's career as a Ch…
 
On this episode we are joined by Tori Reichman, VP Commercial at Vault Platform. Tori has always enjoyed working with people and decided what better way to utilize her passion than by working in HR. Her career in HR had her jumping to different cities and eventually landing in the UK. As luck would have it, she settled in London and just as she was…
 
Emma Rees is an Australian residing in London. She initially started her career as a hairdresser. Before there were smartphones she had an idea, which is commonplace now, for on-demand services. Together with her husband they started Deployed which turns Statements of Work into a delightful digital experience. Hear how her start as a hairdresser mo…
 
On this episode we connect with Jackie Morehouse, Director of Operations at Kognitiv Spark. Kognitiv Spark's main product is RemoteSpark which is an industrial augmented reality tool for remote support. Jackie explains how RemoteSpark is helping workers be more productive and save companies time and money during a global pandemic. Like a lot of the…
 
Today we chat with Monica Dominic, Executive Director Sales & Account Management at PSI. The majority of her experience was in sales and marketing and before transitioning into IT, all Monica knew about IT was how to spell it. But she didn't let that stop her and immersed herself in her role. Now during the pandemic, she has found ways to navigate …
 
On this episode we chat with Angie Sticher. Angie is the CPO/COO of UrsaLeo, which provides 3D models of facilities that can display data from multiple sources. What does that mean? It allows industrial companies to see a 3D model of what is going on in their facility in real time. UrsaLeo was started before Covid turned things upside down. Now tha…
 
Today we chat with Jennifer Bonine, CEO of AI Appstore which specializes in custom subscription technology bundles, leveraging an intelligent platform using a personalized ‘virtual research assistant’ to enhance corporate growth. Jennifer was the first female CEO of an Artificial Intelligence platform when she previously founded PinkLion AI. Listen…
 
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Carlotta De Ninni, CEO of Creative Passport. Carlotta has an audio engineering background and found her way to the UK to continue her studies. While studying for her master's degree she was introduced to a research group where they were working on applying blockchain technology to music. This eventual…
 
We have a very fascinating episode for you! Today we have Laura Schaack, Founder & CEO of Tattd. Tattd is a platform connecting tattoo artists and clients. In their words, "Tattd connects people to local tattoo artists perfectly tailored to their needs, while providing a platform for artists to market themselves to their ideal client." We will dive…
 
Today we have Katrina Walker, Founder & CEO of CodeOp. Originally from San Francisco, she now resides in Barcelona. She initially started her career as a social worker and later obtained a Master's in Cultural Anthropology. Then at age 30, while she had a great job she still had a desire to do something more. She had always had a passion for comput…
 
We sit down with Juliana Meyer, Founder & CEO of Supapass. What is Supapass? As Juliana puts it, Supapass can "give a business their own Netflix in about 5 minutes." Supapass is focused on content-related businesses and can create a website and app very quickly. As a teenager Juliana was in a band and prior to technology allowing you to easily make…
 
On this episode we are joined by Mychelle Mollot, Chief Marketing Officer at Solace. Mychelle is originally from Canada and currently residing there after having lived in numerous different places. She started her career in geophysics and made her way into the tech industry. She discusses her first eye-opening experience on how women are treated di…
 
On this episode we welcome back Kristina Robinson, VP of IT Client Services and Engineering at Cardinal Health. Kristina was a guest on Episode 8 where she discussed the journey to success for women in leadership includes the proper connection with others. Returning to the show in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, she describes the challenges she…
 
Life Coach, Sarah Brody, led an interactive journaling workshop for Cleveland getWITit where she talked with attendees about focusing more on things that are within your control, and how to 're-shift' your mindset to think about what 'things' are within your control differently. sarahbrodycoaching.com getwitit.org…
 
Cleveland's getWITit (Women in Technology) Chapter is excited to continue our virtual event series with a panel filled with some incredible women in tech. These women prove that you don't have to be able to code to be a woman in tech. Join us as we chat with these inspiring ladies about the journeys that led them to a career in technology. Meet you…
 
We have a different format for this episode. Instead of the usual interview, today we have a Zoom presentation by Jaime Valore. This episode contains the audio portion of the presentation. If you would like to view the full presentation along with Jaime's slides, click here or on the Youtube link below. Jaime Valore, a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, …
 
Today we chat with Carlee Niec, VP of Customer Experience at Pattern89. If you were to ask someone to name the top 5 tech companies today, three of those will likely be companies Carlee has worked at. Carlee began her career in marketing and accidentally fell into one of the biggest tech companies there is, Google. She later went on to work at two …
 
To the average consumer, it is simple enough to click on an item, add to cart, and wait for it to arrive at your doorstep. But there is a lot more going on behind the scenes than you realize. Today we chat with Jennifer Drake-Finegold, Sr. Scrum Master at The Gap. Jennifer explains what goes on from the moment you see a product on their webpage to …
 
Today we chat with Elizabeth McConnaughey, Technical Recruiter at Beam Dental, where she handles all sourcing, recruiting, and placement of technical professionals on their product and engineering teams. Liz is a trained opera singer and eventually found her way to the complete opposite spectrum of recruiting. She details what sparked her interest …
 
On this episode we are joined by Carina Silfverduk, Agility Practice Lead at CAS (a division of the American Chemical Society). Carina runs the local Columbus, Ohio chapter of Women in Agile as well as organizing the monthly Meetup group, and also helps organize the Business Agility Midwest conference. Carina reveals how she juggles all of her diff…
 
We are joined by Brian Link, Agile Transformation Coach at LeanDog, Charles Kennedy, VP/Sr. IT Service Delivery Manager at Huntington National Bank, and Bart Weaver, Enterprise Agility Coach at Nationwide. This trio are passionate about business agility and decided it would be a brilliant idea to launch an agility-focused conference in the heart of…
 
After working in the auto industry for over a decade, Alison and Jordan Fisher decided it was time to leave the “no holidays” schedule of car dealerships and pursue a rewarding and Monday to Friday work week in the IT world. They describe their experiences in coding bootcamps and getting their first IT job, along with some surprising workflow simil…
 
We are back after taking a week off for Labor Day! We are joined by Izzy Elwyn, Software Developer and Team Lead at ScriptDrop, who founded the Columbus Tech EI Meetup. She initially planned on becoming a librarian but stumbled into tech by way of a warehouse distribution company and learned why it is critical to involve emotional intelligence in t…
 
Warner Moore is a strategic technology leader and manager with a background in web operations and information security. He got his start in technology back in the ‘90s with BBS and UNIX systems. Then as the World Wide Web started developing and websites became cool, he got his first taste of coding with BASIC and PERL. Nowadays he is heavily involv…
 
In this episode we sit down with Cassandra Faris, Innovation & Product Evangelist at AWH. Cassandra is a veteran speaker, getting her start speaking at a cloud computing conference called Cloud Develop and then getting her big break in front of 2,500 people at CodeMash. She provides tips and advice on public speaking so you can feel confident doing…
 
Recently, I interviewed Angie Buccilli, a remarkable woman in tech, an experienced Talent Specialist, and an amazing Career Matchmaker. Angie and I have a common thread: we have each recently started a new business. Yes! Listen right here for details about the launch of my new business! References Angie Buccilli TEKsystems HMB Bold Penguins Sue Joh…
 
As we approach the exciting WITcon2019 Conference in September, we want to explore and share some of the top tips from the getWITit 2018 Conference for recruiting women to technology careers. Join Angela Lopez as she interviews Tracy Hedderly and Chuck Xenakis from JPMorgan Chase. References: Angela Lopez Tracy Hedderly Chuck Xenakis J.P. Morgan Co…
 
Slalom and Slalom Build give women in IT confidence that what Slalom does for them will bring their success. At Slalom, women employees feel a sense of importance, belonging, growth, connection, and cooperation. Hear firsthand from Sharon Lynch, Managing Director of Slalom Build. References Slalom Slalom Build Mike Cowde, President Ian Cook Sharon …
 
Elizabeth Tolia describes how she transitioned into the exciting world of IT. After several degrees and a career in the hospitality business, Elizabeth took the leap into the IT industry and loves it! Discover all the exciting steps for your success… References Daniel Greenleaf Elizabeth Tolia ElizabethTolia.com Elizabeth Tolia blog getWITit Podcas…
 
Nesco Resource is a national firm that has been in business for 50+ years. This top employment agency offers candidate and client services in Administration, Engineering, Industrial & Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Professional positions. Need a career change? Follow the advice of two top professionals for your job success! Resources Ne…
 
Toni Cunningham, Leader, Motivator, Workforce Development Professional, and REBOOT Strategist believes each tech-trained person changes the trajectory of family life, community, and the world. Discover the game-changing skills that will impact your career. References Toni Cunningham Per Scholas Columbus Per Scholas Lewie Miller John Stookey BizTech…
 
Do you desire a tech apprenticeship tailored specifically for you? Plus, would you like to immediately step into a tech position after completing an apprenticeship? Jennifer Carlson, Founder and CEO of Apprenti, gives you the details and how to apply. References Apprenti Jennifer Carlson Kevin Gadd Apprenti Blog Apprenti LinkedIn Apprenti Twitter M…
 
Last year, during the 2018 Columbus getWITit conference on 9/12/2018, I chatted with Cyndi Thomas, CEO of Complexus. As one of our speakers, Cyndi had flown in for the day from her coastal hometown just before Hurricane Florence. Listen about Cyndi's career in technology and her ideas regarding equal pay, teleworking, and more. References Cyndi Tho…
 
When it comes to Agile and Scrum, many think that all that is required is having team standups. Would you like to know what Agile and Scrum really mean? Today, you can hear inside information from two Certified Scrum Masters, right here on the getWITit Podcast! References: Scrum Agile Kristin Sammons Jim Sammons Katie Toopes Dan Greenleaf OhioHealt…
 
The president of the getWITit Columbus Chapter, Michelle Harris, explained the heart of getWITit when she stated that because of getWITit, women can now say, "I belong." Our diverse organization guides women through the challenge of learning how to use and assert their voices professionally, positively, and in a timely course of action. References:…
 
You can reach your career success with high-quality organizations that are enabling, empowering, and educating women to thrive in the field of technology. Learn how you can engage these tech opportunities with Elizabeth Tolia and Terri Bettinger. References: Terri Bettinger Expeed Software Muskingum University COBOL Bank One J.P. Morgan Citi Group …
 
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