The Women in Business and Technology podcast was created to empower women in their careers and interviews with prominent women in business and tech roles and their male allies as well as coverage of programs promoting inclusion in the workplace.
Colleen hosts this solo mission of an episode while Sonia is traveling for work! She interviews Deena Pierott and Heather Ratcliffe of Black Women in STEM 2.0. Then, Microsoft storyteller and keynote speaker Miri Rodriguez shares tips on building a strong personal brand. The show wraps with a look at the 33 women-led companies on the latest Fortune 500 list
Our hosts report from the inaugural Future For Us Assembly—a sold-out conference for women of color with big dreams. Sonia interviews Future For Us founders Sage Quiamno and Aparna Rae about how they’re building a platform dedicated to advancing women of color at work. Then, Sonia and Colleen interview the CEO and President of Dreambox Learning, Jessie Woolley-Wilson, who delivered the keynote address at The Assembly about fellowship and scaling impact for good.
Sonia and Colleen report from Seattle’s Women in Tech Regatta, a gathering to connect women in tech to mentors, peers, and resources. They interview Melody Biringer, the Founder of the WIT Regatta, and Sonya Trejo, a Board Member of the Seattle Chapter of Women in Bio—an organization recruiting onsite. Finally, our hosts moderate a panel on True Allyship featuring allies Anthony Suarez (Code.org), Jeremy Modjeska (Highspot), Krish Srinivasan (PCC Community markets), and Scott Enhert (Moz).
Our hosts head to the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards gala, and interview founder Leslie Feinzaig as well as the award winners: Julie Pham, Molly Moon Neitzel, Yoko Okano, Jill Angelo, Shellie Willis, Judy Loehr, Laura Espriu, Jennifer Arlem Molina, and Mar Brettmann. Colleen speaks with Lisa Hufford, the Founder and CEO of Simplicity Consulting, and the author of Navigating the Talent Shift. The show wraps with a conversation about Ellevest’s recent $33 million funding raise.
Sonia and Colleen report from Microsoft’s Executive Industry Summit, an event designed to give C-suite leaders an immersive view of business transformation. Our hosts join a women’s luncheon onsite, and chat with industry leaders in retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and financial services about why conference spaces for underrepresented people are important. Finally, Sonia interviews Kate Johnson, the President of Microsoft US, about her approach to leading an organization through change.
Colleen landed a new job with M12—the team that manages Microsoft’s corporate venture fund. Sonia interviews Alice Chen and Jasmine Ong of Arise Seattle, an organization that aspires to see a world where more Asian women are leaders in their careers. Our hosts interview the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, about her book Brave, Not Perfect. Colleen and Sonia wrap with a conversation about The New York Times Magazine feature, The Secret History of Women in Coding.
Sonia is back from Amsterdam! Colleen meets Karen Okonkwo, the Co-Founder of TONL—the destination for premiere diverse stock photos. Then, Colleen interviews Melisse Shaban, the Founder & CEO at Virtue Labs, a biotech company creating products to repair hair. Our hosts wrap with a Cutting Edge conversation about the correlation between a company’s ROI in building diverse teams and the larger cultural importance of diversity.
Our hosts kick off the show with a conversation about Black History Month. Colleen chats with Nancy McSharry Jensen, the CEO and Co-founder at The Swing Shift—the destination for women in career transition. Sonia interviews Ruchika Tulshyan, the CEO and Founder of Candour, an inclusion strategy organization. Live on Microsoft’s campus, they discuss Ruchika’s book, The Diversity Advantage. The show wraps with a conversation about Pixar’s new short film, Purl.
Sonia and Colleen share progress on their new YouTube show, Microsoft Unboxed. Colleen chats with Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Nuevo Foundation, Beatris Mendez Gandica about her work to inspire kids to be curious, confident, and courageous by discovering the world of STEM. Our hosts interview the Founder of Mismatch.design and the Author of Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design, Kat Holmes. The show wraps with a conversation about The Wing’s updated admissions policy.
Our hosts kick off the show with rave reviews about the multi-level marketing investigative podcast, The Dream. Then, Sonia and Colleen play a round of Persist the Game with creators MaryBeth Pecha and Kathryn Ekloff. Sonia interviews bestselling author, workplace strategist, and Founder of The Spaghetti Project, Erica Keswin. Our hosts wrap with a conversation about entrepreneur Alexa von Tobel’s $200M capital raise.