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Welcome to Tech in the Right Direction! Each week we will be talking with industry experts about technology trends that are emerging and changing businesses today, the career journey of IT professionals, understanding the world of women in tech, as well as talking to youth that are rapidly building their technology skillset. We will also review case studies that provide insight into how technology is solving business and world problems. Join your host, Jennifer Didier, as she helps ensure that tech moves your business in the right direction!

Welcome to Tech in the Right Direction! Each week we will be talking with industry experts about technology trends that are emerging and changing businesses today, the career journey of IT professionals, understanding the world of women in tech, as well as talking to youth that are rapidly building their technology skillset. We will also review case studies that provide insight into how technology is solving business and world problems. Join your host, Jennifer Didier, as she helps ensure that tech moves your business in the right direction!
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Welcome to Tech in the Right Direction! Each week we will be talking with industry experts about technology trends that are emerging and changing businesses today, the career journey of IT professionals, understanding the world of women in tech, as well as talking to youth that are rapidly building their technology skillset. We will also review case studies that provide insight into how technology is solving business and world problems. Join your host, Jennifer Didier, as she helps ensure that tech moves your business in the right direction!

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Episodes

What is Tech Intensity and How is it Affecting the Skills Gap? Is Technology as Accessible as We Think?

9/17/2019
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This week we start off with our Tech Trends segment where we are joined by Keith Boyd. Keith began working for Microsoft in 2000 as a Software Test Engineer and now manages a global team responsible for Microsoft’s field seller productivity and data operations. He discusses the changing trends he’s seen over the past 20 years, the concept of tech intensity, and how it directly impacts the skills gap within Information Technology. We also dive into no-code and low-code solutions, which have...

Duration:00:41:10

Are Four Year Degrees Necessary? How to Land Your Dream Job by Getting Uncomfortable…and Being Human!

9/10/2019
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This week on Tech in the Right Direction we start off talking with full stack web developer and technical trainer Jenna Beckett. Jenna began her career in construction management but eventually found herself in a bootcamp to become a developer. After a few years in the field she returned to bootcamps, but this time as a trainer helping others learn as she did and helping them enter the tech field. Listen in to hear Jenna’s views on taking the ‘non-traditional’ route into technology, why she...

Duration:00:45:28

How Being a Mentor Benefits YOU; And a Look Behind the Scenes of a Woman’s 30 Year Journey Through Tech.

9/3/2019
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Our first guest this week is Peggi Peaslee, a well-rounded tech veteran currently in the HR space. She shares her journey with us; from her start in banking, where she began taking on tech projects and realizing her passion for tech, through 10 years in various tech roles. Come see how Peggi was able to meld tech with business. We also discuss the importance of having a mentor, as well as being a mentor. Listen in to hear Peggy’s advice on how to choose mentors and have a successful career...

Duration:00:49:42

Is Automation Really All That? Overcoming Self-Doubt, & the Future Technology Innovators with Jim MacLennan, Caitlin Knox, and Sarah Hole.

8/27/2019
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This week in our Tech Solutions segment, we welcome back Jim MacLennan, Senior Vice President and CIO at Eidex Corporation. Speaking about what problems he currently faces when creating solutions and what problems he believes we may start to see in the near future, Jim also discusses issues he sees with how the world approaches and uses automation. We discuss the importance of communication, from how the new generation communicates to how to communicate with customers. We are then joined by...

Duration:00:50:42

What is the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ with Harini Gokul; How to Succeed in IT with Stefanie Cortese.

8/20/2019
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Harini Gokul attended Vanderbilt and has now been in the IT industry for over 20 years strongly advocating for women in the workplace. Harini believes we are on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution as we continue to innovate and solve unique problems with technology and create more immersive experiences between the physical and digital world. Join us as we discuss tech solutions in today’s world and dive into data privacy ethics. Later we welcome back Stefanie Cortese, an IT...

Duration:00:50:43

Jim MacLennan discusses technology trends ; Christine Bongard joins us for our Women in Tech segment.

8/13/2019
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Seeing one of technology’s biggest trends as the generational shift in the make-up of the work force, Jim discusses the higher expectations in the industry and how the suppliers of information have been ‘put back on their heels’. He also shares his views on how apprenticeship programs could be the key to closing the current skills gap we have, and points out that the emotional intelligence one gains when learning from ‘hands on’ is one of thee most critical skills today. Join us to hear the...

Duration:00:46:51

Sarah Haggard melds Tech Solutions with the Human Experience ; Jenna Beckett discusses how-to cultivate an environment for Women in Tech

8/6/2019
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This week we welcome back the founder of the female mentorship app Tribute, and former Microsoft employee, Sarah Haggard. Sarah saw the world’s desire to enhance our human experience within technology and combined it with her passion for mentorship by creating her own solution: Tribute. Listen in to see how Tribute forms prosperous, long-lasting mentor relationships and how Tribute benefits businesses through data analytics. Later we’re joined by Jenna Beckett, web developer, technical...

Duration:00:48:41

Microsoft's Geoff Hirsch discusses the opportunities and impacts of current tech trends.

7/30/2019
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Geoff Hirsch, Sr. Director for Microsoft's Worldwide Learning Partner Channel, joins us to discuss opportunities and impacts of technology trends such as the Cloud, AI, and mixed reality. He'll discuss his path in technology, how to compete in a demanding industry, how to build-up the next generation of technology experts, and how Microsoft has remained adaptive and a leader in the industry. He'll also discuss certification, performance-based testing, and developing a culture of learning.

Duration:00:41:35

Tech Trends, Innovation and Education with Steven Zylstra ; How to Succeed as a Woman in Technology with Peggi Peaslee

7/23/2019
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This week we sit down with Steven Zylstra, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. We discuss technology trends influencing our society, commerce and economy, and how those changes will only continue to rapidly increase in the coming years. We also discuss how-to prepare future generations for the effects of technology advancements on new job roles. Later, Women in Tech guest Peggy Peaslee joins us to share her story about her journey into technology and how she found her...

Duration:00:47:49

Training, Certification, and How-to Remain Current with John Nicolau and Stephanie Cortese

7/16/2019
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This week we welcome back John Nicolau, entrepreneur and IT consultant to discuss the value of certification. Jennifer and John also discuss how technology and the trends today will continue to drive businesses operations, especially regarding mobility and anywhere access. Listen in for John’s advice on how-to stay current in an ever-changing industry. Later, we are joined by Stephanie Cortese, an IT Director who specializes in collaboration and business automation. Find out how she went...

Duration:00:49:28

Sarah Haggard discusses Mentorship in IT ; Part 1 of John Nicolau’s Tech Trends discussion.

7/9/2019
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This week we sit down with Sarah Haggard, long-time Product Marketing lead at Microsoft for multiple startup initiatives, who is now the mastermind behind Tribute, an app that connects individuals with mentors in a personal way. We discuss how she’s melded her desire to change the world one person at a time with the enticing world of technology, how she was able to affect change on a much larger level by diving into problems within the business world, and how she engineered new solutions for...

Duration:00:50:07

Guest Patrick Thomas Explores Technology Trends ; Lynn Bailey discusses Women’s success in the Tech industry.

7/2/2019
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This week we sit down with Patrick Thomas, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Azure, to discuss industry trends including AI, Machine Learning and Data Science, and the growth potential that each have. We discuss the prominent existing skills gap, how-to remain current, and the need for the next generation of developers to help continue to move us forward. Later, we are joined by Lynn Bailey who shares her path through the tech industry over the past 40 years, the adversity she...

Duration:00:48:43