Episode 5: Dr Sue Black: The Ripple Effect
Computer scientist Dr. Sue Black is a force of nature. From working her way out of public housing with three young kids in tow, to earning a PhD in Engineering and becoming a professor at the University of Westminster in London, to publishing a book about how she helped save WWII code-breaking site Bletchley Park from ruin, to working tirelessly as an advocate for women in tech, she has accomplished more than most of us could hope to achieve in a lifetime.” This is the opening paragraph of...
Episode 4: Episode 4: Divine - from crack to rap, to tech
I first heard about Divine through Scarlet Sieber, a good friend of mine who said “you have to hear his story.” And I’m so happy I listened to Scarlet. Divine’s story is so unique and so compelling that he is actually the inspiration for this podcast. I’ve had the chance to interview Divine before and I realized his story was worthy of so much more than just ten minutes of my time. I’m not the only one who feels this way. Divine has been interviewed and profiled in multiple publications over...
Episode 3: Episode 3: Don't be a dick - Bro-culture and Tech.
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” - Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789. This famous idiom summarizes the only to certainties in life; however, based on the never ceasing news lately, I recommend we edit this to state “… except death and taxes and any number of men in power positions harassing / coming on to women.” I originally described this concept of this podcast as a “Charlie Rose roundtable interview format”; a...
Episode 2: Episode 2. John & Mackenzie Baldwin: Almost Gone
The Baldwins were the classic American family living the classic American dream. John and Stephanie Baldwin raised their kids in the right neighborhood, attended church, were active in their community in Plano, Texas; and most importantly, were close to their kids. This isn’t a fictional setting either. I knew this first hand. John is a friend of mine and had been an active co-worker of mine for several years. If you asked me to describe someone that exemplified middle-class America I would...
Episode 1: John Hope Bryant
I first learned about John when he was named Innovator of the Year (https://www.americanbanker.com/news/innovator-of-the-year-operation-hopes-john-hope-bryant) for 2016 by American Banker. We’ve got to know each other over the course of a few phone and podcast interviews but never had the chance to meet in person until this interview which we recorded in his Atlanta Operation Hope office. John was running a little late so I had the opportunity to wander around the room a bit, peruse through...