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Humanizing Tech

36 EpisodesProduced by PDXWITWebsite

Humanizing Tech highlights the people working to make the tech industry a more diverse and inclusive place.On each episode, we will attempt to dig below the surface of our guest's achievements and challenges, showcasing the stories behind the story. We believe that focusing on the person and humaniz… read more

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Paloma Medina: The Power of Resiliency

December 14th, 2021


On this episode of Humanizing Tech, we’re join by Paloma Medina for a discussion on how her love of all things systems and her own personal upbringing have shaped her resiliency throughout her career and in Tech. By way …

Julia Niiro: Adaptability

November 16th, 2021


In this episode, we discuss why being adaptable can literally save lives. Founder and CEO of Milkrun, Julia Niiro, is bridging the gap between small …

Kristen Buchanan: Equitable Onboarding

October 25th, 2021


On this episode of Humanizing Tech, we’re joined by CEO and Founder at Edify, Kristen Buchanan (she/her). A longtime fan of PDXWIT, Kristen noticed many of the people she was meeting had to “manage up” during their …

Jackie Wirz: The Opportunity for Impact

September 27th, 2021


On this episode of Humanizing Tech, we’re joined by Jackie Wirz. Jackie helps develop creative, confident, and curious critical thinkers by engaging them in socially conscious and equitable STEM experiences as the …

Anna Madill: Inclusive Work Culture

September 1st, 2021


On this episode of Humanizing Tech, we’re joined by Anna Madill. Anna is the Founder and CEO of Avenue, a digital marketing agency that amplifies the impact of growth-minded and purpose-driven companies through …

Kistein Monkhouse: Humanity in Healthcare

August 9th, 2021


In this Innovator segment we welcome our first guest, Kistein Monkhouse the CEO and Founder of Patient Orater -- a platform that uses storytelling to …

Jelani Memory: Making Things that Matter

July 12th, 2021


On this episode of Humanizing Tech, we were joined by Jelani Memory, CEO and Founder of A Kids Book About. Jelani’s company publishes books to help kids and their grownups have honest conversations about things that …

Joy Buolamwini: Algorithmic Bias

June 21st, 2021


Joy Buolamwini is a Ghanian-American computer scientist at MIT who researches algorithmic bias in computer vision systems and is focused on …

April Leonard: Finding joy

May 24th, 2021


Our very own April Leonard (she/her) joins us on the PDXWIT podcast! April is an Engineering Manager at GitHub and also leads our Podcast Volunteer …

Alexis Williams: Individuality

May 3rd, 2021


Alexis Williams (she/her) is currently a student at NYU, majoring in integrated digital media with a concentration in computer science and web development. Today on Humanizing Tech, Anusha and Ochuko share insights …

Rihana Mungin: Space science

April 12th, 2021


Rihana Mungin (she/her) is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate Research Assistant and the Board Treasurer for PDXWIT. She joins us on the podcast to share about her experience in academia as a Black woman and what it's …

Grace Andrews: Storytelling

February 15th, 2021


Technical Storyteller and Digital Anthropologist, Grace Andrews, joins us on the podcast to impart wisdom from her education, cultural and family …

Erin Grace: Native spaces

January 25th, 2021


As a Chetco and Tututni member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, Erin Grace brings her love of language to learning and documenting inclusive spaces for Native Americans in tech. We learn more about her expertise …

Ellen Ochoa: To space and beyond

November 16th, 2020


Ellen Ochoa pushes the boundaries in her field as the first Hispanic female astronaut and director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. She shares her story through presentations and is a leader in STEM education and …

Kimberly Embry: Creativity

October 26th, 2020


Kimberly Embry, program manager and entrepreneur, inspires us to apply for jobs we can grow into, recognize that every skill you gain helps shape …

Rachel Parrott: Less talk more action

May 25th, 2020


Rachel Parrott, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at New Relic shares actionable programs any organization can take to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace. Join us in learning the difference between an ally …

Ochuko Akpovbovbo: Entrepreneurial enthusiasm

April 27th, 2020


Get inspired to make a difference with Ochuko Akpovbovbo, a talented student and entrepreneur, who joins us to share her passion for tech, startups, …

Hazel Valdez & Elizabeth Stock: New normal

March 25th, 2020


Wonder what the current COVID-19 situation means for PDXWIT, an organization where coming together in person feels foundational? Join Kimberly and Dawn as they interview Hazel Valdez and Elizabeth Stock, PDXWIT's …

Women in Tech History: Women's History Month

March 9th, 2020


Continuing our WIT(H) series (women in technology history), hosts Dawn Mott and Kimberly Embry celebrate Women's History Month. We highlight the …

Jesselle Hedman: Beyond diversity

February 24th, 2020


Jesselle Hedman shares how her background in organizational communications theory helped her impact the workplace through an equity, inclusion, and diversity lens. From building out a diversity and inclusion program at …

Megan Bigelow: Looking into 2020

February 10th, 2020


Sometimes a new year means a new beginning, and maybe some new travel plans too. On this episode of Breaking the Glass Ceiling, we meet with Megan Bigelow, mother, wife, Director of Customer Reliability Engineering and …

Women in Tech History: Black History Month

February 3rd, 2020


In a new series of Breaking the Glass Ceiling, hosts, Dawn Mott and Kimberly Embry, learn about and reflect on the inspiring women that have paved …

Dana Lawson: Technology

December 16th, 2019


Dana Lawson makes coding exciting and human interactions deep and authentic. From a modest beginning on the New Mexico - Texas border, Dana Lawson has achieved the prestigious title, VP of Engineering at GitHub. But …

Marcus Carter II: Self-awareness

December 2nd, 2019


Ever the team player and coach, Marcus Carter joins us to talk about self-awareness and ultimately, self-acceptance. Marcus shares personal stories …

Gabrielle Blackwell: Inclusion

November 18th, 2019


Like many of us, Gabrielle Blackwell longed to feel included in her one-time chosen home of Portland, Oregon. But something didn’t feel right. Although organizations like PDXWIT provide us with a safe space to be …

Natalie Ruiz: Authenticity

November 4th, 2019


Natalie Ruiz shares her story of authenticity rocketing into career growth. Once a used-car salesperson, Natalie entered AnswerConnect through a temporary agency in a sales position. Through her fearless honesty and …

Max Western & Kilaa Slaughter-Scott: Connected

October 21st, 2019


We start our exploration into living the PDXWIT values with Max Western and Kilaa Slaughter-Scott. At PDXWIT we believe in nurturing our community through career growth and opportunities, mentorship, and skill-building …

Megan Bigelow: Values & Inclusivity

October 14th, 2019


On the Season Two opener of Breaking the Glass Ceiling, new hosts Kimberly Embry and Dawn Mott interview Megan Bigelow. For those who don’t know, Megan is the founder and president of PDXWIT. In this episode, she …

Kavari Ellingson: The road to DevOps

September 1st, 2019


Karvari Ellingson was having a hard time after getting her Fine Arts degree. She got tired of having to choose between eating and paying bills, so she picked up “computer programming” out of a list of “10 highest paying …

Dayna Del Mar: Believing

August 1st, 2019


On this episode of BTGC, Juliana and Brit are speaking with Dayna Del Mar, who uses she/her pronouns. Dayna brings a unique combination of community …

Ruth Lesser: Visa challenges (2)

July 15th, 2019


H1B visa immigrant, Ruth Lesser, has been living in this country for 10 years and just bought her first home in 2018. In March of this year she found out her visa extension had been denied and is in the process of …

Ruth Lesser: Visa challenges (1)

July 1st, 2019


H1B visa immigrant, Ruth Lesser, has been living in this country for 10 years and just bought her first home in 2018. In March of this year she found out her visa extension had been denied and is in the process of …

Perry Eising: Authenticity & Perspective

June 1st, 2019


Perry is a passionate champion for underrepresented minorities in tech, who uses they/he pronouns. Born in the UK, they are a passionate champion for underrepresented minorities in tech. Before joining Netlify, Perry …

Lindsey Murphy: Business building

May 1st, 2019


In this episode, your co-hosts Juliana Kutch and Brit Syer talk with Lindsey Murphy aka Crazy Aunt Lindsey, who goes by she/her pronouns. Lindsey is …

Abeer Eltanawy: Cheminformatics

April 1st, 2019


On episode number two, your co-hosts Juliana Kutch and Brit Syer talk with Abeer Eltanawy, who uses she/her pronouns. Abeer is from Egypt and moved …

Katrina Johnson: Data science superpowers

March 1st, 2019


On this very first episode co-hosts Brit Syer and Juliana Kutch interview Katrina Johnson, who uses she/her pronouns.  Katrina is a Chicago born Data …

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