Vodafone's Fight featuring Pamela Brown, CMO of Smart Tech
Fightback: A business innovation podcast
In this episode, Robin talks with CMO of Smart Tech at Vodafone Pamela Brown about the challenge of launching a brand new product in a pandemic; her hatred of the term “Internet of Things”; the fight to keep a heritage business relevant in a hugely competitive market and her vision for the future of telcos and smart devices. Pamela also shares why keeping calm, staying grounded and having fun are vital, especially in these difficult times. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Pamela Nenzen Brown was introduced to sitting meditation practice in 1976. Forty years later, as her father was declining with a neurodegenerative disease, she decided to stay seated. In 2017, Pamela met Sensei Gary Koan Janka and has been his student and sitting with Santa Barbara Zen Center ever since. She finds herself very happy now to be a student of Shoho Michael Newhall and Kaizan Doug Jacobson. Pamela practiced law for 10 years before beginning a 15-year adventure homeschooling her two sons. Now, young adults, they are still teaching her the art of listening deeply. Off the zafu, Pamela practices blowing shakuhachi, writing, reading, hiking and seeing the world through a camera lens. She appreciates making and teaching the craft of sourdough bread, which happens to be a wonderful metaphor for life. Pamela lives with her husband of 35 years in Los Olivos, California, along with their dog and chickens and honeybees.
Wayne tells the story of Pamela Brown and the ill-fated hot air balloon voyage across the Atlantic in 1970, in time for the 50th anniversary of the crash. He tells of her early history and acting career, how they got the idea to try to be the first people to cross the ocean in a hot air balloon, what might have gone wrong with the balloon, and the aftermath of the crash.
There are many times in life when we feel lost and unable to move forward. This is particularly apparent when a chronic illness is presented to you – when the idea of looking forward to the future, can often feel really bleak.