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Black Tech Unplugged

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Join Deena McKay as she shares the authentic stories of Blacks in the tech. Not only will you learn their stories, but you'll also learn about their successes, failures, resources and most importantly the skills you need in your toolkit to be successful. Each episode is meant to inspire, motivate, and empower those in tech or looking to get into the industry.

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Join Deena McKay as she shares the authentic stories of Blacks in the tech. Not only will you learn their stories, but you'll also learn about their successes, failures, resources and most importantly the skills you need in your toolkit to be successful. Each episode is meant to inspire, motivate, and empower those in tech or looking to get into the industry.

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First time listener!

By MattyDaBaker - Jun 25 2018
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Loving this podcast! Definitely taking notes and listening at the same time! Thanks for sharing!

Fascinating stuff!

By The MoviePass Pod - Apr 25 2018
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Great advice for young people interested in STEM careers.

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38 Ratings
Average Ratings
37
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First time listener!

By MattyDaBaker - Jun 25 2018
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Loving this podcast! Definitely taking notes and listening at the same time! Thanks for sharing!

Fascinating stuff!

By The MoviePass Pod - Apr 25 2018
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Great advice for young people interested in STEM careers.
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Black Tech Unplugged

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Join Deena McKay as she shares the authentic stories of Blacks in the tech. Not only will you learn their stories, but you'll also learn about their successes, failures, resources and most importantly the skills you need in your toolkit to be successful. Each episode is meant to inspire, motivate, and empower those in tech or looking to get into the industry.

Rank #1: Ep. 023: Sevetri Wilson Unplugged

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This tech rockstar took over the tech scene in 2018, but did you know she's been working hard on her business for over 10 years?!

On episode 023 of Black Tech Unplugged I speak to Sevetri Wilson about her transfer into tech, how being a first generation college student taught her how to hustle early, and why trying to find funding while being a non-technical founder is for the birds.

Connect with Sevetri Wilson at:
instagram.com/sevetriwilson twitter.com/sevetriwilson

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Full show notes at: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2019/02/07/ep-023-sevetri-wilson-unplugged/
Feb 07 2019
44 mins
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Rank #2: Ep. 024: Esosa Ighodaro & Lauren Washington Unplugged

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On episode 024 of Black Tech Unplugged I speak with the co-founders of Black Women Talk Tech. The women talk about how they met, what made them put the Black Women Talk Tech Conference together, and much more!

Full show notes at: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2019/03/07/ep-024-esosa-ighodaro-lauren-washington-unplugged/
Mar 08 2019
52 mins
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Rank #3: Ep. 015: Dr. Jeremy Marguder- Waisome Unplugged

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Episode 15 of Black Tech Unplugged features Dr. Jeremy Magruder-Waisome. Dr. Waisome is a graduate of the University of Florida's (UF) Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering where she obtained her bachelors and masters of science and doctorate of philosophy degrees. She currently serves as Postdoctoral Associate in the Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering Department at UF and Project Manager of the National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance: Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS, pronounced "I Am CS"). She works in the Human Experience Research Lab with Dr. Juan E. Gilbert, where she conducts research on broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computing.

On the episode Jeremy and I discuss:
• Her unexpected path into tech
• How science and tech are alike yet different
• Why talented Black techies can go unnoticed
• The NSBC conference in New Orleans August 

See full show notes here:

If you enjoy Black Tech Unplugged, leave a review & rating over on Apple Podcasts (itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/black…ged/id1244622242)
Jul 11 2018
48 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 013: Antonio Brasse Unplugged

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Episode of 13 of Black Tech Unplugged features Antonio Brasse. Antonio is the founder and CEO of BlockQuake LLC, which will be the most regulatory friendly crypto. Antonio has experience in finance, operations, investments and technology audits. He holds a BS in Accounting and a BS in Computer Science. Being the technology auditor that understands the business has been very helpful in his career.

Another important fact is that this is another LIVE episode! This time Black Tech Unplugged broadcasted live from Propelify (propelify.com) on May 17th.

On the episode Antonio and I discuss:
• What is cryptocurrency and blockchain
• How Antonio got started as an IT auditor
• Why networking is very important
• Lessons from trying to begin a startup
And you’ll hear from a few special guests too!

Full show notes can be found at https://blacktechunplugged.com/2018/05/29/ep-013-antonio-brasse-unplugged/

If you enjoy Black Tech Unplugged, leave a review & rating over on Apple Podcasts (http://ApplePodcasts.com/BlackTechUnplugged)!
May 29 2018
35 mins
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Rank #5: Ep. 006: Innovate Inclusion Unplugged

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On this episode of Black Tech Unplugged I am continuing with the theme of Diversity and Inclusion reporting. My featured guests are two lovely ladies from Toronto, Jessica Yamoah and Sarah Juma of Innovate Inclusion. Innovate Inclusion is a non-profit that advocates for the entrepreneurial success of underrepresented communities. They use an innovative approach to bring awareness and access to programs and services.

In their diversity report, Jessica and Sarah are tackling the issue of diversity, specifically in the tech incubator sector of Ontario’s tech ecosystem.

Listen to this episode to learn about the Ontario tech ecosystem, find out why Sarah and Jessica started Innovate Inclusion, hear who we think is doing amazing in the D&I department, and much more!

See full show notes at https://blacktechunplugged.com/2017/10/26/ep-06-innovate-inclusion-unplugged/
Oct 26 2017
58 mins
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Rank #6: Ep. 005: Black Tech Mecca Unplugged (Part 1)

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On this episode of Black Tech Unplugged I have the pleasure of speaking with Fabian Elliot and Dineo (Dee) Seakamela, the co-founders of Black Tech Mecca. Black Tech Mecca’s mission is to ensure Black people are full participants in the global technology sector. BTM uses data to paint a clearer picture of Black participation in local tech ecosystems. Their goal is to democratize the tech sector, ecosystem by ecosystem.

Find full show notes at: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2017/10/13/ep-05-black-tech-mecca-unplugged/
Oct 12 2017
1 hour
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Rank #7: Ep 011: Dawn Dickson Unplugged

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On episode 11 of Black Tech Unplugged I chat with the phenomenal Dawn Dickson. Known as a serial entrepreneur by most, her journey in tech is something unique. As a woman who’s always stayed ahead of the curve you’ll truly enjoy listening to Dawn’s journey through the tech industry thus far.

In this episode we discuss:
• How Dawn went from the newsroom to the tech industry
• About Dawn's first tech company
• How to adapt when you are ahead of your time
• How to stay learning no matter what
• The art of networking and connecting with others
And much more!

If you are enjoying Black Tech Unplugged, leave a review & rating over on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/black-tech-unplugged/id1244622242)!

See full show notes here: blacktechunplugged.com/2018/03/27/episode-11-dawn-dickson-unplugged/
Mar 27 2018
47 mins
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Rank #8: Ep. 007: Black Tech Women Unplugged

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On this brand new episode of Black Tech Unplugged I had the pleasure of interviewing the women of Black Tech Women (BTW). If you haven't heard of the organization you are in for a treat!

Black Tech Women began when founder, Anndrea Moore, saw a gap when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Everyone wants to be inclusive, but they forgot a certain group of people... BLACK WOMEN. After going back and forth with the idea Anndrea made the leap and started Black Tech Women, which now supports 1400 women nationwide.

Listen to the story of how BTW was started, what value BTW brings to Black women in tech, and learn how mentorship is important to all these ladies.

Also shout out to this episodes sponsor Queens Brunch (http://queensbrunch.com/). Their next event the #GlowUp is a can't miss in Chicago and you definitely need to check it out (http://queensbrunch.com/theglowup/). Grab your ticket with special promo code 'blacktechunplugged'.

See full show notes: http://blacktechunplugged.com/2017/11/17/ep-07-black-tech-women-unplugged/
Nov 17 2017
59 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 012: Camille Eddy Unplugged

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On episode 12 of Black Tech Unplugged I have the pleasure of interviewing Camille Eddy. Camille Eddy began working on advanced robotics during an internship at HP Inc’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California as a Machine Learning Intern. She continued to intern at X, formerly Google X, in their robotics initiative. And she is currently studying for a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Camille also speaks nationally on inclusion in the tech community and regularly writes on the topic. Furthermore, she enjoys volunteering for STEM advocacy organizations for young girls and students.

On the episode Camille Eddy and I discuss:
• Tips to get an internship
• How to make your LinkedIn profile POP
• Her tips for networking
• Why her blog isn't the typical tech blog

Full show notes at: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2018/04/25/696/

If you enjoy Black Tech Unplugged, leave a review & rating over on Apple Podcasts (itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/black…ged/id1244622242)!
Apr 25 2018
45 mins
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Rank #10: Ep. 017: diversiTECH Unplugged

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I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Anita B's diversiTECH Hiring Fair last week. So in honor of meeting so many people and speaking with the organizers I bring to you episode 017 Diversitech Hiring Fair Unplugged!

I speak with the Chicago Anita B team who put the event together to give you some background on this unique event. I also speak to several women who's companies were sponsors of the event. Each C-suite woman spoke about how they got into tech and what characteristics they look for when hiring.

Most importantly everyone talks about why being black in tech is important!
Aug 25 2018
23 mins
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Rank #11: Ep. 002 Sherrell Dorsey Unplugged

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Episode 2 of Black Tech Unplugged features Sherrell Dorsey, a noted technology journalist and social entrepreneur. She is founder of the daily tech newsletter, ThePLUG, where she leads content strategy, business partnerships, and growth of the only newsletter dedicated to highlighting the significant voices of black founders and business leaders in the news.

Full show notes: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2017/07/13/ep-02-black-tech-unplugged-sherrell-dorsey-unplugged/
Jul 13 2017
47 mins
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Rank #12: Ep. 021: Du'An Lightfoot Unplugged

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Ep. 021 features Du'An Lightfoot, founder of Lab Everyday and network engineer. However, Du'An wasn't always a network engineer. He started his career working at the help desk and eventually advanced into networking through hardwork and perseverance.  Never one to take his journey for granted that's why Du'An started Lab Everyday. He wants to help people who are interested in becoming a network engineer as well as help anyone who's in tech advance their career path.

Check out the full show notes here:
Nov 13 2018
41 mins
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Rank #13: Ep. 003: Kelley O. Williams Unplugged

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Kelley O. Williams is the co-creator of the Paige & Paxton Elementary STEM curriculum. While working for signature companies such as American Express and JPMorgan Chase, Kelley led nationally recognized STEM pipeline programs for girls and youth of color as one of the founding team members of the New York Chapter of Black Girls Code. She was also a lead member of the planning team for #YesWeCode youth hackathons, designed to expose middle and high school students to opportunities in computer science.

Full show notes: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2017/08/10/ep-03-kelley-o-williams-unplugged/

To leave a review of the podcast on iTunes go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/black-tech-unplugged/id1244622242?mt=2
Aug 10 2017
41 mins
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Rank #14: Ep. 009: Ebony Lee Unplugged (Live Episode)

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On this very special episode of Black Tech Unplugged I chat with Ebony Lee, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at Comcast Cable. Ebony provides business strategy, planning, and portfolio management for Comcast’s growth initiatives and strategic partnerships. In her role, Ebony works with internal and external partners to identify and evaluate new business ventures that can diversify and grow the business. Ebony joined Comcast in 2008 and was a founding team member of Comcast’s next generation X1 platform. She also handled business affairs for the innovation technology joint venture between Comcast and Verizon Wireless. Ebony holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

You're probably wondering why this episode is very special. Well it was Black Tech Unplugged's FIRST live episode *insert happy dance*. Shout out to Black Tech Week for the opportunity!

See full show notes here: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2018/02/13/ep-09-ebony-lee-unplugged/
Feb 13 2018
38 mins
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Rank #15: Ep. 010: Felecia Hatcher-Pearson & Derick Pearson Unplugged

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On episode 10 of Black Tech Unplugged I chat with Felecia Hatcher-Pearson & Derick Pearson, husband/wife duo and creators of Black Tech Week (blacktechweek.com). Not only do we talk tech in this episode, but we also talk about how real life and tech truly correlate. Also, Derick & Felecia have created numerous businesses so of course we had to talk lessons and tips so future tech entrepreneurs can have an upper hand in the game!

In this episode we discuss:
• How Felecia & Derick got into the tech game
• The evolution of the Miami Tech scene
• Why there's more to teaching people tech skills then just tech
• The difference between front-end and back-end
And much more!

If you are enjoying Black Tech Unplugged, head over to Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/black-tech-unplugged/id1244622242) and leave a rating and review!

See full show notes for more details: blacktechunplugged.com/2018/03/13/ep-10-felecia-hatcher-pearson-derick-pearson-unplugged/
Mar 13 2018
57 mins
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