Women Talk Tech Episode 61: Ensuring a Humane Future – Empathy and Ethics in Innovation


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Empathy and Ethics in Innovation

Welcome to the show, Lisa Woodley.

On this week’s episode of Women Talk Tech we are joined by Lisa Woodley. Lisa is the Vice President of Customer Experience at NTT DATA, where she utilizes her background in philosophy and psychology to bring empathy, ethics, and the human perspective to technology innovation. In doing so, Lisa strives  to create digital experiences that elevate brands and drive business value. Lisa was a Computerworld Top 100 Technology leader in 2017 and is a Women in IT Digital Leader of the Year finalist for 2020. In addition to her role at NTT DATA, she is an adjunct at Rutgers University where she teaches User Experience Design as part of their Masters of Business and Science program.

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Women Talk Tech Episode 60: How Determination Drives Results


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How Determination Drives Results

Welcome to the show, Tanya Tygesen.

On this week’s episode of Women Talk Tech, we are joined by Tanya Tygesen. Tanya is the Director of Client Service and Relationship Management at SS&C Salentica, a division of SS&C Technologies – a multinational financial technology company with offices around the globe. Tanya is also a single mom (by design) to 3 year old twin boys, is a former competitive athlete (who was Olympics-bound) and is passionate about continual learning on a variety of topics including leadership, technology, art, fashion, cooking and parenting.

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Women Talk Tech Episode 59: Growing Up Ad Tech


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Growing Up Ad Tech

Welcome to the show, Joanna Taccone.

On this week’s episode of Women Talk Tech, we are joined by Joanna Taccone. Joanna is currently the Director of Marketing at AcuityAds, a leading journey automation platform for omnichannel digital advertising. She has been with the company through much of its growth phase, including its up-listing to the TSX in 2019, and its recent launch of the innovative technology platform, illumin. 

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Women Talk Tech Episode 58: The Power of Finding Your Community

Jen Capstraw

The Power of Finding Your Community

Welcome to the show, Jen Capstraw.

On this week’s episode of Women Talk Tech we are joined by Jen Capstraw. Jen is a speaker, consultant and self-proclaimed #emailgeek who helps cool, under-the-radar companies build visibility and credibility in the email marketing space. She’s best-known as President and Co-Founder of Women of Email, an association of 5,000+ aimed at promoting leadership and cultivating professional growth.


Before Jen held such a significant role in the tech sector, she worked in television and radio for many years, and later made a transition into working in print, layout, and digital marketing for an art trade association. While working for this association, Jen built their first ever website and contributed significantly to the digital marketing and technology space of the business. While Jen held an important role in tech within this job, she never considered herself a member of the technology sector until she was hired by a tech company 15 years later.


“I didn’t know I was working in tech, I knew I was utilizing tech. I didn’t think of digital marketing as technology. My husband at the time was working in tech. He was an IT guy and then got into a sales engineer capacity […] I thought he was in tech, I didn’t know that I could even have a career in tech. That sounded very foreign to me.”


Women of Email

When Jen established herself as a member of the tech sector, she attended her first large email specific conference. For Jen, this felt like a debut and an opportunity to stand before the peers in her industry and present herself as a fellow thought leader.


An article was written about the lack of gender parity in the speakers at the conference, and an online discussion began in the following days. It was through this platform of online connection and advocacy that Jen connected with a group of likeminded women and decided that she wanted to do something about gender inequality at conferences in the email industry.


“I looped in three of the women I had been speaking to [in private messages]. And said ‘we’ve all been talking separately about this problem but I would really like to do something about it, do you want to join me in that? Do you want to create an organization that tackles this and helps women get those speaking opportunities in the email industry?’ Everyone instantly said yes.”


Through Jen’s work as the President and Co-Founder of Women of Email she has reached over 5000 members across the globe and has seen gender parity be achieved among the speakers at email conferences.


Taking Action

Jen’s biggest piece of advice for women in the tech sector is to find and be active in online community groups that align with their industry. For Jen, finding thought leaders who inspire her, have driven her to become an active thought leader in her own online communities.


To learn more about how you can harness the value of mentorship and sponsorship, along with the four other pillars to combating gender disparity in the tech sector, check out our Women Talk Tech Taking Action Plan.



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Women Talk Tech Episode 57: Owning Your Narrative

Aparna Natarajan


Owning Your Narrative

Welcome to the show, Aparna Natarajan.

On this week’s episode of Women Talk Tech we are joined by Aparna Natarajan. Aparna is an accomplished strategy and sales leader with over 10 years experience across enterprise sales, partner development, and operations. In her role as a solution specialist at Microsoft, Aparna works with Canada’s largest enterprises to drive business and social value through innovation and transformation. Passionate about equality, she serves on the National Board of Lean In Canada as Director of Corporate Sponsorships. Together with an amazing team, she is determined to fix the broken rung among female executives and help Canadian organizations build a truly strong and diverse workforce.


While Aparna holds an MBA from Ivey Business School, she did not always foresee a career in business or tech. After juggling ideas from law to fashion design in high school, Aparna decided to pursue an undergraduate in business as a way to find her passion and decide what path she wanted to pursue in life. What Aparna unexpectedly found throughout the course of her education was that her passion was in business. 


“I developed a preconceived notion that I had to be an engineer or somebody with coding experience to break into the industry. I thought that ship had sailed for me.”


Aparna has found great levels of fulfillment from working primarily in the sales function of the tech industry. By loving her job and loving what she sells, Aparna feels a sense of achievement from facilitating her clients on their innovation journeys. 


For Aparna, the transition into sales from an operations role started first and foremost from sitting down and understanding who she is and what she can offer the world. The next step was mapping this out to mentors who were able to give Aparna advice and guide her on the right path. And finally, Aparna developed a plan, declared it, and was intentional in every action to achieve it.


“I learned the importance of owning your narrative. There were people who said ‘I don’t think you can do it’, or ‘I think you should think about other roles’ […] But I was very committed, and I had belief in the fact that a sales career was exactly where I wanted to be.”


Aparna additionally works with Lean In Canada, an organization dedicated to empowering women and helping them achieve their ambitions. With over 14,000 members across Canada, Lean In Canada educates and supports women on topics of financial independence and literacy, how to advocate for oneself, negotiating pay raise, navigating power dynamics, etc. 


Within her continued work, Aparna actively helps women develop and own their narratives in the tech sector.



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Women Talk Tech Episode 56: Crossing the Line – How Inclusion Requires Organizational Courage

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On this week’s episode of Women Talk Tech, we are joined by Julia Satov. Julia is an internationally published author in the International Journal of Diversity in Education, and has publications in the Huffington Post and Chief Learning Officer. She is a National Award-Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Organizational Development with a professional career that spans both private and public sectors, working in the legal, academic, finance and now the tech sector. She has a Masters in Education, a Law Clerk Diploma, a Certificate in Professional Ethics and a Certificate in Data-Driven Decision Making.


When Julia was in high school, she thought she might pursue a career in acting. While Julia may have opted for a different path in her career, she believes that the values and skills she developed through her early aspirations, such as working with the public, impacting people, and presentation skills, continue to inform her current professional values within the tech sector.


Throughout her life, and from the very beginning, Julia has been passionate about social justice. As a young student, however, Julia rarely heard language such as “equity”, “inclusion”, and “social justice” in the classroom. For Julia, it was a law course and an ethics course which set her on the unplanned path, leading her towards her career today.


“That really was the impetus for me to start to work in all these different fields, but always in the business of inclusion.”


Julia speaks of the capacity and the willingness of organizations to “Cross the Line” into taking tangible action to create environments based on the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. For Julia, we are past the “do good quotient” of asking business leaders and organizations if they value the work of diversity and inclusion. They do; as people, as leaders, as companies, and brands.


“But the difference now, we’re asking: are you okay to stand in the fire? Are you okay to be vulnerable?… Are you willing to take data and metrics and be incredibly transparent with it? Not only internally, holding yourself, your people, and processes accountable; but externally too.”


Julia’s biggest piece of advice to small tech companies who are just starting up, is to construct your inclusion strategies right into your business strategies. You’ll never find someone who does equity and inclusion work who sees themselves as having a folding chair to pull up to the table. Your strategies for including equity, diversity, and inclusion into your business, should start from the beginning and be included in every process of your company. 


“Diversity and Inclusion, often in women roles, are paid less or asked for among many other hats. Pay them well, and pay them because they are at the table with their own seat, not a folding chair.”


Within her work, Julia continues to be a learning and inclusion strategist on fire!



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