Episodes

#28: Talking AI, AI ethics, and microinvesting ft. Chinasa T. Okolo

Jan. 24, 2022

Chinasa is a computer science phd student at Cornell university with various research interests including health, computer vision, and AI ethics. She’s worked on a variety of projects related to AI and healthcare. And in her…

#27: The importance of leadership and community ft. Gwladys Keubon

Jan. 21, 2022

Gwladys majored in Chemical engineering at UC Davis and is currently a human factors engineer at Boeing. Though at the time of this interview she was a materials and process engineer which she’ll be referencing later on in t…

#26: The journey from "Hello World" to major tech executive ft. Nick Caldwell

Dec. 20, 2021

Nick Caldwell is a tech executive, speaker, angel investor and is currently the General Manager for Core Technologies at Twitter. He previously worked at Microsoft for 13 years as General Manager of the Power BI product, was…

Engineering Founders

#25: Serial entrepreneur protecting companies from unethical hackers ft. Tiffany Ricks

Aug. 12, 2021

Tiffany Ricks has been in the tech industry for over 15 years with an expertise in software engineering and cybersecurity. Her love for cybersecurity originated when she worked at a company that built out technology for the …

Engineering

#24: The dream of becoming a hacker and escaping the traditional 9-5 ft. Samuel Bartels

Aug. 10, 2021

In this episode, Sam and I talk about what is was like trying to learn how to code in Ghana, the reason why he's worked remotely for various companies outside of doing a traditional 9-5 at a tech company, and we get into bal…

Founders Social Entrepreneurs

#23: Why this 23 year old turned down an offer at Google to start his own nonprofit ft. Jehron Petty

July 22, 2021

My guest for this episode is Jehron Petty. Jehron graduated from Cornell University last year and instead of taking a product management job at Google he decided to follow his entrepreneurial passion. At just 23 years old, J…

Product Management

#22: Nikolai Francis - Vice President of Product Management at WePay

July 6, 2021

My guest for this episode is Nikolai Francis. Nikolai has been in product for over 15 years. He comes from a family of engineers and currently works at WePay as a Vice President of Product Management. Compared to what's cons…

Season 2 Launching This Summer!

May 28, 2021

Season 2 of The Black Enterprise Network is coming back this Summer and will feature 9 amazing black stories in tech! In the meantime, join our free Facebook group community ! Also be sure to check out the main podcast websi…

Product Management Founders Financial Tech

#21: Daniel Jimenez - Product Manager and Founder of Debtly

April 21, 2021

My guest for this episode is Daniel Jimenez. Daniel is a growth manager at SqlDBM and founder of Debtly. In this episode, he talks about his deep interest in finance and how that interest sparked the founding of his company.…

Founders AI/ML

#20: Darius Gant - Founder of Tesoro AI and Tech Investor

April 6, 2021

My guest for this episode is Darius Gant. Darius is the founder of Tesoro AI, an artificial intelligence start up. He's also an investment professional, as well as a former professional basketball player. He talks about how …

Engineering Social Good

#19: Shason Briscoe - Software Engineer at SurveyMonkey

March 30, 2021

My guest for this episode is Shason Briscoe. Shason is a Software Engineer at Survey Monkey and advocate for growing diversity in the tech industry, especially for the black community. He shares how he got interested in Sili…

Business/Non-technical

#18: Jaimon Mcmillian - Associate Inside Sales Representative at Dell Technologies

March 18, 2021

My guest for this episode is Jaimon Mcmillian. Jaimon is an incoming Associate Inside Sales Representative at Dell Technologies and a fellow MLTer. He shares his interest in the tech industry and how he got in from a non-tec…

Business/Non-technical

#17: Dr. Stevens Bonhomme - Client Success Manager at Microsoft

March 12, 2021

My guest for this episode is Dr. Stevens Bonhomme. Dr. Stephens is a Client Success Manager at Microsoft. In this episode, he shares what got him interested in Economics, why he moved from Haiti to the United States. He also…

Business/Non-technical

#16: Moby Howeidy - Internal Communications Specialist at Slack

Feb. 19, 2021

My guest for this episode is Moby Howeidy. Moby is an internal communication specialist at Slack and one of my many amazing mentors. He shares how he used his passion for writing and journalism to grow in his career, how he …

Engineering Founders

#15: Ifueko Igbinedion - CTO and Co-founder of Hairtelligence

Feb. 10, 2021

My guest for this episode is Ifueko Igbinedion. Ifueko is the CTO and co-founder of Hairtelligence: a black hair startup looking to innovate the beauty space by use of computer vision. She is an exceptional engineer with ind…

Engineering Founders Social Entrepreneurs Education Social Good

#14: Whitney Griffith - Pre-Med Student Turned Software Engineer at Microsoft and Social Entrepreneur

Jan. 19, 2021

My guest for this episode is Whitney Griffith. Whitney originally had plans to get into medicine, but her path took a different turn in which she discovered Computer Science at Howard University. She was amazed at the proble…

Founders Venture Capital Social Entrepreneurs Education Social Good

#13: Heather Hiles - Founder and CEO of Imminent Equity and Board Member at Udemy

Jan. 6, 2021

My guest for this episode is Heather Hiles. Heather has over 30 years of experience in education. She founded non-profit and for-profit organizations in Break-the-Cycle, San Francisco Works, Pathbrite, and Imminent Equity. S…

Guest: Heather Hiles
Engineering Founders

#12: Tanaka Mutakwa - VP of Engineering at Names & Faces and Founder of NoDaysOff Lifestyle Brand

Dec. 18, 2020

My guest for this episode is Tanaka Mutakwa. Tanaka co-founded and runs a meetup group called Tech Leadership Meetup Cape Town: a community consisting of longtime, new, and aspiring technology leaders. He is also VP of Engin…

Engineering Founders

#11: Charles Arday - Mindset and Well-being Coach and Co-Founder of Winie Inc

Dec. 11, 2020

My guest for this episode is Charles Arday. He is a mindset and wellbeing coach, as well as an Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning hobbyist. Charles is also the current co-founder and CEO of Winie, a startup that pr…

Guest: Charles Arday
Product Management Engineering

#10: Lance Davis - Software Engineering and Product Management Intern at Apple

Nov. 19, 2020

My guest for this episode is Lance Davis, a computer engineering student at North Carolina A&T State University. Lance has interned at Apple, both as a software engineer and product manager. He will be joining Microsoft next…

Guest: Lance Davis
Engineering

#9: Tia Caldwell - From Software Engineer at Microsoft to Director of Engineering at Slack

Nov. 10, 2020

My guest for this episode is Tia Caldwell, who is a great mentor and leader. She has eleven years of professional experience at Microsoft, where she began as an intern and worked her way up to a senior engineering manager. S…

Guest: Tia Caldwell
Founders Business/Non-technical

#8: Orion Brown - Solopreneur and Founder of BlackTravelBox

Oct. 27, 2020

In this episode, I speak with the Orion Brown, a solopreneur, who founded Black Travel Box. She breaks down her journey from being Pre-med to Brand Management, and how she discovered an opportunity from the booming black tra…

Guest: Orion Brown
Founders Social Entrepreneurs Social Good

#7: Chanel Power - Accessibility UX Researcher at Apple and Founder of Mentor Me, Chanel!

Oct. 13, 2020

Chanel has had extensive experience in STEM ever since she was a child, and is currently a UX researcher at Apple. She is a strong advocate for helping the black community and is the founder of Mentor, Me Chanel: a program c…

Guest: Chanel Power
Product Management Founders

#6: Kenton Rowland - Product Management Leader and Founder of helloGROOV

Oct. 6, 2020

Kenton is a lover of technology and product manager with experiences at Cardinal Health, Eventbrite, and currently Groups360. Since high school he has grown as an entrepreneurial leader and proves you don't need to go the "t…