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Spark Connections

Spark Connections

By Stephon Parker
The experiences of diverse individuals in the tech industry varies from person to person, we're here to unpack together. Join me, Stephon as I interview various people across every part of the tech industry to discover what drives us and more important, what connects us.
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Episode 10 - Anne T. Griffin
If you've ever talked to Anne then you know how live this conversation was going to be before you even hit the play button. On this episode we discuss everything from company ethics to workplace representation. Anne brings her unique and amazing views to advocate for better conditions everywhere especially for those in the Black/Brown community. Come join us on another journey into tech.  Did I mention we also talk about barbecue?
01:10:38
December 28, 2021
Episode 9 - Eugene Berezin
We all know that the journey to learning how to code isn't equal. Eugene and I dig into a path that is near to my heart, going from QA to software engineering. We also dig into the process of content creation and thinking about how to build for an audience. Can't forget about protecting our peace and mental health too. As always come join us. 
35:25
December 06, 2021
Episode 8 - Kim Arnett
Want to know how a single mom with a new born found her way in tech? Look no further! Kim takes us through her journey into the tech industry as someone who was just looking to provide a great life for her daughter. We talk pandemic life as well and what that means for the future. 
47:51
November 28, 2021
Episode 7 - JT Kaufman
Here we are again with our most educational episode yet. JT takes us through her challenging journey to become a software engineer...all without a degree. Life finds a way in this awesome conversation about another journey in through the tech industry. 
01:05:22
September 16, 2021
Episode 6 - Janine Marsh
Have you ever wondered if you can be a beer expert and an amazing frontend developer? Well don't think about it too hard because my friend Janine answered that question already and the answer is yes. When COVID took her job away Janine found herself like many wondering what "next" would look like. Come join us as she takes us through her journey from bar worker to frontend dev. Oh and we talk about beer...kind of a lot. 
45:10
August 06, 2021
Episode 5 - Ting Becker
How does one go from being a CPA to an iOS developer you might ask? Well that's exactly what we talk about on this episode with my friend Ting. We also talk about a special side project that she's working on that very near to my heart. Warning, we spend most of the episode laughing. 
34:35
May 25, 2021
Episode 4 - Jordan Bedwell
Jordan and I travel through his journey in tech all the way from machine manufacturing to present day as a software engineering. We also dig into the best and the worst of delivery services and I can promise you won't find anyone more passionate about the customer's experience than Jordan.
44:05
May 05, 2021
Episode 3 - Will Cheshier
Hey there! Will and I talk about his unique journey into tech and the challenge of navigating Tech Twitter. We also talk about the unique places Will has lived and what freelancing has enabled him to do with his life.  
25:54
April 26, 2021
Bonus - Talking Life with Cat
In this bonus episode I chat with Cat about the recent violence in the Asian community as well as what it's like to live as a person of color right now. We talk about her lived and experience and how she's had to cope with that in this current climate.
43:24
April 13, 2021
Episode 2 - Todd Libby
In this episode Todd and I talk about the history as well as the progression of technology. We get into so good video game discussion, but most of all we talk about accessibility in tech. We dive into the nitty gritty details of what it feels like to be excluded and how we all have a responsibility to include others. 
35:54
March 27, 2021
Episode 1 - Rojhan Paydar
In this episode we talk to Rojhan(Ro) Paydar about her journey into technology. She dives into her experiences, passions, and her reason for being in this space. We dive into her art a little bit as well and you get to hear about how we met. 
30:06
March 12, 2021
Episode 0 - The Intro
Hello everyone! In this episode I tell you a little bit about me, my entry into tech and what I hope to accomplish with this podcast. I'm super excited to get the ball rolling on this and look forward you all listening. If you are interested in being on my podcast or just want to chat DM me on Twitter @sparkyarcster. 
09:10
February 23, 2021