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Techsetters

Techsetters

By Kode With Klossy
Sam and Jenny are two millennial engineers obsessed with tech. After spending their undergrad years at Columbia and Harvard respectively, learning the ins and outs of computer science - they’re ready to continue their studies in the so called “real-world.”
In each episode, the pair uncovers the stories and secrets of techsetters everywhere; hearing guests’ career defining moments, and unconventional paths in the world of STEAM.
Techsetters is produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then.
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Ebony Beckwith, Salesforce's Chief Philanthropy Officer on the Intersection of Technology and Giving Back
As Chief Philanthropy Officer and CEO of the Salesforce Foundation, Ebony Beckwith fuels Salesforce’s philanthropic engine. She is responsible for the company’s philanthropic investment strategy, overseeing a global team that fosters a culture of giving back and directing hundreds of millions of dollars in grants focused on education and workforce development programs. Additionally, she leads Salesforce’s community response to hyper-relevant issues, including COVID-19, and co-leads a task force committed to racial equality and justice. Ebony extends her leadership through her service on the boards of the Warriors Community Foundation, Hamilton Families, and the Women’s Funding Network, and as an advisory board member for PagerDuty.org, Year Up Bay Area, and Women Who Code. She has been recognized as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business and was also honored with the 2020 Powerful Women of the Bay Award. Ebony holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Golden Gate University. Techsetters is produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in August 2021.
26:31
August 17, 2021
Bridget Coughlin, Telling the Virtual Story of Shedd Aquarium
Bridget C. Coughlin, Ph.D., was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Shedd Aquarium in 2016. Under her leadership, 1.9 million aquarium guests each year enjoy innovative experiences that are focused on Shedd’s Mission of compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.  A relentless advocate for access in all ways, Dr. Coughlin commits the organization to offering tens of millions of dollars in free admission each year; champions varied learning styles and approaches; and is a voice for real diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the business world.A nature lover and scientist at heart, Dr. Coughlin is passionate about animal life in oceans, rivers and lakes and her commitment to learning and conservation extends well beyond the walls of Shedd Aquarium.  She also serves as an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Lyda Hill Philanthropies. A Colorado native, Dr. Coughlin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College, a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Iowa and an executive scholar certificate in finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  Enjoy! 
25:12
August 10, 2021
Adam Mosseri Shares Everything You Need to Know About Instagram
Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) is the Head of Instagram where he oversees all functions of the business including engineering, product and operations. A designer at heart, Adam is known for balancing sharp design thinking with thoughtful product strategy to create experiences that bring people together and encourage authentic communication. Adam has been at Facebook for more than eleven years. He was design director for Facebook's mobile apps and then moved into product management where he led the News Feed product and engineering teams for many years. He was Head of News Feed prior to joining Instagram where he oversaw product before managing the entire organization. Prior to Facebook, Adam worked at TokBox as the company’s first designer. He began his career founding a design consultancy in 2003 with offices in New York and San Francisco that focused on graphic, interaction and exhibition design. Adam holds a BA from the Gallatin School of Interdisciplinary Study at NYU where he studied Information Design and Media. Born and raised in New York, he now lives in San Francisco with his wife and three sons. Techsetters is a Kode With Klossy Podcast, made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in July 2021.
26:36
August 3, 2021
Trinity Mouzon Wofford, Founding the Wellness Brand Golde
Trinity Mouzon Wofford is the Co-founder and CEO at Golde, a Brooklyn-born health and beauty brand. With her partner, Issey Kobori, she founded Golde in 2017 with the mission of bringing accessibility to the wellness industry via approachable products powered by superfoods. Since launching the brand at age 23, Trinity has been named one of Forbes 30 under 30 and most recently landed Golde on the shelves of Target stores across the country. Techsetters is a Kode With Klossy Podcast, made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in July 2021.
31:11
July 27, 2021
Jana Messerschmidt, From Netflix to Co-Founding #ANGELS
This week, Techsetters features an exceptional woman who works to elevate those who are building the future. Her joint venture, #ANGELS, is built on the philosophy that sometimes venture investment is personal and sometimes it’s a group effort. Jana Messerschmidt’s credentials include investor, advisor, board member and operator. She is a founding partner of #ANGELS with investments ranging from Carta, OpenSea, Lovevery, Snackpass, to Threads and more. In this episode, Jana offers her insight into the world of tech startup venture capitalism as well as their personal stories of making the world a better, more empowered place. It’s an excellent episode. Dig in and enjoy! Techsetters is a Kode With Klossy Podcast, made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in July 2021.
31:32
July 20, 2021
Annastasia Seebohm, Brilliant Minds and Feminine Leadership
Here at Techsetters, we aim to bring you the brightest and most inspiring minds out there and today’s guest certainly fits the bill. Annastasia Seebohm is the newly appointed CEO of Brilliant Minds Foundation -- her second CEO role under the age of 35. The Brilliant Minds Foundation aims to connect the most creative people on the planet, bringing them together to develop world-changing ideas. It’s a bold initiative, and one Annastasia is happy and eager to take on. She offers valuable perspective on the topics nearest and dearest to our Techsetter hearts.  Techsetters is a Kode With Klossy Podcast, made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in July 2021.
22:35
July 13, 2021
Amy Jain, Co-Founding a Company With Your Best Friend
Today we get to hear from Amy Jain, co-founder and CEO of BaubleBar, an online jewelry and accessories retailer. Together with her co-founder and best friend, Daniella Yacobovsky, Amy took a Harvard Business School project and turned it into a thriving online enterprise. Over the years, she has received industry honors for her work, including Crain’s 40 Under 40 and Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 — and rightly so. Amy is impressive, inspiring and incredibly tech business savvy.  Techsetters is a Kode With Klossy Podcast, made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in June 2021.
26:20
June 29, 2021
Vanessa Hill, Re-Inventing The Way You Think About Sleep
This week on Techsetters, we get to hear from one of the most fascinating and fun minds out there -- Vanessa Hill. If you’re as interested in the overlap of science and health as I am, you might have seen Vanessa’s popular YouTube channel, BrainCraft, where she features science-based content that educates, inspires and entertains. She’s also produced shows for PBS, ABC and Screen Australia and is an If / Then Ambassador. Vanessa’s content offers audiences a fresh take on evidence-based information they can use to enrich their everyday lives and boost their wellbeing. Settle in for some great insight! Techsetters is a Kode With Klossy Podcast, made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in June 2021.
34:03
June 23, 2021
Megan Smith & Susan Alzner, Using Technology to Better Humanity
On this week’s episode we were joined by Megan Smith and Susan Alzner, co-founders of Shift7, where they are bringing together problem solvers and innovators to solve systemic problems through transparency, interdisciplinary collaboration, and leveraging technology. Before teaming up to build Shift7, Megan Smith served as the third Chief Technology Officer of the United States under President Barack Obama, worked as VP of Google for 11 years, was CEO of planetout- an online LGTBQ+ community in the early days of the internet,  and worked on early smartphones at General Magic and Apple Japan early in her career. Today, in addition to her work at Shift7, Megan is an advisor to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices, Thinkof-Us, LA Olympics 2028, the Malala Fund, which she actually co-founded! Susan has worked in both creative spaces as well as government organizations. Susan worked as the political project manager for musician and social activist Ani DiFranco, and led the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) from 2014-2018. During her time at the UN, she co-created the UN Solutions Summit and led global public participation in UN General Assembly high-level events, including the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, and dialogues with the candidates for UN Secretary-General. In today’s episode we go behind the scenes of these illustrious careers to learn how a mandatory middle school science fair, batman and Robin, shaped Megan and Susan’s leadership styles and approaches to problem solving. Megan and Susan discuss how we can superpower our problem solving by applying technology and innovation to all topics from self driving cars to school lunches. Techsetters is a Kode With Klossy Podcast, made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in May 2021.
42:58
June 15, 2021
Bridgit Mendler, Analyzing Fame and Social Media at MIT
Bridgit Mendler is my kind of girl – equal parts artist and tech guru. She has enjoyed a successful career as an actress, with credits on the Disney Channel and other movies, as well as a singer-songwriter. But it’s her love of javascript and work as a computer scientist that brings her here today. In this episode, we learn about Bridgit’s research as a PhD student and Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab, the research conferences she would love to present at one day, and what Natural Language Processing is. Listen to the entire episode for an exciting career update and plot twist from Bridgit! Techsetters is a Kode With Klossy Podcast, made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in April 2021.
32:49
June 8, 2021
Padmasree Warrior, Founder & CEO Fable
In this episode, Samantha and Jenny speak to Padmasree Warrior, a woman who has held so many legendary CTO and CEO roles, we don’t even know where to begin. She’s led teams in hardware, electric cars, and now, at her own company Fable, where she’s building curated editorial content in the mental wellbeing space. Padma’s story is full of really important lessons about finding your voice, knowing your weaknesses and making the most out of every opportunity. Techsetters is a Kode With Klossy Podcast, made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in March 2021.
29:03
June 1, 2021
Claire Hughes Johnson, Increasing the GDP of the Internet
Today, Samantha and Jenny are talking to Claire Hughes Johnson. Claire is the COO of Stripe. Even if you’ve never heard of Stripe, you’ve definitely used it before. They’re the company that businesses use to send and receive payments, whether you’re Lyft, Instacart, Blue Bottle... You name it. Prior to Stripe, Claire worked at Google, leading various teams across Gmail, Google Apps, AdWords, and their self-driving cars project. Claire started her career consulting state politics, and represents everything we love about a Techsetters guest: she’s stayed curious, leaned into her strengths, and adapted with the world. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in March 2021.
27:33
May 25, 2021
Debbie Sterling, From Idea Brunch to GoldieBlox CEO
In this episode, Samantha and Jenny speak to Debra Sterling. Debbie is the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, a toy company that uses storytelling and games to inspire more young girls to pursue a life in STEM. She’s since been rewarded as a Time Magazine ‘Person of the Moment,’ and a Forbes 40 Under 40. Debbie is also an If / Then Ambassador and as you’ll hear in this episode, an inspiring Brunch Host.  Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in April 2021.
32:28
May 18, 2021
Alexandra Zatarain, Re-Inventing Sleep Fitness
In today’s episode, Samantha and Jenny are speaking to Alexandra Zatarain. Alexandra’s work is all about sleep. She’s the Co-founder and VP of Brand and Marketing at Eight Sleep, the world’s very first sleep fitness company. She works with her team to use the most advanced technology for all their products that help people sleep a little bit better.  Raised in Tijuana, Alexandra has worked in academia, on Wall Street, and for various apps. She’s a Forbes 30 Under 30, an angel investor, and a mentor with WE NYC, an initiative to support female business owners.  Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in March 2021.
30:24
May 11, 2021
Fig O'Reilly, Miss Universe Ireland turned NASA Datanaut
For our season two premiere, Sam and Jenny landed someone extra special. If you don’t know her, Fig is our favorite type of multi-hyphenate. She was the first woman of color to represent Ireland in the international Miss Universe Pageant. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also a NASA Datanaut, working alongside the agency’s Open Innovation Program to develop new processes, ways of thinking and products. She was our dream first guest, speaking candidly about issues we can allll relate to, whether that’s overcoming imposter syndrome or maintaining her more artistic side in the world of engineering.  Should we all go work for NASA? We’ll talk about it later. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in April 2021.
34:16
May 4, 2021
Techsetters Season Two Trailer
Techsetters is back! This season, hosts Sam and Jenny continue their mission to uncover the stories and secrets of techsetters everywhere; asking guests’ about their career defining moments and unconventional paths in the world of STEAM.  Season two shares 15 new stories from women around the world.  Consider this your permanent invitation to your seat at the tech table. New episodes released every Tuesday, beginning May 4! 
01:09
April 27, 2021
Soraya Darabi on the Future of Living Well
On our season one finale of Techsetters, Sam and Jenny interview Soraya Darabi. Featured by FastCompany as one of their “Most Creative People in Business”, Soraya is a cornerstone of the New York City startup scene. Responsible for helping the NYTimes adopt social media, Soraya is a 2-time entrepreneur, and has been named both a Mentor of the year by TechStars and a Young Global Leader by the World economic Forum. Today, she is the founder and general partner of Trail Mix Ventures, and is dedicated to leveling the playing field, as only 2.2% of VC dollars are invested in female founders. In this episode, Soraya talks about taking risks, investing in resilient founders, and betting on the future of living well. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in May 2020.
30:10
September 29, 2020
Peter Boyce II on the Importance of Student Founders
If you’re listening to today’s episode of Techsetters, you can thank Peter Boyce! Peter introduced Jenny and Sam when they were both in college and the rest is history.  He is a Partner at General Catalyst and the founder of Rough Draft Ventures, a Harvard based organization with a student team building and empowering the largest network of student founders. Peter’s interests extend beyond Venture Capital, he sits on the boards of The Shed and New Inc, both non-profit institutions that foster innovation at the intersection of art and technology. Did we mention he hosts wine tastings over zoom?  Even with his busy calendar, he continues to find time to advise and inspire the next generation of founders. On today’s episode, Peter gives incredible insight for first time founders, an understanding of what it means to be in venture capital, and by the end of this episode you’ll understand why Peter is such an inspiration! Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in May 2020.
31:11
September 22, 2020
Yamilée! Beach on Empowering Young Women with STEM and Dance
On this episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang interview AAAS / If / Then Ambassador and STEM From Dance Founder, Yamilee Beach.Yamilée has personally experienced the extraordinary benefits of a STEM education and dance. After studying mechanical engineering at MIT and being an avid dancer for 21 years, she switched gears to teach high school algebra in an under-served community in East New York, Brooklyn through Teach For America. As a teacher, her eyes were opened to the multitude of opportunities her students didn’t have access to; there was an abundance of potential that would never be unleashed. Therefore, she set out to provide students with something greater than what the school system could provide. She started STEM From Dance with the hope that a strong dance and STEM supplemental education would help to increase the number of under-represented minority high school girls across the nation who pursue a STEM undergraduate education. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in May 2020.
29:50
September 15, 2020
Brenda Darden Wilkerson on Fighting For Social Justice in Education and taking Grace Hopper Virtual
On this episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang interview Brenda Darden Wilkerson. Brenda is a pioneering thought leader working on the urgent need for intersectional equity in technology. She leads AnitaB.org as the CEO and President, working as an unwavering advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice for underrepresented communities in technology. AnitaB.org is a nonprofit organization working to shape public opinion about issues of critical importance to women technologists in academia, industry, and government. Brenda founded the original Computer Science for All program, building computer science classes into the curriculum for every student in the Chicago Public Schools system, and serving as the inspiration for the Obama administration’s national CS4All initiatives. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in September 2020.
35:14
September 8, 2020
Camille Fournier on the Role of Engineering Leaders
On this episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang interview Camille Fournier.  Camille, currently managing director at Two Sigma, a hedge fund, shares  thoughtful advice on leadership on engineering culture, how tech transforms industries and the importance of understanding data.  Before joining Two Sigma, Camille was CTO at Rent the Runway, where she spearheaded the technology to rent clothing from a “closet in the cloud”. Camille has published two books on management. The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change, and her most recent book 97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know. Camille doesn’t just talk about management tips, she shares advice that you can use wherever you are in your career. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in May 2020.
30:34
September 1, 2020
Deborah Berebichez, PhD. on Defying the Odds of Physics
On this episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang interview Dr. Deborah Berebichez, PhD.  Debbie is the first Mexican woman to graduate from Stanford University with a PhD in Physics, and she uses her education and background to make science approachable to a wide range of audiences. Debbie co-hosts Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show,  is the Chief Data Scientist at Metis where she leads the creation and growth of exceptional data science training opportunities, and complete two postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University's Applied Math and Physics Department and at NYU's Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences where she carried out research in the area of acoustic waves. She has recently been recognized as an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador for inspiring and empowering young women to learn science and to improve the state of STEM education in the world.  Did we mention she has worked in TWO Nobel Peace Prize Labs? Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in May 2020.
34:38
August 25, 2020
Carol Reiley on Robots Disrupting Industries
On this episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang interview serial entrepreneur, Carol Reiley.  Nicknamed "The Mother of Robots," Carol has brought artificial intelligence and robotics into the mainstream.   Currently the CEO of her fourth startup (her previous one drive.ai sold to Apple), Carol shares her vision for the future of family planning, how robots and humans can work together and learn how creative thinkers can apply engineering skills to disrupt traditional industries. Did we mention Carol is part of the Young Global Leaders selected by the World Economic Forum, Forbes Top 50 Women In Tech, model, and to top it off, the creative advisor of San Francisco’s Symphony? Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in April 2020.
33:24
August 18, 2020
Vicki Fulop on Founding Brooklinen
On this episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang interview Brooklinen Co-Founder and CCO, Vicki Fulop.  After sleeping on a luxurious, but very expensive set of sheets while on vacation, Vicki and her husband, Rich, sought to fill a gap they saw in the marketplace and Brooklinen was born! With Brooklinen now valued at over $100M, Vicki shares her journey as a first time founder, from using Kickstarter as her original source of funding to drawing marketing inspiration from former boss, Tory Burch. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in March 2020.
26:34
August 11, 2020
NASA Astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman on Living on the International Space Station
On this episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang interview NASA Astronaut, MIT Graduate and former resident of the International Space Station, Dr. Cady Coleman.  On today's episode, Dr. Coleman shares how Dr. Sally Ride inspired her to pursue a career as an astronaut, the high stakes of catching your food supply in space with a robotic arm and the advice she gave Sandra Bullock at the Gravity premiere.  Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in April 2020.
39:51
August 4, 2020
Heidi Zak on Co-Founding Third Love and Finding the Perfect Fit
On this episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang interview Third Love Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Heidi Zak. After founding Third Love in 2013 with the mission of building a better bra, Heidi has been named among Fortune's 40 Under 40.  On today's episode, Heidi discusses using data to create a better product, the importance of fostering inclusivity in company culture and using innovation to challenge the status quo. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in April 2020. 
33:05
July 28, 2020
Dara Treseder on Carbon and the Future of 3D Printing
On this episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang interview Carbon's Chief Marketing Officer, Dara Treseder. In 2020, Dara was elected as a Board of Director to PG&E, and named to Business Insider’s “25 Most Innovative CMOs in the World”.  On today's episode, Dara discusses the influence of communication technology in her hometown of Ibadan, Nigeria, staying true to herself and leading Carbon's rapid response to the Covid 19 crisis using 3D printing technology. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then. This episode was recorded in April 2020.
40:55
July 21, 2020
Karlie Kloss on Founding Kode With Klossy
On this episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang interview supermodel turned entrepreneur, Karlie Kloss.  Karlie discusses her very first coding class at Flatiron School, the inception of a cookie delivery drone and founding Kode With Klossy, now in its biggest summer. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then.  This episode was recorded in April 2020.
31:22
July 14, 2020
Joy Buolamwini on Founding the Algorithmic Justice League
In the kick off episode of Techsetters, co-hosts Samantha Wiener and Jenny Wang speak with Joy Buolamwini.  A trailblazer beyond trailblazer, Joy founded the Algorithmic Justice League, an organization that looks to ensure racial justice includes algorithmic justice.  In today's episode, Sam, Jenny and Joy discuss racial bias in AI, fairness in facial datasets, and why code is poetry - featuring lines from her spoken word poem, “AI, Ain't I A Woman?” If that wasn't impressive enough, Joy is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Scholar and Computer Science PhD student at MIT. Techsetters is Executive Produced by Kode With Klossy and made possible by If / Then.  This episode of Techsetters was recorded remotely in April 2020. 
40:53
July 9, 2020
Techsetters Trailer - A Kode With Klossy Podcast
Welcome to Techsetters!  Techsetters is hosted by Sam and Jenny are two millennial engineers on a mission to uncover the stories and secrets of techsetters everywhere; hearing guests’ career defining moments, and unconventional paths in the world of STEAM. Spotlighting these leaders not only lets the audience celebrate these badass trend-setters and leaders; it shows listeners everywhere that there’s a permanent seat at the table for them in the world of tech...it’s just not always where we expect it to be. Techsetters is a Kode With Klossy podcast, powered by If / Then.
01:22
May 26, 2020