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Podcast 1817: 4/28/18 Women in Tech and Big Windows Update


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Hour 1: Digital Divas, Mr. Fixit and Windows 10 Update



Kathleen Norton Schock brought us up to date with her blossoming podcast Diva Tech Talk which is a specialized communication channel highlighting women doing wonderful things in the technology arena by creating podcasts from interviews with successful female individuals in the field and covering various technology events.  It was created to inform and inspire women of all ages to succeedin professional and life missions that are technology-driven.





Kathleen also filled us in on events for the Michigan Council of Women in Technology which included a special gathering of Detroit girls on Girls Get IT Day.  Check out their calendar for other upcoming events.

MCWT Mission Statement: Every day we work toward our mission to inspire and grow women in technology. A diverse IT workforce is a vital part of Michigan’s transformation and we strive to engage and retain female professionals here.


In our network, you’ll meet executives, students, business owners, entrepreneurs and others dedicated to a thriving technology community.

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Podcast 1743: MCWT Gen Z Web Design Hotshots, MCWT, Shop Safe and Facebook Death Threat

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Winners: MCWT Foundation
2017 Website Design Competition for
Middle  School & High School Girls


Today we are joined by a group of very talented young women (Gen Z) who won the Michigan  Council of Women in Technology Website Design 2017 Competition. Our guests include:

Jamie Fu – 1st place high school advanced category – Novi High School
Sonia Bhakkad – 2nd place high school advanced category – Plymouth High School
Haneen Alaouie – 2nd place high school beginner category – Dearborn Center for Math, Science & Technology High School

These three young ladies represent a much larger group of young women who are excited about technology.  They have been encouraged to endure in their efforts by mentors, teachers and parents alike. The fruit of their labors can be see at …

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Podcast 1738: No Wonder These Women Lead-MCWT & Brand Awareness

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Kathleen Norton-Schock joins the advisors to report on the Past. Present and Future of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology including:

  1. MCWT Web Design Competition
  2. Results of MCWT Gala fundraiser
  3. The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation named Allison Gleeson its “Woman of the Year in Technology.” Gleeson is the Sr. VP of the Americas for Cisco.
  4. MCWT Giving Tuesday Campaign – 11/28
  5. MCWT Record Year for Grants – and who the grantors are, and the purposes of the grants
     6. New MCWT President (Rebecca Bray)

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Kathleen is also the cohost of Diva Tech Talk along with Amanda Lewan and Nicole Johnson Scheffler.  She will discuss some of the outstanding guests they have interviewed, the future of the podcast and Diva Tech Talk’s celebration of NATIONAL WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY (11/19)

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MiTechNews Headlines for Nov. 11, 2017

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Podcast 1650: DirectTV NOW, Dan Lohrmann on Trump & Big Tech and MCWT: Top Women in Tech

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The Revolution is Here: AT&T Offers 3 Ways to Stream Premium Video Content

Chris Dierkes, AT&T store manager (Taylor) explains the ins and outs of this new AT&T service.

For more information visit and sign up for some of this amazing offers.  You do NOT need to be a DirectTV or AT&T subscriber to benefit from DirectTV NOW offers.

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Dan Lohrmann, Chief Strategist & Chief Security Officer at Security Mentor, Inc., former Michigan CISO offers us an analysis of the president elect and his relationship with the captains of technology.


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 MiTechNews Headlines for Dec. 17, 2016

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1615 Panama Papers and Diva Tech Talk



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“The Bloody Truth about Living and Working in Panama”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”12263″ img_size=”medium”][vc_column_text]EJ Rolfstad has lived and worked in Panama for the past 10 years.  He has been an eye witness to the money laundering process that has been revealed to the world as The Panama Papers.  11.5 million pieces of information were stolen from a law firm in Panama that allegedly specialized in, among other things, laundering vast amounts of money for world leaders and underworld figures.  EJ is writing a book entitled “The Bloody Truth about Living and Working in Panama” about the inner workings of the process.  Visit EJ’s Homepage to follow the serialized unfolding of this story.

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Winning Women & Mighty Mentors


Show Notes

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Emily Morningstar, Linda Mitchell and Tonya Thomas

MCWT Honors Winning Women

Linda MitchellLinda Mitchell, Dir. of Cloud Sales and Devices, Microsoft Heartland Division and MCWT VP of Programs introduced two of the recent scholarship winners, Emily Morningstar and Tonya Thomas. Linda also talked about the wide range of MCWT programs like GET-IT programs in high school and annual Camp Infinity to encourage young women of all ages to embrace and pursue IT careers.  For more information on MCWT programs for young women click here.

Two Outstanding Winning Women

Emily Morningstar HeadshotEmily Morningstar graduated from high school in Canton, MI and plans to study computer science at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.  She won the $20,000 MCWT Foundation GET-IT Scholarship. Emily founded her school’s GET-IT club, served as its president and participated throughout all four years of high school. She was a finalist in MCWT’s Website Design Competition and a Robofest State Qualifier. She also was recognized as the national runner-up in the National Council of Women in Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing. She served as a summer IT co-op for Mercedes Benz Financial Services.


Tonya Thomas HeadshotTonya Thomas is a multifaceted professional with 20+ years …

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Podcast 1507 2/7/2015: Pipeline Fellowship, Code Day Detroit & Thunderchickens

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Show Notes

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In Search of Detroit’s Female Answer to Mark Cuban

Monica Wheat is a 14+ veteran of the digital strategy & product management communities and the Detroit lead for Pipeline Fellowship Detroit which is an angel investing bootcamp for women that includes three main components:education, mentoring, and practice.

The Ultimate Guide for Female Tech Entrepreneurs by Amanda Lewan


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Code Day Detroit and Thunderchickens


Christina Li created a winning website during last year’s Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) contest and was our guest along with some of the other winners on Dec. 6, 2014 .  Christina is back to talk about Code Day Detroit and her favorite, Thunderchickens!




Christina will be accompanied by her mentor, Aaron Willcock,  a junior at Wayne State University, pursuing his bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science.  Aaron’s also the programming mentor of her robotics team Thunderchickens 217.




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Michigan Connects TM is an interactive map of the state of Michigan that shows where there is broadband coverage and …

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Podcast 1449 Dec. 6, 2014: Shop Till You Drop…Locally & Web Design Winners



Show Notes:

Online Shopping

How to Shop Instantly on Instagram and Shop Locally on Etsy

Emily HayOur social media maven, Emily Hay, founder of Hay There Social Media has some timely tips for your holiday gift shopping.

Contrary to popular belief, Instagram isn’t just for selfies and snapshots of your lunch. Sure, users don’t hold back on posting photos of their most picturesque provisions but that’s not the only thing we’re all doing on the app.

Everyone knows how important shopping local is, right? It impacts your state/city/region by keeping money and jobs in your community. But did you know that you can use the Internet to shop locally?  You can. It’s easy. Enter Etsy.

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And the Winners Are…Student Web Designers Awarded for Their Budding Skills

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology is dedicated to inspiring young women to achieve great things in technology.  One of the ways they accomplish this is through the 9th Annual Website Design Competition for high school girls.  We are delighted to have one of the budding designers in studio with us:

Winning girls


Likitha Nimmagadda from Farmington Harrison HS  (See her site)


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Podcast 1432 August 9, 2014: Richard Stiennon Black Hat Report & Nicole Johnson Cisco Security Expert

Show Notes:

Due to sudden illness, Cindy Pasky will not be on this show but will be with us in the future.


Unmasking the 1.2 Billion User Russian Hack Hoax

Richard Stiennon is a noted expert in Internet Security who attended the Black Hat Security Conference this past week.  Richard’s extensive history in digital security has made him a sought after consultant to governments and corporations around the globe.  He feels the bigger story is: Is Russia Poised to Retaliate Against Recent Sanctions with Cyber War?

 Cyber Security Expert Questions 1.2 Billion Stolen Identities Story 

Click Here to Listen to Richard Stiennon Debunk 1.2 Billion Hacked IDs

Click Here to Listen to Stiennon and Johnson Russian Potential Cyber Attack

 Nicole Johnson: Cisco Security Expert

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Nicole Johnson has been a Systems Engineer and has worked across business units within Cisco for over 8 years.  Her experience ranges from Security Consulting to Technical Marketing for Learning and Development. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Davenport University and Lansing Community College. Nicole is also a leader in the community with technology oriented non-profit and learning organizations. Recently she won the mentee of the year award from MCWT for working

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May 25, 2013: Saluting Teen Tech Talent


Show Notes:

Teen Women Honored for Excellence

Sophie and Charlotte

Charlotte Decker, CTO,  AAA Michigan
Michigan Council of Women in Technology, VP of Program Development and Scholarships

Sophie Li, Laptop Award
International Academy-East in Troy.  Sophia won 1st Place in MCWT’s Web Design Contest for HS Girls this year. She is headed to prestigious Olin College of Engineering.  She is fluent in multiple verbal languages as well as several programming languages. She is a singer, an artist, and a member of the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Scholarship Program 2013

Mike BrennanWeekly feature with Mike Brennan, editor and publisher of, highlighting technology headlines from Michigan and around the world that impact of our state’s growing high tech sector.


MCWT Partner Award 2012

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