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My guest today is Viola Llewellyn (@VALlewellyn), co-founder, President and CEO of Ovamba Solutions Inc.

Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Ovamba matches global investors to qualified African Small and Medium Sized Enterprises who need short term funding. Ovamba is backed by Crowdcredit in Japan, Courtyard Capital in the UK, and GLI in Guernsey who themselves are backed by Blackrock Global, AXA Investment Managers, and Barclays Wealth.

Average size investments in businesses across Ovamba’s portfolio is around $50,000, with as little as $3,000 all the way up to $500,000 invested. The success rate of the companies Ovamba works with is 98%, delivering between a 13 and 18 percent return on investment.
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My guest today is Dr. Ximena Hartsock, with opening remarks by Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott.

Congressman Scott discusses the recent EEOC report on tech sector diversity.

And, once again, you'll come away from my interview with Ximena INSPIRED and FIRED UP to blast through whatever is holding you back. We'll also talk about Ximena's company, Phone2Action, which helps advocates and policy professionals get out of the ivory tower, and into communities via Phone2Action's suite of mobile tools.

I don't say this enough, but I am SO PROUD of my guests!

Listen up. Listen now.
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Gentrification. It's a dirty word for some. For others, not so much. Irrespective of which side of the debate you fall on, some groups always seem to be excluded from opportunities to use the power of tech to become the absolute best version of themselves.

Bruce Lincoln, has not only been working to make sure New York City's tech scene is as inclusive as the city itself, his program, Silicon Harlem, has made actual progress.

In this week's episode, Bruce and I discuss what Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has done to make NYC's tech sector more diverse and inclusive, and how Silicon Harlem plays a central role in that effort throughout the five boroughs.
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Have you ever wondered what ISPs do with data about how you spend your time online? The FCC recently proposed rules to improve how ISPs protect data they collect from lawful web activity.

Please join me and Sarah J. Morris, Senior Policy Counsel of New America's Open Technology Institute, who explains for us the types of information ISPs collect, how ISPs use that information, and how the FCC's rulemaking should be crafted to protect your lawful, private data from being exploited and abused.
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That "all these channels but nothing's on" feeling is all too familiar.

You pay approximately $231 per year to lease your set-top box from your cable company. By some estimates, cable companies earn as much as $20 billion in net profits from this arrangement.

In January, the FCC released proposed rules intended to open up the set-top box marketplace. If these rules pass, you'll have more set-top boxes to choose from, and actually own.

Since these set-top boxes would compete, at least in part, on the content that comes with them, an unintended benefit of the rules may mean you'll have access to even more content that is written, produced and performed by minorities and women.

In this episode, Brian Woolfolk and I discuss what the new set-top box rules could mean for consumers, set top box manufacturers like Apple TV, and diversity.

See you inside.
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Despite a growing body of research showing people can and do excel later in life, we live in a society that has a pecking order that is largely based on the decisions we made decades ago.

Without the right mindset and help from those who perceive your worth, it is easy to accept the labels others assign to you.

I can think of few other groups that are more stigmatized in our society than those who are or have been incarcerated.

When ex-convicts enter the workforce, employers simply do not care that the crime you committed happened 10 or 20 years ago or why you made the choices you made. They don't care how repentent and remorseful you are. To add insult to injury, while you were in prison, you've never even seen the internet, much less learned any skills that are in high demand.

Meet Beverly Parenti. In 2010, along with her husband, Chris Redlitz, serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur Beverly Parenti founded The Last Mile--a nonprofit specifically designed to help inmates learn the skills they need to enter the workforce as junior software engineers once they are released.

Listen as Beverly and I discuss The Last Mile and how she went from having very little empathy for inmates at all, to someone who is one of the leading advocates for those of us from whom society expects very little.
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My guest today is Victor Yocco. Victor is an expert in user experience (UX) design, but has also been doing a lot of advocacy around the role of alcoholism in the tech sector.

Alcohol looms large in Washington as well, where we attend countless events where the wine and beer are poured freely and it's easy to overdo it.

So, in this episode, you're going to hear about Victor's own struggle with alcohol and what you can do if you feel pressured to consume alcohol to get ahead in your workplace.

But you're also going to hear some tips you can implement immediately to use key psychological principles to help your content stand out. Victor has a new book out entitled "Design for the Mind: Seven Psychological Principles for Persuasive Design". And there's a coupon code at the end, so you're going to want to listen up for that.

So it's a bit of a mash-up this week, but combining seemingly unrelated topics is something I've been experimenting with lately.

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My guest today is New York Times Bestselling author Joseph Torres. In this episode, Joe and I discuss the historic underpinnings of today's toxic political dialogue and how the FCC's regulatory approach has for nine decades paved the way for hate speech against racial, ethnic and religious minorities and women.

The long and short of it is that it's nothing new. However, thankfully, the internet is still this amazing place where any of us can listen and be heard. So how do we protect it? Joe works day in and day out trying to answer that very question.
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It's not you. Real, systemic barriers prevent minorities and women from advancing in the tech sector, and you can call them out without being a "hater".

In this episode, Wayne Sutton and I discuss the statistics, how you can grow your network to smash through those barriers, and what the best tech companies are doing right to promote an inclusive work environment.

Whether you work in the tech sector or not, this is one episode you're not going to want to miss. See you inside!
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Have you ever spent hours writing a white paper that no one seems to read or cite to no matter how much you share it? Today, content marketing is 9/10ths of effective advocacy. No longer can you expect donors to give out of the goodness of their hearts. The harsh reality is that either you have an engaged audience, or you don't.

Fortunately, content marketing is something you can learn and excel at.

In a departure from the purely policy focus that characterizes most of my interviews, today's episode is tactical. Katja Schroeder, Managing Partner at Bloom PR and Adjunct Professor of International Marketing and Social Media Marketing at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, is here to help you get unstuck.

Your hard work deserves more attention. Here's your toolkit for going from zero to 60. See you inside.
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If you have ever tried to start a new career, a new business, or just move up in your current organization, you know that having the right mentor is CRITICAL.

It takes SO much courage to reach out to a potential mentor. And then, once you do, sometimes they either don't respond or their career trajectory is so wildly different from your own, that it's hard to imagine following the same path.

So you get stuck and go about your day-to-day for months, or even years, never finding a mentor because you came away discouraged from that initial experience.

Enter Natalie Cofield. Natalie is the embodiment of Gandhi's famous advice to "be the change you want to see in the world." Like many of us, Natalie struggled early in her career trying to find the right mentor. Although she was ultimately successful, it didn't come without an incredible amount of time and effort.

But once she achieved success, she never forgot how hard it was when she was just starting out. After a string of entrepreneurial successes, Natalie created Walker's Legacy, an organization that provides mentoring to new businesses, particularly women-owned businesses, in a way that removes barriers and empowers both mentors and mentees.

Whether you are just starting out, established in your careers, or looking to change careers, this one's for YOU, Insiders. Listen up!
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