In linguistics, “code switching” is the practice of alternating between two different languages within one conversation. People do this conversationally to try to fit in, or to help the other party understand the context of their message.
In her Tedx Orlando talk, “The Cost of Code Switching,” Chandra Arthur discusses growing up black in America, and how she was taught from a very young age to code switch to be taken more seriously. The tech founder and CEO of an app called Friendish, Arthur explains how this practice, while critical for black people to be seen as a “non-threatening person of color,” is actually a danger to true diversity. People who are societally expected to code switch, spend more time focused on learning how to speak to fit in than they do living, creating businesses, or solving community problems.
Seena Hodges believes that racial equity is the defining issue of our time. Not only does she believe this, she has built her consulting company, “The Woke Coach” around the idea of helping other companies ensure their environments are more diverse and inclusive. No matter the industry, including our local MN tech scene, there are inequities in hiring processes and retainment when it relates to marginalized groups, and Hodges aims to change that.
Via News Release
MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FISION Corporation (OTCQB: FSSN), a leading provider of cloud-based digital asset management, sales enablement, and agile marketing technologies, announces the resignation of Mike Brown as CEO and President of FISION Corporation. Laurence Mascera, who has been serving as the companies Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed CEO and President on an interim basis.
According to the most recent NCWIT data, women comprised only 17% of all computer hardware engineers as of 2017. Most of us have heard this phenomena referred to as the, “Gender Gap” in technology, and the people coordinating the upcoming “Hack the Gap” event are motivated to do something about it.
Zapier (think, “happier”) came onto the scene only eight short years ago. They had 15 employees, all working to create a product that would make their customer’s lives easier. Their idea? Create a software that would allow disparate web applications the ability to communicate with each other and automate tasks for users. And that is exactly what they’ve done. Next week, they will be bringing their global-team to Minneapolis for an annual company retreat and hiring fair.
Via Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal | Mark Reilly
“Omar Ishrak, who has led Medtronic as CEO since 2011 and guided the med-tech giant through some of its biggest-ever moves, will step down next spring.
Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) has named Geoff Martha, currently leader of the company’s restorative therapies group, as Ishrak’s successor. The transition will start this fall as Martha becomes Medtronic’s president — a newly created executive role — leading the company’s operating groups and regions and joining the board of directors.”
Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. Announces Former U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen Joins Board of Directors
Via News Release
ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI®) (NASDAQ: CSII), a medical device company developing and commercializing innovative interventional treatment systems for patients with peripheral and coronary artery disease, today announced the addition of independent board member Erik Paulsen. He replaces director Scott Bartos, who is retiring from the board after seven years of service. The CSI board continues to have seven directors, six of whom are independent.”
Via Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
“Accenture’s board of directors announced yesterday that Julie Sweet has been appointed chief executive officer effective Sept. 1. She will also join the board of the multinational professional services company.
Sweet, 51, will join the ranks of the 33 women who head major corporations as of June 1, a record-high number that still represents just 6.6 percent of the chief executives at top-grossing firms.”
Via News Release
“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) announced today that Jeff Tollefson will serve as its next president, effective August 5, 2019. Tollefson was most recently the chief strategic growth officer of Genesys Works, a $25 million workforce development non-profit, and is a well-known member of the Twin Cities technology community.”
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When did you start your finance career and within the tech industry?
My first finance role after graduating from college in Denver was with Ernst & Young in 1993. My goal just was to get some public accounting and CPA out of the way but just one year into that I met some people working on SurVivaLink that was seed funded by Medtronic.
I joined as a controller, employee number 10, which was my introduction to the technology industry. In 2013, I left medical device and started doing contract CFO work with AVL Partners, now known as GO Intellectual Capital.