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If you, or someone you know, is a woman in the mobile/wireless industry or aspires to be, this discussion is a must listen! Joining host Melissa Birnie are two phenomenal women who have had remarkable careers in the tech industry. Conversation topics include the shortage of women involved in the mobile and wireless tech industry, advice for women seeking career growth in tech, and participation in organizations such as MTAM, Inforum or others, and much more. Join us!
Janette Phillips is Business Development Director for Chrysalis Global Consulting, Chairperson of MTAM's statewide Women in Mobile Tech Advisory Council, and former Executive Director of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology.
Kim Green-Kerr is Regional Vice President for the West Region for Sprint’s General Business division and brings to the position over 23 years’ experience in sales, management and leadership. In her previous role, Kim ran sales and distribution for the General Business sales and regional marketing organizations for the North and Midwest Regions and also was Area Vice President for the Michigan/Northwest Ohio Market.
We expect our wireless devices to work everywhere. The thought of not being connected is disappointing to some and terrifying to others. After all, whatever would we do if we couldn’t access social media, email, or call to check on the kids as we walk to the next business meeting? Few people contemplate the reason their wireless device does work in building basements, hospitals, and many other buildings. Thankfully, in these instances, someone saw the need to increase signal strength and paid to have that signal enhanced or rebroadcast. RF Connect, based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, is the recognized leader in the design, deployment and support of high performance unified wireless systems, mobile solutions and applications. They set the standard in wireless and mobile solutions, design and deployment expertise through partnering with industry leaders across the entire RF spectrum. Join host Melissa Birnie as she talks with Jeff Hipchen (recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine as a “40 under 40” business leader), and currently Executive Vice President of RF Connect, to learn more about RF Connect, their services, and what sets them apart from others in this field.
On Monday, June 22nd, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan will launch the Women in Mobile Tech Advisory Council with a mission ‘to support women through access to educational forums, networking, mentoring, technical training, resources, scholarships, and more, with a primary focus on professional women currently working with, or interested in working with, these technologies in any industry.
With a lack of mobile/wireless tech-trained talent available, and universities unable to turn out trained graduates fast enough to meet the demands of Michigan-based firms and branches of national and international firms located here, identifying ways to engage more women in the space as a potential solution to this staffing shortage is an area of focus by a wide variety of regional employer groups, educational institutions, economic development organizations, and non-profits. The Women in Mobile Tech Advisory Council will be the resource to pull together the various stakeholders and resources focused on this issue to connect talent, interest and opportunity.
The launch of the Women in Mobile Tech Advisory Council will feature an incredible panel of women leaders in the mobile/wireless tech space from a cross-section of industries to address this topic, as well as discuss their own journey's to achieving success in this field. Join host Melissa Birnie and guest, Linda Daichendt, MTAM Exeutive Director, to learn more about the Women in Mobile Tech Advisory Council, what you can expect to learn at the launch event, and what this Council expects to do for women in Michigan to enable them to utilize these technologies for career/business growth.
[Due tech difficuties, there is a 5-min audio blackout. You can fast-foward when this happens.]
Sometimes the obvious solution to a broadband challenge is right there in front of a community. Like money. Waverly, IA realized that not just one but THREE local banks held the key to the city's fundraising success. While some communities are stressing out over funding sources, financial institutions could be the linchpin that get many public networks off the ground.
Who better than local banks and credit unions are served by the economic impact of broadband? New employers moving in, existing companies hiring, increasing property values, people staying in town - when economies thrive, banks prosper. Darrel Wenzel, General Manager of Waverly Utilities, explains how their financial institutions came to be partners in the city's broadband development. He also gives tips to communities that see this strategy potentially playing out well for their constituents.
Iowa is a hub of excitement these days, with Waverly being the third gigabit city in the state to move forward. The city is hot on the trail of high-speed Internet, cable and phone services for both residents and businesses. Waverly Utilities and city officials are pleased that general taxpayers and ratepayers are not at risk as revenue bonds have been secured and will be paid back by broadband subscribers.
Fire adorns the mountain.
The highest standards
Are quietly revealed.
Success is achieved without litigation.
The mountain is still.
It is your symbol for this moment.
The mountain attempts to change nothing,
Yet its form and strength of presence
Brings awe with no effort.
This is Lana ... and I apologize for Da Coconut Wireless Show's radio silence these past two weeks. My Dad transitioned June 1st and the shock from his sudden passing took me and my entire family by surprise. Such events have a way of teaching us the hardest life lessons with undeniable certainty. My Dad's message to everyone is to reevaluate your relationships because each holds value and weight in your life. Reinforce your relationships with clear communication and understanding borne of compassion in your Now because we shall not pass this way again on this part of our Journey.
If you enjoy our programming and wish to learn more about our Halau, I invite you to visit us at https://spreadaloha.wordpress.com. Have a joyous week!
MTAM and Medical Main Street are presenting a Mobile Health (mhealth) Symposium for Mobile/Wireless Technology Professionals on April 23rd. This event, and mHealth overall, will be the focus for this week's episode. (Information on attending the event can be found at http://dld.bz/d9PXH)
Join Michigan Mobile Musings host, Melissa Birnie and her guest, Keith Brophy, tech entrepreneur and recently appointed State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Centers, on Tuesday, April 14th at 9:00 a.m. for a special sneak preview before the Symposium. Discussions will include healthcare industry needs and the opportunity those needs create for mobile/wireless tech firms in Michigan. Keith offers a unique insight into mobile health - past, present and future. Prior to his current role at the Michigan Small Business Development Center Keith served as CEO of Ideomed, Inc.; a Spectrum Health technology venture that developed the Abriiz mobile app for smartphones and tablets that is used to manage medical conditions such as diabetes, COPD, congestive heart failure, childhood obesity, as well as palliative care. Positions previous to Ideomed, Inc. include President of Business Development at NuSoft Solutions and CEO/co-founder of Sagestone Consulting. Keith began his career at IBM Federal Systems and Systems Integration divisions working on a wide variety of forward looking technologies. If mHealth is an area of interest for you, this is a show you don't want to miss!
The weather is definitely warming up and it feels like Home! Enjoy another wonderful weekend with family and friends riding Da Coconut Wireless!
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Developing relationships with elected officials and city government staff is critical to any muni network marketing plan, both locally and at the state level. For many communities, public networks are bipartisan efforts. At the state level, however, getting both sides of the aisle to come together behind these networks produces mixed results.
The city of Sandy Oregon has a very stellar relationship between City staff, elected officials and constituents. City IT Director Joe Knapp and Sandy Council President Jeremy Peitzold tell us what works for them while offering other communities some perspectives to consider.
how do city staff and city council form consensus defining the goals, getting funding and planning marketing;
everybody wants the network built in their area first, and but political tensions can build because somebody has to be last;
what do you do when one or two opponents of the network are one city council;
is public networks’ role in economic development the key to legislative good will.
It's Summertime and another Aloha Friday ... and as we wind down another week, it's time to take your hair down (or unbutton that top button on your dress shirt) and relax because its Kanikapila time!! So give yourself a moment to breathe a sigh of relief, relax to our Island mele and smile. It's time to enjoy the company of the folks around you and especially your precious 'Ohana ... because relationships and communication with all who cross your path is the way to Oneness in A-LO-HA! Enjoy a safe and joyous weekend, Folks!!
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It's going to get technical. Don't worry because Ms. Computer Lady has you covered. You've heard of everything from wireless Internet to IP to routers to servers to wireless integration to wireless printing. Actually, have YOU heard of these terms or not? In case the answer is no to anyone of them, let all the business, nonprofit, faith-based, individual, and other entities stop by, have their notepads (for those who still use them), their smartphones, their tablets, their social media connections, have this podcast can be shared in the cloud/online drive devices, have touch screen tools, have wireless thumpdrives/jumpdrives hooked up early, etc. because Ms. Computer Lady is about to BREAK IT DOWN.
Yes a lot is going on during Easter, though some will be referring to it as Resurrection Sunday. Nevertheless, the dynamics of computers and technology continue to update and change how everything operates around us. Will it stop? No. That's why this show is crucial and vital. There will also be music featured that signifies the importance of Easter. Spread the word and make sure to tune in.
These days, more than ever before, an intensification of energies is available that compels us to consciously collaborate in waking up out of the dream of separation. It’s a new frequency that demands our yes, because nothing less will do if we are to successfully survive and thrive, both as individuals and as a species. This yes has nothing to do with willfulness; it’s not a big shout of “I can do it.” On the contrary, it’s a profoundly silent yes that chooses to meet life from the luminous wholeness of an inner dimension of consciousness.
Rooted in the stillness of our being-nature, what is so unspiritual about opening to the movement of our life’s journey? Authentic awakening is not static; it’s a fresh moment-to-moment awareness of that which is unfolding within our direct experience. And what’s unfolding for so many of us within contemporary culture is an increasing complexity, interconnectivity, and creativity at an exponential rate. Today we have the opportunity to become so much more than previous generations had ever dreamt of: for most of us, there are more resources, more technologies, more information, and more wisdom available to us. What is so unspiritual about opening to embrace this evolutionary movement of our becoming-ness?
Let's explore the scenery on this leg of our Journey together in today's session of Da Coconut Wireless show!
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