Cocktails, Culture, and Conversations

What started out as a tech podcast, turned into so much more! Let’s talk about all the things that we normally don’t as Black people. You can see why we might need the cocktails. Join Maine, Laurel, and David as the dive into a multitude of topics that are important to the culture.

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Conversation with Truine

Monday Apr 19, 2021

Monday Apr 19, 2021

In this Season 2 Finale of the the C3 podcast special guest Triune stops by the pod to talk about connections, the glory days of high school, and Hip Hop. 
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Wednesday Mar 31, 2021

The ultimate barbershop conversation. Who're the Top Ten rappers of all time? In part two of this conversation, David Rhodes and I go through our list. Join in on the conversation by texting the C3 Squad Hotline 909-487-8741.

Wednesday Mar 24, 2021

In this episode of the C3 podcast I get the chance to catch up with my fellow Aggie David Rhodes, and yeah did we catch up! A 4-hour conversation! Shout out to my editing team for helping me put this together. So having said that this is Part One of the conversation we had. From our time at A&T to the best concerts we've seen, and navigating careers, David and I have a pretty good convo. Check it out.

Wednesday Mar 10, 2021

This episode of the C3 podcast special guest Juliet Okafor stops by and we talk about how cybersecurity professionals can better work with the business, the b.s behind the Bootcamp race in Cybersecurity, and much more. 
Meet Juliet: 
Juliet Okafor, J.D., is a cybersecurity professional who has combined her knowledge of the legal system and cybersecurity solution models into success stories across fortune 500 industries throughout the USA. Her ability to scope, plan and design the creation of an OT Cybersecurity Management System framework for one of the largest cruise lines in the world is a testament to her commitment and leadership regardless of the challenge.
She is a passionate security solution visionary and strategist who builds the Fortune 500 enterprise’s overarching security strategy that governs all other smaller strategies within. She is the person who determines how to solve the company’s problem, be it vulnerability management, incident response, or reducing the risk associated with technology or vendors, and then puts a plan into action or roadmap to remediate the risks in place – using a combination of people, transforming operations and an array of emerging security technology. Juliet’s collaboration with key infrastructure cybersecurity leaders from the energy, manufacturing, maritime, transportation, and chemical sectors have led to realistic and integrated IT/OT cybersecurity programs with positive security results. The unique value of Juliet’s ability within the cybersecurity field is also evident in her relentless and dynamic approach to understanding the expectations, needs, and requirements of her clients in concert with providing the best cybersecurity technologies and services required.
Okafor has also helped build startup security organizations from the ground up, negotiating contracts, forging partnerships, selecting tools, leading strategic initiatives, and partnering with key customers and security stakeholders to create, identify, measure, and report the maturity of their enterprise security programs to senior leadership to justify the additional financial investment or demonstrate continuous improvement.
Juliet graduated from UMass-Amherst with a B.A. in Communication, Fordham University with an M.A. in Public Communication and Media Studies and received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University – Beasley School of Law.
She is currently the CEO of RevolutionCyber.

Wednesday Mar 03, 2021

In this episode of the C3 Podcast I sit down with Marcus Carey and talk about knowing your super power, being like Jay-Z, and the process of writing a book, and of course much more. 
Meet Marcus:
Marcus J. Carey is an Enterprise Architect at ReliaQuest where he does security research and product development. Prior to joining ReliaQuest, Marcus was the founder and CEO at Threatcare (acquired by ReliaQuest) and has 20 years of cybersecurity experience. Marcus has worked in penetration testing, incident response, and digital forensics with federal agencies such as NSA, DC3, DIA, and DARPA.

Wednesday Jan 27, 2021

This week on the C3 podcast special guests: Shameka Ottman and Darryl Foster swing by the pod to talk about a couple of things. One their company Nexus Federal. They give the behind the scenes story of how it came together, and what they want to accomplish going forward. We also get into the significance of HBCU's and the impact it's had on their lives and careers. And of course, we wrap up with the Last Sip and talk about legacy. 
Meet Shameka: 
Shameka has over 16 years of experience working in the intelligence community as both a Systems and Software engineer.  Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management from The George Washington University.
Shameka excels in providing end-to-end solutions to meet customer needs by utilizing best practices for COTS integration, front-end UI/UX development, middle-tier Java development, AWS solutions integration, and leveraging existing enterprise capabilities to provide complete solutions for our core customers. As co-founder of Nexus Federal Inc., she leads talent acquisition and business processes within the organization.
Meet Darryl:
Darryl has spent his entire 16-year working career contracting with the federal government in various roles from configuration management through every phase of the software development life cycle, with a significant focus on software development. Foster's past experience with software development technologies includes Ruby on Rails, Java desktop and web applications, JavaScript and libraries such as jQuery and Vuejs, along with Oracle, MySql and PostgreSQL relational databases.
Darryl is originally from Newark, NJ and grew up in College Park, GA just outside of Atlanta. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. He has lived in Alexandria, VA since 2004 and spends his free time working on software projects to keep his skills current. He also plays the saxophone in the Main Street Community Band with the City of Fairfax Band Association.

Conversation with Dutch Schwartz

Wednesday Jan 20, 2021

Wednesday Jan 20, 2021

This week I sit down with my buddy Dutch Scwartz and just catch upon all the things. We talk about music, security, and even Bruce Lee! And of course, we end the episode with the world-famous "Last Sip" in which we get a chance to hear what Dutch want's his legacy to be. Cocktails of the day: Old Fashioned. 
Meet Dutch:
Dutch Schwartz has more than 20 years of experience in technology from startups to the world’s largest companies. He’s recognized as a thought leader in cybersecurity and his LinkedIn content has over 130k views in 2020. A sought-after speaker, he has been a panelist on popular podcasts including CISO Series, Security Metrics, CISOlife, CyberHub, Conversations with Dr. Cybersecurity, and the EC-Council.  Having worked with more than 50 CISOs of Fortune 500 companies to create cybersecurity solutions, he understands the evolution of CISO responsibilities and the challenges which security teams face.  Dutch holds a Master’s of Business Administration in Global Management and was a strategy and planning officer in the US Army.  He melds his formal training with his practical experience in cybersecurity to develop cloud security strategies for customers of Amazon Web Services.

Conversation with JaNae Johnson

Wednesday Jan 13, 2021

Wednesday Jan 13, 2021

I absolutely could not wait to have this conversation! This is legit one of the few podcasts I actually planned the topic of conversation. I knew JeNae would bring the passion, insight, and just all around a great conversation that would be fun, and inspiring! In this episode, we talk about JeNae's mission to eradicate systemic racism in corporate culture, her beloved Howard University, and what it was like hearing the news about Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, and of course the question everyone is asked on this podcast. What does JeNae want her legacy to be?
Meet JaNae:
I rescue geniuses. This is the mantra and belief that JeNae Johnson operates as a leading consultant. Starting with the premise that everyone has genius within them, JeNae equips leaders and teams with proper tools, guidance, strategy and courage to accomplish their business objectives. 
Her approach to forging a path for racial equity in the workplace is no different. Leaning into her experience in behavior change, JeNae leverages proven methodologies and strategies to help companies build equitable workplaces. She partners with executives and ERG leaders to gauge the effectiveness of current DEI initiatives and identify specific focus areas for change. 
She created Bold x Brave Conversations(TM)—a facilitated workshop for leaders to start engaging their teams in productive conversations about race and disparity that ultimately lead to strategic action. 
JeNae’s team at CTM Unlimited has also created a strategic framework known as Project Equity to help organizations define the future state for an equitable workplace and create short term and long term strategies to build and sustain equity and inclusion for its workforce. 

Conversation with Aubrey Turner

Wednesday Jan 06, 2021

Wednesday Jan 06, 2021

This week I sit down with Aubrey Turner, Executive Advisor Ping Identity. Aubrey and I discuss his journey into the Cybersecurity space, his love of going fast, and the importance of having a platform as a person of color. Oh, and he also issues a little challenge to yours truly. Enjoy!
Meet Aubrey
Aubrey Turner – Executive Advisor, Ping Identity
Career BIO - Highlights
Aubrey Turner has extensive background in successfully delivering strategic, enterprise cybersecurity solutions to Fortune 1000 companies that address business problems, strengthens organizations, reduces risk, and delivers positive business outcomes. Aubrey has demonstrated rapport and consensus building with key stakeholders. Additionally, he has proven leadership, communication, management, collaboration, and sales skills. Aubrey's background is comprised of the following:
20 years of cybersecurity experience comprisingOver 12 years in identity access management starting in the early 2000s through the present (Deloitte/FishNet Security/Optiv/Ping Identity)
Five years of experience in data security (governance/DLP) and privacy
Multi-domain experience also includes risk management, BCP/DRP, network/software security, application security, threat, and vulnerability management
20 years of customer-facing strategic advisory consulting, implementation, and solution sales experience
Experience covering financial services, healthcare, retail, software, telecom, and other sectors
Hold the following certifications: CISSP, CIPP, CISA, and CRISC

Wednesday Dec 16, 2020

This week I sit down with Co-Founders Savitha Bilgikar and Roopa Chowbey of Formmi Inc. We talk about the process of starting a company, diversity and inclusion in the tech field, and their cover profile in CIO Review Magazine!
Meet Savitha and Roopa:
Roopa Chowbey, President and Founder
Roopa has over 22 years of experience in Information Technology, the most recent 10+ years have been in Security, Access, and Risk Management. Roopa has a breadth of experience in Media, Federal, Higher Ed, Financial, and supply chain industries, solving business problems with technology solutions. She has architected solutions and implemented Enterprise applications for HR, Supply Chain, Finance, Risk & Compliance, and Information Security. 
Roopa has initiated and managed Global IAM programs with a high rate of success at multiple organizations, starting from assessment, roadmap planning, vendor selection, project planning and implementation. She has helped organizations save money and increase productivity by implementing global Identity and Access Management programs from scratch within a few months, leading M&A integrations and enabling Compliance/ Attestation campaigns.
Roopa has an MBA in Global Management from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Roopa is ITIL certified and is a member of ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association).
Savitha Bilgikar, Founder and Chief Operating officer
Savitha brings over 20 years of experience in Information Technology as a corporate leader as well as an entrepreneur. For the last 10+ years her focus has been program & portfolio management, process improvement, risk management and customer engagements. With her deep expertise in solving business problems with technology solutions, she has successfully managed and implemented enterprise applications for marketing, insurance, supply chain, finance, retail, higher education, risk & compliance, and information security. 
Savitha has led IAM programs with a high rate of success at multiple organizations, starting from pre-sales, professional services engagement, roadmap alignment, program management and implementation. She is known for her calm demeanor and keeping pulse on customer engagements. Savitha’s leadership has helped organizations save cost and increase productivity by implementing robust & streamlined engagement process for Identity and Access Management programs. Savitha has hands on experience managing IAM applications from leading vendors such as SailPoint and has led enterprise risk & change management boards for large insurance company. 
Savitha has a Master’s in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical & Electronics engineering. Savitha is PM, BA and ITIL certified and a member of PMI, IIBA and ISACA. Outside of work she is involved with multiple non-profit organizations.


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The C3 podcast started as an idea for me to share the amazing conversations I had with my friends with the world. Real conversations about issues in the tech space, diversity and inclusion, and just life in general. The C3 Squad has grown around the world, and I'm excited to keep growing the podcast and welcoming more members. 

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