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The Elephant In the Room Podcast
Gigantic Tech stories that Inspire
Unusual and Unheard stories
in technology with an emphasis
Hosted by Carey Pena with Brett Helgeson.
The Adopt Technologies Elephant in the Room Podcast is focused on unusual and unheard stories in technology. Every month, we bring you breaking tech news both in Arizona and around the world, insight into new innovations, and unusual tech stories that inspire from voices not often heard and stories not often told. Every week our guests embody one of the core values that makes Adopt so different from every other tech company.
Your Host, Carey Pena
Current and Upcoming shows
available on multiple platforms.
Season Two shows
Breaking the Barriers of Entry with Eva Kuehnert
Eva Kuehnert's career path has been challenging over the years, and that has been by her own doing. Starting in banking, Eva soon found she needed a change. She received her Master's Degree in Economics and landed a position at Google, where her tech career began. Eva flourished from hard work and a company environment that celebrated your ideas no matter how outrageous they seemed.
Tammy McLeod: Nurturing the Science Future of Arizona
Tammy Mcleod is CEO of Arizona’s Flinn Foundation, a ($300M) privately endowed nonprofit foundation dedicated to advancing biosciences, civic leadership, higher education, and the arts. As CEO, she oversees the bioscience strategic roadmap for the state of Arizona.
Jenny Poon: Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneurial Agent of Change
Jenny Poon is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of two resources that have changed the face of entrepreneurism: HUUB a city-wide virtual platform for entrepreneurs for on-demand training and access to experts available for free through the support of participating city's funding and Co-Hoots a purpose-driven co-working and entrepreneur center.
Technology to Help Overcome Social Anxiety
Ever gotten a tummy ache thinking about a social event? Does meeting new people scare you? Our guest Shideh Doerr is the founder and inventor of JabberYak - a unique combination of technology and real world solutions to help get people talking--because when people connect, communities form.
Season One shows
How Vertical Farming is Changing the World with Sam Bertram
1.1 billion people began this millennium hungry. This is the unsettling fact that started two brothers on a journey.
What began as a college thesis is emerging to be one of the most groundbreaking technologies to impact farming, and global food production since the invention of the tractor. But that's not enough for our guest Sam Bertram, the co-founder of OnePointOne--a revolutionary vertical farming technology company.
Breaking barriers with African Space Lawyer Dr. Timiebi Aganaba
Dr. Timiebi Aganaba has a fascinating resume and an inspiring story that has brought her to where her life is today. She is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society with a courtesy appointment at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the Space Generation Advisory Council supporting the United Nations.
A Futurist From The Heart with Francine Hardaway
Francine Hardaway, Ph.D., is a Phoenix Icon. She is a rockstar entrepreneur and seasoned communications strategist. As co-founder of Stealthmode Partners, she brings people and companies together to help those starting a new business, while serving as a coach to those wishing to be their best entrepreneurs.
Meet Adopt Technologies' CEO Brett Helgeson
As the leader of Adopt Technologies, President, CEO, and Managing Partner Brett Helgeson talks about the intention behind the Elephant in the Room Podcast. We'll hear how celebrating Giant Tech Stories not often heard is in line with the core values of Adopt and what role Brett sees the company plays in the advancement of those working to make the world a better place through technology.
Dive deeper into the
tech stories that matter.
Each week we interview a guest that embodies one of our cherished core values:
Creating a nurturing environment
Enabling growth and achievement
Relentless care and concern for customers
Mentorship - no one is left behind
Innovation that maximizes an investment or changes the world
Security and being proactive about protecting ourselves and the world
Integrity: ethical, honest, and respectful behavior at all levels
Teamwork - Umbutu - I am because WE ARE
Caring - Fostering empathy, inclusion, and solutions that lift people
Herd Mentality - Leadership at its best
Each week our current guest will be added to
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