Jodi Boone is a Product Manager 2 for Microsoft’s Azure platform, a cloud computing platform for application management via Microsoft-managed data centers. Jodi graduated graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science in 2020.
Erin Chapple is a product and technology executive who delivers multibillion-dollar revenues through innovation, product leadership and technology acumen. She leads Microsoft Azure Core product and design. Erin has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science – Coaching and Consulting in Organizations.
Jodi and Erin share their experience as a mentor and mentee. They talk about their experience from their different perspectives. Erin as an experienced executive who has been in the industry for many years and Jodi as an entry level computer science graduate. Jodi and Erin connected at a SheHacks hackathon which was the beginning of a series of conversations and eventually developed into a mentoring relationships.
We talk about the benefits of mentoring, not just for the mentee but also for the mentor and how a mentorship resembles dating…a thread that weaves itself throughout our conversation. Erin and Jodi’s mentoring relationship was built over time and has been instrumental in guiding Jodi as she started her career and pivoted to a new focus shortly after entering the job market.
We also talk about the importance of networking and the difference between sponsorships and mentorships.
Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio
Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check
SheHacks+ is Canada’s biggest all-female and non-binary 36 hour hackathon, which aims to help individuals who are subject to gender discrimination realize they belong in tech. (https://shehacks.ca)
SCRUM – a framework for project management, with an initial emphasis on software development, although it has been used in other fields including research, sales, marketing and advanced technologies. It is designed for teams of ten or fewer members, who break their work into goals that can be completed within time-boxed iterations, called sprints, no longer than one month and most commonly two weeks. (wikipedia)
Microsoft Azure – The Azure cloud platform is more than 200 products and cloud services designed to help you bring new solutions to life—to solve today’s challenges and create the future. Build, run, and manage applications across multiple clouds, on-premises, and at the edge, with the tools and frameworks of your choice. (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/cloud-computing-dictionary/what-is-azure/)