S2 Ep 3: Career development, digital networking and diversity in the Silicon Valley, with Giselle Galper

How can you leverage technology for career development? Why is digital networking important? How can a digital app improve diversity?

In S2 Ep 3 of “The Digitalization & Diversity” podcast , I had the pleasure to chat with Giselle Galper, a Silicon Valley based entrepreneur on the topic of “Career development, digital networking and diversity in the Silicon Valley”.

Giselle is the founder of Chea Seed, a digital application that aims to make expert career help accessible for diverse groups of people. In this episode, Giselle shares best practices on leveraging technology and digitalization to plan your career, to set career goals and seek mentors and sponsors. We discuss how internal and external biases and socialization experiences drive the differences between how men and women approach career development. We share why networking in the digital space is getting important especially as we enter into a new chapter of the pandemic, and some tips and tricks on forming valuable connections through digital networking.

We close the episode with thoughts on existing diversity in the Silicon Valley and where there are still gaps in terms of gender, age and diversity of backgrounds.


About Giselle Galper:

Giselle Galper aims to make expert career help accessible: quick, easy, and low-cost. As the daughter of an Argentine immigrant, who went to college while Giselle was growing up, Giselle saw firsthand how difficult it could be for a Latina woman to advance in her career. While a General Counsel and balancing the life of mom and professional, Giselle started giving talks to groups of women about how to negotiate their pay and navigate through and around bias. Frustrated that there was no way to give people encouragement and additional learning after her talks, Giselle started looking for a career app to solve the problem. Unable to find one, Giselle embarked on the journey of learning how to build a career app to do just this.

Now she is the founder of chea seed, a career fitness tracker that helps users up their career game with small 1 to 2-minute personalized actions. Chea seed is available now in the App Store and Google Play.

About Adya Kumar:
Adya is a tech enthusiast, engineer, project manager, and an inhouse consultant for a leading logistics company. She has a passion for solving problems through the use of technology and is a strong supporter of digitalization as an enabler to grow and sustain diversity in businesses.
In 2021, she founded “The Digitalization & Diversity Podcast” with the mission to create engagement and raise awareness on the power of Digitalization to improve Diversity. Through this platform, Adya shares insights, personal stories and digital journeys of diverse people. The podcast has been downloaded in over 50 countries across Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts.
Adya has lived and worked in diverse environments in India, France, USA, UK and Germany and traveled to 40+ countries. Today, she calls Bonn (Germany) her home of choice.


Links and mentions:

Website:  www.cheaseed.com

IG: @cheaseedapp

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