We sat down to speak with Dr. Rajni Agarwal-Hashmiabout her work in stem cell transplant for children and how they go from the bench to the bedside in treating their patients. She is Associate Prof & Medical Director, Pediatric Cell Transplant Program, Stanford Children’s Health.
Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi’s developed an interest in stem cell or cord cell transplant in the 1980s after listening to a talk by a doctor in India. She eventually came to the US and worked at the National Institute of Health with Dr. Arhtur Neinhuis and Dr. Cynthia Dunbar. She went on to work at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. She helped establish a research lab on stem cells at the hospital.
We were curious to find out what led Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi to pursue a career in medicine? How did she prepare for a career in medicine? What was the role of her parents? What advice did her mother give that prompted her to pursue a career in pediatrics? What were the challenges she overcame when went to medical school? Tune in to find out.
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Meet Devika Chawla, Engineering Director at Netflix and a music composer and singer. I sat down with her to find out how she developed and nurtured her interests in science, especially computer programming and music from a young age.How did her parents help shape her interests? Why did she elect to study computer engineering at George Town University? What brought her to Silicon Valley in the 1990s?How did she get to work with Hans Zimmer for Apple’s iMovie app? How does she balance her passion for computer engineering and music?
Chawla is trained in Indian classical (Hindustani) music. She has released a handful of music records and worked with various musicians like Bohemia, a San Francisco Bay area rapper and Amaan Ali Khan & Ayaan Ali Khan, sarod musicians from India.
Danielle Applestone is CEO of Other Machine Co., a hardware company that makes desktop milling machine called Other Mill. The company is based in Berkeley and manufactures its desktop milling machines locally in San Francisco Bay area.
We sat down to speak to Applestone on how she developed in interest in math and science from an early age. Her parents encouraged her interest in math and science and she learnt to fix things around the house as a young girl says Applestone. She went to a magnet school in Arkansas and decided to study chemical engineering.
We also spoke about her journey from Arkansas to Boston where she studied chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Turns out she really did not want to study chemical engineering, and her interest was in material science. She then headed south to Texas to get her PhD in Material Science from University of Texas at Austin.
She was interviewing for a job at Tesla in Silicon Valley, when she switched her plans and went to work at Other Machine Co. She has helped raise money for the company and is focussed on building and expanding Other Machine’s footprint.
What advice does Applestone have for young girls? Tune in to find out Applestone’s very practical advice on how to hack the system and become an effective player.
Hannah Kain studied International Relations in Denmark and was interested in politics. So, how did she end up in Silicon Valley? And how did she end up founding a company in the manufacturing space? We spoke to Kain about her journey from Denmark to Silicon Valley and the challenges she faced in running her company. What is her leadership style? What did she learn from her parents? Tune into to find out the one page business plan she shares with her team and how that helps them navigate through the year and achieve their goals.
LISTEN: HANNAN KAIN CEO OF ALOM ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND LEADERSHIP
This interview is part of our Women in Science and Tech series and was originally aired on TV in California and Massachusetts.
Hannah Kain is the President and CEO of ALOM Technologies Inc, a Silicon Valley manufacturing company. Her clients include Fortune 50 companies like Ford Motor Company.
We spoke to Kain about her unusual journey from majoring in liberal arts in Denmark to founding a manufacturing company in Silicon Valley. We had lot of questions about her journey and why she chose the manufacturing sector. How did she do it? What propelled her to start a manufacturing company? What is her leadership style? How does she lead her team? Tune in to find out.
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Banerjee was drawn to science and math right from her childhood. She majored in Physics at IIT, Kanpur and came to study in America. She got a PhD in physics and was working on a post-doctorate when a chance conversation changed her life and career. It was serendipity that brought her to Silicon Valley and the world of startups. Banerjee is the Chief Product Officer at Eros Now, the digital division of Eros International the largest integrated studio for Bollywood films. How did a physicist become a Chief Product Officer? We have the answers for this and other question in our upcoming interview with Banerjee.
Hannah Kain is the President and CEO of ALOM Technologies, a global supply chain company in Silicon Valley. Kain studied International Relations in Denmark before she came to the US. So, how did she go from her liberal arts major background to founding a supply chain company that counts Fortune 500 companies as its clients? What prompted her to start a global supply chain and take her into the world of manufacturing? Tune back in to find out Kain’s style of leadership and how she works with her team to execute and deliver to her clients.
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