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Jul 26, 2022

Leveling out the Gender Playing Field: What Needs to Change in IT Ops?

IT Ops needs more representation of women – and it has a long way to go.

Today's guest Brenda Standridge, former Regional Director Data Center Operations at Google, chats with Elias about running data centers at "Google" scale, how IT could get more attractive for women, and more.

What's in it for you:

  1. How IT Ops is changing in regard to the under-representation of women
  2. What companies can do to make technical operations teams and roles more attractive for women
  3. Brenda’s day-to-day as a regional director for data center technical operations
  4. The challenges with running data centers at “Google” scale
  5. Brenda’s number one leadership lesson for first-time leaders


About Brenda

Brenda's career in technology spans working in many industries and roles, including a startup and large hyperscale companies including IBM and most recently Google. Huge passion for infrastructure, hard work and growing large teams who deploy, support and maintain through the entire technology life cycle resulted in growth opportunities for promotion to regional director at Google Data Centers. This included responsibilities for a substantial portion of Google's worldwide capacity. Cares deeply about creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for those most underrepresented in technology related roles, with many of her own experiences being the "only one" in leadership roles.

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About the host

Elias is Director of International and Indirect Business at tribe29. He comes from a strategy consulting background, but has been an entrepreneur for the better part of the last 10 years. In his spare time, he likes to do triathlon.

Get in touch with Elias via LinkedIn or email: 



Music by Ströme, used by permission 

‚Panta Rhei‘ written by Mario Schoenhofer 

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