Chanté Thurmond is a D&I Talent Strategist who partners with emerging tech startups, digital health innovation companies, and VC firms throughout the U.S. helping them attract, retain and engage top talent.
Chanté’s interests are full-bodied, eclectic and reflective of her entrepreneurial spirit. In 2018 she founded The Darkest Horse, a next-gen consultancy exploring the intersections of radical inclusion, the future of work, emerging technology, and health, well-being, and human potential.
Chanté is also a Contributing Writer at Futurithmic, a new digital publication powered by NOKIA that explores the implications of emerging tech (such as 5G and IoT). In addition, she serves as a consultant and trusted advisor to a handful of small businesses, social impact organizations and early-stage startups throughout N. America.
Her background is anchored in Organizational Development, Social Innovation, Health & Well-being, and Community Engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Mount Mercy University and an M.A. from St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN. Chanté is a proud mother of twins and Iowa native who now considers the community of Evanston (IL) home.
April 9th, 2020 | 53 mins 7 secs
In this special episode of Greater Than Code, several of our panelists have a candid conversation about the current COVID-19 situation, how it has been affecting them personally, and how they believe it will affect the tech industry as a whole. Discussion topics include how it feels both to be working and unemployed during the pandemic, productivity while quarantined, the effect on WFH and conference culture, the current political climate, and human resiliency in the face of the unknown.
April 1st, 2020 | 52 mins 35 secs
Ruben Harris talks about Career Karma, the benefits of being underestimated, how the fire lit inside him, the origin of Career Karma and how they secured funding, the Career Karma team, and what’s on the horizon for Career Karma.
March 18th, 2020 | 41 mins 18 secs
The panelists discuss the importance of resilience; not only in the tech industry but in life itself. They apply resilience to leadership, discuss the difference between resilience and sustainability, relate it to leadership and diversity and inclusion, and discuss the price we pay for not prioritizing resilience.
February 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
Dr. Kortney Ziegler talks about the Appolition app: an app that helps users turn spare change into bail money for those in need across the USA. He also talks about his involvement with Trans*H4CK, and his future plans and endeavors for when he leaves tech.
January 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 2 mins
Phil Wheeler talks about making the move from software engineer to into management, how he came into the GTC community, commonalities between the US and NZ, the life science software experience, determining if one should get into management, the parallels of management and parenting, working from home or the office, overcoming impostor syndrome, empathy for managers and employees, and his thoughts for the future.
January 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
Kim Crayton talks about continuously validating her space as a black woman, how the system was built to harm and oppress black women, white feminism being bullsh*t, being a strategist, #causeascene, price asymmetry, her six-step process, strategies for developing other technical skills, and defining racism.
December 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 27 mins
Bärí A. Williams talks about intersectionality and culture, gentrification, being born and raised in Oakland, connecting to your roots, unintended consequences, who’s job is it to educate school children about bias, diversity or inclusion, and taking space or making space.
December 11th, 2019 | 42 mins 15 secs
The panelists talk about the thermodynamics of the Twitterverse. This includes getting sucked into Twitter vortexes, dynamics of human emotion, creating safe spaces for emotionally charged conversations, radical inclusion, overidentification, digital activism, tribal dynamics, having the right to rage, changing frequencies of people, call-out culture, and that ultimately: everyone is human.
December 10th, 2019 | 12 mins 10 secs
On this day in Paris in 1948, the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that sets out the fundamental rights and privileges of all people and all nations. In honor of the anniversary of this document, the panelists of Greater Than Code have come together to share their reading of the document with all of you.
December 4th, 2019 | 59 mins 3 secs
Lauren Maffeo talks about bias in AI, how the media affects people’s perception of AI, concerns of small to midsize businesses pertaining to AI, how to mitigate bias in AI, ethics in AI, fairness vs. accuracy in algorithms, preventing bias in AI, working remotely, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
October 16th, 2019 | 49 mins 32 secs
Philip Wadler talks about Programming Language Foundations in Agda, using a proof assistant, specifications, and how to translate abstract concepts so practitioners can use them.
October 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
Amir Rajan talks about having sensitivity to development pain, developer productivity, optimizing local maxima, and game development.
September 18th, 2019 | 58 mins 43 secs
Jacob Stoebel joins GTC as an official panelist and talks about neurodiversity in workplaces, driving desire to learn things, personal automation, and storycrafting and succession planning.
September 4th, 2019 | 37 mins 1 sec
Amber Conville gives the 411 on all things Self.-related like the evolution and background, the transparency of conference metrics, partnering with organizations, navigating the conference organization world, and past conference highlights.
July 31st, 2019 | 48 mins 16 secs
The panelists talk about blame: perspectives on blame, blamelessness, postmortems/incident reviews, the fact that systems are benign, survival rules, and gaining EQ and inward exploration.
June 19th, 2019 | 1 hr 4 mins
Saron Yitbarek talks about what it means to be an expert in “Newbie-ism”, explores the idea that coding is a reflection of people, and shares why lexicon and creating a shared language amongst a community matters.