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Meet Kachelle Zachery:
Writer and Director Kachelle Zachery grew up in Tulsa, OK and moved to Raleigh, NC in 1998 to attend Shaw University, after two years and still undecided about a major she quickly learned that her heart and focus was more rooted in creative productions and writing. With that discovery she made her way to Dallas, TX in 2004 where she eventually started her own production company in 2008 alongside her sister and business partner Kalisha Zachery. Their passion, patented process and dedication for high quality productions is the heart and intention of every experience they create.
Edmond Laryea was born in Naples, Italy. He lived in Italy for 10 years, and also spent a year living in Nigeria. His mother is of Nigerian descent and his father is Ghanaian. Prior to his acting career, he worked at CBS Sports in a production role. He currently stars as Ethan Scott in Frame of Reference.
Meet Leslie Miley:
Leslie Miley is the Complicated Man Who Risks his neck for non-binary peeps, trans folk, women and men. Leslie is the former CTO of The Obama Foundation, a technical advisor to the CTO of Microsoft, a self-taught engineer, and an advocate/activist for all races, non-binary/trans folks, women and men. Born in Silicon Valley, Leslie started his ‘career’ hacking cable set-top boxes and phone systems as a teenager, hanging out at the Radio Shack learning the BASIC programming language, and then working as a security guard at Apple where he picked up programming tricks from Apple engineers working late into the night. Leslie worked his way from an entry-level engineering role to leadership roles at Google, Slack, Walmart, Microsoft, Twitter, and Apple. He has been featured as a thought leader on Wired’s Next List, a contributor to USA Today, HuffPost, CNN, Fast Company, and TechCrunch. His writings and experiences in tech are cited in dozens of published research articles and he is frequently sought out as a technology pundit by Fast Company, TechCrunch, Associated Press, and The Guardian.
This episode is brought to you by Founding in Color Season 2 out on Peacock now. Founding in Color, a three-part docuseries from Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs, shines the spotlight on eleven Black and Latino startup founders. The series features Maisha Burt, Ofo Ezeugwu, Marcus Jimenez, Maryann Kilgallon, Dustin D. McMahon, Shontay Lundy, Folasade’ Ogunmokun, Lorel Scott, Brandon Winfield, Rodney Williams, and Chris Witherspoon as they get candid about navigating race, family, identity, mental health, and more, all while building and scaling businesses in America today. Watch all 3 episodes in the series here: https://lift.comcast.com/founding-in-color/
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