Season 2

March 16, 2023

Startup Culture and RaaS with Lisa Hu

While attending Live Stream event at Rapid Robotics recently, Nikki did an impromptu interview with their CFO Lisa Hu. Lisa talks about how she came into the robotics world, the importance of culture in startups, and the fina...

March 09, 2023

The Different Paths of Automation with Ale Walker (LinkedIn Live)

This week, Nikki and guest host Courtney Fernandez speak with Ale Walker, Director of Business Development at Gray Solutions. Ale has lived an eventful life going from pro-golfer to doing business development in the industria...

March 02, 2023

Diversity in STEM with Kara Branch

This week, Nikki and Ali speak with Kara Branch, chemical engineer, and CEO and founder of Black Girls Do Engineer. Kara has had an amazing career spanning work in Oil & Gas, Space Exploration and is now in Tech working with ...

Kids STEM Education

February 23, 2023

Side Hustles with Don Kiolbassa (LinkedIn Live)

This week, Nikki was joined by guest host and fellow Automation Lady Courtney Fernandez, while interviewing Don Kiolbassa. Don is the author of "The Tao of the Side Hustle" which brings buddhism, martial arts, and business al...

February 16, 2023

Becoming an SI with Brennen Dugger (LinkedIn Live)

In this episode, we catch up with Blue Collar Automation founder Brennen Dugger. We discuss his beginnings, his experience working at a pharma end user, OEM, a plant, and eventually how he came to create his own company. Thi...

February 09, 2023

ARM Institute and Robotics Careers with Suzy Steele

This week, while Ali was busy in the field, Nikki interviewed Suzy Steele, Chief Strategy Officer at the ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute. Nikki & Suzy chat about the role robotics play in reviving our manu...

Robotics Careers Workforce Development ROS Cobots

February 02, 2023

Technical Marketing with Kristen Quasey

In this episode, we speak with recent graduate and member of the Technical Marketing Leadership Development Program at Siemens, Kristin Quasey. We talk about the Siemens rotation program, finding and building a network, as we...

January 26, 2023

Lighting that Fire with Maranda Mrdjenovich

In this episode, we speak with sales engineer Maranda Mrdjenovich about her journey from her beginnings in hospitality to her current role at Banner Engineering, their ongoing projects and use of IO-Link, and discussing ways ...

January 19, 2023

Processes, Projects, and Problems, Oh my! with Courtney Fernandez (LIVE)

Welcome to Season 2 of Automation Ladies! To begin this season, we speak with Courtney Fernandez, Application Engineer at Universal Robotics , and fellow Automation Lady about the challenges of line runs, becoming a "jack-of-...