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Talking Cranes partners with Stanford University's ICME Women in Data Science Conference

Talking Cranes is very excited to partner with Stanford University's ICME's inaugural Women in Data Science (#WiDS) , a one-day technical conference highlighting the contributions of women to this growing and increasingly innovative scientific field.

According to Margot Gerritsen, Director of ICME, the goals of the conference were to " inspire and educate data scientists regardless of gender, and support women in the field, providing networking and ongoing dialogue opportunities."

Carry On.......Writing

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

The power of face-to-face communication in an increasingly technological world

In a world where we spend vast amounts of time on emails, text messages, social media and automated services, one wonders if technology and social media are in fact, anti-social, taking us away from that very important face-to-face communication with another human being.

A new piece of reserach has looked into the amount of times British smartphone users check their handsets and on average, it is 221 times a day! The relationship we have with our phones and technological devices seems to have taken over our face-to-face interaction with each other.

Life Coaching with Neelambika Kasad: Tackling Obstacles

Do you give up easily? Do you blame yourself? Do you think things cannot change?

Obstacles are not something we talk about when we discuss achievement. Yet, how you deal with your obstacles is just what determines whether you fail or succeed!

TC Enterprise: Interview with VR Ferose, SVP and Head of Globalization Service, SAP

TC Enterprise: An Interview with V.R. Ferose, SVP & Head of Globalization Svcs (SAP)

At 33, V.R. Ferose became one of the youngest and the first non-German Managing Director of German multinational’s SAP Labs, India. He is currently SVP and Head of Globalization Service for SAP based in the Bay Area. Ferose wrote ‘Gifted’ along with author Sudha Menon, to tell the stories of inspiring people he has met ‘so that many more people’s lives can be impacted for the better’. Proceeds go towards Enable India, an NGO that works for people with disabilities.

TC Enterprise with Namrita Chettiar

VASTRA By Namrita Chettiar is a contemporary Bridal-wear line, with a nod to Namrita's South-Asian Heritage. Based out of San Francisco Bay area, Designer/Owner Namrita works with each bride personally to create their one of a kind dream ensemble, using the finest of the fabrics, the most intricate time honored embroideries and  couture quality details.

Namrita talks to Talking Cranes about her entrepreneurial journey.


Tell us about your family, education and growing up.

LifeCoaching with Neelambika Kasad: Is your life fulfilling?

Is your life fulfilling?

People do not usually come to coaches asking for fulfillment. Most people seek a coach to achieve something specific such as to find a better job or to improve a relationship or to reduce stress. But all of them are seeking a more fulfilling life.

Unfulfilling life choices sap you of energy and joie de vivre. You feel hopelessly stuck in a very unhappy place. In contrast, when you live a life of fulfillment, you experience being alive and whole.

A fulfilled life

2014 - With a Perspective; Shirin Rizvi Hasan

Shirin Rizvi Hasan - Director, Global Clinical Affairs for Covidien

2014 has been a year of change for my family, and me both professionally and personally. Some good and some not so good, but change is what leads to growth. Change can be intimidating for some, but for others it is welcome, whether planned or unplanned. And whether you expected it or not, you have to learn how to deal with it, make it your own, and spin it to keep going forward.

Setting Successful Goals: Why New Year Resolutions Fail?

  • Lose weight

  • Get organized

  • Get a better job

  • Learn something new

  • Save money

  • Manage stress

  • Enjoy life

  • Volunteer

  • Get fit  

  • Quit smoking/drinking

These are the top ten New Year resolutions on Google. If this reads like your list of broken vows, don’t worry. Amazingly, these are also the top ten commonly broken New Year resolutions!

Amy Reilly - TC's Crane of the month

In a nutshell

I am a mother of three who enjoys books, friends and great food. I grew up in Oklahoma, then SoCal and am now quite settled in the Bay Area, CA. I watch a lot of youth sports but have to coerce myself into exercise.