MCNC's Community Connect Podcast

Welcome to Community Connect, a podcast hosted by MCNC, where leaders and innovators regularly meet to discuss some of today’s hottest technology topics and trends.

On this episode, MCNC President & CEO Tracy Doaks is joined by two experts working to bring digital equity and inclusion to Winston Salem and surrounding Forsyth County: Lakisha Jordan, executive director of WinstonNet, and Layla Garms, the Equity in Education program officer at The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Listen as Tracy, Lakisha, and Layla provide insight into the socio-economic barriers to internet access in Forsyth County, discuss the work being done to bridge the digital divide there, and explain how funding and support for digital equity programs give voices to communities around the state and the nation. 


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Past Episodes

Each episode is aimed to inspire fresh ideas and to have engaging conversations around technology’s vital role in economic development, digital equity and inclusion, broadband infrastructure, cybersecurity, and more.

Episode 4: Safeguarding Students: Cyberthreats & Cybersecurity in the Classroom

Summary: In this episode, MCNC President and CEO Tracy Doaks sits down with members of the MCNC Vital Cyber and K12 teams to examine cybersecurity in education, why it has become a hot target for criminals, and how institutions and staff can maximize resources to mitigate the growing number of attacks and threats increasing almost daily.

Episode 3: Digital Equity & Inclusion in North Carolina

Summary: In this episode, our host Tracy Doaks is joined by experts in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Dr. Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer at NC State University, and Stephanie Jane Edwards, Senior GIS Analyst and Digital Inclusion Liaison at MCNC.

Episode 2: High-Speed Health Care for North Carolina

Summary: In this episode, MCNC’s Tracy Doaks is joined by Tracy Olson and John Graham of the North Carolina Telehealth Network Association (NCTNA) to discuss how the pandemic has forever changed healthcare by exposing inequities and connectivity gaps followed by how NCTNA and MCNC’s partnership addresses the challenges facing North Carolina head-on.

Episode 1: It’s Not a Matter of ‘If’ but ‘When’: Cyber Experts Talk Cybersecurity in North Carolina and Beyond

Summary: In this episode, MCNC’s Tracy Doaks and Chris Beal are joined by Douglas Holland of Akamai to discuss the growing cybersecurity concerns on  global, national, and statewide levels and how MCNC and Akamai are responding to protect their clients and networks.


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