June 10, 2021
57: The Road To Building A $25 Million Tech Hub & How To Break Into Tech W/ Dr. Nashlie Sephus
In this episode, the guys chat with Dr. Nashlie Sephus. She is an artificial intelligence scientist for Amazon and CEO of The Bean Path, a non-profit organization based in Jackson, MS, assisting individuals and startups with technical expertise and guidance. She breakdown her journey into tech and how she overcame her adversities. She breaks down why it is important to pursue fields in technology and how to transition into it. Later she discusses how her plans to turn her hometown into a thriving center for tech entrepreneurs. Tune in as this is a must listen on technology and black excellence!!
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Dr. Nashlie Sephus is the Applied Science manager for Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) focusing on fairness and identifying biases in AWS AI technologies. She formerly led the Amazon Visual Search team in Atlanta, which launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app in June 2018. This technology was a result of former startup Partpic (Atlanta) being acquired by Amazon, for which she was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Prior to working at Partpic, she received her Ph.D. from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014 and worked for a year with Exponent, a technical consulting firm, in New York City. Her core research areas were digital signal processing, machine learning, and computer engineering. Dr. Sephus is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 2007.
In 2018, Dr. Sephus became the founder and CEO of The Bean Path non-profit organization based in Jackson, MS, assisting individuals and startups with technical expertise and guidance. In September of 2020, she became the owner and developer of the Jackson Tech District, at least 12-acres of mixed-use commercial real-estate in downtown Jackson to bring tech training and workforce/economic development to the area.
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