Episode 48: Compassion and Tech Maven Alcia Loach

Episode 48 of the Mavens Do It Better Podcast features Alcia Loach,  technology consultant at HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) in the SharePoint and Microsoft 365 space and blogger. She is also the creator and founding trustee of the Pocket Angel charitable organization an app which seeks to provide the general public a means of gifting items such as hot drinks, hot meals, hygiene kits, and pet products to homeless people.

Alcial and Heather caught up virtually from Newdigate, Southeast, United Kingdom and Marina del Rey, CA.

Listen in as Alcia and Heather talk about:

  • Alcia’s background working in technology and her views on being part of the team and bringing her best to the table while assisting with the tech initiatives inside her company and her love for what she does. She shares about a new initiative at HPE called Wellness Friday where employees can log out three hours early to take some time for themselves and how she has been using that time to connect with friends, read a a book and enjoy some downtime. 

  • A look into Alcia’s origin story for Pocket Angel. When she saw more and more “rough sleepers”, people who are homeless and very visible on the street, in her community. She wanted to do something for them when they are asking for help. She came up with an idea to create an app that would allow people to give vouchers to a rough sleeper or charity partners to gift to the homeless on one’s behalf. With the app, one can select food, accommodation, or a hygiene product to donate. She discussed how she got the app built, garnered the support of HPE, and will be launching this coming Autumn as a pilot in Brighton, UK with plans for expansion.

  • How Alcia blends work, charity, life, speaking and traveling. Working for a company that supports her values and how employers are choosing better options to support women, diversity, inclusion, wellness, and balance. 

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Alcia Loach

Alcia Loach works as a Technical Consultant for HPE Pointnext with focus on Office 365 & SharePoint. Her primary focus area is around Information Lifecycle Management, Business Process, and Governance. Alcia has worked in IT for over 20 years and is passionate about technology as an enabler. She regularly speaks at HPE PointNext sponsored Office 365 events on Governance and has delivered Information Lifecycle Management and Governance consultancy to enterprise customers across business sectors. She is the founding trustee of the Pocket Angel charitable organization and app which seeks to provide the general public a means of gifting items such as hot drinks, hot meals, hygiene kits, and pet products to homeless people.

Pocket Angel 

A charitable organization and app that users will be able to download the app after our Autumn 2019 to start gifting homeless people food, a night in a hostel, pet and hygiene products after our soft launch event and sign up of service providers soon. We’re getting excited to give you the power to help vulnerable people in Brighton, United Kingdom for our start.

Heather Newman

Heather Newman is an award-winning marketing maven, technology entrepreneur and an epic connector that brings many worlds together. She has extensive experience marketing products and services for Enterprise businesses, startups and emerging markets. Heather builds plans and processes that are nimble, human and different. She is an adept storyteller and is passionate about growth for both employees and the corporate bottom-line. Heather hails from the arts and the bulk of her career has been working with the largest technology companies in the world (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, NetApp, Hewlett Packard, and Dell). Her nineteen years of experience working at technology companies and building global high-tech marketing strategy has driven millions of dollars of revenue and multiple award-winning campaigns. She has led global marketing teams for many technology companies including AvePoint, IT Unity & KnowledgeLake. Heather was a part of the original Microsoft SharePoint Marketing team. During her tenure, she helped launch multiple versions of the product, build the SharePoint Partner Ecosystem and conceived of and produced the first three Microsoft SharePoint Conferences. Creative Maven has produced thousands of global marketing campaigns and events. Currently CM is focusing on go to market strategies for Microsoft and its partners as well as a new site sister site launching in 2015 called Marketingfixer.com. Heather also serves as Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Content Panda, an innovative technology startup looking to actively disrupt how content is delivered inside software.