Say It Skillfully®– Dalith Steiger Unleashes Potential with Heart
November 23, 2021
Hosted by Molly Tschang
Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you to benefit from Molly Tschang’s expert guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. In Episode 107, Molly is joined by Dalith Steiger, top digital shaper and leading voice in the global Artificial Intelligence (AI) ecosystem. Born in Israel, raised in Switzerland, Dalith shares how her start in school was hardly smooth and what it took to overcome teachers who bluntly said, “You don’t belong here.” She speaks fondly of a pivotal role model, her grandmother, now 101 years old! Her parents' belief in her was also essential, especially when she switched to a new school for a re-start, and began to excel in physics and math—which she describes today as “just another language.” After university, Dalith describes the influence of her family and starting her own in her first role as a software developer for a bank. Take note of how SHE drove her recruiting process! With parenting her primary purpose she shares how health issues with her oldest daughter presented a twist that led to building a design agency with her husband. Once her daughters were in high school, Dalith began to chase her true passion—“technology is where my heart beats.” Passion for the human and ethical aspects of AI and its impact on society and new business potential led her to team up with Andy Fitze and co-found the award-winning AI start-up SwissCognitive and the CognitiveValley Foundation. Today, Dalith lives her entrepreneurial dream as an AI advisor and speaker, as well as mentors young girls in tech, though she reflects on wishing it came about differently. Spreading her wings meant her marriage didn’t flourish, a reality that while we can have it all in life, we cannot necessarily have it all at the same time. Dalith is honest about the importance of staying true to her femine side—her love for high heels and dressing up—and opens up about gender bias in university and in business, including more recent than we might wish. Hear how she handled the naysayers and took the best of her cultural upbringing, and join us on a journey of vulnerability, courage and authenticity. Dalith inspires us to know no boundaries and to commit to taking action so that all can be safe, seen and heard, and our true and best selves. Molly’s thought for the week: David Shrier’s keys to effective learning: “Watch, do, explain.” Learn more about Dalith and how cognitive technologies help human beings, business and society: swisscognitive.ch
Say It Skillfully®
Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time/11 AM Eastern Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel
Molly Tschang's Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you benefit from Molly's guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. She helps everyone from CEOs to interns to recognize that we are all both part of the problem as well as the solution, and that the path to solving any problem is to say what needs to be said.
Molly is a rare breed: tough enough to advise CEOs and company boards, but empathetic enough to understand the human costs of not allowing talent to shine. She has helped dozens of management teams navigate the human after-effects of mergers and acquisitions, and her show brings her expert guidance to a wider audience.
Say It Skillfully® every Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time/11 AM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.
Molly Tschang helps her clients' organizations gain the skills to Win As One, which most other companies never even try to do. She starts at the top, guiding management to commit to each other’s success and lead as one cohesive unit.
Molly is Founder and CEO of Abella Consulting, a New York-based leadership development and business advisory consultancy that helps senior leaders cultivate the collaborative capacity to elevate individual, team and organizational performance resulting in accelerated sustained, profitable growth. She created and hosts the “Say It Skillfully®” video series on LinkedIn, making it easier for all members of an organization to say what needs to be said in a constructive and productive manner.
Prior to launching Abella, Molly held executive leadership positions at Cisco Systems and U.S. Filter, where she led the integration of over 80 acquisitions. She holds a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from UCLA. In 2017, Molly was selected from among 12,000 applicants to be a protégé of Marshall Goldsmith through his 100 Coaches initiative. In her downtime, she enjoys tennis, yoga and cooking with family and friends.