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Connect the Dots Podcast

The podcast where we explore strategic partnerships, industry trends and opportunities for expanding your network

In today’s rapidly changing environment, we need to move beyond a “one-size-fits- all” approach to network connectivity solutions. Tune in as host Joe Scattareggia, Executive Vice-President @ Windstream Wholesale, speaks with industry leaders, partners and customers as they explore industry trends, and what it takes to “connect the dots” in our digital world.


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Episode 9

How Windstream Supports Diversity in the Marketplace

Kristi Moody, General Counsel for Windstream, joins the program to discuss the role that diversity plays in Windstream’s core values and beliefs. Discover how diversity contributes to creating a stable workforce and an enhanced customer experience. Kristi also reveals some of the diversity and inclusion initiatives within Windstream, and awards that Windstream has won for their diversity efforts.

Previous Podcasts

Episode 1: With Windstream CEO, Tony Thomas

Tony Thomas, President and CEO of Windstream, joins the program to reveal how Windstream has been able to thrive during COVID-19 pandemic, why the company is well positioned upon emergence from restructuring as a privately-held company and…many additional growth engines for Windstream Wholesale.


Episode 2: How Windstream Wholesale and Infinera continue to Innovate and Thrive in Times of Disruption

Guest Glenn Laxdal, Senior Vice President, Global Product Line Management at Infinera Corporation, joins the program to discuss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on product and service delivery, as well as the supply chain. Discover two important trials that Windstream and Infinera completed in the marketplace, even in the midst of the pandemic and so much more.


Episode 3: Windstream and Ciena: Partnering To Build the Next Generation Network

Kevin Sheehan, Chief Technology Officer of the Americas for Ciena, joins the program to discuss the impact of Covid 19 and along with why Windstream has chosen to partner with Ciena for their National Converged Optical Network (NCON). Kevin shares his thoughts about how Windstream is pushing the limits of technology, and why Windstream's NCON solution is uniquely qualified to meet the most pressing customer needs. You'll also discover how NCON will serve as a relief valve to handle increased network capacity and demand and more.


Episode 4: Enhancing Optical Network Scalability

Robert Shore, Senior Vice-President of marketing at Infinera Corporation, joins the program to discuss the benefits of their partnership with Windstream Wholesale, and the innovation that has resulted from that partnership. Robert shares the significant enhancements that his organization has made when it comes to open optical networking. Discover the key features and benefits for customers, and how machine learning and predictive analytics will continue to improve services.


Episode 5: Partnering to Provide a New Level of Connectivity Options

Gerardo Bonilla, Head of Sales at Telxius, joins the program to provide an overview of the innovative services that his organization is providing, and discusses the partnership between Telxius and Windstream Wholesale in Virginia Beach. Discover how this partnership will provide Windstream Wholesale customers with unprecedented high-speed network connections in Europe, South America, the Caribbean and multiple points nationally across the U.S. Gerardo also reveals some upcoming projects that Telxius has in development, and the growing demand for diversity among vendors and clients.


Episode 6: MDC Data Centers: How Neutrality Provides Freedom of Choice and Improved Service Quality

This episode features an interview with Juan Salazar, CEO of MDC Data Centers, as he discusses the benefits of MDC's partnership with Windstream Wholesale and what he appreciates most about that partnership. Discover how MDC helps customers get connectivity from their international fiber crossings to other key data centers in the U.S., and a digital tool that MDC created that helps match customers with the right service provider. Juan also reveals the importance of neutrality, and a unique value proposition that MDC provides to customers.


Episode 7: Transforming the World Through the Power of Connectivity: A Conversation with Keri Gilder, CEO of Colt

Keri Gilder, CEO of Colt, joins Joe Scattareggia, EVP Windstream Wholesale to discuss what it’s been like to lead her organization during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as their network expansion strategy. Discover how Colt is utilizing SDN to provide on-demand bandwidth solutions into the cloud, and how partnering with organizations like Colt enables Windstream Wholesale to be a technology leader. Keri also reveals how technology, leadership and engineering fit into Colt’s strategy and corporate vision.


Episode 8: Investments in Technology and Telecom: Transactions, Trends, and the Impact of the Pandemic

Richard Lukaj, co-founder and senior managing director of Bank Street, a leading investment bank focused on the communications, media and technology sectors, joins Joe Scattareggia, EVP of Windstream Wholesale, to provide his perspective on investments in the technology industry. Richard shares his thoughts about some of the investments that Bank Street has made this past year, how the investment community puts a value on technology leadership when assessing a company, and the view from the investment community regarding the current state of the pandemic. He also shares his thoughts about the positive impact of Windstream's recent restructuring.