We continue our conversation with Shana Cosgrove, Founder and CEO of Nyla Technology Solutions. On this episode, Shana shares with us the importance of philanthropy and volunteerism as a key component of Nyla’s culture. We also chat about the challenges of attracting top tier talent in a highly competitive technical marketplace. Shana offers insights and inspo about being a business owner and the pros and cons of working in a business with your significant other.

A little more info about Shana:

Shana Cosgrove is founder, owner, and CEO of Nyla Technology Solutions, Inc., (“Nyla”) a HUBZone-certified and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned small business (EDWOSB) founded in Baltimore City, Maryland in 2013 and focused on providing mission-focused software systems development services to the United States Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. Shana – a principal engineer, enterprise architect, and product strategist—combines over 20 years of experience in the computer science and systems engineering fields with a creative, proactive, and focused approach to projects that address all aspects of the software systems lifecycle. She brings a strong understanding of a broad range of technologies and techniques used to develop software-intensive systems.

Shana started Nyla as the sole employee/owner and has grown it to over twenty-five full-time employees and overseen the authoring of 3 proposals that lead to 3 successful prime contracts with government. Nyla has an exceptional reputation for software engineering, data science, and cyber security capability development services. Nyla builds enterprise-scale, cloud-based software systems that “just work” and “end-users love” and Nyla thought leaders are often requested by name for helping solve some of the community’s hardest problems.

Shana is also focused on giving back to the local community and drives Nyla’s philanthropy program. Nyla employees receive 8 hours a year to use for volunteering and are offered a variety of opportunities spaced throughout the year in which they can give back. In November 2018, Nyla’s charity efforts culminated Nyla’s First Annual Charity Chili Cookoff which raised over $6,000 for the charity, K9 for Warriors.