Podcast: Interview with Chanta Peak - AT&T | Motivational Speaker

Join us as we chat with Chanta Peak about her work with first responders, adapting your mindset for success, the future of communication technologies and the zombie apocalypse.

Luis: So hello and welcome to Sendlio podcast. My name is Luis.

Brandon: And I'm Brandon.

Luis: Today we have Chanta Peak from AT&T, an aspiring motivational speaker, boss babe,  uh personal connector. How you doing today, Chanta?

Chanta: I'm good. Thank you guys for having me on.

Luis: Thank you very much for joining us. So let's start it off. Let's give a little bit of a background to everybody that's watching and listening. Uh, you know who are you, where are you from and what do you do?

Chanta: Hi. I'm Chanta Peak. I am first net sales manager AT&T. I cover

southern California. Uh, what I do, um, I do a lot. I think I am like a jack of all

trades, or I call it jackie of all trades, because I'm female. So I basically provide public communications for first responders. I work with, you know the state, the local municipalities. You know in the time of fire preparation, for earthquakes, and in California especially you know fire season is actually around the corner. Surprisingly or not, it's not even, like summer yet, but to us here in may we start to, you know, get on top of our game and making sure that we have the communication that is needed for our first responder community. So, I'm the boss of that in the area. I have about 10 to 11 people that report directly to me that cover different regions in southern California, and their responsibility is to make sure that their agencies are, you know, well taken care of, have the tools and resources that they need, and also you know expand the message of Firstnet which is a dedicated network for first responders that is hosted by AT&T, so

that's you know who I am, or what I do, and I am currently located at Long Beach, California.

Luis: Nice

Brandon: Awesome. Awesome. Well, so you got a lot going on. So how do you prepare for the day? Like what sort of regular habits do you have that, sort of like, keep you geared up and get your head in the right space?

Chanta: So I love that, because that's a great question for me. First thing I do to prepare for the day is I actually prepare the night before.

Brandon: Okay.

Chanta: Yeah, I do, and you have to. Being a working mom, and you know my

husband and I, we have our two-year-old son. It feels like we're new parents but we're not really new, it's been two years. You still have to prepare to make sure that you have things in order with his backpack. You have your running shoes in order. You have all the stuff that you need for the next morning to go fast, and I'm all about going fast, because there's a lot of things that I have to do during the day, because I live this motto of, like, Beyonce has 24 hours I can do it too. So, Why not? So when I wake up in the morning I learned, really quickly to prepare myself, to get myself ready, and then when I wake up, actually YouTube actually knows what I want to listen to because its algorithm is spooky. And it wakes up to me for motivational videos I'm…

Luis: Same. Same. I am so much into that. It's unbelievable

Chanta: And it's funny, because when I wake up I have my airpods next to me, because it's already charged ready to go, and I put it in my ear, and it's about 5 a.m. I wake about 4:30 or 5 a.m every day. And I listen to either it's like Tony Robbins, or it's you know, E.T. Eric Thomas or Les Brown it's like they're telling me, “Get up. Do your dream. Focus.” So, I learned that, you know, the first 20 minutes after you wake up makes such an impact of how your mood is that day, and I've actually tested it out and not doing it for a week, and I was miserable. I hated it. So that's the first thing I do. I wake up, I listen to things that help me, you know, center my emotions and make sure that I focus on the next task. And then I run. I go exercise. I train three times a Week for about an hour. And then after that i, kind of, pretty much my mind is so focused and already awake that the next step is take care of my son. And my husband can wake up on his own so, you know, and then we move on to the next. So yeah that's how I prepare for my day. I really have everything set up the night before with my calendar invites, and just mentally, you know, going over that before I go to bed. So and then the next day I already remember, I already know what I'm doing and I go full force. So that's how that's how I do it.

Brandon: That’s really smart, you know. I always like uh I don't prepare the night before, and so I always pay the price uh the next morning, you know. The emails come in, and the calendar, and all of that so that's... that's actually pretty smart. I might have to try it.

Chanta: Yeah, yeah. I learned that from aninvestor, he said um when you get ready for a test he says try to read or go over things you need to do 30 minutes before you go to sleep, because what happens is your body ends up, um, trying to fix and solve the problem during your sleep. So I was like really? He goes yeah just try it. And so that's where I learned it from where, because your mind's sleeping but it's still working. It's still active and so subconsciously your mind is thinking about the next thing you do from the things that you read over the night before. So I was like, I'm game.

Brandon: See I guess my mind's just focused on the british baking show

Luis: I like the method that you're saying about, you know, getting up in the

morning and listening to these motivational, you know, thoughts or, you know, speeches. I was in, like, a period in my life where I was kind of like in the dumps a little bit and I remember, I felt so stupid. Like, you know, like where you're trying to find, this energy from somewhere, and then I remember just typing it into youtube after not really feeling I had any other resources, and I found it. I found that exact method, you know, the idea of you know waking up first 10 minutes getting yourself right there, getting your mind right. And I found that it really changed the course of my thought process when I started to do that on the regular. And like you said it's just kind of like when you don't do it you don't feel focused anymore.

Chanta: Yeah.

Luis: So on that thought, right, you know a lot of the things that I see you speak about on boss babes, and a lot of things that you're putting out there content-wise has to do with the a fixed versus the growth mindset. I'd really like to get into this. I'd really like to, you know, what does that mean to you and give us some examples of of each if you could?  

Chanta: Oh absolutely. Oh, I love this stuff. I read all the time, and how I read through all of this is actually audio books. So it's like my saving grace. One of the things that I catched on from growth mindset to fixed mindset from all the readings, and the experience I have in my life is that when you have a fixed mindset it's kind of more of the thought process that you inherently have something in your life. Let's say, for example, growing up smart you're being told that you're smart. Oh you're so smart. It's in your genetics. That's, you know, who you are. That's what you're gonna be. You're so capable of doing that, and then what ends up happening is that, like, for me growing up, I learned the hard way. Thinking that I was smart and doing everything, because everyone kept telling me, oh you read so young at a young age, and then when I finally realized that I wasn't smart enough, because I hit, like, a hurdle because I wasn't doing math correctly, and I didn't understand the problem solving, and I was speaking multiple languages, and I was feeling, like, well I am smart. I can do this. I can totally do this. And I started like going down this path when I was younger to feel like I couldn't, you know accomplish anything. So it brought like my self-esteem down. I feel like I wasn't capable of anything, and then my mom, she would tell me like, babe like why are you getting, like, you're only like nine, why are you so upset, you know, getting all angry? and I said because I'm smart everyone keeps telling me I'm smart. In school and church and like everywhere. I was reading, like, pre-med books growing up. I was learning the anatomy of a frog. It’s insane. Because I had issues with doing math, and I couldn't figure out multiplication, and all the different stuff, and fractions. And it's like people think wow you're doing fractions already at nine. Like, yes, I was but I was getting frustrated. My mom's like, if you start to believe and get cocky like that you're never gonna grow. And I was like, what do you mean? Like, you are never ever going to be smarter than anyone else. You're always going to have to grow and learn, you know, everything you do in your life. So you're always going to have to continuously get better. And from that I realized you can't be perfect. There's no such thing as you’re ultimately, inherently smart. You just can't. It takes practice, takes hard work. And after that I just you know learned that every mistake I made, the things I fell off on, it was because I wasn't ready for it yet. it was the fact that I didn't get enough practice into it, into the craft that I was like working on at that moment. And so as you go into it that's like the growth mindset. So the fixed mindset is when you're inherently thinking that you are deserving of something, and that this is something that should be done, set in stone, but then when you face adversity you brittle, you crumble, right. Growth mindset is being able to take away that, falsies I call it, to where you're always forever learning. Your a student of life, and because you do that you're capable of problem solving, and looking forward, and forward thinking, and that gets your mind really engaged and continue to basically grow in everything that you do from work, from pleasure, from your hobbies, or so forth. And I find that it's such an important thing to have as a human being because it just brings you more happiness, because you're always trying to find purpose in your life and that's from growth. 

Brandon: Yeah, okay.

Luis: So essentially like what I'm kind of getting is, like, there's the mental aspect, and then there's the emotional, right? When you're young you're trying to find your way through the world and, you know, you have this intelligence and you're trying to, like, figure out your way through society and maybe that gives you some adversity. So you have to kind of adapt, you know, things that you're doing, your mindset, everything like that. So how do you adapt that mindset to this intelligence to combine it with the emotional for growth, specifically?

Chanta: So good. So good. So a great question. The first thing that comes to mind is emotional intelligence. Okay, have you ever heard of EI? That in itself is like a different term, like, different thing, a different whole podcast itself. But, it's like when you think about emotional intelligence in a nutshell, it's when you're able to take the experience of failure, right, and take a step back from being so young and that growth, realizing that you are in control of that emotion, right? That your mom and dad's not going to save you from that F or that C or whatever grade you have, or that rejection you may have from people that you thought they were your friends, whatever it may be right? Life hits you with a hard one and then you take a step back and realize that, well, what can I do to do better? What can I do to make sure that I'm happy, right, and not care about being judged or what people perceive you as. Because that's part of the fixed mindset is that you, we, worry too much about what people think of us and what we look at the outside. So, we try to mold into something that, you know, is, so that we can make sure that people are happy and, like, we’re people pleasers, right? That's fixed because you're so narrow-minded in that focus whereas if you’re in growth mindset you end up taking yourself away from having to be so judgmental on yourself, focused on developing that emotional feeling, and taking a step back saying I'm okay, I'm gonna be okay, I'm gonna move on I'm gonna take that learning experience and put that in my file cabinet in my brain and store that in the moment knowing that, yes, I did something wrong, this is the lesson I learned, and then move on. And then if it comes. back again in that same situation instead of like going back on the emotional stance of making the same mistake, you can go back and go, oh I learned from that, yeah I don't want to do that, that was really bad, I did not feel good about that, and that did not make me feel like it was me, right? And then move on to the next. And so I think that building that practice every day takes time. And so it's hard to really narrow it down for anyone, because everyone's experience is different. But as a child, at that age, I had to practice. I had to learn, but ultimately I knew for a fact that would this be something that I would, you know, regret doing down the line? Because I'm all about no regrets, but also do something that is not...i want to make sure that when I look in the mirror is that something that I'm proud that I did, right? 

Luis: Right.

Chanta: So I always thought about that at a very young age. 

Luis: So how does that pertain to, like, now as a professional woman, and your professional life, how does that mindset, how does that help you in business? How does that growth potential help you in business?

Chanta: It grounds you a lot. It grounds you a lot, because you see a totally different world in the corporate world and I wish sometimes I could write a book or do some type of like corporate

diaries but…

Luis: That's just a great title. I like the title already.

Chanta: Because there’s so many emotions that go into working with different personalities. So what I would be able to take back from going to the professional world, is that it's not all about me. You know, especially if you're growing as a leader, because you want to make sure you hear people, first before you, you know, answer back. So I'm all about you know listen to understand, seek to understand. One of Stephen Covey's seven principles of successful people is that you want to take back, like, okay what did I learn from this, what am I hearing, right? Is this person talking from a factual standpoint, or are they just, you know, they're taking it personal, or they're really emotional about what they're saying and they're not making a clear decisive decision, or just having a discussion? So I'm able to listen much more now and be aware of people's emotion and read them better, and because I just know that being in a working world, in a corporate world people, like I said, are different stages of their life. So I'm known to be more mature around a lot of people, because I faced a lot more adversity growing up and that includes emotional adversity. Having to deal with my own emotions, controlling how I was feeling, because, knowing I grew up poor, I knew like, okay we don't have no food in the house but I have to keep that composure at work, you know, as a kid working at, like, el pollo loco.

Luis: Right.

Chanta: Yeah working three jobs, work study, it's like you still had to put a smile on your face. Whereas, you know, if I didn't have that emotional intelligence, and that grit, and that tenacity to move forward, that when I moved to the corporate world I wouldn't be able to stand up tall. I would be crushed if my boss rejected me or someone told me no on a project. I would have been like, oh they hate me. No, they don't hate you, you just, your project doesn't meet the criteria, you just move on to the next. So that's, I feel it's helped me a lot, because I was able to determine what fits for me at a certain point, and what doesn't, when I work with different colleagues. So yeah. 

Luis: Let me just add in one more thing on the on the idea of leadership, right, because I find that like you know and and we're talking about if somebody's, you know, born into like perfection. They have the perfect situation, they're fine, they got money, they're put in the right school, everything's fine, right? You really don't have any room to go anywhere, right, not as an individual. And so I find that leadership really comes from that adversity. Like, do you find that your leadership skills really wouldn't have been there had you had a perfect situation?

Chanta: Because of the things I went through and the hard work and the drive that I had growing up I have more appreciation for people who are failing right now. Like emotionally failing in my organization and I say that, like, in a sense of they don't know how to cope with rejection, they don't know how to handle the pressure, and I feel very fortunate as a leader, because one of the things that I do for my team… first thing I do with my team, no matter what team I have, first I always tell them I want you to know that this is a circle of trust. This is literally the tribe where I care about you, and I want you to fail. I want you to fail so much, and come to me and say what am I doing wrong? How can I get better? Because I am never going to judge you. I am never going to tell you that you're not capable of doing something because I'm never going to give up on you, right? So that, to me, has helped me as a leader because we don't have that safe environment anymore, and I call it psychological safety net, that we don't provide for people. And you see that in society you see that everywhere. That people are so quick to, like, judge. So quick to correct you or cancel you in this culture, right? That you don't take a step back and listen to why that person either made that decision, or had that action that they did to really help them steer in a better path, and live their path either, you know, personally or from a workplace, with higher integrity and openness. And so that's, to me, that has helped me a lot. So yes. If it was the other way around, no. I would say it would scare me. Because I see that now with younger generations that I work with, that I'm actually mentoring and helping, I have a lot of candidates that come onto my team that, come from, you know, a business degree program, or like business development program, that went through college and their first job is with me at AT&T, making like 80 000 plus and I'm just like, hello there's some standards here, and some emotional requirements, and it's not there and it's okay, because I'm here to help show them the way. Many you know stick around with me are now future bosses and leaders, and some totally give up on me, because they gave up on themselves.

Luis: That's great.

Brandon: So can you tell us a little bit about uh a little bit about your work with the first responder network authority?

Chanta: Yeah, absolutely. So it comes down to if there was, like, a fire or an earthquake or any type of disaster, and an agency reaches out to me, I actually get, like, the first call. Either from you know my peers at the state level or connecting with emergency centers down here in LA, and saying hey we have you know LA County, or San Bernardino County, or different counties looking for help with, you know, with a deployable, because there's times when powers are down, powers are out, and maybe many people don't know but a lot of the generators that power up your grid, or, you know, the cell towers are only about two hours long. And so people need because of, you know, because of city measurements, requirements and things like that we can't have, you know ongoing power on that, and because of, like, health issues and reasons behind that just because the public... the public community does not want anything bigger than two hour long generators there for you, because it's filled with gas and stuff and you don't have a gas tank sitting at every cell tower. And so we focus on the need of the business within the sense of who's in need, first responders get first dibs on everything because they save lives. They make sure that our community is up and running, and also ensure that people, if there are time of disasters that, they're the first to get communicated to. So I work with deployables we have. Let's call, like, cells on wheels that we deploy out to these remote areas. I myself was a part of the efforts up in Bakersfield area, north of Bakersfield, and it was like six. I think I got the call at three o'clock on a saturday and we were ready to, you know, give my son a snack and, you know, playtime and I was told like we need to get you up here, or someone up here, because I also have you know a case full of devices that are built for Firstnet. So the agency is not on Firstnet yet. I have the case it's meant to be used so, it's like a case of 22 devices on the firstnet network and it's, like, it's a big 50 pound case that, you know, is portable. So I got the call I told my husband I gotta go and he says, how long's the drive? I said, “six hours.” And so got up got my emergency backpack on. So I'm trained to have to do that more than you realize from a cell phone company, right? So I picked it up and I drove, and it's in, I think, four hours into the drive I was told the wrong address so I had to back… I was up in the mountains and I had to backwards down the mountain, and my poor husband was trying to get a hold of me, but there's, like, no cell signal in the mountains itself. It's so high that was there was no sell signal, but long story short, I had to get a hotel that night was able to make it the next morning, and you know we were able to get the devices to their first responders there. So that's just that's part of what I do with first authority. We also make sure to let other agencies know about our progress that we're doing with build-outs, and cell towers, and also different, you know, use cases that are out there with hurricanes, or the floods that’s happening across the nation. So, you know, it's really about saying, hey we're just not a cell phone company. We're not just trying to sell you on different you know wireless products. We're really here to tell you that there is a dedicated solution, dedicated network for you so that, in time emergency, that you have a way to connect with other agencies. So because we are all normal consumers, or on a commercial network, so when you're at a beyonce concert... I love beyonce, you say her name, as you can see... that your phone is bogged down, right you can never get a text message or post out because everyone's on the network. So for firstnet you're not on that network. You are on a separate network, and you're able to connect with people, and that's important in the time of emergency.

Brandon: Nice. I'm just imagining the way you described when you have to get ready to go that you're just like putting on the bat suit, hopping in the batmobile.

[Laughter]

Kind of sounds like you have a lot of a lot of people coordinated, you know, in this effort, a lot of teams involved and, you know, how do you encourage everyone to work together? And more importantly since this is all about communication, right? You're setting up the ability for first responders to communicate, how do you guys communicate effectively? And I mean at all when the networks are down and stuff like that?

Chanta: So we actually, um, when the networks are down, we're actually very grateful because we do have, you know, satellite phones, at our hands so you can… if you, if anyone knows my husband he loves all the gadgets that I get at home he's, like… and I'm like, you can't touch that...

Luis: Spy gear

Chanta: Spy gear

Brandon: Bat woman 

Chanta: And so we also, you know, work via webex chat we have. Because usually when the cell towers are down the internet's usually still back up, so we have um, we try to communicate as much as, you know, as quickly as possible via chat on the internet on our… basically using wi-fi. But if anything ends up happening that we can't, we do have a radio handset that's… I literally have an LMR radio that I use to be able to connect with my peers across the nation.

Brandon: Nice. So lots of fail over there.

Chanta: Failure. Yeah my whole closet is literally, it's like a bat woman cave. My husband's like, can we put this in like a section of the garage and build something for this? I go yes, yes.

Brandon: I mean it sounds cool.

Luis: It does sound cool.

Chanta: It is cool.

Luis: Like, I got all this gear, and I just take off to the mountains that are, you know, at a moment's notice.

Chanta: Yes.

Luis: It's like that's pretty awesome.

Chanta: It's pretty cool, yeah. It's also, I think… like I said, I get there and I see all the great work that a lot of these men and women are doing. Just putting their lives on the line, and just, you know, to make sure that we're safe out here with our home, at our homes, and with our family, so I'm very grateful to be part of that process and being part of a team… being able to lead a team effort. 

Luis: So I think it's like a lot of people don't really realize, you know, because we're so used to things being so easy for us, what it takes to actually make communication happen on such a wide scale, 

Chanta: Yes.

Luis: And so you run into all kinds of problems, and I don't even know how to frame this about, like, successes and failures, but in this situation, right, when you're doing emergency responses, how do you define success in that… in those situations what is success? Or what is a, you know, accomplishing what your goals are? I understand there are certain check marks, but breakdown that.

Chanta: So in time of emergency what defines success to us ultimately, I know it sounds very grim but saving lives is important to us. And because that is number one priority for our clients and our customers who are out there to take care of first responders. Are they getting the right solution that they need for when they need to make contact with other agencies, or with people who are trying to rescue? And so, you know, for me what success looks like is getting in front of the customer understanding what the needs are, you know, from future proofing things for the infrastructure, to understanding what the end points are when it comes to the handheld device, to the cradle points, to whatever they need, so that it all circles back to communicating effectively. And so, to me, if that all becomes streamlined and everything's smooth and seamless during the deployment that we do when we roll out the devices, when we do the testing on the cradle points, when we do the testing on the radios, and they are getting the coverage that they need in the area that they need the most then, to me, that's success. Because we want to... it's not just you know signing up a cell phone, here you go, move on... it's really making sure that they have the cell phone coverage they need, and the technology, and the software to back it up.

Luis: All right. Could you give us an example of, um I know a lot of this stuff is very, you know security oriented, so you can't necessarily go into everything, but can you give us an example of when things got difficult for you and you were able to, like, persevere? Maybe give us a nice story?

Chanta: Yes, we actually had a situation where we, um, it was during the black lives matter movement, and, you know, it was definitely difficult at that time for me, personally, I'll be frank because I am a woman of color, and you know there's things I stand for when it comes to ensuring that we have equal opportunity and rights for all, and being having to stand in, you know, a building full of officers who also want to serve and protect because in L.A. we’re very multicultural and diverse but at the same time, you know, because of the peace protests and everything that's happening there's congestion. And we were starting to build something out for the department itself, and so it got to the point where everything got bogged down. Everything was not working. We weren’t able to download anything. It was during a time of emergency because we had to make sure officers were taken care of, making sure that the buildings were safe, the people who were working in the buildings were safe, people who were protesting were safe, and they were depending on our communication. So we were able to immediately work with all of our network teams and everybody to collaborate and, you know, think outside the box of what can we do to amplify, you know, the signals that we need? What was the issue that we were having? And we were able to find out that we had different resources available to us from the equipment that we had on hand, along with the able-bodied co-workers that I had were able to drive across, you know, cities to make it happen. So, you know, that was in a sense a success, because, I think I was there six o'clock in the morning that day and I didn't leave until like 11 o'clock at night that night. And we were able to get it done. 

Luis: Having all of these issues surrounding, and kind of geared at a certain profession, yet you're coming from a background that has felt the expression of what the protesters are actually really going after. I mean did you find that... did it make it hard for you to kind of like, stand shoulder-to-shoulder you know in a sense, because I mean you're helping out the people that are being protested against. Did that make it difficult for you?

Chanta: I would say at first it was you know, you were at that... like I said that now I've

entered an emotional state where I had to take a step back, and look at where I am in that moment of time. And I'm gonna say no, because I knew what I was doing was for the long game.

Luis: Right.

Chanta: And I knew what I was doing was to protect the community at the end of the day. So

actions by a few does not determine actions of many, so... 

Luis: That's fair.

Chanta: I knew those, I knew many of the officers in the building. I knew what they stand for. I knew, you know, the community in itself, um, over in LA and the officers in LA and orange county, all of southern California, and I know what they stand for. I work with them every day, so to me no it wasn't difficult. It was actually beautiful to see young people actually... you know I feel like I'm still young too...you know, fighting for the equality that we needed, and so that is something that we had to hear as a country. And standing on the side I was, it wasn't difficult because I knew that at the end of the day it was something that had to be had to be done for myself and my own job, but also it's just part of the circle of life where we have to go through that kind of difficult path to make sure that we fight for what our beliefs are.

Brandon: All right so, I guess talking about the long game, right?

Chanta: Yeah.

Brandon: Like, what do you see as far as the future? What kind of future technologies do you think are gonna affect your field, and is there anything cool that, you know, you're excited to see happen?

Chanta: Yes, I'm actually very excited. You know AT&T has, I think, three things top of mind that's coming out that I actually can speak publicly about, which is firstnet push to talk. And that in itself it's more, you know, people think of like a walkie-talkie you go beep-beep,  well it's pretty much the same direct way of using the device. However the difference is that it's built on a separate core network, right? Whereas before it was like an over-the-top type of application which means that you download the app, and it works over the data, and you know it's all depending, and it runs the interface on the app itself, right? Whereas firstnet push-to-talk it

runs through the network so we actually have six different grids all over the united states, and

we're building more to actually work with the technology itself. So it's not over the top, so because... usually when it's over the top there’s usually a delay with software there's issues and for here it's actually rated mission critical. And so we've actually been test piloting it out the last year or so. Many agencies are looking for that because it works really well with land mobile radio which is LMR, and integrates really well with the interface, because of the fact that it can connect not just to the towers but also the mobile radios itself. So that's one. Second is what we call z-access. And z-access is actually really cool. I actually can't wait for me to get a demo on it because it allows... basically it's a technology where we are able to locate an employee or personnel on the z-axis, up and down buildings, right? Okay, and so for example if you're a firefighter and you're in charge of being aware on radio where each firefighter is located in the building it's really hard sometimes, because you don't have a way to measure it based on the current gps ways of how we do things. So z-axis allows you to go up and down buildings and throughout the buildings using band 14, which is the spectrum for what first authority is, and penetrate the buildings, and be able to find them. So I'm really excited about that because I can see it be like... it shows like a simulation where it's like a game where people are running back and forth down the buildings, but you know it's all fun and everything, but at the end of the day it actually could save a lot of lives.

Brandon: That's one for the bat cave right there.

Chanta: Yeah. Yeah, absolutely. And then lastly, we call it HPUE, which is high power user  endpoints, and it basically allows you to have a long range data connection, and it basically is like... for example, like if you're going skiing, let's say, mammoth is an example, if you’re driving and there's not a connection, knowing if I drive a mile out there's gonna be no connections, it can be a dead zone. What HPUE does is that it actually amplifies that last mile of connection that you have from, you know, where you are to extend out further. 

Brandon: So it's like an access point in your house basically?

Chanta: Correct. Correct, and made for rural areas. And so for those who are out, like, different places where you're out, maybe at a ranch, or out like, you know, out camping or doing a campsite, or so you can see that there's many people, like, rangers that can benefit from having HPUE because of the ability to extend their range. Because if they're doing like search and rescue, and they know that at this point we don't have signal, well we can always, I call it daisy chain it, where we can continue to amplify by having another router in place and so the HPUE can feed off the router that you have, you know, from that cradle point further on. So it's a pretty cool technology. We’re the only ones that have that at firstnet at AT&T. So we're looking forward to getting that in front of our first responders so that we can continue on, you know, scaling up and providing additional technology.

Brandon: That's awesome.

Luis: That's super cool. 

Brandon: So what about you? Like where are you headed over the next, like, 5-10 years, you know? What are we expecting from Chanta?

Chanta: Well, for me, um I love that. I always tell my team, like, you should always change it up every three years. Everything that you're doing in your career, your goals you always gotta keep going and moving forward and elevating yourself. So I hope to grow my youtube channel that I actually started back in December. Went from, like, zero subscribers now close to 300 in the last two months. I'm pretty stoked about that. There, I talk about, like, living your best life. I love to share, like, practices of fashion, beauty, all the stuff that makes me who I am, but also the main reason of putting the message out there, not just for women, but also men to really take care of themselves, right? To really take time for self-love, self-care because if you are trying to, you know, provide for your family and provide for those you love with an empty cup, and you're not filling that cup up with self-love and self-care, you're not going to be able to do it. And so I just want... because you don't have the energy to do it. So that in itself is my channel along with, you know, growing my career as an aspiring motivational speaker and that's, as I mentioned before, I have a podcast called The Boss Babe series where I talk about personal life experiences, and also work with others that share their life stories on how they were able to become a boss themselves. So, you know, at the end of the day I love my career, the things I'm doing here, but the next five, ten years I hope to inspire, to motivate others to live their best life every day. Along with you know just you know living my best life and doing what I love. So that's what I see myself doing. 

Brandon: Nice.

Luis: All right, so this question will be just kind of like out of the box, I guess. Okay, so you know it's like kind of like a last one. We'll throw something out. So, all right, let’s set it.

Chanta: Oh my goodness. Okay. All right.

Luis: So, all right. It's a zombie apocalypse…

Chanta: Oh gosh.

Luis: Well you know you're kind of in zombie apocalypse mode with your job with the

first responder stuff so it kind of fits, I guess, right?

Chanta: Yeah.

Brandon: We would be calling you in a zombie apocalypse.

Luis: All right, so what three people living or dead would you want on your team? All right

three people living or dead?

Chanta: Gosh, living or dead. If I don't say my husband he's gonna get mad but I can't have him on my team, unfortunately.

Luis: Don't worry we won't say anything to him.

Chanta: I would say living or... three people... including me right? Three people?

Luis: Teammates. Teammates.

Chanta: I don't know. I'm all about, like, living through experiences, and you know, finding people who've been there, right, or who survive. Who's in that survival mode? Um, John McClane. 

Luis: Okay.

Chanta: Right, from Die Hard.

Luis: Okay 

Chanta: Not Bruce Willis. And also... let me think here, um, Laura Croft from Tomb Raider. I love her. I love her. I'm, like, all action you know, fiction people here. Um and then let me see one more person… oh geez let's… gosh, I'm gonna say The Rock. 

Brandon: Yeah.

Chanta: The Rock, yeah, cause he's one of the gentlemen I listen to every morning. Also I just I see him getting really positive about this, like, yeah we got like 10 more zombies today. You're

like, yes, we do.

Luis: As he's like crushing your head with his elbow.

Brandon: He was great in Jumanji.

Chanta: Yes, I think those are the three I would have. 

Luis: So, wait a minute. John McClane, right, because I could see that, because, like, you could survive with no shoes and only on cigarettes for an entire christmas weekend, right? That's what he did. Right so yeah I could see that you know surviving a zombie apocalypse. So give me the Tomb Raider, like give me about... what do you think about her, like, what about her would you want?

Chanta: You know I always need a female on the team. I feel like a diversity there. 50/50. But no, I think she also has out-of-box thinking, the way she's able to macgyver things, you know, with her, with the thing, the tools that she has. So I like that about her. Also she's gritty. Like, she doesn't mind getting dirty and figuring out ways to survive, and I love that about her, because it's like a sense of woman empowerment. And I love to have someone very similar to my personality on, you know, the same... at the same level of surviving. And also I know she also doesn't judge and she's not catty like that, so I like being around women like that is like okay she's not really worried so, cool. Let's go and kill some zombies. And then The Rock because I feel that… I don’t know if you guys saw this, saw this but in one of his instagram posts he ripped his gate open…

Luis: Oh I saw that. Where he was, like, aggro, like going crazy.

Chanta: Cause he was missing... he was gonna miss his appointment or his, uh, being on set,

and he hates missing his appointments. Which I hate missing my appointments too, and so I can understand his pain. So, I think he's definitely goal-oriented, and he's driven, and I don't mind having muscle on the team.

Brandon: He can work on his anger management a little bit.

Luis: This fish is not prepared correctly! Argh!

Brandon: Go be angry at a zombie.

Chanta: So funny.

Brandon: Yes, awesome. Thanks for joining us today. How can people find out more about you do you want to drop some social media, some web links out there?

Chanta: Absolutely, so one ways people can find out who I am, and what I'm about is you can visit my website which is chantapeak.com. It has everything from, like, my youtube videos, my instagram page, my Boss Babe series podcast. It's kind of like my, you know, digital autobiography platform. So if people want to know more about me and my stories, and, you know, they can come visit me there, because you know. I love also visitors, and people commenting and directly visiting and sharing their stories with me. So that's one way to do that.

Brandon: Well we appreciate everybody for tuning in and you can find all of our episodes at sendlio.com or wherever you get your podcasts, and we'll see you next time.

Luis: Thanks for joining us.
Chanta: Bye guys.

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