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  • Blog Post: Happy International Women’s Day!

    It’s also Women’s History Month . In honor of women in computing, you should meet Lili Cheng , general manager of Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs, which focuses on software and services that are centered on social connectivity, real-time experiences, and rich media. Lili talks to @ritzy...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 it is.

    Mike Nash posted on the Vista Team Blog yesterday that they've finalized the name for Windows 7 (the next version of Windows.) It's Windows 7! :-)  I often like codenames better than the names products ship with, and I was definitely curious what they were going to do with this one. I'm glad to...
  • Blog Post: WomenBuild

    I've been hearing SUCH good things about the WomenBuild program and just got the final details! The WomenBuild program will launch in October and the events will be free for those registered for the Professional Developers Conference. The program is open to all registrants who have a passion for software...
  • Blog Post: One week until GHC!

    A week from today, we'll be in Keystone, Colorado at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing!!  Are you ready to CONNECT ? The CONNECT project is supported by the National Science Foundation (under #CNS-0738102) and ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W).  When I registered...
  • Blog Post: GHC08: Online conversations have started

    I've unpacked some winter clothes to get ready for GHC in less than two weeks!  I'm slowly but surely getting ready to go.  Today's task is to go through the Program Schedule and determine what sessions I want to attend.  Then I'll be signing up to hang out at the Microsoft booth when...
  • Blog Post: Microsoftie on The Balancing Act

    In keeping with our Grace Hopper Conference preparatory blogging theme, I saw a very cool story about a Microsoftie today.  Donna Hamilton was profiled in Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly and the Lifetime TV show The Balancing Act .  She's a Senior Communications Manager at Microsoft and balances...
  • Blog Post: Jobs (and altitude sickness)

    One of my 1:1s this week was with my co-worker Randy .  Randy lives in Colorado so he'll be my local expert at the Grace Hopper Conference in a few weeks. :-)    While browsing through the GHC site, I found a section on altitude sickness that said: "High Altitude Illness is the...
  • Blog Post: Facebook and Microphone

    You've asked, we've listened! You wanted to have a conversation with Microsoft, to talk with us about the issues you care about and to know we are listening.  So we've decided to expand our Facebook presence ...  In addition to our good 'ol Facebook Page , the Academic team has now launched...
  • Blog Post: Back to School Downloads

    Starting back to school?  Here are a few downloads you might consider to kick off the new year or setting up a new machine: The Ultimate Steal is back!  Office Ultimate for students at only $59.95 .   That's Word, Excel, Groove, Outlook, Access, OneNote... well, you can see the LONG...
  • Blog Post: Ramping up on the job: Meeting with Co-workers 1:1

    I work on a team that's geographically dispersed -- we live all over the US.   That makes it a little harder to jump into things.  They're all doing different activities in different cities and may be traveling, working from home or at a local office.  I'd like to figure out what...
  • Blog Post: Grace Hopper Conference, here we come!

    I have a bunch of posts to write about ramping up, but I'm taking a break to write about something I'm even MORE excited about... I've started prepping for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing!   To be fair, I guess I started prepping in June when I reserved a space at (what I think...
  • Blog Post: Ramping up on the job: Training

    Ah, training.  Formal training can be more or less helpful depending on the training and role.  For my role, I have various online trainings "due" throughout the year.  I spent part of my first week back catching up on these and getting ahead so that I could focus on my ramp...
  • Blog Post: Ramping up on the job: Peer mentorship

    I love having someone I can ask stupid questions without feeling totally ridiculous.  I'm extremely fortunate to have Hilary on my team -- we do almost the same job, she has previously returned from leave so understands my experience and she's a great mentor.  Hilary is acting as my "peer...
  • Blog Post: Ramping up on the job: Week 1

    My first week was little odd because it coincided with my team's annual offsite where we present best practices and talk about our strategy for the fiscal year.  It was both a great week to come back (so convenient to have everything being presented!) and a hard week (traveling the first week and...
  • Blog Post: Introduction

    Today is a big day for Springboard!  Hilary's blog is changing to "Hilary and Diane's blog."  Now, we'll both bring topics to help you Springboard toward your career goals. Look forward to even more great content for you to consume.  :-)  I'm returning from almost 5 months...
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