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The beauty that comes from nuance: to help their daughter, a Microsoft employee and a filmmaker became transgender allies

June 13, 2018

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Chadd Knowlton and filmmaker Vlada Knowlton underwent a “radical transformation” and then made a documentary to tell stories of families like theirs By Natalie Singer-Velush Chadd and Vlada Knowlton will never forget the day they most feared for their youngest child. They were driving to school and from the back seat […]

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After a personal crisis, Lewis Curtis dedicated his fix-it attitude to help people in the wake of disaster

May 22, 2018

He also taught himself how to speak again after a devastating stroke in 2007, a fearful time that changed the trajectory of his life and career—and opened his eyes to suffering in ways that would help him help others later on. A change of heart Just before he turned 40, Curtis was at a restaurant […]

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From drones to smart plants: Guada Casuso lets ideas take flight by cultivating her obsessions

May 10, 2018

Casuso graduated and went to work for several tech companies, including an editorial company where she helped architect an infrastructure to digitize publications and processes. It was there that she realized she’s built to create. “Assembling and creating things is in my DNA. I find technology so fascinating because it allows me to never stop […]

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to become a leader in AI, Ozge Yeloglu first had to figure out how to believe in herself

May 1, 2018

I had to learn the business side of things. A data scientist with generic data science knowledge is not that useful if one doesn’t have the business context. I was working with our sales teams, getting to know our customers and their needs. It was great to be working with people so closely, like I’d […]

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An engineer’s dream job blooms into reality

April 24, 2018

Recently, Philip Jarvis was in the Portland Art Museum checking out an exhibit on contemporary Native American fashion. As he finished in one gallery and prepared to move on to the next, he reflexively pressed his fingertips together and then opened up his hand like a flower blooming. He realized that he had just tried […]

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The great giving machine: driven to make an impact, employees turn giving into a way of life

April 18, 2018

Microsoft’s employee giving program, which the company has been evolving since its inception and which has generated a total of $1.6 billion according to its recently released annual results, redefines how people can harmonize theirs careers with their instincts to do good. The program began in 1983, back when teams of employees would compete with […]

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‘What in the world am I doing here?’ Amanda Finney’s journey from the White House to Microsoft

April 11, 2018

Editor’s note: We sat down with Amanda Finney to talk about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the unexpected path that led her to Microsoft. She tells this story in her own words. Eighteen months ago, I was sitting in the Hillary Clinton campaign office, furiously making phone calls. When I wasn’t making calls, I was […]

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‘Go. Go be with your family’

April 4, 2018

Editor’s note: We sat down with Jay Witcher to talk about how the family caregiver benefit helped him navigate a difficult family time. He tells this story in his own words. My father died last November. I am a wounded veteran, and like many others just like me, I’ve dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) […]

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