|Women Think Next is the annual center stage event for women in technology and was initiated by Microsoft in Israel with the objectives of networking, getting to know tech women colleagues in other hi-tech companies and creating new connections and business opportunities.
About the external audience, now prospects, that attended the 5th annual event on May 14:
Almost 600 tech female professionals attended, representing different positions in the booming Israeli hi-tech industry- They came across company sizes- from global hi tech companies to start-ups, tech units in the military, government etc., and also across levels and disciplines- R&D positions, Sales & Marketing and entrepreneurs. During the networking the women actively used the “LinkedIn- Boost your profile” booths.
Sue Bevington, Corporate VP HR, Sales Marketing and Services Group was talking about the unfolding transformation of the role of women in the workplace and in technology in particular and how all of women are at the VANGUARD of that transformation. In her words: “You lead that transformation to the finish line EACH DAY that you go to work and work harder than the job demands and move the industry forward; EACH DAY that you work towards personal advancement and excellence in your careers; EACH DAY that you inspire another girl, or boy, to choose this calling, to follow your lead, to reshape what technology can do for the world!”
Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England and NYC was talking about creating & leading Microsoft Research labs, her personal journey, what she has learned along the way and what helped her to get here. She shared lots of great learnings, among them: “Allow yourself to dream big dreams– see what’s missing in the world today…articulate your vision to inspire others to join you”. And “Never, ever let go. The key is to keep in the race, lean into the challenges, and try to surround yourself with amazing people who’ll always have your back”.
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Monthly Archives: May 2014
If you have current or previous consulting experience (5+ years), are open to travel and have technical skills focusing on Dynamics (ERP/CRM), Application Development, Desktop Deployment, Identity Access Management, System Center, Exchange, Lync, SharePoint Architecture/Infrastructure or Windows Server – then you don’t want to miss this!
Appetizers and drinks will be served.
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On the evening of Thursday, May 29, 2014 SMSG Staffing will be hosting a Senior Women’s VIP Networking event for external females in the sales, services and marketing professions in the Seattle area.
Attendees will spend the evening engaging with senior leaders from across the SMSG organization.
Dinner & Drinks will be served and registration is limited.
If you’d like to take be considered for this exclusive opportunity, please email us with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org – Subject line: SMSG Women’s Networking Event, May 29th.
A lot has happened since I joined the MACH program.
Why I decided to join in the first place is something you can read on Meet the MACHs – Stefanie Steenbrugge.
This is the sequel of my story.
Only one year after my debut as a Marketing MACH, I was offered to take on an additional role as Partner Account Manager for Learning Partners. I immediately believed it was the perfect opportunity to get introduced into the world of sales and broaden my knowledge outside my comfort zone. I changed direction, but so did Microsoft, and so did the people around me. Managers and team members came and went. Colleagues became friends, all sharing experiences in one big international network of young professionals. Eager to learn and continuously adjusting to an ever-changing market, I acquired new skills whereas Microsoft acquired companies such as Nokia and Yammer.
Combining both roles was challenging, exhausting at some times. However, it taught me to work more efficiently and to prioritize, and at Microsoft hard work pays off. By the end of my second year I received a Gold Excellence award, a special honour for top performing employees. Each time I get to the next level, I can hardly believe I just did. Microsoft has the ability to reveal talents you thought you never had. Thanks to a wide range of soft skill trainings and the possibility to attend highly valued IT networking events, the sky is the limit. Never think something is a bridge too far. Always remember you are surrounded by many intelligent and highly motivated people who will never withhold a helping hand. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, from colleagues or customers, inside or outside your team. Use their suggestions as bricks to build any bridge you want.
What changes will you make this year? Start by checking out job opportunities in Microsoft Services here!