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Microsoft Spotlight Podcast

Microsoft Spotlight Podcast

By Microsoft Spotlight
The Microsoft Spotlight Podcast highlighting the important of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion by speaking with those who share our same beliefs.

We believe that all members of the technical community are equally important.
We are part a tech community where we value a diverse network and learn and share from one another:
regardless of age,
regardless of colour,
regardless of their ethnicity,
regardless of their religion or beliefs,
regardless of disability,
regardless of gender,
regardless of sexual orientation
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Episode 13 - Jese Navaranjan

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Episode 15 - Sharon Weaver
On Episode 15 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, after a small Summer break, our hosts are joined by Sharon Weaver who is a Microsoft Regional  Director, Microsoft Certified Trainer, Process Improvement, and  Productivity Expert.   Sharon is the founder and CEO of Smarter consulting and speaks to our hosts about being a leader within the Kansas area by running the Kansas  City O365 User Group. Sharon shares her journey from coding as a hobby when growing up to working in medicine then falling back into IT!  We  also find out what the role of a Microsoft Regional Director is!   Sharon will be hosting a session at Commsverse on the 15th September,  where you can watch her session "All Roads Lead to Teams! Working with  Tasks by Planner and To Do" at 17:20pm GMT.   Sharon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sharoneweaver  Sharon's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonweaver/  Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/  Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode  Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight  Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
45:08
September 9, 2021
Episode 14 - Sophie Dimelow
On today's episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Sophie Dimelow who is our youngest guest so far! Sophie is a Microsoft Sales Consultant at The Pure Technology Group, Sophie talks about how her IT career started after starting off as an IT  recruiter and her journey to her current role. Sophie enthusiastically tells our hosts that although not from a technical background, she is enjoying learning and immersing herself in Microsoft technology. Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie Sophie's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophiedimelow/ Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/ Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
44:00
August 20, 2021
Episode 13 - Jese Navaranjan
On episode 13th of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Jese Navaranjan who is a Microsoft MVP working at Avanade. Graduating university after completing a maths degree, Jese talks to our hosts about her journey from being a Business Analyst to becoming an MVP. Jese talks about her passion for presenting in user groups and her desire to become a mentor for women in the IT community. Jese's Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeseNav2 Jese's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/Jese-Navaranjan Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/ Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
45:07
August 10, 2021
Episode 12 - Sara Fennah
Sara Fennah is our guest on episode 12 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast! Sara is a freelance Microsoft Certified Trainer having been certified for 14 years! Sara talks to our hosts about her career progression starting as a teacher at a secondary school to delivering Microsoft 365 courses. Both of our hosts had plenty of questions about the MCT program and its community. Sara has a unique style of delivering her courses where our host Jon believes she is one of the best MCTs in the industry! Sara's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sfennah Sara's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarafennah/ Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/ Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
43:12
July 28, 2021
Episode 11 - Anne Michels
In the 11th episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, we speak to Microsoft's Anne Michels who works as the Director of Product Marketing for Microsoft Teams. Anne passionately speaks about her job at Microsoft, her love for Microsoft Teams, and how it has positively helped the world in a time of crisis. Recording this during her maternity leave, Anne talks about her she got into her role at Microsoft and her experiences from speaking at big conferences such as Microsoft Ignite. Anne is also passionate about her work/life balance as a working Mum and how she is navigating a working life as a mother of two. You can also reach out to Anne on our LinkedIn Group - Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/ where Anne has volunteered to help mentor those within the group. Anne's Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anne_Michels Anne's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anne-michels/ Microsoft Tech Community: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/ Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
50:28
July 14, 2021
Episode 10 - Layla Porter
Andrew and Jon welcome Layla Porter aka LaylaCodesIT to the 10th episode of the Microsoft Spotlight Podcast. Laya works as a Developer Advocate for VMware Tanzu and is a Microsoft MVP and GitHub Star! Layla speaks to our hosts about her journey into IT and her rise in just over 5 years in the industry. Layla talks about her work as a content creator on Twitch, dealing with trolls, and her role as a .NET Developer Advocate. Layla's Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaylaCodesIt Layla's Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/laylacodesit Layla's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/layla-porter/ Microsoft Tech Community: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/ Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
43:40
June 30, 2021
Episode 9 - Anna Chu
On episode 9 of the Microsoft Spotlight we welcomed Anna Chu who is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft! Australian native Anna is based out of Seattle currently and works predominately in the Microsoft Tech Community, working on the launch to what it is today. Anna talks to our hosts about starting at Microsoft as a graduate 15  years ago and her experiences of not only being female but a female with a diverse background. Anna also gives some great advice on how to win competitions for a fully paid wedding! Anna Chu’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/_achu Anna Chu’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annachu08/ Microsoft Tech Community: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/ Andrew’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
51:06
June 14, 2021
Episode 8 - Karuana Gatimu
On the 8th episode of the Microsoft Spotlight Podcast, we are joined by the one and only Karuana Gatimu the Principal Program Manager for the  Customer Advocacy group for Teams. She is one of the most recognizable faces within Microsoft having hosted several Microsoft lead events including MSIgnite and many other community-driven events.    Karuana takes time out of her busy schedule to share her journey having been a theatre-trained dancer to working as a GM for a large  Professional Services organization before working for Microsoft and developing solutions for Satya Nadella office.      Karuana's Twitter: https://twitter.com/Karuana Karuana's  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karuanagatimu/  Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode  Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight  Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
41:32
May 19, 2021
Episode 7 - Kathi Kellenberger
In this episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, Kathi Kellenberger talks to our hosts about the journey from working in pharmaceuticals to pursuing a new career in IT. Being our first active MVP on the podcast, Kathi talks about how she became an MVP and maintained the award for 11 years. Kathi has done it all in her career; an MVP, a developer, a DBA, consultant, trainer, author, and now an editor! Kathi's Twitter: https://twitter.com/auntkathi Kathi's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathikellenberger/ Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis Listen to us on; YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAlwyX2vyn0pmQ6CRnu0siA Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6XFgTlvbs4HholpigMPtZe Google Podcast: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80YTJkNDE5Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Anchor.FM: https://anchor.fm/msftspotlight Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/microsoft-spotlight-podcast-1786419 Following us on; LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/msftspotlight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msftspotlight/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight
49:01
May 5, 2021
Episode 6 - Jen Stirrup
This episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast features Jen Stirrup,  CEO, and Founder of Data Relish. Jen talks to our hosts about her life  growing up in technology, having learned to code from a young age! Other  topics include work as a speaker, the effects of social media, being a  single parent, and also a little bit of martial arts! Jen is the creator of the Diversity Charter which we at the Microsoft Spotlight wholeheartedly agree with. Jen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenstirrup Jen’s Personal Website: https://jenstirrup.com/ Jen’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenstirrup/ The Diversity Charter: https://diversitycharterblog.wordpress.com/ Andrew’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis Listen to us on; YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAlwyX2vyn0pmQ6CRnu0siA Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6XFgTlvbs4HholpigMPtZe Google Podcast: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80YTJkNDE5Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Anchor.FM: https://anchor.fm/msftspotlight Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/microsoft-spotlight-podcast-1786419 Following us on; LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/msftspotlight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msftspotlight/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight
45:51
April 29, 2021
Episode 5 - Laurie Pottmeyer
On episode 5 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, Andrew and Jon speak to Microsoft's Laurie Pottmeyer! Laurie passionately talks about her role as the Microsoft Teams Community Manager and how she positively engages with the community to improve the Microsoft Teams experience, including the creation of the Women in Teams community. As a single Mum who travels a lot, Laurie tells Andrew and Jon how she structures life around her kids and how her daughter even managed a trip to Paris for a conference! Laurie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauriepottmeyer Laurie's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauriepottmeyer/ Women in Teams Community: aka.ms/WITCommunity Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
46:55
April 15, 2021
Episode 4 - Catriona Janes
In this episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, Andrew and Jon are joined by Catriona Janes of Tibco Software!   Catriona speaks about working with dyslexia and spreading awareness about neurological illnesses. She also talks about her early career, working during the pandemic, and her journey into IT. Catriona has worked extensively within the WIT network in the past 12  months, listen to see how the WIT Network can benefit everyone!   Links Mentioned  Catriona's Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnottingham  Catriona's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catrionajanes/  Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode   Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight   Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis  Fearless Organisation - https://fearlessorganization.com/  The WIT Network: http://www.thewitnetwork.com oVdbnYtoiKrXtmdwNyjE
38:13
April 6, 2021
Episode 3 - Corinna Lins
In the third episode of Microsoft Spotlight, Andrew and Jon speak to Corinna Lins who works as a Modern Workspace Consultant in Germany. Corinna is very well known throughout the community for being an active speaker as events such as CollabDays, SharePoint Saturdays and CollabSummit. Corinna also organisers Collaboration Meetup and collabDays Munich. In the episode, Corinna talks to us about her early years in IT, how she moved into consultancy and spoke about her goals in the future. Links Mentioned Corinna's Blog: https://www.corinnalins.com/ Corinna's Twitter: https://twitter.com/corinna_lins Corinna's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/corinna-lins-10830a135/ Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
34:28
March 26, 2021
Episode 2 - Zoe Wilson
In today's episode Andrew and Jon speak to Zoe Wilson who is the Head of Enterprise Collaboration and Productivity at Agilisys.  The main discussion points of the conversation include Zoe's work with Women in the Community, how she got started within IT and how her career has progressed from the IT service desk to a senior figure within a Microsoft partner. Zoe is an aspiring Microsoft MVP having spoken at many events in the past, we spoke about the most recent Scottish Summit event and the journey towards MVP status. Links Mentioned: Zoe's Twitter: @SharePoint_Zoe Zoe's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zoe-wilson-uk/ Zoe Wilson - Creating a More Inclusive Workplace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwgBt3LFbvE Andrew's Twitter: Andrew J. Price (@thewatchernode) / Twitter Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: Microsoft Spotlight (@msftspotlight) / Twitter Jon's Twitter: Jon Jarvis (@jonjarvis) / Twitter
35:38
March 8, 2021
Episode 1 - Why now?
In this episode, Andrew and John provide introductions to each other and how the podcast come about. It has been a goal of Andrew's to provide a platform and cast a spotlight on those from a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion background. They also discuss the vision for upcoming episodes where they will be talking to women from the tech community to promote, highlight and spotlight the excellent work they are doing.
30:48
February 10, 2021