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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 42 - Amanda Sterner
In episode 42 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Amanda Sterner, Technical Architect for Advania - Knowledge  Factory. Amanda is a fantastic Women In Tech who has recently returned to work after her maternity level. We discussed the importance of supportive home life and all the wonderful things Amanda does in the community.     Amanda's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandasterner/ Amanda's Twitter: https://twitter.com/amandassterner Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/ Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot... Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie   Notes: South Coast Summit: https://www.southcoastsummit.com/
43:29
September 20, 2022
Episode 41 - Femke Cornelissen
In episode 41 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Femke Cornelissen who is Teamlead Adoption and Modern Work at Tredion ICT & Telecom. Femke hosts the "Microsoft Community Talks" held on Twitter with Pete Rising and co-founder of the Dutch Women In Tech community.   Femke's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/femkecornelissen1 Femke's Twitter: https://twitter.com/Femkedebruin Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/ Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot... Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie Notes: South Coast Summit: https://www.southcoastsummit.com/
43:22
September 04, 2022
Episode 40 - Emily Mancini
In episode 40 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined  by Emily Mancini who is Principal Architect at Sympraxis Consulting.  Emily is a very active member of the Microsoft community and has been  awarded Microsoft MVP status for her hard work.   Emily's LinkedIn: https://twitter.com/EEMancini Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/ Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot... Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie   Notes: South Coast Summit: https://www.southcoastsummit.com/
38:26
August 23, 2022
Episode 39 - Stacey Forman
In episode 39 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Stacey Forman who is Group Portfolio and PMO Lead for Nuivas UK. Stacey is a very active member of the Women In Tech community and is very passionate about Diversity/Inclusion Stacey's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyaforman/   Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/    Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...    Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode    Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight    Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis   Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie      Notes:    South Coast Summit: https://www.southcoastsummit.com/   
46:04
August 09, 2022
Episode 38 - Zoe Wilson
In episode 38 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts welcome back by Zoe Wilson who has changed role since Episode 2 and also become an  MVP. In this episode, we discuss the Microsoft Community and events, the  Microsoft Valued Professional (MVP) program, and how Zoe become an MVP.      Zoe's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zoe-wilson-uk/    Zoe's Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharePoint_Zoe    Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/    Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...    Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode    Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight    Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis    Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie      Notes:    South Coast Summit: https://www.southcoastsummit.com/    South Coast Summit CFC: https://sessionize.com/south-coast-su...   M365 Community Day – Middle Earth Coming Soon
43:41
July 26, 2022
Episode 37 - Kristine Kolodzlejski
In episode 37 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Kristine Kolodzlejski who is a Principal Technical Consultant at  Computacenter. Kristine shares her story of how moved from our native  Poland to the United Kingdom in the quest of building a career for herself after deciding that the Police force wasn't for her. Kristine's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristine-kolodziejski/ Kristine's Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristinekk94 Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/    Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...    Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode    Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight    Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis      Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie Notes:   South Coast Summit: https://www.southcoastsummit.com/ South Coast Summit CFC: https://sessionize.com/south-coast-summit-2022
47:15
July 12, 2022
Episode 36 - Karoliina Kettukari
In episode 36 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Karoliina Kettukari who is a Modern Work Leader at Meltlake.  Karoliina is a Microsoft Valued Professional and shares her story of how transitioned into IT and got involved with the Microsoft Community. Karoliina's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karoliinakettukari Karoliina's Twitter: https://twitter.com/kettukari Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/    Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...    Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode    Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight    Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis      Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie Notes:   South Coast Summit: https://www.southcoastsummit.com/ South Coast Summit CFC: https://sessionize.com/south-coast-summit-2022
46:00
June 28, 2022
Episode 35 - Jess Pomfret
In episode 35 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Jess Pomfret who is a Database Platform Architect at Data Masterminds. Jess is a Microsoft Valued Professional and shares her story of how she moved from the UK over to America on a Football (Soccer) scholarship and ended up working in IT.  Jess's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jpomfret/  Jess's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jpomfret  Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/  Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...  Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode  Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis  Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie  Notes:  South Coast Summit: https://www.southcoastsummit.com/
40:33
June 15, 2022
Episode 34 - Jonah Andersson
In episode 34 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined  by Jonah Andersson who is a Senior Software Engineer Consultant at  ForeFront Consulting. Jonah is a Microsoft Valued Professional and shares her story of how she moved from our native country to Sweden.   Jonah's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonahandersson/ Jonah's Twitter: https://twitter.com/cjkodare Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/     Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...     Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode     Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight     Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis       Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie   Notes:    Blog - https://jonahandersson.tech/ Meetup - https://www.meetup.com/azureusergroupsundsvallsverige/ 
41:10
June 06, 2022
Episode 33 - Anna Wykes
In episode 33 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Anna Wykes who is a Senior Consultant at Advancing Analytics. Anna is a Microsoft Valued Professional and shares her story of how she entered the world of IT after studying Photography. Anna's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-maria-wykes-31939454/ Anna's Twitter: https://twitter.com/annawykes Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/    Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...    Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode    Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight    Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis      Notes:   None
45:42
May 18, 2022
Episode 32 - Miri Rodriguez
In episode 32 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by "Maverick" Miri Rodriguez who is a Senior Storyteller Future of Work at Microsoft. Miri has released her own book on storytelling which is currently being used in schools as a source of learning, and if you are interested in purchasing her book it is available in all good book stores. We learned that Miri originally wanted to be a Fighter Pilot but thankfully for Microsoft and us that never happened, also Miri had recently beat breast cancer which has given her a new lease of life.      Miri's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mirirod/   Miri's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mirirod   Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/    Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...    Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode    Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight    Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis      Notes:    Brand Storytelling: Put Customers at the Heart of Your Brand Story:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brand-Storytelling-Customers-Heart-Story/dp/0749490470/?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_w=19lno&pf_rd_p=4d619998-507a-44d3-b580-1c7fc24282f7&pf_rd_r=2FMFREN56EHCDKHHKYY2&pd_rd_r=e2c3f33f-70d1-4cfd-bf16-1f8980ac77e4&pd_rd_wg=mZFK4&ref_=pd_gw_ci_mcx_mr_hp_atf_m
49:29
May 04, 2022
Episode 31 - Kat Greenan
In episode 31 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Kat Greenan who is a Microsoft Solutions Specialist for Core Technology Systems and a recently awarded Microsoft MVP. Kat is a member of the Cloud Conversation podcast which discusses tech, career, and all things Microsoft. We learnt how Kat really became an MVP within a 18 month period from a non-tech background and has seriously made waves within the community.    Kat's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katgreenan/ Kat's Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreenanKat Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/   Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...   Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode   Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight   Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis    Notes:   Cloud Conversation Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/c/CloudConversations
46:10
April 19, 2022
Episode 30 - Isidora Katanic
In episode 30 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined   by Isidora Katanic who is a Community Manager for Experts Inside and a  Microsoft MVP. Issy is the 2nd half of the Head in the Cloud, Heart in  the Community podcast which she shared with our former guest Holly. She explained to us how she went from being a nanny to Women in Tech and her  love for the community.    Issy's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isidora-katanic-mvp-0b479534/ Issy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/IsidoraKatanic Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/   Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...   Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode   Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight   Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis    Notes:   Heart in the Community, Head in the Cloud Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/c/HeadintheCloudHeartintheCommunity
49:31
April 06, 2022
Episode 29 - Kema Davies
In episode 29 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Kema Davies who was UK Early Careers Recruitment Lead for Microsoft before joining Meta. Kema has a successful career within IT Recruitment within the tech industry and shares her knowledge and passion for DE&I.    Kema's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kema-davies/ Kema's Twitter: https://twitter.com/KemaDavies Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/   Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot...   Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode   Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight   Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis    Notes:  #internationalwomensday2022
43:04
March 23, 2022
Episode 28 - Nikki Chapple
In episode 28 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Nikki Chapple who is Principal Cloud Architect for Cloudway. Nikki has been recently awarded Office Apps and Services MVP for her excellent community work within the Microsoft Compliance arena. Nikki has also Ryan John Murphy from Microsoft to create a new podcast called "M365 Compliance" Nikki's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkichapple/ Nikki's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChappleNikki Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/ Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spotlight-user-group/ Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis Notes: M365 Compliance Podcast: https://msftcompliance.com/blog/coming-soon/
43:48
March 08, 2022
Episode 27 - Tricia Sinclair
In episode 27 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Tricia Sinclair who is Dynamics 365 Customer Service Lead for Avanade. Tricia is also the founder of an amazing project called "The Power Platform School" which helps adults of diverse backgrounds learn the Microsoft Power Platform for free with the view of upskilling and finding a new career within IT.    Tricia’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/triciasin... Tricia’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/tassyja Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/ Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spot... Andrew’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis Show notes  The Power Platform School - https://powerplatformschool.com/  The Power Platform School Twitter: https://twitter.com/powerplatschool
47:04
February 22, 2022
Episode 26 - Ellie King
In episode 26 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Ellie King who is co-founder of Equal.IT! Ellie works with organizations to help diversify tech teams through refined talent acquisition complemented by diversity and inclusion consulting. She also runs our own podcast and YouTube channel about all things DE&I, so make sure you subscribe via the links below. We also learned that Ellie DE&I's passion came from our love of football where she was once signed to Arsenal Ladies.   Ellie's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellie-king-62842777/ Ellie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ekdiversitytech Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/ Spotlight User Group:  https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spotlight-user-group/ Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis   Show notes https://www.developdiverse.com/ YouTube Ellie King -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLJTFrrjCZx43REQsaZqUWQ YouTube Equal.IT -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoN-S2Y5KJ2QCUM4thEi8xg
40:43
February 09, 2022
Episode 23 - April Edwards
In todays final episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast for 2021, our hosts are joined by April Edwards, who is the Senior Cloud Advocate for Microsoft. April talks to our hosts about her life before Microsoft, moving from and her friendship with Abel Wang who inspired her career. April has spoken at many events across the globe and presents the DevOps Lab which can be found over on YouTube. April’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/azureapril/   April's Twitter: https://twitter.com/theapriledwards Azure DevOps: https://www.youtube.com/c/AzureDevOps Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Andrew’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode Andrew’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewmoran1985/ Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis Jon's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonjarvisuk/ Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/
46:42
February 04, 2022
Episode 25 - Heather Newman
In episode 25 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Heather Newman who is a Principal PM Manager for Dynamics 365 and  Power Platform Community at Microsoft! Andrew and Jon discuss the "real cool shit" on Heather's LinkedIn profile as we dive into your career path back to Microsoft after a conversation with Dona Sarkar. Heather even shared a stage with Bill Gates very early on in her career when demoed the very first online customer portal. Heather’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heathernewman  Heather's Twitter: https://twitter.com/heddanewman Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/   Microsoft Spotlight User Group: https://www.meetup.com/microsoft-spotlight-user-group/  Andrew’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode   Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight   Jon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
49:32
January 26, 2022
Episode 24 - Ioana Tanase
In episode 24 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Ioana Tanase who is an Accessibility PM at Microsoft! Ioana, originally from Romania speaks to our hosts about finding out she had dyslexia when she was 32 and how that has affected her life. Ioana has published books including "Life v2" having moved from Romania to London and wanting to write about her experiences. Being an avid shoemaker you can check out Ioana's website where you can find her Journals and also browse shoes that Ioana has created herself https://www.ioanatanase.com/ Ioana's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ioana-tanase Ioana's Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ioana_in_a11y 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
43:53
January 12, 2022
Episode 22 - Sara Lagerquist
In today's episode, Jon Jarvis is joined by guest co-host Sophie Dimelow and Sara Lagerquist! Sara is a 3 time Microsoft Business Applications MVP from Sweden and works as a Power Platform Consultant at CRM-Konsulterna. Sara has spoken at many events over the past couple of years including the South Coast Summit, 365 Saturday Amsterdam, and the upcoming Scottish Summit in February 2022. Sara is an inspiring individual who talks to our hosts about her battle and recovery from breast cancer. Sara's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saralagerquist/ Sara's Twitter: https://twitter.com/lagerquistsara Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis Jon's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonjarvisuk/ Sophie's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophiedimelow/ Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimelow_sophie Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/
43:16
December 16, 2021
Episode 21 - Holly Lehman
In today's episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Holly Lehman, who is the Product Marketing Manager for  Microsoft Teams. Holly talks to our guests about her life before Microsoft, moving between Vegas and Seattle working in hospitality. Holly has spoken at many events across the globe and has her own community podcast titled “Head in the Cloud, Heart in the Community”.   Holly's Twitter: https://twitter.com/lehman_holly  Holly's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-lehman-103b8050  Head in the Cloud, Heart in the Community: https://www.youtube.com/c/HeadintheCloudHeartintheCommunity   Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode  Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight  Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis  Microsoft Women In Tech UK Community: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/
48:42
November 30, 2021
Episode 20 - Antje Lamartine
On this week's episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, we are joined by Antje Lamartine who is a Microsoft MVP based in Germany.   Antje is a Senior Change Success Manager for IF-Blueprint AG based in Munich, Germany. In this episode, we discussed Antje's life in the US/  Germany, how the Women In Tech community varies in each country and how she becames a part of the Microsoft MVP Community.      Antje's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntjeLamartine  Antje's LinkedIn: https://twitter.com/AntjeLamartine  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
48:47
November 18, 2021
Episode 19 - Tracy van der Schyff
On this week's episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, we are joined by Tracy van der Schyff who is the first dual MVP that has joined us on the show.   Tracy is a Microsoft 365 coach and has owned her own company The GUID  Stuff for the past 10 years. This episode is one of the funniest episodes with both hosts in hysterics throughout. Tracy speaks about her  own health after recently suffering from a stroke and what she is doing now to ensure a better work/life balance.    PS - This episode is interrupted by Tracy's internsheep!    Tracy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/elena_sinel Tracy's  LinkedIn: https://twitter.com/tracyvds  Tracy's Blog: https://tracyvanderschyff.com/ Microsoft Women In Tech: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/  Andrew's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode M icrosoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight  Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
46:21
November 03, 2021
Episode 18 - Elena Sinel
On this week's episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, we listen to the inspirational story of Elena Sinel who is the Ceo and Founder of  TeensInAI   Elena is our second Microsoft Regional Director on the show and is the first Regional Director from Uzbekistan. Having worked all over the world, Elena settled in London having never worked in IT but after her daughter had a bad experience expressing interest in Computer Science at school, TeensInAI was born. Elena talks about all things AI, her career journey, and a wonderful story about the co-owner of TeensInAi!
45:26
October 21, 2021
Episode 17 - April Dunnam
On Episode 17 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined  by April Dunnam who is the Power Platform Advocacy lead at Microsoft. April  talks to our hosts about her IT career so far, earning her MVP status  in 2018 after running her on consulting company for 8 years before  taking on a role at Microsoft in 2019. April unlike most of our guests  so far has had a love of IT from an early age and built her first  computer at around 9 or 10 years old then building websites to pay for  her college tuition. Check out Microsoft Spotlight at the South  Coast Summit on the 16th October at 4pm where we will be doing a  roundtable with the Women In Teams group. April's Twitter: https://twitter.com/aprildunnam April's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprildunnam/ 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 South Coast Summit: https://www.southcoastsummit.com/
42:25
October 08, 2021
Episode 16 - Dona Sarkar
On Episode 16 of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Dona Sarkar who is the Director of Accessibility at Microsoft. Dona talks about her time at Microsoft where she has worked since 2005, Dona was an engineer on the Windows Dev team for 12 years covering 5 versions of Windows. Dona speaks passionately about neurodiversity and how her role at Microsoft will ensure that accessibility needs for all users are met. Dona will be at the South Coast Summit where you can watch her session “Burnout Begone as a Service” on Saturday 16th October at 13:00. After you can also watch the Microsoft Spotlight Podcast live, where we will be hosting a roundtable with the Women in Teams community at 16:00. Dona's Twitter: Dona Sarkar (@donasarkar) / Twitter Dona's LinkedIn: Dona Sarkar | LinkedIn 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 South Coast Summit: https://www.southcoastsummit.com/
51:43
September 20, 2021
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 09, 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
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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 05, 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 06, 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
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March 08, 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 13, 2021