Named dropping a few that I have be *extremely* lucky to have been in the same room with!!!

Microsoft: @suedeyloh @LauraCatPJs @haiyan My former boss Renee

Adobe: (Founders Award Winner and InDesign/PageMaker architect) Robin Briggs, Michelle Dalton, Danielle (Bessette) Darling
More from work:
(MSR Enable) Ann Paradiso, @jennylayfluffy, @kclemson, @cathywissink, THEGARAGE's very own @LindaThackeray and SuzieK, @TuttiVestiti, @JenMsft
A few more from work:
@katholmes + Sogol + Joyce from Microsoft #InclusiveDesign
Ok, this thread will go on for a bit longer as I post some examples why I think these women are inspirational. Join me for an #IWD2019 joy ride.

Here we go!
First, @haiyan, @MSFTResearch Cambridge UK Innovation Director. I had the great fortune of hacking with her and her #ConnectedPlay team in the OneWeek 2016 Hackathon on this microsoft.com/en-us/research…, well before this happened:

THE VIDEO SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
Next: @LauraCatPJs and my former boss Renee, both in my leadership chain during Windows Phone 7.5 development (when I had my 1st growth spurt as a dev at Microsoft). They collectively taught me that great leaders = great listeners.
Here's a bit on Laura: news.microsoft.com/stories/people…
And guess what? They are both introverts. I'm also a borderline introvert. I remember Susan Cain's "Quiet" had a whole chapter on this topic:
introvertdear.com/news/why-intro…
Moving onto @kathomes, Sogol Malekzadeh and Joyce Chou. When these 3 women and their design team brought #InclusiveDesign to all of @Microsoft, EVERYONE LISTENED. It was THAT impactful. Their work defined a new category of design leadership: medium.com/microsoft-desi…
This brings me to @jennylayfluffy & @AnnParadiso, both tireless leaders of #Accessibility. My tweets are not going to do any justice to what these two have accomplished, but here are some examples:
* @jennylayfluffy: (Watch the Marlee Matlin video!) blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/…
* @AnnParadiso: foxnews.com/tech/sxsw-micr…
I was in the MSR Enable Lab in b99 at THE VERY MOMENT when Ann suggested they should apply to SXSW that year, to which one of the "PALS" Jeremy replied with this eye-gaze enabled Surface Pro 4: "F**K YEAH!"
It was really a special moment.
If you watched @KatHolmes' talk "Captivated by Her", you'd have noticed at 6:40 a huge #12s photo taken at Microsoft's Studios West soccer pitch. You know who orchestrated that? None other than @KCLemson aka #ChiefNinjaCat: news.microsoft.com/life/ninja-cat/
When you have an illustrious 21 year career at Microsoft and announce on @LinkedIn that you are taking a leave, you become, THE NEWS:
onmsft.com/news/kc-lemson…
AN ASIDE: @KCLemson may be the only person on this list on whom a mere mortal like me had a teeny weeny influence. KC admitted to me one day that she was a hackathon SKEPTIC.
In Dec 2017, I organized a hackathon for the project she was managing that turned her into a BELIEVER.
I wouldn't have been able to organize such a hackathon without the help of some great coaches, like Kara @TuttiVestiti Costa, Chief of Staff of our team at the time, who gave me a crash course in community engagement marketing AND how to invite company executives to a hackathon.
Until I had worked with Kara, I had assumed that people with the title "Chief of Staff" were too busy to deal with lowly employees like myself. Kara had singlehandedly changed that perception WHILE being A PRIME EXAMPLE on how to act with grace AND confidence and to #dreamBig.
Working with Kara also taught me the importance of forming a solid working relationship with a Chief of Staff, especially if you want to carry out projects with any kind of org-wide influence.
I also learned about hackathon operations from some great allies at @MSFTGarage. @LindaThackeray & Suzie Kandzor (not on twitter?) have both given me an inside look at how the annual #OneWeek hackathon is run. Every year, they just keep outdoing themselves! How do they do it?
Oh, I know! It's because the word #HACK is embedded in @lindatHACKeray's name!
😂
There are many stories about the #largestPrivateHackathonInTheWorld - some examples from OneWeek 2017:
* at the kickoff: news.microsoft.com/life/one-week-…
* in Linda's own words: blogs.microsoft.com/newengland/201…
The OneWeek hackathon is run on a global scale, but that's not the only thing on a world-wide scale at MS. One of the key people in the foundation of Windows' international reach is @cathywissink, credited as the author of @Unicode Technical Note #1: unicode.org/notes/tn1/
I was introduced to @cathywissink around the time we shipped an updated NLS (docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/… …) in Windows Phone 7.5. It was Cathy who recommended that I get to know the tight-knit + friendly @Unicode community by attending annual #IUC conferences.
Conferences are not only a great way to meet like-minded people from other companies, it's also a great way to make a name for oneself. When I joined Microsoft in 2006, I learned about this talented Windows CE dev who was #stealingTheShow at EVERY Mobile Embedded DevCon.
That's @suedeyloh. And STEAL THE SHOW SHE DID, constantly receiving the HIGHEST speaker ratings at conferences; former Windows CE Architect Mike Hall had NUTHIN' on her! The audience loved her cuz she knew her stuff in&out, showcased in her wildly popular blog (now sadly defunct)
@suedeyloh will probably kill me for posting this, but here's an interview of Sue and her teammate Bor-Ming, as conducted by Mike Hall. Jump to 27:10 where Sue takes over:
channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Charles/…
While this Windows Community Manager doesn't have an evil plan, she is nonetheless saving the world with a touch of #CustomerObsession; that's @JenMsft. Hear Jen talk about how user feedback drives development on this @shanselman podcast: hanselminutes.com/571/feedback-d…
Something that @JenMsft has in common with @LauraCatPJs: #Cookies.
You may think it sounds silly, but they DO bring people in the workplace together for some friendly conversation, work-related or otherwise. That, to me, makes the workplace more fun.
And why shouldn't the workplace be more fun, especially in this day and age of all sorts of workplace issues. Why can't we all just get along? @JenMsft constantly reminds the people around her of that point-of-view. And I say that point-of-view is a #MustHave.
So there you have it, 14 women who have inspired and directly influenced me positively in so many ways. Now, these are all current or former @Microsoft employees. (I had listed a few women from Adobe (my former employer), but none of them seem to be on twitter.)
If I had to think of the # of men at my current company of employment who have inspired me in similar ways, I can only think of only a few, definitely less than 14. Why? Because men are generally competitive, and that really uninspires me. Why do men always have to beat someone?
I am not saying these women don't have a competitive edge; to the contrary, they all do otherwise they wouldn't have achieved the successes they have. The difference IMHO is that they all win by building, not by tearing others down. Let that be a lesson for us on this #IWD2019.
PS: Apologies for bombarding everyone's Twitter notifications page, but I am guessing all of these women are used to that!
Adding on: It was @haiyan who taught me the importance of a well told story captured on video, during the OneWeek 2016 hackathon. Since then, I have incorporated the capturing of demo videos with a narrative into a lot of my team's work.
"PALS" = people with ALS, who are also wonderfully talented, driven and insightful friends of the MSR Enable team. THE BEST ACRONYM EVER
PALS Jeremy is a musician himself, so he beta tested the eye-gaze enabled music set before they took it to Austin. I also saw a video of when they won the award at SxSW. These moments taught me that shipping software products isn't the only way to achieve impact at Microsoft.
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