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Hire a Vet!

On February 11, Voices for Innovation was proud to host a great webinar with U.S. Marine Corps Major General Chris Cortez (Ret.), vice president of Microsoft Military Affairs, “Hire a Vet! How ...

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Emma Le Du has gone a long way after leaving Microsoft in 1998. Learn more about her passion to provide technology access for all: https://t.co/GOWiw7K4YU

You too can forward your own cause through the Microsoft Alumni for Good Challenge 2020: https://t.co/fHFRTlVtiT

Did you miss our latest webinar featuring #MSSA, a program from @MSFT_Military that connects IT-trained military veterans with Microsoft partners? View below: https://t.co/JEoqPWQ1EX

It’s so important to be an ally to our black community by listening, learning from history, and engaging in tough conversations about what it’ll take to create equal opportunity for all. https://t.co/T1fQo49Khu #BlackHistoryMonth

Have you seen @Microsoft President @BradSmi and @CarolAnnBrowne’s run down of the top tech policy issues for the new decade? https://t.co/N5wqSK8uTk

Happy to sponsor #Catilist2020SEA. Looking forward to #MSFTAlum @TriciaRaikes keynote! https://t.co/VvL9Xw4fYS

Today we’re celebrating the German launch of @BradSmi and @CarolAnnBrowne’s best-selling book #ToolsAndWeapons at @MicrosoftBerlin. 📙🎉 https://t.co/wFW1rf4qHl

Thank you to everyone who joined our webinar featuring @MSFT_Military's #MSSA program and hosted by @Microsoft's Chris Cortez. To learn more about the value veterans bring to the workforce visit:

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

Today we celebrate the incredible contributions to science from women and girls all over the world – and those who inspire them: https://t.co/EARlv5uI7a. #WomenScienceDay #WomenInScience

Tomorrow, join USMC MajGen Chris Cortez (Ret.), vice president of @Microsoft Military Affairs, as he discusses the value veterans bring to the workforce on @vfiorg. #MSSA #HireAVet https://t.co/cQ60DQ2TTM

Make sure to add to your calendar the VFI Webinar "Hire a Vet! How MSSA Can Help You Find Top IT Talent" Feb 11th.
Learn more about the exciting program from @MSFT_Military VP and Marine Corps Major General Chris Cortez (Ret.). https://t.co/gAtY4mdiPU
@vfiorg #MSPartner #IAMCP

Thank you @FCC and @AjitPaiFCC for your work on TV white space technology and rural broadband. Today’s notice is an important step forward towards bringing broadband to more people in rural America.#Airband

Thank you, @AjitPaiFCC, for this important step toward connecting more Americans. We urge @FCC to support this plan to use #TVWhiteSpace to close the #DigitalDivide

TV white space devices can deliver wireless broadband to unserved/underserved communities across the U.S. Proud to announce my proposal, which will enable development of these devices and help close the #digitaldivide. We’ll vote on my proposal on Feb. 28! https://t.co/z1wszSSRc4

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we're highlighting the role and contribution of Black programmers throughout February! See if you can answer our first trivia question:

Know as the “Godfather of Silicon Valley,” Roy Clay Sr. became known in computing for what?

VFI is taking a stand for digital #privacy in Washington. Learn how the Washington Privacy Act would help strengthen trust in technology and find out how you can voice your support today. https://t.co/0GbBlqzos5

“It only takes one.” Today, @Microsoft is spotlighting the next generation of game-changers, like @KatieSowers the first woman to ever coach in the Super Bowl. #SuperBowlLIV #gameday

Tomorrow @girlswhocode is headed to the Super Bowl to #MakeSpaceForWomen with @OlaySkin. RT if you're ready to close the gender gap in technology! 1 tweet = $1 for GWC.

See y'all next week at #MSIgniteTheTour DC! Make sure you get some good @benschilibowl and join me in my #personalbranding + #microsoftteams sessions:

#microsoft365 #HumansOfIT #chewnchat


Join us for VFI webinar "Hire a Vet! How MSSA Can Help You Find Top IT Talent" on Feb 11. Learn more about this exciting program from @MSFT_Military VP and Marine Corps Major General Chris Cortez (Ret.). Register today: https://t.co/IIXEXnmwi1 #MSSA #WeStillServe

We are thrilled to announce AI for Health, a new #AIForGood program dedicated to leveraging AI to empower researchers and organizations to address some of the world’s toughest challenges in #Health. ➡️https://t.co/LN3irMXpbx

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