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Hire a Vet!

Posted by Voices For Innovation - February 20, 2020 7:02 AM

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 MSSA Can Help You Find Top IT Talent.” General Cortez walked participants through the achievements of a great IT training program—Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA)—that benefits Microsoft...

Washington Lawmakers Introduce Digital Privacy Legislation

Posted by Voices For Innovation - February 3, 2020 9:26 AM

At the outset of the 2020 Washington state legislative session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Washington Privacy Act (SB 6281). If enacted, this critical legislation would be the most comprehensive data privacy law in the nation. The law would help address growing concerns about privacy protection in the digital age and strengthen trust in technology. “It has never...

Book Review: “Tools and Weapons” Thinks Big

Posted by Titu Sarder - October 31, 2019 11:22 AM

Brad Smith (r) with Titu Sarder at 2019 Inspire Conference Brad Smith is Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer—and, as it turns out, he is also a powerful storyteller. Though Smith has written widely in the past on a range of tech topics, this fall he and co-author Carol Ann Browne (a Microsoft communications executive) published their first book, Tools...

Talking with VFI Leader Frank Valdivieso about Franklin App...

Posted by Voices For Innovation - October 15, 2019 8:45 AM

VFI Advisory Task Force member Frank Valdivieso is busy on several fronts. In addition to being a leading VFI advocate and advisor, he is President of the IAMCP Washington, DC, Chapter and the chair of IAMCP Americas’ Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee. On top of all the work Frank does for the larger tech community, he is also President and...

Connecting the Dots Between K-12 Education and Tech Careers

Posted by Bill Hole - October 7, 2019 9:53 AM

Editor’s Note: VFI leader Bill Hole recently organized a delegation of STEM-focused educators on a visit to the Microsoft campus. Bill provides highlights below. On August 8, with the help of Voices for Innovation, I had the opportunity to bring a group of educators from California and Washington to Microsoft’s campus in Redmond for a day of tours and briefings....

What I Learned at Microsoft Inspire 2019

Posted by David Pryor - August 22, 2019 11:11 PM

This summer, I traveled to Las Vegas to attend my first Microsoft Inspire conference. It was a great opportunity for me to introduce partners to VFI, as well as to strengthen my ties with our partner leaders. I also got a chance to connect with many Microsoft executives and managers who help make the partner program a great success. Highlights...