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D&I Workshops at ESPC22

Becoming authentic, always learning and mastering our power skills are mantras for the modern professional. But how?

Join Heather Cook, Principal PM, Business Applications & Platform Community, Microsoft and Karuana Gatimu, Principal PM, Customer Advocacy Group for Microsoft Teams Engineering as they host guided workshops in our Community Area in the Expo Hall on Leadership, Networking, and Mentoring so you can build confidence in these areas. Heather and Karuana will also dive into new programs regarding how to best leverage and join Microsoft Community programs and platforms.

The Community Area is located in the Expo Hall. Each workshop will take place 14:00-15:00 Tues-Thurs.


Tues 29th, Community Area, 14:00

Karuana and Heather will discuss how showing respect, empathy, and kindness to those you work with builds trust across your team. We will discuss tactics for establishing your base of knowledge in your field, how to give your team autonomy, how to build authentic communication and how to lead with compassion, all of which are tools for becoming a great leader.


Wed 30th, Community Area, 14:00

Karuana and Heather will discuss networking skills for both introverts and extroverts. Explore ways to be comfortable in those first-time meetings and deepen your existing professional relationships. Networking is about listening as much as it is about talking. We’ll look at how to create your “why” elevator pitch and a list of tactics to take with you for all your networking moments.


Dec 1st, Community Area, 14:00

Heather will discuss the benefits of both being and having a mentor. Having an outside eye to your career from both perspectives is crucial to your growth. Anyone who’s ever participated in mentoring will tell you that, “We learn when we teach and we teach when we learn.”

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