Diversity and Inclusion Sessions at ESPC22

Becoming authentic, always learning and mastering your 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. They will host three guided workshops in our Community Area on Leadership, Networking, and Mentoring so that 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.  

Define Your Leadership Style

At the Leadership Workshop, Heather and Karuana will discuss how showing respect, empathy, and kindness 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” – Heather and Karuana.

Become a Pro at Networking

At the Networking Workshop, Karuana and Heather will discuss networking skills for both introverts and extroverts. Explore ways to be comfortable in first-time meetings. In turn, deepen your 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” – Heather and Karuana.

Develop Your Mentoring Skills

At the Mentoring Workshop, Heather and Karuana 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” – Heather and Karuana.

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