Beyond the Blue Badge
Summary: Beyond the Blue Badge - by the Microsoft Alumni Network Microsoft Stories that Inform and Inspire This podcast features alumni who are leaders in business, careers and philanthropy as they talk about lessons learned, overcoming obstacles, finding their bliss and thriving post-Microsoft.
After more than a decade with Microsoft and years as a venture capitalist in the U.S. and China, Rich Tong is taking time for discovery and self-reflection as he identifies his next big thing. In Episode 10 of Beyond the Blue Badge, listen in as host Paul Shoemaker and Rich Tong talk about that journey, what he’s learned and why he knows that next big thing will be “a social venture that’s fun and with great people that’s going to change the world.”
Episode 9 of Beyond the Blue Badge was recorded in front of a live studio audience as part of Microsoft Alumni Network’s Alumni Connect, a business-to-business conference and mentoring event. Host Rich Kaplan facilitated the keynote conversation with Lily Kanter, the co-founder of Serena & Lily and the CEO of Boon Supply.
In Episode 8 of Beyond the Blue Badge, alumnae Dawn Trudeau and Lisa Brummel talk about teaming up at the “nexus of business, sports and social justice” when they bought the Seattle Storm. They talk about the business challenges of running a professional sports franchise and what it’s like to win multiple Women’s National Basketball League challenges.
In Episode 7 of Beyond the Blue Badge, host Lora Poepping chats with fellow Microsoft alumna Laurie Raisys about the decision to leave her job in college recruiting to raise her children and, eventually, run an independent bookstore in the digital age. She talks about becoming a boomerang and the challenges of returning to the workforce. She also delves into the decision to buy and run one of the top bookstores in the Pacific Northwest.
Like many Microsoft alumni, Claire Bonilla took a leap as she left the tech giant in 2015 to follow a passion and sense of purpose as she joined SightLife, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate corneal blindness throughout the world. In Episode 6, Claire discusses why she wanted to switch careers, about her new mission and the importance of leaving a legacy.
In Episode 5 of Beyond the Blue Badge, we sit down with serial entrepreneur and Managing Director of Seattle startup studio Pioneer Square Labs T.A. McCann. T.A. discusses what drives him as an entrepreneur, dishes up the hard truths about running a startup and doles out great advice about starting a company.
In this special bonus storytelling episode of Beyond the Blue Badge, we go inside the Seattle Chocolate factory with Jean Thompson to talk about making a career transition from marketing technology for Microsoft to manufacturing and marketing gourmet chocolate, the challenges of stepping into a CEO role, and what has driven her to make her company one of the largest women-owned businesses in Washington state.
In this episode of Beyond the Blue Badge, Lora Poepping talks with SoDo Consulting founder Amy Brown about her time at Microsoft, leaving the company to start her own business and the personal crisis that led to business changes that helped SoDo Consulting thrive.
In this episode of Beyond the Blue Badge, Paul Shoemaker talks with Trish Millines Dziko how promoting diversity during her tenure at Microsoft became her fulltime job when founded Technology Access Foundation. Learn how her upbringing influenced her passion for preparing children of color for a career in technology, her new book and what’s next for TAF.
In the inaugural episode of Beyond the Blue Badge, Rich Kaplan sat down for a conversation with Rich Barton, the Microsoft alumnus who has hit homeruns with Expedia, Zillow and Glassdoor. The duo reminisced about how Expedia started inside the walls of Microsoft, how “power to the people” philosophy helped disrupt and transform three different industries, and how his own alumni network has been with him every step of the way.
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