87 episodes

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.

Beyond the Blue Badge Microsoft Alumni Network

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    • 4.9 • 10 Ratings

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.

    Chasing innovation with Francis deSouza

    Chasing innovation with Francis deSouza

    Investing in world-changing ideas
    Francis deSouza is CEO of Illumina, a biotech company working to improve health by unlocking the power of the genome. The Microsoft alumnus is well-versed in the startup world and chases innovation. He joined Microsoft when it acquired his startup and then left the company to start another tech company before moving to the biotech industry. In this episode of Beyond the Blue Badge, Francis discusses the three questions he asks himself when he wants to start a new business, why the Illumina mission matters, his advice for fellow entrepreneurs and why he’s excited about the future of innovation in healthcare.

    • 31 min
    Saving the ocean with Kimberly Mathisen

    Saving the ocean with Kimberly Mathisen

    Collaboration and unlocking the power of data

    Kimberly Mathisen was recently the GM of Microsoft Norway. Today, she’s following her passion as the CEO of HUB Ocean, a nonprofit foundation that is developing a groundbreaking data platform and tools to “change the fate of the ocean by unleashing the power of data, technology and collaboration.” In this episode of Beyond the Blue Badge, she speaks with host Peter Proud about her move to the nonprofit sector, the big audacious problems that our oceans face and how data can help save the seas.

    • 37 min
    Preserving history with Tom Ikeda

    Preserving history with Tom Ikeda

    Sharing stories for generations to come
    For 26 years, Tom Ikeda has been using digital storytelling to preserve history at Densho, a nonprofit organization that he co-founded in 1996 to preserve and document the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during WWII. In this episode of Beyond the Blue Badge, Tom sits down with host Paul Shoemaker to discuss his family’s own experiences during WWII, why he started Densho, why it’s crucial to preserve history correctly and how we all need to speak up to spark change on the issues we care about.

    • 30 min
    Adaptive leadership with Neil Holloway

    Adaptive leadership with Neil Holloway

    How to become a differentiator in your career
    Before joining Seattle startup Skytap in 2017, Neil Holloway spent nearly his entire career at Microsoft. During those 26 years, he held various roles including managing director of the UK and president of Microsoft EMEA. Throughout this career he has had to constantly evolve and learn, while showing up as a leader. In this episode of Beyond the Blue Badge, Neil talks with host Peter Proud about leaving his comfort zone, navigating his career at Microsoft, staying relevant, and how to become a differentiator.

    • 31 min
    Activate allyship with Gavriella Schuster

    Activate allyship with Gavriella Schuster

    Discover the framework to achieve gender equity

    Allies are essential for creating change and achieving gender equity. Gavriella Schuster is working to teach more people how they can become inclusive allies. During her more than 25 years at Microsoft, most recently as Channel Chief, Gavriella was a change agent for gender equity at the company and beyond to the channel ecosystem. She left in 2021 to focus on helping others become allies within their own ecosystems. Her e-book “BeCOME ALLIES” shares framework for great allyship and gives practical ways for people to get started. In this Beyond the Blue Badge episode, Gavriella sits down with host Ali Spain to discuss her experience as woman leading at Microsoft, how being the “only” in the room propelled her into this work, six actions you can take to become a supportive ally and why it’s crucial for change.

    • 31 min
    Unlocking startup success with Robert Wahbe

    Unlocking startup success with Robert Wahbe

    Creating new industry categories, trials and tribulations and advice for desired outcomes
    Robert Wahbe co-founded Seattle-based Highspot, a company that defined a new market category. Now, the sales enablement platform is valued at nearly $4 billion. During this Beyond the Blue Badge episode, Host T.A. McCann sits down with the Microsoft alum to discuss the ideation of Highspot, the trials and triumphs that came with breaking into a new industry space, how to achieve desirable business outcomes and advice for other startup leaders.

    • 44 min

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