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  • Blog Post: DigiGirlz Inspires Young Women to Explore STEM Careers

    By Akhtar Badshah, senior director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Careers in technology are a hot topic of discussion these days, and for good reason. According to Code.org , computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average...
  • Blog Post: Drinking from the fire hose – Reflections on the Social Innovation Summit 12

    By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft A party among some close friends and colleagues on a beautiful sunny day in New York is always fun, especially if you’re on the 87 th floor with some breathtaking views and surrounded by original art from Picasso, Chagall...
  • Blog Post: The youth are leading change in Brazil

    Last week I arrived in Sao Paulo for the first time in three years to find an amazing sense of optimism. President Lula’s government managed to lift a quarter of the country’s poor people out of poverty and the current government is expanding that program to reach the most vulnerable. The...
  • Blog Post: Expanding Microsoft software donations to more nonprofits

    Today we are making a number of updates to our global software donations program designed to give more nonprofit organizations access to the technology they need, when they need it. We’re currently reaching more than 40,000 organizations around the world each year – translating into over...
  • Blog Post: Ideas – Unleashing Creativity through Competitions

    On May 2 nd as part of MIT's 150 year anniversary celebrations I will be speaking to students who have entered the MIT IDEAS Competition and Global Challenge - which support innovation and entrepreneurship as a public service. This year more than 80 teams have entered ideas that address barriers to well...
  • Blog Post: Provide our youth with skills and the opportunities will follow

    Patna in Bihar, India is a place where you run into development experts from around the world from the World Bank to the Asian Development Bank, UK Department for International Development, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The challenges and opportunities in Bihar are what draw all of these...
  • Blog Post: Passion is Overrated: Focus on the 5 Cs for Social Impact instead – Conviction, Capability, Capacity, Commitment and Compassion

    Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with an incredible group of smart, creative students who are here in Redmond competing at the U.S. finals of the Imagine Cup . I shared with them my view that passion is simply not enough to succeed. Every day at least one person tells me about their passion...
  • Blog Post: Chile Beyond Good Wine

    I am spending three days this week in and around Santiago, Chile, at the foot of the Andes with a packed schedule of meetings and events. I must say that while the wine and food are fantastic (recommendation: come to Chile on a wine tour as soon as you can), what I am really impressed with is the ongoing...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to the 2011 Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows Award Winners

    At Microsoft we are very proud of our alumni and the opportunities we have to work together. I have the pleasure of serving on the board of directors for the Microsoft Alumni Foundation, which was established in 2007 to catalyze the collective power of the Microsoft Alumni family to have a positive impact...
  • Blog Post: Philanthropy on Trial: Is the Impact on Society Justifiable?

    This year's Council on Foundations Conference ended with a unique session that placed the entire field of philanthropy on trial. The charge: Philanthropy is not fulfilling its mission of advancing the common good. Gara LaMarche, president and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies, represented the prosecution...
  • Blog Post: Boys and Girls Club Center of Excellence Opening in Denver

    Given the lighting speed with which we are able to consume information today through a multitude of devices, most people believe that access to information is not an issue. Yet seven million youth in the United States alone are in the dark, with no access to a computer or a mobile phone, seven million...
  • Blog Post: Creative Capitalism, a CEO’s Viewpoint

    I had a pleasure of moderating a discussion with Arunas A. Chesonis , the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PAETEC , founded in 1998. I wanted to understand from him why he-as a CEO and business leader-invests in his community in the city of Rochester, New York, and why he has developed...
  • Blog Post: Giving through football, karaoke and a 24 hour marathon

    We’re into the last week of the Microsoft 2011 employee giving campaign. It has been a very busy month so far , and this week is turning into pure madness, in a good way. Earlier today Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks came to our Redmond campus to talk about A Better Seattle...
  • Blog Post: So you say you want to be a social entrepreneur?

    (Team Viva Farms takes home three awards; Photo by Karen Ducey , hosted on the SIFP website ) Monday evening while millions of Americans tuned in to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, I watched a slightly different kind of competition that showcased...
  • Blog Post: How we can help students’ social innovation have real world impact?

    Yesterday in New York student teams from over 70 countries celebrated the winners of the 2011 Imagine Cup – a competition that challenges students to use technology to solve the world’s toughest problems . This is the ninth year of the Imagine Cup and the innovation, ingenuity and creativity...
  • Blog Post: Just a few meters can make all the difference

    In the original truck used by Padre Alberto Hurtado, the founder of Hogar de Cristo, with (left to right) Father Moreira, myself, Susana Tonda, Gerardo Villalpando, Marcelo Bahamonde Today I had the opportunity to get out and visit some of our partners in Chile. We started about 50 kilometers south...
  • Blog Post: In conversation with Diana Scearce, The Monitor Institute

    Guest post By Elliot Harmon , staff writer for TechSoup Elliot Harmon is a staff writer at TechSoup Global. He once traveled the US for three months on a greyhound bus. He tweets from @elliotharmon. Since the TechSoup Global Contributors’ Summit was conceived as a chance for various networks that promote...
  • Blog Post: Working with corporate alumni for greater community impact

    Like many companies, Microsoft is proud of the close and productive relationship we have with our alumni and the opportunities we have to work together. This is particularly true when it comes to our local community here in Washington State where we have a large number of employees and a large alumni...

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