Unlock your diversity superpower

Discover how you can support and promote greater inclusion in the tech industry. Check the Diversity and Tech track at Microsoft Ignite.

Diversity and tech pre-day workshops

Gain practical advice for advancing your career, hear from tech superstars about advocating for yourself at work, and get to know others who are passionate about making an impact.

Immersion zone and hands-on labs

Empower lunches and brunches 2018

Hear from inspiring leaders and industry experts on topics like building inclusive work cultures, telling authentic personal stories, supporting mental health, empowering diverse leadership, and raising the next generation of tech professionals to champion diversity and inclusion.

Featured speakers and panelists 2018

Marianne Roling

Panel moderator
Marianne Roling

GM of Small and Mid-market Customers, Central and Eastern Europe, Financial Times’ Top 100 OUTstanding LGBT Executives

Jenny Lay-Flurrie

Jenny Lay-Flurrie

Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft

Tara Roth

Tara Roth

Corporate Vice President, Customer Success Engineering, Microsoft

Claudia Galván

Claudia Galván

Technical Advisor, Early Innovation and Doctoral Candidate in Gender Studies at Drexel University

Joy Chik

Joy Chik

Corporate Vice President, Identity, Microsoft

Sophia Velastegui

Sophia Velastegui

General Manager of Product - AI Knowledge Graph, Microsoft

Scott Hanselman

Scott Hanselman

Partner Program Manager, .NET, Microsoft

Rokeya Jones

Rokeya Jones

Senior Director, Azure Networking, Edge Connectivity (5G) Program Management Group Lead

Diversity and Tech breakouts and theater sessions

Explore a plethora of diversity and inclusion topics at Microsoft Ignite. From battling imposter syndrome and workplace toxicity to sharing stories about career journeys, there’s something for everyone as we discuss ways to boost diversity and inclusion in tech. Be sure to attend the theater sessions by TechWomen representatives from Lebanon, Algeria, and Tunisia.

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Diversity and Tech breakouts and theater sessions

More Diversity and Tech activities

Diversity and Tech Lounge

Mingle with peers who are passionate about inclusion, in the Connect area of the Learn. Connect. Explore. area.

1:1 and Group Idea Swaps

Use the Ideas and Mentoring Tool in MyIgnite to schedule idea-sharing sessions with peers. Browse available Group Idea Swaps in the session catalog.

Meetups

Make new friends and discuss real-life topics, such as parents in tech, women in tech and their allies, and diversity and inclusion strategies. Find meetups in the session catalog by filtering for Solution > Diversity and Inclusion.

Live podcasts

Join hosts Heather Newman and Stephanie Donahue as they talk about the importance of diversity and inclusion in tech. Browse podcasts in the session catalog.

Diversity and Tech student ambassadors

Diversity and Tech student ambassadors

Seven outstanding leaders from the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, and Valencia College served as this year’s student ambassadors. These future tech professionals inspire with their energy and passion for championing diversity and inclusion in tech.

View our 2018 student ambassadors

Diversity and Tech at Microsoft Ignite: 2018 highlights

Microsoft Ignite: Agenda highlights

12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

OCCC West Room 230

Model 47 for business: Transcending culture to solve real-world problems [plated luncheon]

Dona Sarkar

Engineer your way to success: Build your personal board of directors

Sophia Velastegui

Evolving strategies for diversity and inclusion

Ann Johnson

The business case for supporting LGBTQ employees

Marianne Roling

Discover your diversity superpower: Persuade your way to success with an eight-line story

Lisa Kagan

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Urban Tide Restaurant @ Hyatt Regency Orlando

Diversity and Tech evening reception

For Diversity and Tech pre-day attendees and featuring DJ EmV and local calligraphy artist Serena Kramer!

Hosted by Catherine Boeger, General Manager of Microsoft 365 GTM, and our Diversity and Tech Champion Sponsor, IBM

Pre-day registration and Diversity and Tech pre-day bracelet required for admission.

Times shown are Eastern Time. Agenda is subject to change.