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Helen Valmeo-Yang and DeShawn Ellis stand and talk in front of a whiteboard and corkboard with art as they talk to someone off-camera

Sep 20, 2018

When the power of a story inspires a personal transformation

Editor’s note: You can’t be what you can’t see. For people of color and other underrepresented minorities, seeing someone who looks like you can make you feel like you have the ability to create change at companies like Microsoft. This story is part of an ongoing series about women of color and underrepresented minorities working...

Cory Joseph sits at a table outside with his guide dog, Vine.

Aug 13, 2018

When being ‘selfish’ about using Microsoft products gets personal

For Cory Joseph, it’s personal. If you flip over the badge of any Microsoft employee, regardless of their title or seniority, you’ll find the following phrase: “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” This is the mission statement of Microsoft, and it applies to everyone who works at the company,...

All posts by Aleenah Ansari

Oct 18, 2018

Designing a new path: Unpacking Mary Gansallo’s journey to Microsoft

She was shocked when he said, ‘You can’t do it.’ When Mary Gansallo thinks about her journey to Microsoft, one conversation stands out. At the time, she was in her senior year at the University of Maryland, and her roommate, who was also a woman of color, had asked a professor in their computer science...

Oct 1, 2018

When mom’s ‘lift you up’ message carries you

Editor’s note: You can’t be what you can’t see. For people of color and other underrepresented minorities, seeing someone who looks like you can make you feel like you have the ability to create change at companies like Microsoft. This story is part of an ongoing series about women of color and underrepresented minorities working...