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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 - 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.
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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.

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English


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Steve VanRoekel

9/12/2019
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In Season 2, Episode 4 of Beyond the Blue Badge, podcast host Becky Monk caught up with Steve VanRoekel at his Portland, Oregon home. Steve spent 15 years at Microsoft — several of those years working directly for Bill Gates — before leaving to work in the public sector. There he helped overhaul the FCC, was named one of the nation’s most influential people in cloud computing, served as chief information officer of the United States under President Barack Obama, and used big data to help...

Duration:00:30:14

Chaitra Vedullapalli

8/28/2019
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Chaitra Vedullapalli is co-founder and CMO of Meylah and co-founder and president of Women in Cloud. Beyond the Blue Badge host Rich Kaplan kicks of Season 2 of our podcast talking with Chaitra about her journey in the tech industry, empowering female entrepreneurs in the tech and living a purpose-driven life that fuels economic development. https://microsoftalumni.com/beyondthebluebadge

Duration:00:40:59

Steve Banfield

8/28/2019
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Steve Banfield recently did what so many busy professionals wish they could do — take a sabbatical before starting the next chapter of their career. In this episode of the Beyond the Blue Badge podcast, host Lora Poepping sits down with the former CEO of BMW’s former car sharing service Reach Now to talk about his career, the value of unplugging to recharge, and walking the Camino de Santiago. https://microsoftalumni.com/beyondthebluebadge

Duration:00:43:33

Jon Shirley

8/28/2019
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Microsoft former president and chief operating officer Jon Shirley talks with host Paul Shoemaker about what it was like when Microsoft was a still a startup and how he helped shape the fast-growing tech company — and the Seattle region — into what it is today. They also delve into how Jon did what many alumni do post-Microsoft; he followed his passion. Learn how a walk in his own garden inspired the Olympic Sculpture Park and so much more. https://microsoftalumni.com/beyondthebluebadge

Duration:00:35:09

Season 2 Preview

8/21/2019
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Here is a preview of season 2 of Beyond the Blue Badge. Guests include: Jon Shirley Steve Banfield Chaitra Vedullapalli ... and many more! Be sure to subscribe to get more, during season 2 of Beyond the Blue Badge. https://microsoftalumni.com/beyondthebluebadge

Duration:00:04:24

Season 1 Recap

8/14/2019
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Here are some clips from season 1 of Beyond the Blue Badge. Featured Guests: Rich Barton Trish Millines Dziko Amy Brown Jean Thompson T.A. McCann Claire Bonilla Laurie Raisys Dawn Trudeau and Lisa Brummel Lily Kanter Rich Tong Nicole Stansfield Brad Stewart Be sure to subscribe to get more, during season 2 of Beyond the Blue Badge. https://microsoftalumni.com/beyondthebluebadge

Duration:00:04:25

Brad Stewart, COO North Texas Food Bank

7/17/2019
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Brad Stewart spent his entire Microsoft career at Las Colinas, Texas. Now he’s the chief operating officer of the North Texas Food Bank. In Episode 12 of Beyond the Blue Badge, Brad shares his journey from the technology industry to helping run one of the largest food banks in the country, and why he’s passionate about eliminating hunger.

Duration:00:19:18

Nicole Stansfield, head of recruiting at Vulcan Inc.

7/3/2019
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Nicole Stansfield started her career at Microsoft in 1995 as a recruiting coordinator. Since then, she’s held human resources and recruiting positions at Amazon, Washington Mutual and is now the head of recruiting for Vulcan. In Episode 11 of Beyond the Blue Badge, Nicole talks with host Lora Poepping about her journey, the lessons she’s learned along the way, what it was like to work for Paul Allen and what every Microsoft alum should know when talking with recruiters.

Duration:00:31:41

Rich Tong, venture capitalist

6/19/2019
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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.”

Duration:00:33:50

Lily Kanter, co-founder Serena & Lily and CEO, Boon Supply

6/5/2019
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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. Lily graciously shared her story of starting and running Bay Area home design retailer Serena & Lily, growing it into a sought-after success, knowing when it was time to...

Duration:00:26:36

Seattle Storm Dawn Trudeau and Lisa Brummel

5/22/2019
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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.

Duration:00:19:47

Laurie Raisys, co-owner Island Books

5/8/2019
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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.

Duration:00:40:46

Claire Bonilla, SightLife CEO

4/24/2019
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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.

Duration:00:31:04

T.A. McCann, managing director of Pioneer Square Labs and serial entrepreneur

4/10/2019
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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.

Duration:00:29:03

Jean Thompson, CEO of Seattle Chocolate

3/27/2019
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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.

Duration:00:19:30

Amy Brown

3/12/2019
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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.

Duration:00:36:35

Trish Millines Dziko

3/12/2019
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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.

Duration:00:31:57

Rich Barton

3/12/2019
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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.

Duration:00:30:30

Beyond the Blue Badge - Preview

3/2/2019
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A preview of the Microsoft Alumni Network's podcast, Beyond the Blue Badge. Microsoft stories that inform and inspire. Subscribe now to be sure you don't miss an episode!

Duration:00:02:37