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GALs is a show about the women who work in Tech (at Microsoft or outside) from three ladies that currently work at Microsoft. Golnaz Alibeigi, Soumow Atitallah, and Kaitlin McKinnon have started a new series featuring women in Tech who work in development, management, marketing and research who have interesting stories to share about their success in the industry and ideas on how to grow diversity in IT. Samantha Lindsey-Ahmed produces show within this series, called Cloud Gal, which showcases only women developers at Microsoft.

GALs is a show about the women who work in Tech (at Microsoft or outside) from three ladies that currently work at Microsoft. Golnaz Alibeigi, Soumow Atitallah, and Kaitlin McKinnon have started a new series featuring women in Tech who work in development, management, marketing and research who have interesting stories to share about their success in the industry and ideas on how to grow diversity in IT. Samantha Lindsey-Ahmed produces show within this series, called Cloud Gal, which showcases only women developers at Microsoft.
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GALs is a show about the women who work in Tech (at Microsoft or outside) from three ladies that currently work at Microsoft. Golnaz Alibeigi, Soumow Atitallah, and Kaitlin McKinnon have started a new series featuring women in Tech who work in development, management, marketing and research who have interesting stories to share about their success in the industry and ideas on how to grow diversity in IT. Samantha Lindsey-Ahmed produces show within this series, called Cloud Gal, which showcases only women developers at Microsoft.

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Episodes

Interview with Olivia Nelson - Queen of Marketing Nerds

7/17/2018
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Join Olivia Nelson, a (relatively) new marketing hire at Microsoft who works on Surface product launches. She discusses Microsoft's ACE Rotation program, music, and how she realized her passion for marketing.

Duration:00:18:14

Interview with Paige Bailey, Senior Cloud Developer Advocate

7/10/2018
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In this episode of GALs, Christina Warren interviews Paige Bailey, a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate working on machine learning and artificial intelligence for Azure. Paige discusses the magic of Apple IIs; growing up on a farm in Texas; falling in love with Python and R via mapmaking and NASA internships; and going from geophysics in the oil and gas industry to machine learning at Microsoft. Follow Paige on Twitter here! Create a Free Account (Azure): https://aka.ms/azft-ai

Duration:00:28:24

Interview with Kelly Anderson, Product Marketing Manager, Azure Security

6/5/2018
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Golnaz sits down with Product Marketing Manager of Azure Security, Kelly Anderson. She talks about her experiences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her time in the field, and how her mother was an inspiration for her to pursue a career in technology. Follow Kelly on Twitter here. Create a Free Account (Azure): https://aka.ms/c9-azurefree

Duration:00:26:06

Interview with Urja Gandhi, Software Engineer, Expedia

5/22/2018
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Golnaz sits down with Urja Gandhi, Software Engineer at Expedia. Urja started off her career at AT&T working in India then moved to the U.S and started working at Microsoft and has since transitioned to Expedia. Follow her career journey in this episode of GALs. Founding partner & Mentor at University of Washington Husky Tech Founder of Seattle Tech Mentors LeanIn Circle Urja's LinkedIn profile

Duration:00:19:09

Interview with Rita Zhang, Principal Software Engineer

3/13/2018
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In this episode of GALs, filmed at the Microsoft Reactor space in San Francisco, Christina interviews Rita Zhang, a principal software engineer in CSE at Microsoft. Rita had just come off a technical presentation about using TensorFlow, Kubernetes, and Azure together, which led to an interesting conversation about open source at Microsoft and what surprised her about the company. "Everytime I show up at a hack fest or a meetup with my MacBook, it helps build credibility to show that we're...

Duration:00:21:39

Interview with Lauren Tran, Software Engineer Focused on Machine Learning

3/6/2018
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In this episode of GALs, we visit the Microsoft Reactor Space in San Francisco to interview Lauren Tran, a machine learning and artificial intelligence-focused software engineer in Microsoft Commercial Enigineering (CSE) team. Lauren didn't necessarily plan on being a software engineer. She dual-degreed in marketing and CS and then went to work at Saks Fifth Avenue as a marketer. It was while working as a marketer that she saw that her passion for computer science could help her in...

Duration:00:18:37

Interview with Beth Massi, Product Marketing Manager for the .NET Platform

3/6/2018
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As the Product Marketing Manager for the .NET Platform Beth is responsible for growing .NET, attracting new users, and helping our customers understand & use .NET so they can build amazing solutions. As a former Microsoft MVP and .NET customer her passion for the platform and the community helps guide her every day. Watch this episode to learn more about her journey through the tech industry and Microsoft and how she owes it all to her mom.

Duration:00:23:52

Interview With Ruth Yakubu, Cloud Developer Advocate in Java and AI

2/23/2018
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Christina interviews Ruth Yakubu, a CDA focused on Java, AI, and cloud analytics. In this one-on-one interview, Ruth shares how she became interested in tech, and the career path that led her to Microsoft. In addition to her technical work, Ruth is also a fashion and beauty obsessed entrepreneur. She shares the journey with her bootstrapped startup, Poshbeauty.com. Ruth discusses some of the challenges with launching a startup, while also working a day job as an engineer. Ruth also...

Duration:00:35:59

Interview With Beatris Mendez Gandica, Program Manager at Microsoft

2/13/2018
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Get to know Beatris Mendez Gandica ("Bea") during this one-on-one interview where she shares her path to Microsoft, current role, and passion for diversity and inclusion! Bea has had an interest in computers since Microsoft Encarta, which led her to spend countless hours learning different topics. She now spends most of her time on static analysis tools and learning about security assurance with her team, mentors, and internal customers. She is also very passionate about diversity and...

Duration:00:16:38

Interview with Peggy Johnson, Executive VP of Business Development

1/30/2018
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As executive vice president of business development, Peggy Johnson is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and transactions to accelerate growth for Microsoft and its customers. Johnson works with external partners around the world, ranging from start-ups to large-scale enterprises, to identify areas of collaboration, drive innovation and unlock shared value. In this capacity, she also manages Microsoft's relationship with the venture capital community and oversees strategic...

Duration:00:44:49

Interview with Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft

1/16/2018
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Kaitlin talks with Microsoft's Chief Accessibility Officer, Jenny Lay-Flurrie. They discuss her journey from Birmingham, England working at Energis to relocating to the United States and helping create a culture of change at one of Seattle's most mammoth tech companies. On top of being the CAO, Jenny created and leads the DisAbility Employee Resource Group at Microsoft and also helped start the company's Ability Summit. Read more about Jenny here. Note from Kaitlin: Over ten years ago, I...

Duration:00:30:51

Interview with Jasmine Greenaway, Cloud Developer Advocate on .NET

1/2/2018
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Jasmine Greenaway is a Cloud Developer Advocate in the Microsoft Azure Organization. She spends her days presenting at conferences and helping our product teams make .NET the best developer platform for building all your apps. Jasmine has had Software Engineer roles at Sears, Rockstar Games and GitHub. Watch this episode to learn more about her journey to Microsoft. GALs is a show about the women who work in Tech (at Microsoft or outside) from three ladies that currently work on the Channel...

Duration:00:29:22

Interview with Harini Gupta, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft

12/12/2017
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In this episode of GALs, Soumouw interviews Harini Gupta, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. Harini has been working at Microsoft for 11 years with plenty of experience in developing and shipping software that is used by billions of people. She has spent most of her career as a software developer/engineer. Switched roles in the last 2 years and is currently a Program Manager within the Database Systems organization. Her team is responsible for building tools & services that enable...

Duration:00:20:23

Interview with Cierra McDonald, Senior Program Manager on the Xbox Advanced Technology Group

12/5/2017
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In this episode of GALs, Golnaz sits down with the amazing Cierra Mcdonald to discuss her career at Microsoft. Cierra has been within the Xbox organization for 9 years. She has worked in every aspect of gaming from billing, achievements to documentation. Cierra's love of gaming started at a young age. Her first introduction to technology was when she purchased a floppy disc of Monkey Island and learned to navigate DOS through the installation process. Watch this episode to learn more about...

Duration:00:23:25

Interview with Rachel Nabors, Author and Program Manager at Microsoft

11/28/2017
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Soumow sits with Rachel Nabors, Program Manager at Microsoft. Rachel Nabors (rachelnabors.com) began telling stories online as a teenager with her award-winning web comics (rachelthegreat.com). Her love of web technologies transformed into a career in front end development, where she has worked with Mozilla, the W3C, and Microsoft to build the web forward. She recently launched a book on the science of using animation in web and app design Animation at Work:...

Duration:00:25:15

Interview With Kris Nova, Cloud Developer Advocate in Linux and Containers

11/14/2017
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In this episode of GALs, Golnaz sits down with Kris Nova to learn more about the girl behind the code. Kris Nova has been involved with free and open source software since hacking her parents computer as a child. She spends a lot of time contributing in the Go, Kubernetes, and Container open source spaces, and has a deep passion for building communities. She recently joined Microsoft as a Cloud Developer Advocate focusing on Linux and Containers. Watch the video to learn more about her...

Duration:00:18:48

Interview with Ashley McNamara, Principal Developer Advocate at Microsoft

11/13/2017
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In this episode of GALs, Golnaz chats with Ashley McNamara, a Principal Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Ashley has been in the tech industry for almost 20 years. But not in the traditional sense. She spent a lot of her time teaching photoshop workshops, doing business mentoring and building websites. But in 2011, she decided to go all in with front-end development. She found herself working with OpenStack, learning Python, joining Rackspace, then becoming a huge contributor in the Linux and...

Duration:00:16:27

Interview with Sumit Chauhan, Corporate Vice President, Office Organization

11/7/2017
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Sumit heads up the engineering for Microsoft's flagship Office products: Word and PowerPoint across all platforms. She is also responsible for new and upcoming investments in the authoring and storytelling space with Sway as well as reimaging the authoring experience in Word and PowerPoint powered by Intelligent services and investments in Inking and 3D. Prior to this, Sumit lead the Office Engineering team. Her multi-disciplinary team was responsible for driving radical improvements in...

Duration:00:24:45

Interview with Ross Smith, Director Skype for Good

11/1/2017
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Soumow sits with Ross Smith, Director Skype for Good. Ross is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and blogger. Author of The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention and holds seven patents. He has worked at Microsoft for over 25 years and is a Principal Group Engineering Manager. He is a member of the Leadership Council for the Anita Borg Institute, co-chair for Grace Hopper Organizational Transformation track. He is a member of ABI Local in Seattle, and part of the gender partner LT...

Duration:00:15:52

Interview with Beth Pan Software Engineer on the MVA Team

9/25/2017
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Beth Pan is a Software Engineer and Content Producer for Microsoft Learning. She was a software engineer at Nationwide Insurance before her life at Microsoft started and graduated from Ohio State University. Learn more about her humble beginnings growing up in rural China and moving to America to follow her dreams of working in tech in the west coast. Follow @CH9 Follow @Golnaz89 Follow @beth_panx

Duration:00:28:05