Dispatch from Cape Town: Exceptional teachers step on the global stage

Greetings from South Africa! This week I have the privilege of being in Cape Town, South Africa among more than 500 educators, school leaders and government officials who have gathered from around the world to attend the Sixth Annual Partners in Learning (PIL) Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (IEF). South Africa, with its vibrant economy and…


Running to Give…

Among the many things I will remember about my eight-week visit to Redmond, one of the most uplifting will be the sight of hundreds of Microsofties assembled together, running and walking for a cause bigger than themselves. On a surprisingly beautiful Friday afternoon, more than 1,700 Microsoft employees gathered at the company’s main campus sports…


Helping rebuild Haiti by bringing broadband to schools

At Microsoft, we just recently kicked off our companywide Giving Campaign in the United States, which is a great opportunity for employees to donate their time and money to help support a wide range of charities that they personally believe in and are passionate about. One of the charities that I’ve pledged to support is…


The Mary M. Gates Learning Center at United Way

Yesterday in Alexandria Virginia, United Way Worldwide officially opened the Mary M. Gates Learning Center overlooking the Potomac River. The center, which was made possible by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, includes technology provided by Microsoft and gifts from  Deloitte, Nationwide Insurance Foundation, The Principal Financial Group and several individual donors….

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Empowering Youth through Partnerships

I had the pleasure of speaking at the International Youth Foundation’s Youth Leadership and Livelihoods conference in Washington, DC, today. I participated on a panel entitled “The Global Challenge – and Opportunity – of Youth Employment” with colleagues from public, private and civil sector organizations. The panel could not have been more appropriately named. As…


Microsoft’s month of Giving kicks off

It’s a long standing tradition at Microsoft, that each October our employees come together and combine their energy, generosity and creativity to raise money for nonprofits and causes. The Giving campaign is a month long opportunity for our people to get involved and make a difference in their local community. We all know that 2009…

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Telling the refugee story with technology

The UNHCR is exploring new ways of using technology to share the impact of their work. One example is this picture of a girl from Bosaso, Somalia. When you visit the UNHCR site you can zoom in to the picture to reveal a mosaic of over 2,000 different images from the UNHCR’s incredible work. It…

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Microsoft’s 2010 Citizenship Report Released

Read a good book lately? If not, try “Social Responsibilities of Business Corporations. Sorry to disappoint you Kindle and Nook junkies but it likely isn’t available for download since it was published in 1971. Amazing isn’t it? Corporate Social Responsibility (we call it Corporate Citizenship here at Microsoft), isn’t a new millennium-generation-unique concept and it…

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Citizenship in Times Square

Earlier Dan posted how this is the first time we have released our Citizenship report at the same time as our Annual Financial Report to provide a more holistic view of the work underway around Microsoft.  One of the added benefits of this coordination was seeing our 2010 Citizenship report on the famous NASDAQ billboard in…

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Everyone can make a difference in their local community

One of the biggest days of the year for employee community engagement at Microsoft is United Way of King County’s Day of Caring. Last Friday, September 24, over 10,000 friends, neighbors, colleagues and citizens volunteered in their communities around King County to assist non-profits and individual’s in need. More than half the volunteers were Microsoft…