Girls supporting girls in technology

Editor’s Note: Recently, the Microsoft Citizenship team had the opportunity to participate in the Millennial Impact Conference, joining the Case Foundation for a chat along with two youth beneficiaries of Microsoft programs entitled, “Creating International Opportunities for Action”. One of the youth participants in the chat, Genevieve L’Esperance, a participant in a number of Microsoft…


International Women’s Day: Recognizing UN Efforts to Increase Gender Equality

By Lynne Stockstad, General Manager, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft “Investment in girls’ education may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world,” Larry Summers wrote as chief economist of the World Bank. As someone who has worked for years in the traditionally male-dominated IT industry, I wholeheartedly agree in the importance of providing…


Motivating College Students to be STEM Majors

Lili Cheng is general manager of Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs This summer my research team had six incredible interns, four women and two men.  As they head back to college, and as I look at my own two high school aged children, I find myself wondering, what motivates young folks to pursue STEM…


Telecentre Women – Myrna’s Story

If you don’t believe that technology can empower people and change lives for the better then you haven’t heard Myrna’s story. I was in Santiago de Chile earlier this month attending the 3rd Global Forum on Telecentres.  The final day of the event started with an inspiring launch of the Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign.  As…

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CGI: Supporting skills, content and context in local communities

A major focus of our global programs is about providing individuals around the world with access to information and communications technology (ICT) – what some still call digital inclusion or “closing the digital divide.” We aren’t a hardware infrastructure provider, so achieving the goal of increasing access requires deep partnerships. It goes beyond the nuts…

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