Encourage. Energize. Empower.

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.  – Kofi Annan

In the above quote, Secretary Annan was referring to women in developing nations.  However, it’s just as apt a description of women in technology. 
Encourage. Energize. Empower.  Those are pretty tall orders. The YOU is implied. How about we imply instead that it’s WE? As working women with a voice,  WE need to support each other. WE need to encourage each other to try harder, to reach farther and to stand taller. WE need to energize each other when we’re tired, when we stumble and when we need to rest. 
Where should you start? How about right here?  Here is a great place to start. 
We’ll do it together.

A Day in the Life of a PFE/Consultant at Microsoft

Wed, May 17 2017 16:00 UTC

A Day in the Life of a PFE/Consultant at Microsoft

Many times, the day-to-day work of IT folks in non-software developer positions are a grey area for tech. Here to shed some light on these types of roles, Dana and Moriah will be presenting on ‘A Day in the Life of a PFE/Consultant’ and will tie in experiences with data and diversity. They will present real-world customer scenarios, explain what a “typical” day looks like in their respective roles, and will spend time discussing how data has shaped their perception of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. There will be time for Q&A at the end – so bring any questions around IT consulting and data science that you might have!

Dana Rivkind and Moriah Baxevane-Connell

Dana Rivkind is a Senior Premier Field Engineer in SQL Server and Analytics Platform System (PDW) at Microsoft Corporation. She holds the MCITP and Microsoft Data Science Professional certifications and has more than 20 years of experience in IT. She studies perceptions, behaviors, spirituality, disabilities and other topics that cross the dimensions of chaos, sounds, energy and time. Dana is a visionary and strategist in data science, cloud, economics, and human value; innovating to make all lives better. Moriah Baxevane-Connell is a Data Insights Consultant at Microsoft Corporation. Her fifth year in this role, Moriah has had the opportunity to work on large sets of international data for projects around the world. Moriah is passionate about promoting women in tech, through attending and presenting at the Grace Hopper Conference over the past few years, taking part in internal Diversity and Inclusion teams, and volunteering for the nonprofit ChickTech in NYC.

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