Beyond the Blue Badge

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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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Seattle Storm Dawn Trudeau and Lisa Brummel

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.

May 22, 2019
Laurie Raisys, co-owner Island Books

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.

May 08, 2019
Claire Bonilla, SightLife CEO

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.

Apr 24, 2019
T.A. McCann, managing director of Pioneer Square Labs and serial entrepreneur

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.

Apr 10, 2019
Jean Thompson, CEO of Seattle Chocolate

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.

Mar 27, 2019
Amy Brown

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.  

Mar 13, 2019
Trish Millines Dziko

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.

Mar 13, 2019
Rich Barton

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.

Mar 13, 2019
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Mar 03, 2019