Top 5 Experiences that Created a Sense of Community at Microsoft Inspire

This past week while attending the Microsoft Inspire conference in Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, there were crowds of enthusiastic attendees all ready to hold meetings, make connections, and really drive the momentum on their decision making. Partners gathered to learn about each other and all the advances that Microsoft was primed to share with the world. While navigating a massive event such as this, it can sometimes be hard to find your footing and make significant connections. Valuable learning opportunities were endless so there were many chances for people to participate and seek out the answers they needed and even some that they didn’t know that they desired. 

While taking part in this large ecosystem, the Women in Cloud community held and took part in intimate experiences in order to harness the real power behind all of the learning opportunities.  Here are the top 5 community experiences at Microsoft Inspire that left a lasting impression:

Archive360 Executive Roundtable

Dan Langille, Global Director – Microsoft, Archive360 and Erika Trenkle, Director of Channels – Americas, Archive360 led a discussion moderated by Chaitra Vedullapalli, President & Co-Founder of Women in Cloud sharing about how Archive360 conducts enterprise deals with Microsoft.

Learning moments:

  • Becoming successful with Microsoft Partnerships
  • Go-To-Market opportunities with Archive360
  • Winning Contracts using D&I Levers

 

 

WIC Executive Dinner powered by M12 – Microsoft’s Venture Fund

Women in Cloud hosted a dinner event for a group of 30 women entrepreneurs and thought-leaders to discuss alignments on access to investments, talent, and customers via corporate contracts in an intimate setting. The dinner experience at La Veranda, Four Seasons was generously sponsored by M12 – Microsoft’s Venture Fund. The overall intent was to foster meaningful connections that would last far beyond the Inspire event. Colleen O’Brien, VC Marketer, M12 also moderated a talk within the Inclusion Lounge in the Community Zone on the topic Women in Cloud: Make Your Business Fly. A highlight of the dinner included the exchange of anonymous motivational messages from other women in attendance. 

 

Women in Tech Luncheon featuring Sutherland Global

Microsoft has been working closely with Women in Cloud (WIC), the International Association of Microsoft Partners (IAMC), and The WIT Network (TWN) to create an event optimized for partners to recognize both the advances and opportunities as we work together for greater inclusion of women in the tech industry. Sutherland Global sponsored a table with Women in Cloud at this powerful luncheon featuring talks by Satya Nadella and Gavriella Schuster. 

 

 

Create Smiles Gratitude Boxes powered by Meylah

Create Smiles is a youth service project located in Sammamish, Washington. It empowers youth entrepreneurs to create opportunities with inclusion, diversity, and community impact. The Create Smiles gift box is a community program and fundraiser which allows the group to continue to provide  programming and education services with social impact and commercial-community integration. Complimentary Create Smiles boxes were offered to Microsoft Inspire attendees to encourage them to share it with someone else and acknowledge their efforts, show appreciation, or brighten someone’s day. The Create Smiles gratitude box giveaway was featured in the Inclusion Lounge within the Community one of Microsoft Inspire. 

 

 

The Female Quotient Inclusion Lounge

The Inclusion Lounge that was featured in the Community Zone provided to the attendees just what it boasts – a place of belonging. Various activities to inspire connection took place in the lounge and thought-provoking panels took place in the adjacent open-theater. Throughout the course of the week of Inspire, over 2,000 people attended the Inclusion Lounge. While offering a space to elevate your promotion game with the digital first business card experience, or step into the shoes of someone else with the VR for empathy experience. This relaxing area, across from the main meeting location for pre-scheduled meetings, really allowed for people to meet, connect, and discuss their experiences.

 

 

The support of our Women in Cloud sponsors aided in more visibility and some key moments that we can all be proud of as a part of the Women in Cloud community:

  • Announcement of 2020 Women in Cloud Summit – January 25, 2020 – Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, WA. Early bird tickets on sale now until September 15, 2019
  • Global Expansion announcement to Microsoft US Sub
  • 200+ new Women in Cloud connections made
  • Presence on 10 panels or experiences throughout the week
  • 30+ TechNative Videos created (7M Reach)

Finding a sense of community can be an overwhelming environment to the first-timer or long-time return guest. It is really something quite valuable to an Inspire attendee. As a part of the #WICtribe we aim to enter spaces with a sense of community and connection that everyone desires. Thanks to our sponsors Archive360, M12, Meylah and Sutherland Global for helping us in going beyond the standard of conference and tradeshow encounters.

For more information on how to get involved with the Women in Cloud community throughout the year as we continue to work towards global expansion and  $1Billion in economic impact for female technology entrepreneurs, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Announcing the WIC: Microsoft Cloud Accelerator – Cohort 2.0 Class

The start of our latest Cloud Accelerator program began with a buzz of excitement. After receiving, reviewing, and selecting the participants for the 2.0 Cohort, the eager entrepreneurs, advisors, and speakers assembled in Bellevue, WA to begin at the WIC: Microsoft Cloud Accelerator Kickoff Meeting on June 3, 2019.

The WIC: Microsoft Cloud Accelerator Program is an immersive 6-month program to assist women-led companies to co-build, co-market, and co-sell with Cloud hyper-scalers and their distribution channels. Twelve companies led by female entrepreneurs at the prime stance to uplevel their businesses were chosen to participate.

The Kickoff Meeting agenda was packed with specially curated talks by subject-matter experts and thought leaders to aide the group at the starting line of acceleration. The docket, led by Women in Cloud co-founders Chaitra Vedullapalli, Karen Fassio, and Carrie Francey featured input from Microsoft game-changer – Gretchen O’Hara (Microsoft), action-focused advocate – Gillian Muessig (Outlines Ventures Group), energetic visual goal-setter – Patti Dobrowolski (Up Your Creative Genius), and results-driven OKR-guru – Brea Starmer (Tribal Team), among others.

The 2.0 Cohort of the WIC: Microsoft Cloud Accelerator Program (WIC:MCAP) is proud to announce the new class:

Throughout the journey of the 6 month program, the participating entrepreneurs, armed with:

  • Proven Methodologies, Resources and Tools
  • Access to Microsoft GTM Investments
  • Learning earn from industry experts, our selected panel of coaches and advisors

This enthusiastic cohort is beginning their journey on the heels of an incredible announcement. Read more about the Global Expansion of the WIC Cloud Accelerator Program here:

Stay tuned to Women in Cloud for more information on the Global Expansion.

Women in Cloud is a community-led initiative supporting female technology entrepreneurs via private-public partnerships with innovative companies and leaders in tech.

For more information on the WIC: Microsoft Cloud Accelerator program, contact raisa@womenincloud.com

Join us for a Jam at the Women in Cloud Summit 2019!

At this year’s Women in Cloud Summit, Amazon Web Services (AWS) will provide environments and scenarios where you can learn new skills and practice current ones against scenarios in Security, All-In, and Data Analytics.

  • Security challenges:  Identify what causes the blues and learn what would you do differently
  • All-In challenges: Learn how would you migrate the services onto AWS or setup a CI/CD pipeline
  • Data Analytics challenges: Determine how you would use the latest tools and services to identify the right data to solve the problem

Bring your laptop and take part in our jam to find out!

Challenge your skill set while learning some new techniques with Amazon Web Services! Participate to earn AWS Jam Swag and prizes!

 

The AWS community will be on-hand to help you complete a series of simulations and to build native cloud solutions. This is the opportunity to leverage a wide range of AWS services and partner tools to help you on your cloud journey or to simply learn more about AWS.

As the challenges develop, you will take the initial infrastructure, and challenge by challenge, improve it into a resilient and secure deployment. We will have a number of experienced AWS experts at the Summit to discuss ideas, provide guidance and in general help your team get through any roadblocks that pop up. This event is also a virtual event so once you get started you can still attend the other sessions and events that are taking place at the Women In Cloud Summit!

New to AWS? Or already on your cloud journey? Come and join us!

Our activities are structured to accommodate AWS users of all levels. We have AWS experts, plus guided exercises, that will ramp up your knowledge. Don’t forget to bring your own laptop to participate in the Jam!

Put your skills and creativity to the test by producing innovative solutions!

Learn more at this year’s Women in Cloud Summit!

Secure your spot today at https://wicsummit.eventbrite.com