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Beyond the Blue Badge

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.


Last Episode Date: 15 May 2024

Total Episodes: 100

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15 May 2024
Demystifying the First Lady with Joanne Harrell

Impact through influence and action Joanne Harrell has been an executive leader in the technology and nonprofit sectors most of her career. When she left Microsoft in 2021 after 20 years with the company, Joanne was leading initiatives related to AI, sustainability, and cor...

41 min
1 May 2024
Turning the lights back on with Mteto Nyati

The impact of thoughtful leadership. Mteto Nyati is a successful business leader of change and opportunity. During his six-year tenure as CEO of Microsoft South Africa, he transformed the business which grew more than 60% under his leadership. His style embodies a focus on p...

43 min
17 April 2024
From ideas to startups with Prasanna (Sankar) Sankaranarayanan

Prasanna  (Sankar) Sankaranarayanan, a former software engineer for Bing, is skilled at building, growing and scaling startups — mostly with success, and always with learning. In this episode of the Beyond the Blue Badge podcast, he talks with host T.A. McCann about his s...

38 min
3 April 2024
Online safety with Julie Inman-Grant

Creating a more positive place with technology policy and ethics  Julie Inman-Grant has over 30 years of experience in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors, working at the intersection of technology, public policy and online safety. She started her career as ...

35 min
21 March 2024
Unlocking potential with Jan Muhlfeit

Making the most of markets, people and leadership Jan Muhlfeit joined Microsoft in 1993 after being with Software602 (then a startup), and he said it was one of the best decisions in his life. It’s been 10 years since Jan left his 22-year career at Microsoft, and he has ca...

38 min
6 March 2024
Data-driven outcomes with John Kahan

How data science and generative AI are changing the world — for good.  In his last role at Microsoft, John Kahan headed up what would become Microsoft’s AI for Good efforts. To this day, John continues to use data and AI to help solve the world’s problems whether i...

52 min
1 November 2023
Intentional service with Steve Guggenheimer

The path to board service starts with planning, networking When Steve Guggenheimer left Microsoft as a corporate vice president in 2020 after a 27-year career, he had already been thinking about what he wanted his next career milestone to be — board service. He started la...

42 min
18 October 2023
Corporate investing with Adam Coccari

Corporate investing with Adam Coccari Advice for startups eyeing corporate venture capital Adam Coccari leads Intuit Ventures. Before that, he was on the early Microsoft Ventures team, which became M12. Before that, he was a startup founder. Adam shares insights about differ...

37 min
5 October 2023
Global Opportunities with Eriko Asai

Embracing change leads to great growth, success In this episode of Beyond the Blue Badge, host Michael Rawding talks with Eriko Asai, co-founder of Trinity Indo-Pacific Partners. Before starting her strategic advisory firm, Eriko held notable positions that included director...

33 min
6 September 2023
Growth by Choice with Haresh Khoobchandani

Insights on embracing change in a dynamic world  In this episode of Beyond the Blue Badge, host Michael Rawding interviews Haresh Khoobchandani, a former Microsoft leader who is now a vice president at Autodesk and the author of “Growth by Choice.” Haresh discusses his ...

36 min
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