April 2011

Future of the Web and Search: An Evening with Microsoft Online Services Division President Qi Lu

On Wednesday, May 11th we will be hosting a special event with Xconomy focused on the Future of the Web and Search. Join us for an evening with Microsoft Online Services Division President Qi Lu as he sits down with Xconomy’s Boston Editor Greg Huang to field questions from you—the users and shapers of the future of the Web. Dr. Lu will provide his perspective on where the web is heading, how Microsoft is helping to shape it, and how search will be transformed.

Dr. Qi Lu - Microsoft Online Services Division President

As president of Microsoft’s Online Services Division (OSD), Dr. Qi Lu leads Microsoft’s online advertising efforts, across search (Bing), portal(MSN), mobile, and the broader advertising platforms and services.  In addition, he oversees the Global Foundation Services organization, which is Microsoft’s global infrastructure, networking, and data center operations.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Lu spent 10 years as a Yahoo! senior executive for the company’s Search and Advertising Technology Group. Before joining Yahoo!, Dr. Lu worked as a research staff member at IBM’s Almaden Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University and was a faculty member at Fudan University in China.
He received his bachelor of science and master of science in computer science from Fudan University and his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Lu holds 20 U.S. patents.

You can register for this event free of charge here. We look forward to seeing you at NERD! 

10 Secrets for Success from our Women’s History Month Program

Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting our second annual Women’s History Month program – an opportunity to celebrate women, learn about their impact and simply connect. Throughout the month of March, we organized a series of programs and activities to fuel collaboration and networking among the female tech and business community.

One of our program highlights was hosting a weekly coffee hour series in partnership with MITX and the new Kendall Square coffeehouse, Voltage Coffee & Art. This was a unique opportunity to celebrate Women’s History Month with some of the women who’ve made history of their own. Each week, we featured local female leaders from the tech, startup and government community including Angie Anderson, Partner Product Unit Manager, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V); Debi Kleiman, President, MITX; Suzanne Bump, Massachusetts State Auditor and Elisabeth Bentel Carpenter, SVP Global Support & Services, Brightcove.

Each speaker shared their stories and advice to aspiring community women. Here are the top 10 secrets for success they revealed throughout the series:

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1. “Speak with confidence.  If you can’t speak with confidence, you really struggle to advance.”
– Angie Anderson, Partner Product Unit Manager, Microsoft Application Virtualization

2. “Exhibit resourcefulness – do things differently and surprisingly.”
– Debi Kleiman, President, MITX

3. “Find ways to express values in your work.”
– Suzanne Bump, Massachusetts State Auditor

4. “Choose mentors by your gut instinct – you can pretty much tell within the first five minutes of meeting someone if the chemistry is there.”
– Elisabeth Bentel Carpenter, SVP Global Support & Services, Brightcove

5. “As a leader, keep up with your commitments. If you say you will do something, you better do it.”
– Angie Anderson

6. “Admit your shortcomings and ask for help.”
– Suzanne Bump 

7. “Consciously swallow your fears.”
– Debi Kleiman

8. “If you have 10 consecutive business days of unhappiness, rethink what you’re doing.”
– Elisabeth Bentel Carpenter

9. “Make sure you are making progress every day. Ask yourself:  ‘Did I make a difference? Did I do something useful? Did I empower my team?’”
– Debi Kleiman

10. “Don’t worry about making mistakes – just move forward.”
– Elisabeth Bentel Carpenter

Kudos to all of our speakers for sharing their stories and best advice! Through their support, we were able to fully match all coffee sales from this series with a donation to Science Club for Girls, a Cambridge-based organization committed to increasing K-12 girls’ confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

Thanks so much for participating in the 2011 NERD Women’s History Month program. Visit this page to learn more about upcoming women in tech events.