October 2011

Microsoft Recognized as the No. 1 Global Workplace by Great Places to Work Institute

We are thrilled to share the news that on Thursday October 27th, 2011, Microsoft was recognized as the No. 1 Global Workplace by the prestigious Great Places to Work Institute at a ceremony held in New York City. Rankings in the survey were determined based on anonymous feedback from employees and managers from thousands of companies across six continents.

Lisa Brummel, Chief People Officer, Microsoft Corp. is flanked by Jose Tolovi, Jr. (left) and Robert Levering of the Great Places to Work Institute as she accepts the award for Microsoft as the World’s Best Workplace.

“This list recognizes global companies that have demonstrated a truly serious commitment to creating workplaces that foster trust, pride and camaraderie amongst their employees,” said Jose Tolovi, Jr., Global Chief Executive Officer of Great Place to Work. “Each and every one of the companies on this inaugural ranking should be proud of this noteworthy accomplishment. Based on this survey, we can say, without a doubt, that these 25 companies are the best workplaces in the world”

Lisa Brummel, Chief People Officer, accepted the award on behalf of Microsoft:

“Being recognized as the number one global workplace by the Great Places to Work Institute is an honor. Our investments in our employees and the opportunities for them have not gone unnoticed. We are particularly proud of the work people get to do every day, and the impact we have on the world around us.”

On a local level Microsoft has been honored as a great place to work by both the Boston Globe and Boston Business Journal. We believe there are several key ingredients that make Microsoft the employer of choice in Massachusetts: industry leading benefits; dynamic and open culture that is fueled by employees; expansive career development opportunities and our employees’ strong connections to the local community.

A career at Microsoft offers you the chance to be on the forefront of technological development, working with smart colleagues on meaningful projects. It’s an opportunity to impact hundreds of millions of people around the world and leave a lasting technological legacy.

We continuously seek out the best talent in the world, and encourage you to check out our local engineering, sales and marketing career opportunities. Now is a great time to shape the future here at Microsoft.

The Successful You Starts Here.

Attendees from last year's Women's Leadership Forum

We’re thrilled to announce that next Thursday, November 3rd, we’re partnering with MITX and The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) to host  The Successful You, a full-day forum that will provide mid to senior level women from the greater Boston area with a clear and practical understanding of how to achieve continued success in their careers.

Established in 2010, this event strives to provide an opportunity for women to strengthen their professional networks and gain tangible skills to apply to their careers immediately. Our intent is that The Successful You will foster connections between local professional women and catalyze more mentorships and productive networking.

This inspiring and informative program will cover a range of topics to accelerate women’s success, including: communications seminars, roundtable discussions with esteemed women entrepreneurs and business leaders, one-on-one mentoring opportunities with female thought leaders, personal branding workshops, a breadth of networking opportunities and much more.

A sampling of our 2011 distinguished speakers:

  • Suzanne Bates, Author of the newly released Discover Your CEO Brand and CEO, Bates Communications
  • Carol Fulp, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Brand Initiatives, John Hancock Financial
  • Susan Getgood, VP, Sales & Marketing, BlogHer
  • Ioannis N. Mialoulis, President, Museum of Science
  • Mindy Mount, Corporate Vice President & CFO, Microsoft Online Services Division
  • Debi Kleiman, President, MITX
  • Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Proceeds from the event will benefit Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Science Club for Girls, helping to fuel their efforts to promote STEM education for young women. As part of the forum’s STEM initiative, this year we will include a special track for female high school students.

We hope you can join us for this exciting program on November 3rd!

Click here to learn more and follow the conversation on Twitter at #WLF11.

Jennifer Tour Chayes Honored by Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Jennifer Tour Chayes

Earlier today, at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, the Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts honored Jennifer Tour Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England with the 2011 Leading Women Award.

Jennifer co-founded the Microsoft Research New England lab in July 2008, which focuses on interdisciplinary work, integrating the more mathematical and algorithmic sciences with both the social sciences and aspects of the biomedical sciences. She leads a group of researchers at Microsoft Research New England who collaborate closely with the local academic community on applied projects in areas such as economics, social media, and health care, as well as more theoretical projects in areas such as mathematics and cryptography.

The Leading Women Award recognizes women leaders who serve as exemplary role models for today’s girls. Over 200 women have been honored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts with the Leading Women Award since 1992. This year’s award recipients include six leaders representing a broad professional spectrum:

Joanne Chang, Restaurateur, Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang
Jennifer Tour Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England
Callie Crossley, Host of the “The Callie Crossley Show,” WGBH-FM, 89.7
Stacey Lucchino, Chairman of the Advisory Board Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency at McLean Hospital, Harvard
Helen Sayles, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, Liberty Mutual Group
Maria Tedesco, Group Executive Vice President, Director of Business Banking at Citizens Financial Group

At Microsoft, we take an active approach to building community connections among women in the technology and business fields, in addition to encouraging aspiring youth to learn about emerging technology and career opportunities through support of a diverse range of programs hosted on our campus.

We partner closely with leading organizations including the Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Advisory Council, Center for Women & Enterprise, Graduate Women at MIT, Science Club for Girls, Society of Women Engineers, The Capital Network (TCN), The Commonwealth Institute (TCI), and Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (WEST) to support a broad range of programs that advance women and female students.

Over the next few months we are hosting a number of marquee events including our  Successful You Women’s Leadership Forum in partnership with MITX and The Commonwealth Institute and the WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology) Holiday Party.

We look forward to seeing many of you at these events and again congratulate Jennifer and her fellow award recipients on serving as outstanding role models for today’s young women.

The MassTLC Innovation Catalyst Award and What it Means to Us

On Thursday October 6th, 2011, we participated in the 2011 Mass Technology Leadership Awards gala at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Now in their 14th year, the Mass Technology Leadership Awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the companies and people who contribute to the vibrancy of the Massachusetts tech ecosystem.

The winners, selected from the more than 200 nominees, included top names in the industry:  Analog Devices (Public Company of the Year), Wayfair (Private Company of the Year), Mads Lillelund, – Bluesocket, Inc. (CEO of the Year, Private Company), Alan Trefler, Pegasystems (CEO of the Year, Public Company), Bill Scudder – Sonus Networks (CIO of the Year), Tracy Rosenthal-Newsom – Harmonix (Emerging Executive of the Year), ITA (Deal of the Year) and Myomo (Product of the Year).

Sara Spalding - Senior Director of NERD accepts the Innovation Catalyst Award on behalf of Microsoft

Microsoft was honored by MassTLC with the Innovation Catalyst Award for being “one of the key players responsible for the rejuvenation of Cambridge as a global leader in innovation.” We were of course thrilled to receive this award as it reflects the efforts of our 1,000 hard-working and enthusiastic Massachusetts based Microsoft employees.

Sara Spalding, Senior Director of NERD, accepted the award on behalf of Microsoft. Here are her remarks from the evening about what the award means to us:

On behalf of our entire team at Microsoft I am thrilled and so honored to accept this award.  First, I’d like to thank Tom, Heather and the entire MassTLC team for tonight’s program, and for their outstanding ongoing schedule of networking and educational opportunities.All of us at Microsoft are so appreciative of the work that you all to bring us together as a tech community.

Standing here tonight, I represent a team of hard-working and enthusiastic colleagues.  I’d like to recognize and thank Annmarie Levins, Ted MacLean, Brian Burke, Abby Fitchner, Edwin Guarin, Craig Hodges and our entire Northeast District team.  I’d like to give a special thanks to my team – Paul Coebergh, Leah Brunson, Amy Schraut, and Walter Somol – for the top-notch work they do every day.

But all that said, this award isn’t actually about us; it’s about all of you.

A catalyst only works in the presence of other elements.  And there are so many important elements at work here in the Boston tech community – each bringing their own innovation and brightest ideas.  We at Microsoft are delighted to share our space at NERD with all of you to showcase your innovations, and make connections that will help to accelerate our community’s brightest ideas.

Sharing our space is just part of our contribution to the community. By working together with progressive organizations like MassTLC to invest in important areas like STEM, fostering entrepreneurship, and supporting women in technology, we believe that together, we can have meaningful and enduring impact.

Technology continues to extend across more fields of science and into more areas of human endeavor. This ever-expanding footprint for technology suggests that it really does take a village to meet the needs of so many.

At Microsoft, we work with more than 640,000 partner organizations worldwide, and collaborate with researchers, academics and institutions in every region across the globe. Through these partnerships — and by encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship through programs such as BizSpark and the Imagine Cup — we hopefully contribute to nurturing tomorrow’s technology breakthroughs.

Partnership has been a fundamental element of Microsoft’s success.  That’s why I’m dedicating this award to all of you – our partners – and to the over 60,000 innovation catalysts who have joined us at NERD to learn and network over the past few years. You are the ones who make NERD – and our tech ecosystem – so special.

Thank you and have a great evening.