December 2011

It’s a Sign!

Today, an expert construction crew from Medway, completed the installation of a Microsoft sign atop One Cambridge Center in Kendall Square. One Cambridge Center, a short walk from One Memorial Drive, is home to our Microsoft Advertising teams, partners Dogpatch Labs and TechStars and will be the future home for our Waltham-based sales, marketing and services employees as well as the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC). The new sign is designed to help guide visiting guests, customers and partners to One Cambridge Center more easily.

Some fun factoids about the sign:

  • The “M” is 60” high and the remaining letters are 46-5/8”
  • Each letter weighs about 75 pounds
  • The letters are face lit aluminum channel letters with acrylic faces
  • The lighting system uses energy efficient LEDs

Thank you to the daring crew from Advanced Signing LLC for installing it!

NERDs everywhere can give back during the holidays!

At Microsoft, we have the privilege of working with many leading non-profit organizations to support the local community. This holiday season, we are partnering with local non-profit organization, Cradles to Crayons, to help serve the 305,000 children living in poverty in Massachusetts.

Cradles to Crayons (C2C) strives to provide children up to age 12 living in homeless and low-income situations with the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued.

The mission of Cradles to Crayons is to provide homeless and low-income children with the key essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. The New England winter season is just beginning and it is during this time that low-income families need help the most. These families often have to choose between putting food on the table and buying winter clothing for their children.

Cradles to Crayons helps families in need by working with the community to provide warm winter clothes and holiday toys for children across Massachusetts. To learn more about Cradles to Crayons, check out this video.

Microsoft is supporting the efforts of Cradles to Crayons by running a gift drive this holiday season. From December 12th to December 19th, NERD will be home to a Giving Tree, where the community can donate gifts to support deserving families during the holiday

WHAT CAN YOU DONATE? Cradles to Crayons will accept both new and gently used items that are unwrapped:

  • Boys clothing (sizes 7/8-18/20)
  • Girls clothing (sizes 2T & 3T)
  • Winter coats (sizes newborn-11/12)
  • Hats & gloves
  • Books
  • Toys (age 0-2)

View a full listing of accepted items here.

GET INVOLVED Cradles to Crayons makes it easy for you to help:

  1. Coming to NERD this week for an event or meeting? Bring an unwrapped item with you and drop it under the Giving Tree on the 10th floor or in the Cradles to Crayons bins in the 1st floor conference center. We will accept gifts through Monday, December 19th.
  2. Visit Cradles to Crayons and provide a donation to help a child.
  3. Text WARM to 20222 and instantly donate $10 to Cradles to Crayons.
  4. Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory in Brighton.

Cradles to Crayons accepts volunteers year round. Sign up today for 2012! If you have any questions about this program or Cradles to Crayons, please contact Josh Nespoli.

We look forward to working with you!


2011 Women’s Leadership Forum: An Overall Success

Photo from White coats and Microchips: A Discussion with Leading Women in STEM

On November 3rd, we were thrilled to partner with MITX and The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) to host The Successful You, a full-day forum that provided 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.

As our second annual forum, our goal this year was to help attendees foster mentoring relationships and gain tangible skills to apply to their careers. We also expanded the program to include a special track for female high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.  All proceeds benefited Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Science Club for Girls, helping to fuel their STEM education programs.


  • Forum attracted 250 attendees, including influential tech and business leaders.
  • Event raised $15,000 to support Girl Scouts and Science Club for Girls education programs.
  • Agenda included nearly 20 sessions to accelerate women’s success- communications seminars, 1:1 mentoring opportunities, personal branding workshops, and more.
  • Attendees had the opportunity to learn from more than 30 distinguished speakers:

– Suzanne Bates, CEO, Bates Communications & Author, Discover Your CEO Brand
– Ruth Bramson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
– Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist & Managing Director, Microsoft Research
– Connie Chow, Executive Director, Science Club for Girls
– Carol Fulp, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility & Brand Initiatives, John Hancock Financial
– Susan Getgood, VP, Sales & Marketing, BlogHer
– Debi Kleiman, President, MITX
– Ioannis N. Miaoulis, President, Museum of Science
– Mindy Mount, CVP & CFO, Microsoft Online Services Division
– Pam Reeve, Chair, The Commonwealth Institute
– Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

The Successful You was truly a team effort across the local community. Special thanks to all of the community members and sponsors who lent their time, talent and expertise to help make the program an ultimate success.

To continue the momentum, we’ll host our third annual Women’s History Month program this March. Stay tuned for details!

Many thanks for participating in The Successful You. We hope you enjoyed the event and were able to take back some new ideas and helpful contacts.  We look forward to seeing you at the 2012 Women’s Forum next fall.