On September 25th PowerToFly's Director of Customer Success Cristina Duke and Talent Advocate Megan Alexander flew to Bellevue in Washington to host a special evening with the women business & technology leaders from the Microsoft Azure AI Platform organization.
Here's some glowing feedback we heard from attendees:
After this event with Microsoft I learned that work life balance really exists at this company
It was a great event! There is a clear need for networking events like this. I learned a lot about Azure team and felt like I had a great opportunity to connect with the members of the team and Microsoft recruiters in general. My favorite part was a panel format with Q&A.
Extremely well organized right from Parking, to providing nametags, notebooks, and a wide selection of Hors d'oeuvres.
About Microsoft Azure AI Platform: Microsoft's objective is to make Azure AI the best platform for 1st and 3rd party customers. We want to enable our customers to easily develop systems of intelligence anywhere: in the Azure cloud, on edge devices, and offline. Our customers expect our services to deliver the promise of the cloud: that is, to deliver globally available, compliant, secure, performant, scalable AI that can be deployed in high-volume enterprise applications. Through teamwork we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world for the better. To learn more about our values and commitment to Diversity, Environment and Innovation click here.
Meg and Cristina from PowerToFly arrive at Microsoft!
Ready for the event!
A great crowd of experienced women in tech.
Ria Kapila, Chief of Staff, Microsoft AI Platform
A look at our impressive panel.
Our panel answered questions from the audience.
The event concluded with plenty of time to network.
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