I’m standing alone on stage, in a theatre, one spotlight on me.
I’m holding open a large hardback book. I’m looking out at the crowd into the lights, and I say,
#MSIgnite 2018 will be the third Microsoft Ignite I’ve attended (my first TechEds were Barcelonaand Dallas, TX in 2003). Microsoft Ignite is Microsoft’s largest ITPro/Dev event of the year featuring hundreds of technical sessions and hands-on workshops, a massive expo floor, tons of parties and, something I am very proud to be a part of, a whole track devoted to learning about and fostering Diversity and Inclusion.
As an Event Maven who used to produce these events for Microsoft, I know a few ins and outs to get the most knowledge, networking, and fun out of it.
Here are some tips & tricks to help you create a productive and memorable Microsoft Ignite experience.
As a lover of comic books, graphic novels, artists, superheroes movies and TV series I’m giddy about being involved with this project. Who hasn’t spun around like Wonder Woman as a young girl or maybe, um, yesterday? To see her and so many other brilliant superheroes in print, in cool TV series and on the big screen bringing justice to the world makes my heart sing.
Thrilled to announce that I’m moderating my first education/how to panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an amazing group of panelists.
What a week. May has traditionally been a big month for SharePoint, and the SharePoint Conference NA was chock full of announcements.
“Ghosting” — I don’t like that Casper the Friendly Ghost’s profession has been given a bad name. I mean what did the friendliest ghost you know do to you? When I was a kid the Casper of my childhood cartoons, Golden Books and comic books wasn’t like all the other ghosts, he was different, he made friends with people and rejected haunting people. Again the friendliest ghost you know. He would never modern day “ghost” anyone.
I have thirteen Twitter accounts on my phone that I “manage” or do things with for either my two companies, a smattering of clients, organizations, and a few family members (they get stuck sometimes).
I have six Facebook accounts as well, three Instagram, only one Snapchat, a myriad of messaging apps and conference calling software.
Countless email addresses, seven that I actively use daily.
A bunch of Office 365 Tenants.
And now double-digit Microsoft Teams.
One Slack, yes just one.
And I am absolutely and utterly angry that I now wear readers, which I lend to many to read menus.
When you have a platform of millions of fans and followers, there are ways to use that platform for good and to empower others. As a member of the globally known band The Black Eyed Peas that is exactly what rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, DJ, activist, and cancer-survivor Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez does every day. Social justice warriors come in many shapes and sizes, and Taboo brings his heart and passion to many groups and issues that are near and dear to him for the betterment of our world.
I see a lot of social posts about despair, disappointment, disgust, and “what is happening?”
The dismantling of one’s ideals and what we thought is true, of who we are and what we stand for as a people is disheartening.
But you are not the first nor the last that this will happen to, it is and has been happening since time began.
For new ground to be broken, there will be cracks and fissures that swallow people up whole.