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.
We post the good stuff, the oh my goodness moments, the exuberant triumphs, what we believe in and the deep, deep sorrow. Many have written about the psychology of Facebook, but it is something I think about as it is a big part of what I do for clients and for myself to build my brand and connect with family and friends all over the world.
“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 was always the new kid, the transplant growing up because my Father was good at his job, a fixer. A JCPenney Department Store needed to be turned around, and so he would be promoted, he did this for his 40-year career there, and thus our family moved to many new places.
It is one of the things that made me the extrovert I am today.
Another epic night seeing comedy in Los Angeles. To be glazed, overlaid with a smooth, shiny surface. Yes, that is exactly what Mike Glazer brings to the stage during his monthly comedy cornucopia called Glazed at The Hollywood Improv (The Lab) straight up smooth and shiny goodness. Glazed is like a perfect donut. Sweet, sugary, where you feel a little dirty, a little shy that you maybe ate two or three of those sinful bad boys. (Your secret is safe with me, go ahead have one more. Cause they are DELICIOUS). Third Thursday of the month for the next helping of yum.
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.
Happy Women’s Equality Weekend!
According to the joint resolution by Congress in 1971, “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.”
I hope to live to be an old lady but if I don’t here is what I’d suggest happens.
For me to be cremated, and ashes spread in a body of water, perhaps the Pacific Ocean or in the Mississippi River.
For the funeral to be a celebration of my soul going back into the pool, well of souls or wherever we go for the next beautiful round.
Please make the service a funky glitter disco dance party with the movie Xanadu playing in the background or a viewing. Lots of glitter, lots of phat beats and horns, lots and lots of popcorn and lots and lots of rum. A second line. Maybe a sunset. Not to be too demanding from the ether…