Ready for Microsoft Ignite? Event Maven Tips to Rock It!

Ready for Microsoft Ignite? Event Maven Tips to Rock It!

#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.

Maven Moments at #SPC18 - SharePoint Conference is Back

Maven Moments at #SPC18 - SharePoint Conference is Back

What a week. May has traditionally been a big month for SharePoint, and the SharePoint Conference NA was chock full of announcements.

Going to SharePoint Conference North America? Check out the Diversity & Inclusion Program

Going to SharePoint Conference North America? Check out the Diversity & Inclusion Program

Announcing the Inaugural SharePoint Conference North America 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Program sponsored by Microsoft.  

If you are heading to Las Vegas, May 21-23, 2018 for SharePoint Conference NA 2018, mark your calendar for our Diversity & Inclusion Programming all week at the event. 

It's All Your Fault - @theswingshiftco

It's All Your Fault - @theswingshiftco

I often tell certain people in my life that “it’s all your fault.”

And with Nancy McSharry-Jensen it is her fault. It’s her fault that I have this beautiful career working in and around Microsoft.

My Morning Making Ritual #inspiration

My Morning Making Ritual — a combo of this has been in effect for the past year and a half or so.

But I added to it today, lemon water and calling my senators. :)


Meditate 10 min — they are free and awesome.


Read an article on Medium or 10 min of a current book.


Write for 10–20 minutes (ideas for blogs, journal entry something non-work for me)


Call my Senators — CA — Dianne Feinstein & Kamala Harris with my choices/thoughts on the cabinet, climate denial, women's rights and reproductive freedom.


Drink a big glass of lemon water. (and keep it full all day)


Eat 2 hard-boiled eggs, 3 Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausages, half an avocado, and coffee with almond milk. Feed the dog same time.


Shower and get dressed for the day.


Check my calendar, email, Hubspot, Twitter, Instagram and FB in that order.


With that I’m fierce, awesome and ready to take on whatever.


In the late afternoon/evening I exercise, work on my Spanish with Duolingo and usually read/write some more along with emails, go out and see stuff, get outside.


What’s your ritual? I’ve found that having one and sticking to it as much as humanly possible makes for great productivity and the ability for me to be even better at dealing with things on the fly. Thank you Rachel!


This isn’t a resolution, I don’t do those and don’t like those. This is my continuing to pay attention to what I need and obsessing about me instead of other people and things. Try a ritual — heck make it simply two things you do every morning. 


My Dad told me about a book called Grit by Angela Duckworth and how if you make your bed every morning like the Navy SEALS, you accomplished that for the day.


It is the little things.

Happy 2017.


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Day 29, June 2016, #BornWithWings Writing Challenge - Connection

Day 29, June 2016, #BornWithWings Writing Challenge - Connection

I do love speaking at events. I've loved producing events. There is a satisfaction to creating an experience for people that keeps you buzzing for days. Crafting, curating, sculpting moments, feelings, environments.

Touching Gatesness

“He is coming!” whisper-yells my colleague. The year is 2002. I’m standing in front of our Global Customer Evidence Booth in New Orleans and I’m about to meet Bill Gates. My life changes today. I’m 30 years old, it’s my birthday week and I am about to start my journey into the world of technology and tradeshows.

Published - ImproveIT - A collection of essays on SharePoint accomplishing more with SharePoint

Thrilled to have been included with such an amazing group of SharePoint experts and it was terrific to write this chapter with my business partner of Content Panda, Simeon Cathey.