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The Lovely People of Puerto Rico — SharePoint Saturday Caribbean

The Lovely People of Puerto Rico — SharePoint Saturday Caribbean

Wherever I travel the thing that lights me up about a city is always its people. The cities I love the most trend to similar affinities. Many times they are beach communities with musicians, artists, surfers, skaters and street art, and have an eclectic mix of people.

San Juan, Puerto Rico has all of the above. Talking with the local technology community and locals working in San Juan, they speak of being on the mend, still in need and still wondering why they were otherwise forgotten.

Hot New Podcast — Launching Mavens Do It Better — Happy Halloween from NOLA

Hot New Podcast — Launching Mavens Do It Better — Happy Halloween from NOLA

I read Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point at a time that I was in the middle of a huge transition in my life, after getting fired from a job I loved because someone decided that my light was too bright for them. I had just bought a new house in Seattle and was struggling with — “ what am I going to do with my life, am I gonna take this lying down, am I defeated, how could I have let this happen.” I was so distraught I waited two weeks to tell my parents what had happened.

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.

Power to the People: A Look Into The Activism of Cancer Survivor and Social Justice Warrior, Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez

Power to the People: A Look Into The Activism of Cancer Survivor and Social Justice Warrior, Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez

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.