More than 3,000 of Microsoft’s women employees turned out to network and listen to more than 30 educational and inspirational speakers at Microsoft Women’s Leadership and Development Conference, held at Microsoft Conference Center Oct. 26–28 in Redmond, Wash. Speakers at event included fitness guru Pamela Peeke, Paralympic athlete Bonnie St. John, McKinsey & Co. director Joanna Barsh, and journalist and blogger Mary Jo Foley. The conference concluded with a session hosted by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, along with Lisa Brummel, senior vice president of Human Resources at Microsoft. “The goal of this conference is to provide education, enrichment, development and networking opportunities for women at Microsoft,” said Stacey Derk, director of marketing for Global Foundations Services at Microsoft, who served as the lead event organizer.
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