I’m in beautiful sunny Charlotte today to speak at the third annual conference of the Center for Global Public Relations at the University of North Carolina, which this year is focused on the Millennium Generation.
I gave an overview of Microsoft YouthSpark – our initiative to create opportunities in education, employment and entrepreneurship for 300 million young people around the world over the next three years.
Henry Doss, Brook DeWalt, John Paluszek and Dr. Alma Kadragic discussing the global challenges facing youth at the conference today.
There are a great collection of people here today and some fantastic hallway discussions.
This is a nice and indeed natural end to my time working on the Citizenship team at Microsoft. From getting formally involved in our Citizenship efforts when I joined Microsoft in Ireland in 2005, to moving to the United States in 2009 to take on a global communications role for Citizenship, I’ve had a fantastic opportunity to learn, work on amazing projects, with amazing partners and of course an amazing Citizenship team at Microsoft. And there’s been a lot of fun on the way.
All good things must come to an end, so in the past month I’ve taken on a new role joining our Windows team, where I’m leading a wonderful team of creative, smart people working on PR and storytelling for consumers, commercial customers and application builders. Today’s event is a great way to mark a new phase in my working life.
If you were attending the session earlier today here are some useful links and resources I referenced:
- Microsoft Citizenship Report
- Microsoft YouthSpark Site
- IYF Opportunity for Action Report
- National Talent Strategy
- Microsoft YouthSpark Hub
- Microsoft Citizenship blog
And don’t forget for all the latest news you can follow Microsoft Citizenship on Twitter: @msftcitizenship.
I’m also looking forward to attending the UNCC PRSSA Region 7 conference on Saturday.