Nov 18, 2020
Akhtar Badshah with Kate Behncken (livestream)
How Microsoft Created a Virtuous Cycle of Giving
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:30PM
Digital Stage

New research shows that today, more than ever, employees want to contribute to something greater than themselves. While some companies and organizations are just starting the work of confronting and addressing this expectation from their employees, one standout has been seen as a trailblazer for nearly two decades: Microsoft.

Author Dr. Akhtar Badshah joins us in a livestreamed presentation to discuss his experience as a Microsoft alumni helping to create a virtuous cycle of giving, supported by wisdom from his book The Purpose Mindset: How Microsoft Inspires Employees & Alumni to Change the World. Badshah is joined by current Vice President and Lead of Microsoft Philanthropies Kate Behncken to explore how Microsoft built its first-of-a-kind culture of giving. They consider how the Microsoft model has been so successful in regard to job satisfaction, recruiting, and employee retention, and how it can be duplicated in our own work life, regardless of role. Don’t miss this vital insight into innovative strategies that can benefit companies and fulfill employees—all while making the world a better place.

Dr. Akhtar Badshah is the Distinguished Practitioner and Associate Teaching Professor at University of Washington at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, the Business School, Bothell campus. Dr. Badshah is Chief Catalyst at Catalytic Innovators Group where they are advising individuals and organizations to catalyze their social and philanthropic investments. Dr. Badshah led Microsoft’s philanthropic efforts for ten years, where he administered the company’s community investment and employee contributions. He was instrumental in launching both Unlimited Potential and Youth Spark – the company’s focus to bring digital technology to the underserved communities and youth all over the world.

Kate Behncken is the Vice President, Lead of Microsoft Philanthropies, which helps to empower every person and organization to achieve more by supporting nonprofits and underserved communities around the world. She began her career with Microsoft in Australia and previously worked in legal roles across APAC and EMEA. She currently serves on the board of United Way of King County, World Affairs Council of Seattle, Generation Unlimited (UNICEF), and is a member of the CARE Corporate Council.


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