Never a Dull Moment with Microsoft & SharePoint

Microsoft MVP

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I am thrilled to have been nominated and chosen to be a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. Thank you to those who helped along the way.   Here is a bit more about the MVP program.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the "bleeding edge" and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products, and solutions, to solve real-world problems.

MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and the quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others - that's what sets them apart. For more than two decades, the Microsoft MVP Award is Microsoft's way of saying "Thanks!" to outstanding community leaders. The contributions MVPs make to the community, ranging from speaking engagements to social media posts, to writing books, to helping others in online communities, make an incredible impact.

Los Angeles SharePoint User Group

As of January, I have become a board member of the Los Angeles SharePoint User Group. If you would like to join our meetings, follow our happenings, or be a speaker at a meeting, please join our MeetUp group at the link above and follow us on our Facebook Page and Twitter account.

SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles

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SharePoint Saturday Events (SPS Events) is a FREE one-day event held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint professionals.

I will be leading the charge on producing the next SPS Los Angeles. A steering committee has been put together to choose a date and start planning the event. More information on the date of the event will be announced shortly.

We have launched a new Twitter account @SPSLosAngeles and the hashtag #SPSLA. We have a Facebook page as well. Check out the SPS Events page for information on all SharePoint Saturday events.

Diversity and Women in Technology Programming at SharePoint Conference NA 2018

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It is with great excitement to let you know that I am the programming chair for the Diversity and Women in Technology Program at the upcoming SharePoint Conference NA 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 21-23, 2018. Onsite at the event there will be a room dedicated to this program which will feature a cocktail reception, luncheon panel, and dynamic Microsoft, MVP and influencer speakers with presentations & workshops on mentoring, networking, how to build diversity in the workplace.

The program will be announced shortly on the SharePoint Conference NA 2018 website. We are currently finalizing our sponsors of this program if you are interested in sponsoring please contact me via message on my Creative Maven Facebook page.

SPTech Con Board of Advisors

I am also thrilled to be on a new board of advisors for SPTechCon working directly with Director of Events at Expo DevCo, Stacy Burris on content and planning. SPTechCon is a set of SharePoint Events that have been happening since 2009. A big shout out to SPTechCon along with Ted Bahr and David Rubenstein who were the first in our SharePoint Community to champion Women in Technology luncheon panels, a tradition that many other event companies have picked up and that Stacy is evolving and continuing today.

The next SPTech Con is in Boston, August 26-29, 2018. The call for content is currently open for speakers.

SPS Twin Cities Speaker

I’m looking forward to being in Minnesota on Saturday, April 14, 2018, to present my session on Microsoft Planner:  One Card at a Time - Leverage Microsoft Planner to plan your SharePoint end-user adoption campaign at SPS Twin Cities.

 

Hope to see you and meet you at these local Los Angeles events and a SharePoint/Office 365 event near you this year.

Cheers

Your friendly neighborhood, Content Panda CMO

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