Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Andrea Taylor Claims Microsoft Success Driven by 'Constant Learning'

I am hoping that BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) can create a strategic alliance with Microsoft. In order to do so we will need to receive the blessing of Andrea Taylor, Director of Community Affairs at Microsoft. Her team manages the Giving Campaign and Employee Engagement. She develops strategy and oversees implementation of Microsoft's Unlimited Potential Community Technology Skills program, a global initiative that promotes digital inclusion and increased access to training in underserved communities.

In the following video we see Ms. Taylor talking with Tom Becker, President of the Chautauqua Institution, about the importance of philanthropy. She discusses her past experiences in the field, and explores the changing nature of philanthropy in light of the recent economic crisis.

Taylor works closely with nonprofit organizations, governments and businesses while making company investments that support economic development by advancing employability and workforce development.

Taylor says that Microsoft seeks to "provide people with a way of thinking...that allows them to be open and receptive to constant learning." That seems to fit our effots with the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. Any ideas on how BETF and Microsoft can hook up in the coming weeks?

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