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A Better Rounded Mind

After 11 years at Microsoft, Disha Rustogi departed for what appeared on paper to be a lateral move – a similar role at a similar company. It turned out to be much more than that. The professional and personal growth she experienced added another dimension of cognition resulting in a better rounded mind. This content is for illustrative […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | February 24, 2020

Chasing good problems

Venkat Mahalingam, Director of Business Development & Strategy at Microsoft, sums up his experience at some of the world’s technology giants this way: more than anything else he was chasing the ability to solve good problems. This content is for illustrative purposes only. Individual situations may vary. Please consult your tax advisor to determine if the […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | February 20, 2020

The Rx of Contagious Purpose

In this episode of Upper Left Tech, we interview Ron Paulsen, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, about his passion for using technology to solve real problems in the healthcare space. By fulfilling his purpose in life, he’s able to empower doctors to fulfill theirs – interacting with their patients in a more meaningful way. This content […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | February 6, 2020

And Everything Else Is Background

As we say at Avier, if you don’t take good care of your employees then somebody else will. Rajamma Krishnamurthy, the director of Information Technology for Human Resources at Microsoft, discusses her passion for creating unforgettable employee experiences. This content is for illustrative purposes only. Individual situations may vary. Please consult your tax advisor to […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | January 20, 2020

From Doubt to Destiny

Jonathan Foster, Principal Content Experiences Manager at Microsoft, thought that he had painted himself into a corner with his bill-paying 9 to 5, when a sudden twist in conversation turned it all around. Here’s the change in perspective that turned doubt into destiny. This content is for illustrative purposes only. Individual situations may vary. Please […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | January 13, 2020

Embracing Vulnerability as a Working Parent

Although many books have been written on it, it seems like nobody has found the silver bullet for how to deal with the stress of being a working parent. Elaine Jones, Director of Investor Relations at Microsoft, has a great message for any mom or dad who struggles with workplace inequality – embrace the vulnerability instead […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | January 3, 2020

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

When Janice Francisco, Chief of Staff and Senior Director of Microsoft philanthropies, was initially presented with her job offer 20+ years ago, her initial response was, “That’s not enough money.” Little did she know, it was an entry into a job, a company, and a life’s purpose that she was meant for. This content is for […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | December 5, 2019

How a Crossroads Moment Led to Finding Work Life’s Meaning

In business school, Kunal Chopra, the Chief Executive Officer of etailz and a former General Manager at Microsoft and Amazon,  found himself at a crossroads moment. He had originally planned on getting an MBA to make the career transition from engineering into finance but then found out that finance was not a fit. He was struggling […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | December 5, 2019

Putting the Good Back into Goodnews Bay

Dave Welty talks about his recent fishing trip to Goodnews Bay in Alaska and the devastating effects of global warming he witnessed. This caused him to focus his practice on educating others about investing in line with their heart, soul, conscience, and core values. This content is for illustrative purposes only. Individual situations may vary. […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | November 15, 2019

Welcome to Upper Left Tech

We’re looking to explore the perspective of tech executives in the Pacific Northwest and beyond on meaning, purpose and career fulfillment. Our podcast, hosted by the Avier Wealth team, will be a laid back and down to earth discussion that will inspire listeners to reach higher meaning in their work and personal lives. This content […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | October 18, 2019