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Purpose and a Big Bang

In this episode of Upper Left Tech, we interview Dave Goetsch, writer for CBS’s Big Bang Theory and former writer and producer for Third Rock from the Sun.

Dave Welty, CFP® | April 20, 2020

Behind #SurfaceTheWomen

In this podcast we interview Salla Palos, Director of Transformation Services at Microsoft, about the #SurfaceTheWomen campaign – a social-first campaign launched for International Women’s Day which turned the Surface product name into a call-to-action for equality. Women are often “hidden figures” and deserve to be brought forward as the leaders, innovators, and game-changers. Hear […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | April 13, 2020

Have compassion, patience, and gratitude for others in a time of crisis

Typically, the Upper Left Tech podcast features tech executives from the Pacific Northwest and we talk about their purpose, passions, and personal journeys. As we know, it’s a whole new world we are living in right now. Today I really wanted to focus more on compassion, patience, and gratitude. This content is for illustrative purposes […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | April 1, 2020

Building Teams on Empathy

In this interview with Dave Mendenall, a senior group manager at Microsoft, we talk about the power of empathy in building teams.  This content is for illustrative purposes only. Individual situations may vary. Please consult your tax advisor to determine if the scenarios discussed are right for you. Information provided is for educational purposes only and should […]

Dave Welty, CFP® | March 16, 2020

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

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