Something has been bubbling in the Microsoft Alumni Network community for a few years. It is now coming to fruition. We are announcing the creation of an Ambassadors Program for the Microsoft Alumni Network.
We have been blessed with a fantastic group of active and engaged Microsoft alumni for many years. Now we are developing a program to recognize and put to work the people that are really connected and building out the community. We are inviting them and potentially you to become a Microsoft Alumni Network Ambassador.
Don’t worry, this is a worldwide program and we want lots of ambassadors.
We are very fortunate and proud to have Rich Kaplan as our Microsoft executive sponsor and leader of the Network community. For those that have worked with Rich over the years, you know how passionate he is about employee engagement. This extends to former employee engagement too. Together with Rich, we see the Microsoft Alumni Network as an integral component to help alumni stay connected.
The life cycle of your relationship with the Microsoft family extends from the time you consider coming on board as an employee to well beyond the time you leave.
If you think you'd like to become a Microsoft Alumni Network Ambassador drop a note to Jeff Shuey, our Program Director, or complete this form. If you know someone you want to recommend to become an ambassador complete this form. It is quick and designed to make it really easy to make recommendations for people you know are the rock stars of the Microsoft Alumni Network.
Who should be an ambassador? It’s simple. Anyone that is active, involved and has a strong connected network. This does not need to be a technical network. We have a lot of alumni that change industries and career paths. We want to help you tell your story and share it with the alumni network around the world.
What does it mean to be an ambassador? We expect ambassadors to continue doing what they are already doing. Whether you are speaking at events, building an online community, kicking off a startup, transitioning your career, or getting engaged in philanthropic efforts, we want you to share your enthusiasm with your colleagues and invite them to join the network.
What’s in it for the ambassadors? We want ambassadors to get to word out to fellow alumni to join the Microsoft Alumni Network. In order to support these efforts, we have created promotional codes that allow you to give other alumni a discount on their membership. In return you will receive credit for getting them to join. We will recognize your efforts publicly and we are looking at incentive options too.
In addition to the promotional codes and recognition mentioned above, we have created a LinkedIn profile option so you can let the world know you are a Microsoft Alumni Network Ambassador. You can also help to shape the future of the Microsoft Alumni Network. As a community leader, your feedback and guidance is critical to ensure we are providing the benefits that align with alumni of all ages and from around the globe.
Come one come all.
We want to be a community of and for ALL alumni. So everyone is welcome. But we are specifically looking for Ambassadors that are connected to the younger Alumni, Alumni outside the Pacific NW and those who have served in technical roles. Some of the things we might consider as we grow our membership and the ambassador program include hackathons, expanding efforts with Women in Technology, engaging youth in technology, and more social, creative and diverse areas of interest. If these are of interest to you, consider becoming an ambassador.
With such a broad diversity of employees around the globe and of all ages, level of experience and career focus, we are excited about the possibilities these new members can bring to our vibrant group.
Where do we go from here?
When Microsoft started Bill Gates had a goal …“a computer on every desk”. Our goal at the Microsoft Alumni Network is to have “a membership for every alumni”. That's what we are striving for and you can help. Share your stories with us so that we can share them with the world of Microsoft Alumni Network members.
If you find yourself in Redmond and have a couple of minutes please let us know and we'd love to try and coordinate a mini-Microsoft alumni get together. Of course, it will depend on everyone's availability. But, it has been known to happen on occasion. Try us! We love to see and hear from Microsoft Alumni Network members.
If you are interested in getting involved, email Jeff, our Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org