Monday, May 3, 2010

Microsoft Building 34 abuzz with Diversity Recruiting & Networking

Photos by Liz Tran: (top) NAAAP-Seattle President Gil Gido with MS General Manager for Diversity and Inclusion Gwen Houston; (middle) NAAAP-Seattle Student Relations Chair Amy Duong and NAAAP volunteer Mikii Liu; (bottom) the audience.

The usually calm Microsoft Building 34 Café buzzed with activity when NAAAP-Seattle partnered with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)-Seattle, Microsoft, and various other organizations to hold the Microsoft Diversity Recruiting and Networking Event last Thursday (4/29).

The packed auditorium, filled with over 500 attendees, signaled success for this collaboration among organizations serving different ethnic communities. Over 100 RSVPs came from NAAAP-Seattle’s FaceBook and Website advertisement. NAAAP-Seattle Student Relations chair Amy Duong worked hard to reach out to local college students, many of whom attended the event.

Recruiters from different Microsoft business units, including Entertainment & Devices (E&D) and MS Operations, were on-hand to discuss career opportunities at Microsoft. The keynote speaker, Gwen Houston, General Manager for Diversity and Inclusion at Microsoft, spoke on how recruiting and developing talent from diverse candidates can support Microsoft’s business goals.

NAAAP-Seattle volunteers also supported the event by manning registration tables and guiding attendees.

NSHMBA-Seattle President Richard Velasquez said of NAAAP-Seattle's participation, "We appreciate your partnership at the event."

Both organizations look forward to partnering in future 2010 activities for the benefit of both NSHMBA-Seattle and NAAAP-Seattle members.

Our upcoming NAAAP-Seattle Student Relations and Professional Development Events will take place in mid-May 2010. For Asian American students curious about thriving in the workplace, please check out the Asian Student Commission at UW Networking Event (featuring NAAAP-Seattle President Gil Gido) on May 10. For NAAAP-Seattle members and non-members interested about turning a business idea into reality (presented by Paul Bernal of Boeing and Human Capital International), please check out “Launch Your Idea!” on May 12.

For questions about NAAAP-Seattle Student Relations activities, please contact Amy Duong at For questions about NAAAP-Seattle Professional Development activities, please contact Hang Chen at

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