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Rebecca Norlander - Challenge and Success

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In the often male dominated world of computers, Rebecca Norlander has made a name for herself by taking on big challenges, and proving she has what it takes to deliver results.  Join us to learn how Rebecca got her start at Microsoft, advancing through roles where she had tremendous impact on Excel, Internet Explorer, Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista Security, and now as Technical Strategist to Chief Software Architect, Ray Ozzie.


Rebecca will share with us her insights around the obstacles she has overcome, the lessons she has learned, and how she became a strong advocate for customers while working on a variety of high profile projects. 


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  • Wow! What a refreshing and very captivating interview. I love watching Channel 9 and I am glad that I decided to watch this entire video. Rebecca is phenomenal and embodies what I love about Microsoft. My “inner voice” is raving with delight about this video but I will keep my “outer voice” comments brief. Kudos to everyone!

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    Agreed. Rebecca is one of our truly great leaders. Rock on, Rebecca!
  • Best part: she drinks from her glass of water when the interviewer states that Microsoft is "overpopulated with men" Smiley
  • I met Rebecca back in January at an event she helped organize, she's a bright and charming woman. 
  • Erik PorterHuman​Compiler Now with more apps
    Agreed.  I've only met with her once, but I was impressed.  Smiley
  • Joshua RossJoshRoss Drinking Ovaltine since 2004
    I'm guessing Satan no longer works at Microsoft.  Wink
  • Allan LindqvistaL_ Kinect ftw
    cool Smiley

    although, each time i watch behind the code i cant help thinking about where those people in the audience come from.. are they devs? (doubt it) are they actors? what are they?

    while behind the code is significantly weaker than the interviews with charles, adam,dan beth and the others, its pretty good, this oen in perticular was very good Smiley for people outside microsoft though it would be nice with a more introduction of people like this.. Smiley i'd never heard of rebecca before and i fear i wont hear about her again for some time.. that is unfortune because she was very interesting to listen to Smiley i think she'd be very good at speaking at conferences and giving talks and stuff like that because she didnt seem markety at all, something that alot of execs do..
    it would be nice to see some more technical interviews about what she actually does Smiley
  • Mark Wisecarverwisemx Live it
    Top shelf. Big Smile
  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    They are Microsoft employees. This includes all varieties (devs, PMs, testers, Architects, Directors, GMs, etc). It's a real audience of real people.
  • Erik PorterHuman​Compiler Now with more apps
    aL_ said:

    it would be nice to see some more technical interviews about what she actually does Smiley

    Did you look at the "Related Posts" section in the side bar (top right)?  Or check out the Rebecca Norlander tag (shown in the body of the post).
  • Allan LindqvistaL_ Kinect ftw

    ok Smiley do you have to buy tickets or something? or is there like a signup? handy way to miss a boring meeting and also learn something Smiley
    or do they just wake up in the audience with a headache and memory gaps? Big Smile (i kid, i kid.. Smiley but its interesting non there less)

    i watched the wm_in episode last night too and it was strikingly similar to this interview Smiley she's a really good speaker i must say Smiley charles you should do a walk-in in her office and pick her brain about what she's working onnow Smiley

  • Allan LindqvistaL_ Kinect ftw
    i did Smiley but those are pretty old and not very long :/
    i meant what she does now Smiley
  • Candidate for cloning.
  • Very nice, very clear voice.
  • Did she marry with Mr James E Allard ?

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