It is a big day people….no, I am not winning a Moe’s most frequent visitor award nor is it “National, eat crackers like nobody is watching” day. Twenty years ago today I started an amazing chapter in my life (and definitely at least 4 chapters of my soon to be written bestselling book) at Microsoft. As my current boss so aptly noted, they obviously broke multiple child labor laws when I was hired.
When I interviewed in the summer of 1996 for a “Marketing” job, I didn’t get i…t and my “HR Person” said “I think you would be a good recruiter” and I said “oh no, I don’t know anything about football” and after her confused look abated she kind of laughed and said “no, what I do”….which I didn’t really know what that was either, but I just said “that sounds great”. As I have said before, my momma didn’t raise no fool! #MMDRNF
Now friends, I was still confused as to what Microsoft actually did, let alone poor Cathy,- but I said “sure”. She said she would email me and I casually said, you know what, call me. Her name was Cathy and I wrote down her email address as follows “cathyatmicrosoftdotcom”. So yes, I think we can all agree it was a miracle I ever heard from Cathy let alone got the job.
The past twenty years at this amazing company has been one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me in my life. The gift of knowing, learning from and just being exposed to so many wicked smart, diverse people from around the world is something like a combination of being insanely blessed and winning the lottery.
As with everything, it takes a village and taking me from deer in the headlights southern girl in Seattle to the semi-consummate professional I am today took A LOT of work. I am tagging those folks who helped raise me, now many of my former mentors and bosses want nothing to do with me, so draw your own conclusions.
In honor of my 20th anniversary, I am going to do what I do best- take a vacation day.