What do you do when you're not working on Visual Studio?
I raise puppies to help people that have a variety of disabilities other than blindness. I've been training service dogs for 15 years, and it's actually one of the reasons I came to Microsoft many years ago. Wait, puppies brought you to Microsoft?
There was a group here called Active Accessibility that was focused on software that makes it easier to build applications that work with accessibility devices.
Raising service dogs, I had so many friends with disabilities who could have benefitted from that software. I really wanted to come here and be a part of it.
For me, the exciting thing about technology is that it can open doors for people—especially those who have disabilities. How does Microsoft support you in the work that you do with the dogs?
Microsoft makes a donation to the service dog organization for every volunteer hour I put in when I take my dogs to training activities, but maybe more importantly, they allow me to bring service dogs in training onto campus. Do you apply any of your puppy-training skills to your office work?
I do! There's actually a book I'm writing on the side called "Everything I Know About Management, I Learned From My Dog." Look for jobs like mine.