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We’re taking action

From our leaders to the larger community, Microsoft is dedicated to infusing diversity and inclusion principles into our hiring, our communication, our innovation, and the way we build products and technologies.

Leadership
We start with our leaders. Our Board of Directors continues to be among the most diverse of any company in technology today, with women and ethnic minorities holding five of our 11 board positions.
Technology for good
At Microsoft, our diverse backgrounds are helping build better technology. We share stories of how our technology developments are changing our future and empowering us all.
Diversity and Inclusion training
More than 70,000 employees have completed our Unconscious Bias training course, which we've made publicly available in seven different languages as part of our efforts to share best practices with the industry.
Flexible working
Our flexible work arrangements, programs, and tools help us retain top talent and offer employees greater work life balance. These include access to extensive resources and referral services, and generous maternity and paternity leave policies.

100% Empowered by employees

Behind the technology, you’ll find leaders and innovators, and movers and shakers. This is Microsoft.
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Microsoft Communities

Microsoft offers close to 50 community groups across the company for career development, support, networking opportunities, mentoring, community participation, product input, and assistance in activities that promote cultural awareness. Join an existing group or start your own.

Investing in our future

Microsoft is hiring and developing the best, most globally diverse talent. Employees that represent the markets we serve give us greater consumer insight, creativity, and real-time market innovation. As Microsoft establishes itself as the world’s technology leader, we’ll need the talents and perspectives of diverse populations to bring about superior results.
Military community The Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) helps active duty U.S. service members develop the necessary career skills to meet the IT industry’s hiring needs through access to resources and technology training.
Inclusive hiring for people with disabilities In order to build the best products for everyone, Microsoft needs a diverse and inclusive workforce across all abilities, and Microsoft has an unwavering commitment to providing opportunities for all.
Explore Microsoft Program This summer internship program exposes college freshman and sophomores to the field of software development, and encourages them to pursue degrees in computer science, computer engineering, and related technical disciplines through group projects and hands-on training.
Diverse talent builds a better Microsoft We are committed to hiring individuals that are underrepresented in STEM fields. We value a broad range of perspectives and contributions and look for a diverse range of talent from universities in North America and globally.
Our diversity and inclusion journey Our mission is deeply inclusive: empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We expect each of us—no matter what our level, role or function is—to play an active role in creating environments where people of diverse backgrounds are excited to bring all of who they are and do their best work.
LEAP  LEAP, (Leap Engineering acceleration program), is an immersive 16-week diversity program that provides participants with real-world development experience. It's just one of a number of organizations that Microsoft partners with to provide an apprenticeship opportunity in tech.
Digital skills for youth From basic digital literacy to advanced computer science, digital skills are often out of reach for the young people who need them most. In a world being transformed by technology, all youth should have the opportunity to develop the creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills gained by learning computer science.
Beyond Microsoft The issues behind social and economic inequality are bigger than any one organization can tackle alone. We have an opportunity—and an obligation—to foster collective movement towards greater diversity and inclusion through our actions and partnerships.

Leadership testimonial

"Our commitment to empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more includes building out accessibility features in our existing products and services."
"Uncovering the stories of women, and celebrating them, is key for the next generation to have female role models to help realize they can do it too."
"We need to talk. Conversation takes you further on the journey of understanding unconscious bias and confronting them. Live."
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