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‘There’s nothing wrong who you are’: Michelle Chen’s journey to live more freely in her own skin – Microsoft Life

Surrounded for the first time by a supportive culture and a community of LGBTQ+ friends, this software engineer is unlocking the key to self-acceptance

By Candace Whitney-Morris

Michelle Chen knew she was gay long before she came out. Growing up, she found it hard enough to admit to herself, let alone to say it out loud for others.

In high school, people would tease her with questions like, “Are you sure you’re straight?” Ever since grade school when she had to defend her choice to wear “boy’s” clothes and keep her hair short, she had to be quick on her toes, ready with reassurances. She’d reply, “Oh yeah, I’m straight! I have a crush on so-and-so. Don’t worry.”

Chen wasn’t ready to come out in high school, and the small town she grew up in wasn’t ready for her to come out, either. Neither were her traditional, Chinese parents.

“Any sexuality that isn’t straight is not accepted at all,” Chen explained of her family’s beliefs. “You have to conform to what everyone else looks like. You have to find a husband, have kids. That’s just your purpose.

“Even my parents believed that female children were lesser than male children. Navigating that space was really difficult for me growing up, because not only were they like, ‘Oh you have to have kids,’ but they were like, ‘You have to marry a Chinese man.’”

Chen decided to take her time before telling them that she was gay; she’d move away and get a job first.

In the meantime, the hiding was taking its toll: deep down Chen grew full of self-loathing, hating that she couldn’t conform to people’s expectations and suspicious that something was wrong with her.

The first taste of self-acceptance came during college where she met and befriended other lesbians. One summer, she traveled to New York City and experienced her first Pride parade.

“I saw everyone dressed however they wanted to dress; no one felt ashamed of anything,” she said. “I knew right then that I wanted to live my life this way, that I wanted to be as happy as these people.”

A fellow college student encouraged Chen to think about interning at Microsoft and then referred her and helped coach her through the interview process. The same year that Chen decided to come out, she got the internship and headed to Seattle for the summer.

“I was so excited, partly because I knew Seattle was super gay,” she said, laughing. She hoped that meant she could live more out in the open.

“When I came to Microsoft, I felt like I had found my place,” she said. Right away, Chen joined GLEAM, the LGBTQ+ employee resource group at Microsoft that, among other things, provides mentorship to new interns who identify as LGBTQ+.

She interned again the next summer, and now one year later, she works at Microsoft as a software engineer. Although Chen didn’t originally know anyone in Seattle, she quickly made friends through GLEAM and in her neighborhood of Capitol Hill. “Now, almost all my friends are queer, and I see most of them every day.”

“When I came to Microsoft, I felt like I had found my place.”

The same year she started at Microsoft, she decided it was time to come out to her mother. As she dialed the phone, she gave herself a pep talk: “OK, Michelle, now’s the time. You are going to come out.”

Chen’s mom answered with, “I heard you got a septum ring.”

Michelle ChenTaken off guard, Chen said, “What? Who told you that? How do you know these things?”

Her mom responded that she had her sources. “There are people in this town that tell me things.”

Chen was so frustrated that she just blurted out, “Oh, did they tell you I’m gay, too?”

“Wait, what?” her mom said, shocked. It took a minute for the news to sink in.

Chen recalled, laughing, “I mean, it was kind of nice because it took the focus off the septum ring.”

But then her mother said something Chen will never forget: “Oh, no, no, no. You should change. I can’t believe it. This must’ve been something I did wrong.”

Although Chen was not expecting an approving response, “it was still pretty shocking to hear from my own mother,” she said.

It has been a few months since that phone call, and while Chen and her mother maintain contact, she told her mom that she can’t visit her in Seattle until she’s comfortable with her daughter’s sexual orientation.

“It’s not something I can just sweep under the rug anymore,” she said. “I’d rather be happy than hide my true self.”

Chen doesn’t regret waiting to tell her parents, and she hopes to encourage others to take their time.

“I had to get outside of my small town and see that being LGBTQ+ is not a bad thing. It’s not shameful. There’s nothing wrong with dressing the way that you want to dress.

“There’s nothing wrong with who you are.”

Meet more Microsoft employees who are changing hearts and minds and advancing human rights.
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See how Microsoft is celebrating Pride 2018 and how you can be an ally.
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Learn how Microsoft and its LGBTQ+ employees push for change across borders.
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For Sale – Selling Gaming PC – Can split

Hi all,

Selling my gaming PC as I just don’t use it, I purchased it around 2 years ago.

In that time it’s probably been used less than 30 hours. I stay away with work a lot and find I use my gaming laptop a lot more and just play my Xbox when I’m at home due to my friends having them etc.

Some items I’m not comfortable shipping as I don’t have the packaging required to ensure it arrives safe. Mainly the monitor and the PC Case (huge!)
If you want the whole PC then collection is preferred or I can drive for some petrol money.

Price listed is for the PC only, no monitor.

List of parts:
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Primo Full Tower Black/Orange

Cooling:
EK coolstream XE 480
XSPC Raystorm Pro (White)
XSPC DDC dual bay res and pump combo.

Components:
Intel I7-6700k
ASUS Maximus Formula VIII Z170
Team group Elite – 32GB 24000mhz Ram
Silverstone Strider 700W 80 Plus Titanium PSU
Samsung 500gb 850 Evo
Seagate SSHD 1TB
ASUS STRIX NVIDIA GTX1080 8GB
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Monitor – Acer Predator X34 34” Curved Ultra Wide 1440P. 100hz GSYNC – £600

Speakers – 2 off JBL LSR 305 – £100

Corsair K70 Rapidfire Cherry MX Speed switches – £60

If you buy the PC I will wipe the hard drives. I’ll install windows 10 prior too, if wanted. ‘should’ automatically activate (afaik) as a key should be tied to motherboard.
(I didn’t have to do anything on a reinstall before and was surprised.. but I’ll sort out a key if it doesn’t work)

If you want decent photos of anything let me know !

Price and currency: £1500
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT preferred, or PPG
Location: CV5 7GS
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Proposed Microsoft-GitHub buy confirms open source role in cloud

Microsoft has not always been about the developer. That is just its roots. At a time when software development was limited to people with access to mainframes, the company forged its early fortune on the backs of easily available developer tools.

Some would say the developer focus dimmed at Microsoft with the departure of co-founder Bill Gates — one of the most exemplary programmer nerds there ever was. With the ascendancy of Satya Nadella to CEO in 2014, the developer’s song is being heard again. And it’s being heard particularly loudly now, as Microsoft-GitHub nuptials loom; last week, the company agreed to buy GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock.

Microsoft is a well-established commercial presence. Its status with open source is less established, despite its much-reported cuddle-up to Linux. Because it has often been aggressive in pushing its own standards, its proposed acquisition of GitHub has naturally been met with rumblings of concern.

Satya Nadella, CEO of MicrosoftSatya Nadella

However, the Microsoft-GitHub pairing should not be unexpected, according to Warner Chaves, a long-time Microsoft data developer and principal consultant at technical services provider Pythian, based in Ottawa.

“People have strong memories of the anti-open-source Microsoft, but the fact is that Microsoft is the corporation with the largest number of [GitHub] open source contributors,” Chaves said. “It wants to keep attracting this type of developer to Azure as part of the ongoing war for cloud market share.”

‘Doubling down’ on open source

People have strong memories of the anti-open-source Microsoft, but the fact is that Microsoft is the corporation with the largest number of [GitHub] open source contributors.
Warner Chavesprincipal consultant at Pythian

If nothing else, the GitHub move confirms developers are foremost again at Microsoft and elsewhere. Data professionals don’t really need to be told that is the case. All the hallmark technologies of big data — NoSQL databases and machine learning, as well as Apache Hadoop and all its friends and family — have been driven by developers. Hadoop and its ilk have returned the developer role to prominence in decisions about data architecture — something they hadn’t enjoyed since the early days of the relational database.

In fact, GitHub has been home to important open source projects — many of the big data variety. As many as 1,500 Apache projects and over 500 Eclipse projects are hosted on GitHub. Much of the new machine learning activity reposes on GitHub, not the least of which is TensorFlow — the library of tools open-sourced by Google in 2015.

Merv Adrian, GartnerMerv Adrian

In recent years, the Microsoft Azure cloud has driven more openness in APIs at the company. Apache Hadoop, Hive and Spark are notable cases of open source support on the Azure cloud. The reality is, if Microsoft does not have a heaping helping of open source software on Azure, its cloud could lag in overall developer support. Buying GitHub means the company is “doubling down on open source,” said Gartner analyst Merv Adrian.

Microsoft’s move is “consistent with the need to attract developers to the Azure platform,” Adrian wrote in a blog post on the GitHub purchase. He said the company could increase the connection between GitHub and Azure, but noted its vow to maintain the openness of any such connection.

Home is where the GitHub is

Microsoft could very well be a good home for GitHub, according to Ian Skerrett, a technology marketing consultant and former Eclipse Foundation executive.

“Microsoft definitely understands developers and will be able to help push GitHub into the enterprise development world,” Skerrett said.

Still, open source is very much about choices, and the fact that so many of those choices came to reside on GitHub may give pause, Skerrett indicated.

“GitHub has a near monopoly on open source project hosting,” he said. “There aren’t many alternatives, and this is a problem.” Skerrett added that he hoped one side effect of this blockbuster purchase is competition will arise for GitHub.

2018 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in photos: A SearchCIO snapshot

It’s time to turn your digital vision into reality — and fast. That was the message at the 2018 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Mass. The annual event attracted more than 900 senior-level IT decision-makers from around the country and the globe for what organizers billed as a day of learning, networking and spirited discussion.

Sessions at the event featured leading IT practitioners and academics, all doling out practical advice for planning and executing a digital transformation strategy. Of course, that meant discussing the building blocks of digital transformation: AI, internet of things, cloud computing, Agile, DevOps, organizational leadership, digital culture and more.

The SearchCIO team was there to cover — and capture — it.

Scroll through our Instagram roundup of the 2018 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium and relive a few of the many illuminating and interesting moments from this year’s event.

8:35 a.m.: Before the opening panel session, Kresge Auditorium

Let the Symposium begin.

Prior to the opening panel session, attendees perused the vendor showcase in Kresge and reviewed the day’s schedule, with complimentary totes in hand.

8:45 a.m.: “Creating a Digital Culture,” Kresge Auditorium

MIT’s George Westerman moderated the opening panel on how to best create a digital culture. As Westerman and the panel emphasized, digital transformation is, above all, a leadership challenge. “Technology changes quickly; organizations change much more slowly,” Westerman said at the start of the panel.

One of many interesting tidbits: Panelists said organizations need to change their outlook on talent. “The right people often look wrong,” said Melissa Swift, global leader for digital solutions at Korn Ferry Hay Group. The traits that might seem jarring to corporate executives may well be the ones the company needs to build a digital culture. Iconoclasts, not clones, should get a second look.

12:00 p.m.: “Insights from the Leadership Award Finalists,” Sala De Puerto Rico

As attendees munched on their salads, MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award finalists doled out sage advice on how they’ve transformed their organizations. Some sound bites from the session:

“Our job as CIOs is really more of psychologists or priests,” said Atefeh Riazi, assistant secretary-general and chief information technology officer at the United Nations. She emphasized it’s not technology that’s the biggest challenge; it’s change management.

“Innovation is about doing the same thing differently,” said Harmeen Mehta, global CIO and head of digital at Bharti Airtel Ltd.

“Understand the context many senior executives are under,” said Mike Macrie, senior vice president and CIO at Land O’Lakes Inc. Older executives aren’t as familiar with technology, so CIOs need to have patience.

1:15 p.m.: “Implementing AI,” Kresge Little Theater

What two words best describe your AI implementation efforts at this time? The blue screen shows how audience members sitting in the “Implementation AI” session responded. Hype and slow were two of the top words, followed by ethically challenged and limited. Panelists, pictured here, are moderator Michael Schrage, Adobe CIO Cynthia Stoddard, Kayak CTO Giorgos Zacharia and DBS Bank CIO David Gledhill.

1:45 p.m.: Lights, camera, action! Outside Kresge Auditorium

SearchCIO’s Mekhala Roy interviewed Harmeen Mehta, global CIO at Indian telecom giant Airtel and this year’s Leadership Award winner, outside Kresge — one of our many video interviews. During the interview, Mehta said everything she does in her organization has to create new value for the company, create a new business model, solve an existing problem or drastically reduce costs.

2:45 p.m.: “Building the Intelligent Enterprise using AI, ML, Mobility and Cloud Services,” Kresge Auditorium

During this session, panelists shared the hard-won lessons they learned from transforming their organizations into so-called intelligent enterprises. One lesson from Alston Ghafourifar, CEO and co-founder of Entefy Inc.: “An intelligent enterprise is too big of a transformation to actually do alone and to do entirely internal … you have to partner.” They also discussed best practices for managing large data sets, which include taking advantage of edge computing and Lambda architecture.

4:00 p.m.: “Articulating your Digital Vision,” Kresge Auditorium

During her presentation, Jeanne Ross, director and principal research scientist at MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, said IT needs to shift from enabling business strategy to inspiring it. Enabling is no longer enough anymore; IT needs to inspire new sources of revenue and new value propositions. The sources of that inspiration include ubiquitous data, unlimited connectivity and massive processing power.

For more photos from the 2018 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium and other conference coverage, visit our Instagram page and give us a follow.

For Sale – zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! (ZT-90503-10P)

Hi, Selling my much loved 980ti, dont have enough time for PC gaming these days.

Its not been used for mining or anything weird, just playing games and has only been taken out of the PC today for the photos.

I am more than happy to provide any extra evidence of the card up and running and to provide anything to help assure you this is as described.

If your interested, let me know and ill sort out the postage options with insurance up to the full amount etc.

Ill be more than happy to answer any questions

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Price and currency: £220
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT PPG
Location: Essex/herts
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! (ZT-90503-10P)

Hi, Selling my much loved 980ti, dont have enough time for PC gaming these days.

Its not been used for mining or anything weird, just playing games and has only been taken out of the PC today for the photos.

I am more than happy to provide any extra evidence of the card up and running and to provide anything to help assure you this is as described.

If your interested, let me know and ill sort out the postage options with insurance up to the full amount etc.

Ill be more than happy to answer any questions

IMG_20180607_172954471_HDR.jpg

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IMG_20180607_173047532.jpg

Price and currency: £220
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT PPG
Location: Essex/herts
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Sapphire NITRO RX 480 OC 8 GB + My Passport X 2TB HDD

Sapphire NITRO RX 480 OC 8 GB

I purchased this around this time last year, I paid around £240. Can’t remember the exact price but their is no profiteering on my asking price that’s for sure. I have the original invoice somewhere which I will find. It has never been used for mining. I don’t have the box but it will be packaged well. Price is just for the card

I’m asking £215

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My Passport X 2TB External HDD USB 3

Only a couple of months old £40

Price and currency: £210…

Sapphire NITRO RX 480 OC 8 GB + My Passport X 2TB HDD

MSI GTX 970 / Razer Mamba 2015 Wireless Edition / Corsair Vengeance 2100 Wireless

It’s come time to consider down-sizing my system, as I’m not using as much I as used to.

So onto the goods.

I have a MSI GTX 970 4G – fully boxed, purchased from Amazon on 04/09/2015. These seem to be going for around £180 on the ol’bay. For my friends here, I’m looking for £170. Since I was running these in SLI, never felt the need to overclock any higher than the factory overclock that MSI put on the card. They still max out settings on 1080p – and medium/high on 1440p at a…

MSI GTX 970 / Razer Mamba 2015 Wireless Edition / Corsair Vengeance 2100 Wireless

Watercooling bits and pieces

It’s been a long time since I dismantled my watercooling setup. I have no idea how useful any of these parts are now but I’m looking to sell the lot in one go. Apologies if price seems way off, I haven’t been keeping up with computer tech lately. Open to offers.

Below is a list of parts. I will take photos if anyone shows any interest. Collection only.

Laing ddc 12v 10w with plexi top
HeatKiller CPU LGA1 366 Rev. 3.0 LC
2 x 120.2 Radiators: (one is an XSPC copper rad and I think the other…

Watercooling bits and pieces