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  • 1.  Female Microsoft MVPs

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 19, 2018 07:59 PM
    I watched a webinar today by Belinda Allen regarding becoming a Microsoft MVP. After the webinar, I went to the MVP website at Microsoft MVP Award and looked at the list of the MVPs for Business Applications. To my dismay, only 9.0% of all the MVPs were women. I am currently implementing D365FO, moving from NAV. In an effort to learn all that I can about the new platform, setting a goal of becoming an MVP over the next 9-12 months seemed like a good idea. Now that I know the numbers, it seems like a fabulous idea. @Belinda Allen Challenge accepted!​ #MicrosoftMVP#ProfessionalDevelopment#UnifiedOperations

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    Robin Finnell
    Continuous Improvement Coordinator
    Operations Lead - D365FO/MES Implementation
    Tillamook County Creamery Association
    Tillamook, OR
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    The first step toward cloud success. - Migrate from AX to D365 with expert guidance from Microsoft. I'm Ready


  • 2.  RE: Female Microsoft MVPs

    Posted Jul 20, 2018 10:21 AM
    Excellent!

    You may also want to look into the Women in Dynamics community.

    Best,

    Joel

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    Joel Leichty
    Director of Products and BI
    SAGlobal
    Microsoft MVP 2013 - Present
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    The first step toward cloud success. - Migrate from AX to D365 with expert guidance from Microsoft. I'm Ready


  • 3.  RE: Female Microsoft MVPs

    Posted Jul 20, 2018 10:30 AM
    Robin, I was the first Dynamics AX MVP in the world, and I'm female!  That would mean, back in 2000 and something, we started with 100% female MVPs, even though just in the ERP community!  My award came after significant contribution to the "greater good" and I loved every minute of it. The additional insights I was afforded, along with the ability to connect with the product team within Microsoft, only added more fuel to my fire. I even had the privilege of meeting and working a little with a younger, and already incredibly charismatic Satya Nadella, as he led the Dynamics product team the time. I felt the professional rewards of becoming an MVP at the time were worth every late evening and weekend time I gave. With the MVP status comes obligation, and a year after I was awarded I started my family. With a new baby arriving in my life something had to give, and it was the dedication I had to contributing to the AX community. As a full time working mother time becomes your greatest asset, and it was simply too much to hold on to everything. I do not regret letting go of the commitment, or the status, but I've never lost the enthusiasm to contribute.  I've just got back from Microsoft Inspire, where it is great to see so many female leaders within the Microsoft team, however that was not at all reflected within the partner community. We need more women who have the kind of energy and dedication you express, to push to get recognition through MVP programs and the like. Can say to you, enjoy the challenge, and GO FOR IT!!

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    Debbie Altham
    Sikich LLP
    Naperville IL
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    The first step toward cloud success. - Migrate from AX to D365 with expert guidance from Microsoft. I'm Ready


  • 4.  RE: Female Microsoft MVPs

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 24, 2018 08:29 AM
    Robin -
    After meeting at FOCUS this spring, I have every confidence that you will attain MVP status very quickly!
    If you haven't already, check us out at Women in Dynamics.
    I look forward to hearing more from you!

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    Jody Cronk
    Sutphen Corporation
    Inventory Accountant
    US-AXUG OH (Columbus) Chapter Co-Lead
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    The first step toward cloud success. - Migrate from AX to D365 with expert guidance from Microsoft. I'm Ready


  • 5.  RE: Female Microsoft MVPs

    D365UG/AXUG ALL STAR
    Posted Jul 24, 2018 02:58 PM
    Hi Robin,

    Excellent news! We need more women to join us in the MVP ranks. Although I do have to second what Debbie said - it's a lot of hard work to maintain that status!

    Let me know if you need anything on your journey. I am here for whatever you need.

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    Kelly Kane
    Manager, Information Systems
    Algood Food Company
    Louisville KY
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    The first step toward cloud success. - Migrate from AX to D365 with expert guidance from Microsoft. I'm Ready


  • 6.  RE: Female Microsoft MVPs

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 24, 2018 03:36 PM
    Hi Kelly-

    Thanks! I will definitely take all of the pointers I can get. I would love to talk to you more about it at Summit!


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    Robin Finnell
    Continuous Improvement Coordinator
    Operations Lead - D365FO/MES Implementation
    Tillamook County Creamery Association
    Tillamook OR
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    The first step toward cloud success. - Migrate from AX to D365 with expert guidance from Microsoft. I'm Ready


  • 7.  RE: Female Microsoft MVPs

    D365UG/AXUG ALL STAR
    Posted Jul 25, 2018 03:45 PM
    Although I am not an MVP ;-( , I'm happy to be part of the discussion as well.  I was challenged and made it a personal goal to get the auspicious title, spent a year at it but in the end did not do enough to receive it!  I am very proud of Kelly being awarded.  We chatted back and forth during our journey...  I'll be at Summit, and the three of us should get together.  If @Belinda Allen is attending, we should have her join us too.​​

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    GG Rowe, PMP
    IT Applications and Project Manager
    Planar Systems Inc.
    Hillsboro OR
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    The first step toward cloud success. - Migrate from AX to D365 with expert guidance from Microsoft. I'm Ready


  • 8.  RE: Female Microsoft MVPs

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 25, 2018 04:47 PM
    Yay! GG, I would be very happy to get together with you, Kelly, and @Belinda Allen.

    There was an article that was posted back in July on the MSDynamicsWorld.com website that spoke to how the MVP pool had declined by 21.5% over the last year and that the evaluation and award criteria is largely unknown and may be changing with the diminishing activities related to on-premises technology.
    The way of the Microsoft MVP: While some bask, other current and former awardees ponder the program's direction - MSDynamicsWorld.com

    Eight days later, on the same website, there was another article stating Microsoft was alerting some MVPs that the program is adjusting its categories and contribution areas.
    Microsoft updates MVP categories and contribution areas for Dynamics 365, Project - MSDynamicsWorld.com

    It would be worth getting together at Summit to see what each of us knows, what we don't know, and the low-down on what we need to do over the next year (and beyond) to achieve our goal of obtaining or maintaining our MVP status.




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    Robin Finnell
    Continuous Improvement Coordinator
    Operations Lead - D365FO/MES Implementation
    Tillamook County Creamery Association
    Tillamook OR
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    The first step toward cloud success. - Migrate from AX to D365 with expert guidance from Microsoft. I'm Ready


  • 9.  RE: Female Microsoft MVPs

    D365UG/AXUG ALL STAR
    Posted Jul 26, 2018 10:20 AM
    @Robin Finnell​, I did not see those articles on MS Dynamics World.  I submitted back in 2016 and then resubmitted in 2017.

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    GG Rowe, PMP
    IT Applications and Project Manager
    Planar Systems Inc.
    Hillsboro OR
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    The first step toward cloud success. - Migrate from AX to D365 with expert guidance from Microsoft. I'm Ready


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