Being a Microsoft partner means being a part of a greater community, both within and outside of the Microsoft Partner Network. Microsoft technologies are really about helping people both at a professional and personal level, and that mission plays out on a bigger scale as Microsoft Partners and the individuals within those organizations get involved with other partner organizations, user groups, and the community at large. 

That’s why I am so excited about WPC13! Apart from presenting multiple sessions, I am proud and fully supportive of the WPC Giving initiative. This has been a longstanding WPC tradition where Microsoft and partners give back to various communities. Check out this video from WPC 2011 where Microsoft and partner volunteers hosted carnival-style festivities in Los Angeles’ Gilbert Lindsay Park, and raised money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Magic Johnson Foundation. 
This year, WPC stepped it up and are giving back more than ever before. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s WPC Giving: 
  • WPC 2013 Partners for Good Challenge – Microsoft Citizenship will match partner project donations made during July 7-11, 2013, up to US$100,000 total match!  

  • WPC will donate US$1.00 for each session evaluation submitted and US$5.00 for each full event survey submitted to support Pencils of Promise

  • In lieu of providing conference backpacks, WPC is making a monetary donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston.  

  • Hilton Worldwide are also supporting this important cause by making a monetary donation to Microsoft YouthSpark for every night booked at participating Hilton family hotels in WPC room blocks during WPC 2013.  
To extend the WPC Giving initiative, I’m thankful that I can contribute to local social good initiatives during WPC. At last year’s WPC12 in Toronto, I had the opportunity help spearhead a fundraiser for the charity Thinking Forward.  
This year, I’m very fortunate to be a part of the Houston SharePoint Users Group (H-SPUG) initiative that will benefit the Snowdrop Foundation. The Snowdrop Foundation provides funding for continued research to eliminate childhood cancer, as well as scholarships for college-bound pediatric cancer patients and survivors.  
On July 10, you’re invited to attend H-SPUG meeting which I will be presenting: “Lead the Enterprise Social Revolution: How to Drive Sustainable SharePoint Adoption” – it’s free to attend, all we ask is please support the Snowdrop Foundation and bring a smile to a child’s face by donating a new, unused toy. 
Click here to register for this session, wherein you will learn how to: 
  • Maximize resources from Microsoft that empower you to drive the organic adoption of SharePoint 

  • Apply practical steps to drive culture change 

  • Employ effective techniques to promote sustainable SharePoint in your organization 
 While a lot of the work we all do as Microsoft partners are designed to benefit enterprise organizations, it’s cool to have that same sort of interconnectedness outside of our own organizations and outside of a business context to include the greater community – and the world – at large. 
Looking forward to seeing you at WPC in a few weeks and your support with the WPC Giving Initiative