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Master of messiness

As a mom and a tech leader, Elaine Chang has learned to embrace the chaos and put her “octopus mind” to work in service of innovation, at work and at home. Illustrated by Niege Borges.

More stories

Discover more from the families community. Meet the people behind Microsoft and the stories they bring to our everyday work.
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Citizen of the world

Sandra Valle is originally from Mexico, living in Estonia, and managing orientation for new employees from all over the world. Explore how her experience embracing new cultures prepared her to face challenges head-on in her animated story by artist Niege Borges.

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Personal tech

For Pablo Veramendi, director of Audience Evangelism, responsible innovation is more than a professional mandate: it’s part of his job as a dad. Illustrated by Phoenix Owens.

Accountable for progress

Responsibility and accountability require action, not just promises. We leverage our platform to improve lived experiences at Microsoft and beyond—exercising the same commitment we bring to all we do.

Inclusive benefits

We recognize that families come in all forms. Our benefits include paid parental leave regardless of gender, comprehensive health and wellness benefits, enhanced fertility benefits, and subsidized backup care

Informed approach

We believe that caregiving—including eldercare and parenting through adoption and fostering—are gender-neutral activities. Recognizing family caregiving as part of any employee’s life is also part of our commitment to advance gender equity.

Intentional flexibility

At Microsoft, there are as many ways of working as there are employees. We value flexibility as part of our hybrid workplace, supporting employees in the ways they work best.

Investing in access

We extended our existing limited travel benefit for medical services that are covered in US health plans but where access to care is limited—including for abortion and gender-affirming care.