Illustration of Kim
Animated Story

Embrace your identity, embrace life

Business Program Manager Kimberly Marreros Chuco shares her inspiring journey of self-acceptance and adaptability, born from challenges she’s faced since moving from a mining town in the Andes. Through her story, she reminds us that it’s essential to embrace our unique identity and find beauty in the challenges we face, always remembering that making mistakes is a valuable part of our growth. Illustrated by Tai Silva.

More stories

Anything is possible when everyone is included. Discover stories told and illustrated by members of the Indigenous community, at Microsoft and around the world.
Melissa Portrait - Curious, Passionate, Empathetic
Category: Video

A leap through financial hardship

Influenced by her son and a mentor, Melissa Curry explains how she transformed her life through the Microsoft Leap program, going from financial hardship to flourishing as a technical program manager. Now, she gives back as an ambassador and helps to foster tech opportunities in underserved communities. 

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Category: Animated Story

The icebreaker

When Paola started her new position during the pandemic, she found it challenging to connect with coworkers. So, she used existing technology and suggestions from her peers in the Indigenous community, to create something completely new.

Category: Animated Story

Written in the sky

Indigenous languages are disappearing. Tracy Monteith, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, found a way to help turn the tide by preserving and teaching new speakers with Microsoft language tools. Discover his story of technology and tradition, illustrated by Gregg Deal.

Brent Illustration
Animated Story

Uncovering courageously

Senior Technical Specialist Brent Nix once felt obligated to navigate unsafe workspaces. However, a pivotal incident at a previous company gave him the courage to uncover and ultimately find a space and voice at Microsoft where he no longer felt the need to hide his true self. Illustrated by Lynne Hardy.

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.

Industry connection

Microsoft is a proud sponsor of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society to help build career pathways and increase Indigenous representation in STEM fields.

Intelligent preservation

Microsoft’s AI for Cultural Heritage program empowers communities to preserve their cultural heritage. This includes enhancing Microsoft Translator to support Indigenous languages like te reo Māori and Inuktitut.

Insights that inform

We are building the infrastructure to better understand and explore identity as a company. We expanded employee self-identification options in Australia and New Zealand to include culture, ethnicity, Indigenous and caregiver (children, adults, or elders) status.

Inspired partnerships

In partnership with the Louis Riel School Division’s Indigenous Education team, Manito Ahbee Aki is the first Minecraft teaching resource in the world that honours, celebrates and explores a Manitoba Anishinaabe community

Ways to engage

Discover movies, TV, and games selected by Indigenous communities at Microsoft, plus more ways to learn and take action.