People of Microsoft #InclusionInAction
Royce Martin and Heather Dowdy having a conversation while standing in the snow outside their family home in Chicago.

“My life has given me a special lens for people marginalized by the intersection of race, gender, class, and disability.”

Growing up on the Southside of Chicago, Heather Dowdy found her relationship with her hardworking dad led her to develop products that everyone can use.
A man stands holding a snowboard while wearing snowboarding gear

“Snowboarding has taught me that we won’t get anywhere if we don’t do it together.”

Sebastian Apud built strength through snowboarding but never felt like he quite fit in. That's why he's dedicated to introducing teens—who might not have access—to the sport he loves.
A mother and daughter hold hands by the river and smile

“Standing up for what’s right often isn’t comfortable.”

As an attorney, Makalika Naholowa’a says her law degree gives her a rare privilege, and she feels responsible to use it for good.
A woman stands in her kitchen and prepares plates of pasta.

“I got to make family memories and new traditions.”

As a child, Brittany Valdes enjoyed home-cooked meals prepared by her mother. When she became a parent, Brittany found her own way to make memories in the kitchen. Watch her family make chicken carbonara.