Microsoft employee Lewis Curtis standing outside beneath trees

“My goal is for this work to outlive me so others can use this to help people.”

After a personal crisis, Lewis Curtis dedicated his fix-it attitude to help people in the wake of disaster.
Jay Witcher

“During the last two weeks, I learned a lot more about his life and realized I was wrong about him.”

My father died last November. I am a wounded veteran, and like many others just like me, I’ve dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of all the death and dying I’ve seen—deaths that were not peaceful. My dad’s passing was so different. He was in his home and took his last breaths quietly, while...
Beth Anne Katz. Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures.

“Being open about my suffering was the hardest thing I’ve done.”

It was Beth Anne Katz’s last day as a program manager on a team that helps distribute apps. She’d just accepted a job with Microsoft Teams located in the Czech Republic. As we sat in her Redmond office, Beth Anne proclaimed, “I’m moving to Prague!” Judging from the many pictures of travel posted on her...