“It’s important to have people in your life that show you that success is real.”

A photo of two women standing in front of red lockers in a high school

We’re all on a journey. When you look back on yours, whose faces do you see? A teacher. A mentor. A coach. A supporter. Who stepped forward to help you figure it out, find a focus, and reach for more?

The following narratives are of people who—through their examples and actions, sometimes intentional and sometimes not—empowered our employees to help others achieve more.

Recognizing those who’ve influenced us

At Microsoft, we’re driven to empower others, to make others’ lives the best they can be. And often, our inspiration comes from those who’ve supported us to become who we are today, as you can see from our employees’ posts below.