By Laura Caroon
Just a year after moving to the area for a job at Microsoft, Theresa Garrett is working to make tech more inclusive and diverse through Arise! Communities.
Q In a brief summary, what do you do?
A I’m a Customer Success Manager at Microsoft. I educate, assist and empower companies towards success within Azure.
Q What’s your favorite part about what you do?
Q We know you are a (somewhat) new transplant to Fargo, ND. Can you tell us what brought you here at how your transition has gone?
Q What’s this we hear about this new cool organization called ARISE!?
A Myself, along with DOPE AF
Arise! provides classes for the FM community to learn tech skills, and have challenging conversations. We want to talk about what it means to a minority in the midwest, or be a woman in a male-dominated industry, or a member of the LGBTQ+ community or those that do not fit the social norms. We want to impact marginalized groups that are often forgotten or not included in the tech industry. We are excited to create this space in the community. All are welcome at Arise!
Q What do you hope for the organization and our community of women in tech
Q How do you stay current?
A The internet, social media and NPR help me stay current on any and everything.
Q What was the best career advice you’ve ever received or
Q Do you have any go-to stress management practices/strategies
Q How are you taking better care of yourself in 2019
What are your top must-read books for Ladybosses or people in business?
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama
“Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person” by Shonda Rhimes
“Emotional Intelligence 2.0” by Travis Bradberry