Posted by globalgoodfund on Jun 28, 2021

In partnership with Microsoft, The Global Good Fund launched a six-month leadership development program for Microsoft employees. The program, which concluded earlier this month, focused on personal leadership growth around social impact mindset and selling. The program consisted of a 360 assessment, 1:1 executive coaching, an Inspiration Panel, and a practicum. The practicum concluded the program by bringing together the participants, engaging them in their learnings, and helped them develop social impact pitching skills through personal narratives and connection. 

The partnership started in January 2021 with the 360 assessment which helped identify strengths and areas of growth for the 14 participants. During the executive coaching portion, participants created a leadership development plan which they then worked on implementing throughout the program. The program also included an Inspiration Panel where participants heard from three Global Good Fund alumni: Samir Goel of Esusu, Nick Karnaze of Stubble and Stache, and Makeda Ricketts of Pink Think. The partnership ended this past month of June with a practicum where the participants pitched to six GGF Alumni and Fellows, Gene Gurkoff of Charity Miles, Danny Weissberg of Voiceitt, Kim Lewis of Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Jeff Kirschner ofLitterati, Guilherme Braga of Egalite, and Ryan Gersava of Virtualahan, putting to practice their learnings from the program. 

The program worked to grow Microsoft employees into stronger Social Impact Ambassadors for Microsoft by improving the understanding of 5 key social impact leadership traits (Self-Awareness, Social Responsibility, Motivation, Empathy, Interpersonal Relationships), developing a timely and relevant social impact pitch, and increasing their confidence in presenting Microsoft’s Social Impact narrative to customers.

President of Microsoft, Toni Townes-Whitley posted on LinkedIn about our Partnership:

“My team is partnering with The Global Good Fund to learn how to create positive transformation in the communities where our employees live and work; to develop employee social impact acumen; and to advance societal goals with our partners and our customers. Social impact selling enables you to engage with customers and partners in new ways, perhaps even opening doors that were previously closed to you, as you come together around shared values.

As a company, we are tackling big societal challenges like inclusion, sustainability, fundamental rights, and trust. This includes large scale investments aimed at digital skilling, broadband access, racial injustice, and climate action.”

We are excited to partner with Microsoft again in the future.