Women in Technology Community Leaders
Kate Chan has spent the greater part of her career around technology and professional readiness and takes great pride in watching her clients succeed in their technology projects, knowing she’s played a small role in their success.
Kate has been in the Microsoft eco-system as an employee responsible for partner development, as one of its managed partners, or as a consultant helping Microsoft define their go-to-market strategies for the last 15 years. These positions have stretched her professionally while facilitating her clients’ enormous success.
While growing up, Kate was a chemistry and math fanatic, but found she excelled in project management and communication with a keen interest in technology, and is proud to be a voice and readiness partners for the important work of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) professionals.
Kate is able to marry her passions for community outreach, professional development, and making a difference in young women’s lives. She finds and facilitates volunteer opportunities with schools, promote STEM in the community, and develops programs to help inspire WIT members grow in their career. “Strap on your stilettos ladies, we have work to do!”
Dana Manciagli is a career expert, speaker, and private coach. She has spent more than 30 years as a Fortune 500 sales and marketing executive, now retired after over a decade’s tenure at Microsoft. Dana is the author of the book, Cut the Crap™, Get a Job! and a prolific blogger.
A recognized career, networking, and business thought leader, she is a sought-after speaker and a regular contributor to print and online publications, including her own weekly “Career Mojo” column in all of the Business Journals nationwide. She was named among Seattle’s Women of Influence, sits on the worldwide board of Junior Achievement and received her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Mary Alice Colvin
Mary Alice is a business executive focused upon technology solutions that contribute the greatest lifetime customer value. Her experience includes successful roles at Apple, Microsoft, SAP Concur, mid-size and entrepreneurial organizations. She earned her MBA from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business, Executive MBA program, a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University and completed the Harvard Strategic Marketing Management Program.
She has served upon multiple boards as a director including Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, healthcare, diversity & inclusion and arts organizations to contribute to her community. As a mom and an engaged citizen Mary Alice believes in bringing her whole self to her endeavors to provide a better future both locally and around the world.
Judy Dunn’s career spans more than18 years in technology and professional services with experience working in global, national and local organizations including, Capgemini, Microsoft, and T-Mobile.
Judy has over 15 years in the Microsoft eco-system as a managed partner, a consultant working on developing new go-to-markets strategies and account management.
She is passionate about developing women to continually challenge themselves and grow professionally. In additional to Women in Technology (WIT) and International Association for Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP), Judy volunteers and mentors students within Boys & Girls Club and Junior Achievement. Judy has her MBA in Technology Management and has gained an Advanced Digital Marketing Certificate from the University of Washington. Her professional strengths include leading teams to deliver on programs and projects.
Lorie Adolf has been an Executive Sales Leader within the technology industry for over 25 years. Lorie’s tenure at Microsoft has allowed her to experience multiple careers within a single company; from what felt like a “start up” environment when Microsoft had less than 7,000 employees to leading growth in multi billion dollar businesses and maximizing customer value with new capabilities, Lorie has helped to evolve the company into a consumption based software company focused on people and value.
Lorie’s leadership style focuses on collaboration and the value of the people doing business together. All industries today share a common goal, Growth. If we can help each other focus on customer centricity, we can help our respective industries grow. Whether it is Microsoft:Customer or Microsoft:Partner, or Microsoft:Partner:Customer, Lorie believes that empowering people to share growth strategies raises all boats. She’s known for cultivating thoughtful network connections which benefit the people she does business with and helping with execution along the way.
Interestingly enough, Lorie’s first career path was not technology. Lorie studied interior design in college. While she tackled a few projects in this line of work, she quickly realized that she was fanatical about imagining the design possibilities – not just in the interior design world – and this this led her to Microsoft. Lorie shares her background in hopes that it inspires others to remember that a career path doesn’t always have to be linear.
A mother of 2, wife to a Batallion Chief at Fire District 7, and exercise enthusiast, Lorie works hard to channel her energy to find balance across the many facets of her life, and she’s always looking for thoughts and ideas from others!