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Around the Table: Seattle Storm, Boeing, Microsoft

Alisha Valavanis (Photo: Seattle Storm)

Seattle Storm CEO and general manager Alisha Valavanis featured in PROFILE Magazine

PROFILE Magazine recently featured Roundtable member Alisha Valavanis, CEO and general manager of the Seattle Storm. In the story, Valavanis discusses her childhood, early career, her dual roles at the Seattle Storm, and her work in leading the team’s management company Force 10. Under Valavanis’s leadership, the Storm’s players and staff collaborated to set goals for future success, and the team won the 2018 WNBA championship.

Students compete in Boeing innovation competition

At Boeing’s first Innovation Challenge for students, engineering majors proposed new solutions for aviation industry challenges, such as enhancing the passenger experience and improving operational safety and efficiency. The winning proposal – from a team of University of Washington, Cornell University, and Georgia Tech students – summarized how artificial intelligence could be used to provide an automated personal assistant for pilots. The competition aims to attract skilled engineers to Boeing’s workforce.

Microsoft introduces social entrepreneurship program

Microsoft is inviting entrepreneurs to apply for its new Global Social Entrepreneurship Program, which will support social startups by providing technology, connections, and grants. Select startups will be eligible for grants related to skills development, sustainability, and accessibility. Entrepreneurs will also receive free access to Microsoft technologies and sales resources. The program is offered to startups based in 140 countries.

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