In June I started a new chapter in my career, returning to Microsoft officially as a full-time employee. I am working for Sangya Singh, Chief Experience Officer, on the Power Platform team as a Principal PM Manager, focused on building our community. I could not be more excited to join this team at this moment — to do the work and grow as a human in tech.

Special thank- you’s to Sangya and Dona Sarkar, who invited me to #dothething with them; I plan to do many. And to Karuana Gatimu, with whom I have had the pleasure of sharing…


Photo of three co-workers making fun of another co-worker

I have struggled with my weight since I was in college. I am and will always be a tall, big-boned German-Polish plus-sized woman with plenty of curves, and frankly I like that. I look like my Grandmother did when she was my age, but unlike her I won’t wear a girdle every day of my life. Sure, I squeeze into the Spanx when the dress calls for it, but that’s the exception not the rule. I don’t bring this up because I’m ashamed of how I look (because I’m not). I’ve found that as far as attraction goes, we all…


29 rooms, refinery 29, Los Angeles

I had a difficult tooth extracted last month. I am now healed up but was in pain for a couple weeks.

Sometimes I want to be taken care of, and other times I just want to power through. I’m not good at asking for help, but I’m always happy and relieved when it’s offered… or even thrust upon me. Feeling alone during injury or illness is a bit of a construct, because for most of us a helping hand or supportive friend is just a phone call or text away. …


Twas the night before SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles and all through my house

The only creature stirring was my trusty Surface mouse.

The speaker hoodies were folded in the box with care,

In hopes that all goes smoothly if I dare.

The attendees were nestled all in their beds

With visions of SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Office 365, Yammer, Azure, OneNote, PowerApps, Power BI, Flow, Stream, Delve, To-Do, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Planner, Bing, Edge, Outlook, and Sway dancing in their heads.

With me in my bathrobe, SharePoint socks, and my Teams Flat billed cap,

Is continuing to print all the…


I’ve worn this green amber ring for 15 years. I bought it in Copenhagen, Denmark during the first European SharePoint Portal Server Roadshow, from a lovely woman at the House of Amber. I rarely take it off; it is one of my favorite things. It is a distinct piece and it receives many compliments.

Green amber captures a part of earth’s prehistoric past. As a gemstone, it has high healing powers and helps balance stress, smoothing out feelings with its cheerful positive energy.

I just spent two weeks at Burning Man, a place that tests you, your emotions, your physical…


waiting…

Is typing…

Maybe. Or maybe not.

It depends.

Haven’t decided.

Can’t find the words.

They can’t seem to either.

Will this work?

Hey…

Yeah…

Emoji…

You there…

No, nothing.

Wait a minute.

Just say something, will you?

I see you, then you erase it.

Is typing…

Are you waiting?

Waiting for me or am I waiting for you?

Both?

Maybe I should call?

Will you call me?

I should wait.

Yes, fuck it I’ll wait.

Sending a text — isn’t that easy?

Is typing…

The dots ripple.

Nothing.

Distracted distraction.

Waiting.

Hope.

Sadness.

Questions.

Anger.

Is typing…

Let it be.


My best friend yelled at me last week, a little. She spoke the truth about some of my actions; about my breakneck life pace and some of my recent decisions. I am not mad at her — I expect that from her, and I love her for it. She was angry with me and for me because she is one of the holders of my stories and secrets — a true and trusted friend.

I sit here thinking about those actions and decisions, and I’m angry (at myself).

Yes, I know the dangers of negative self-talk, but sometimes I feel…


Super excited to see this awesome San Diego Comic-Con panel brought to you by colleagues at Defiant PR, Los Angeles.

From the spine-tingling scores for “Us”, “Get Out”, and “Ma” to the gritty and horror-filled themes in “Pet Sematary” and “Hellraiser”, to the ultra-spooky cues in “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”, “The Cleanse” and “The Head Hunter”, horror films wouldn’t be nearly as terrifying without their musical scores. …


“Another definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people’s well-being and will go out of his or her way to help them — even if there is no chance of a reward. That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.” — Stan Lee

I couldn’t agree more with the legendary, eternally remembered and celebrated Stan Lee.

With the 50th San Diego Comic-Con right around the corner, I am once again thrilled to moderate an…


World Pride 2019 — New York City Pride Parade

Though I live in Los Angeles, New York City is one of the cities where I spend a great deal of time, call home and that I’m always sad to leave and excited to visit. I was just there to celebrate World Pride and couldn’t love this city more, what a weekend, #everybodysaylove.

I’m thrilled to be presenting at my fourth SharePoint Saturday New York City on Saturday, July 27. Tom Daly and the organizing committee always do such a good job with the event, and it is always epic to be in the gorgeous Microsoft Office in Times Square…

Heather Newman

Community builder and marketing maven who wants to #FliptheScript — Posts on motivation, corporate culture, & healthy workplaces. www.creativemaven.com

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