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Dona Sarkar Featured Microsoft Technology Keynote
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About

Dona believes that you are one experiment away from being your most powerful self at work. And yes, in life!  

Currently at her day job, she’s running 100 experiments as the Chief Troublemaker of the Microsoft AI and Copilot Extensibility Program. Her goal is that people all over the world can use Microsoft’s AI and Copilot programs to reason over their OWN data and truly make AI useful for their business. 

Previously, Dona led the Accessibility tech program at Microsoft, implementing Generative AI in her products in an inclusive way. She also led the #WindowsInsiders program (20 million people globally) and worked on advocacy for the Metaverse via HoloLens and low-code development via Microsoft’s Power Platform.  

Dona is also a keynote speaker (fave audience is corporate leaders like YOU), a multi-published author (it turns out fiction writing is useful in software!),  the owner of the ethical luxury fashion brand called Prima Dona Studios, and she has recently become a wine bar co-owner and is studying to be a sommelier.    

A few years ago, she was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Productive People and Cosmopolitan magazine’s Businessperson of the Year for her multi-faceted (aka weird) life.  And yes, she is always ready to get on a plane and come see YOU.

Topics

I Got 99 Problems but AI Ain’t One

How many of you have heard that AI is here to take your job? Yeah, exactly. Us too.  Apparently, AI is here to take ALL the jobs.  

Yet, here we are, employed and busier than EVER.  Did you know that every large tech company has announced AI products this year with the promise to transform your business?  

In this talk, you’ll learn:

  • What in this latest AI craze is hype and what is real? 
  • What are successful companies actually doing with AI these days? 
  • What are 3 things that you ABSOLUTELY should be doing in the next 6 months to get your business ready to implement AI in a secure and responsible way?

The Future of Work is….Shenanigans

 “Yay. A Consultant.” – no one ever

Every company, especially when the economy takes a downturn immediately decides to hire a consultant to solve their latest business problem.  Here is the real truth: the best ideas for your organization are already in your organization, hidden deep inside the brains of your quietest members.  Your goal is to get these ideas out of brains and onto paper so that they can become experiments and then wins and then tangible business results.  

Using my proven 5 Step SHENANIGANS framework, we will identify your most urgent business problems and solve them in an innovative and FUN way using your most valuable assets, your teams.  This will not only save you million of dollars, but will also raise employee engagement and retention like you’ve never seen. Let’s go!

Inclusive AI: How We all Have A Role To Play

Who’s heard of ChatGPT and DallE? 

These exist to be your copilot. They start stuff for you. They finish stuff for you. They’re here to make your life easier, NOT harder.

BUT they can very easily not represent what you believe and value. How can organizations and individuals make the best use of this amazing new technology when they’re NOT AI experts and don’t have the time or resources to become one?

Learn 5 techniques that your company can be doing today to maximize the usableness and usefulness of Generative AI and the 3 different roles everyone in your company can and should play a part in the AI revolution.

Total Immersion - Tales From A Decade Working On The Metaverse

How many of you have heard of web 3.0? How about the Metaverse? 

So…all of you. But what does it mean? And more importantly, what does it mean for YOUR business?

In this session, you’ll learn what exactly the metaverse is, how it can boost your business and most importantly, how you can start your journey to the Metaverse today.  Dona has worked in the Augmented/Virtual Reality/Metaverse space for almost a decade and will give you a behind the scenes look at companies like Volvo, Lowe’s, Ford, NASA and others who are using this technology to thrive—and how you can do it too.

NON-PROMOTE-ABLE WORK: 10 Ways to STOP doing it and START being more powerful in the workplace.

No one ever got promoted for organizing a “women’s mentoring ring”.

Harsh. But true.

Every senior woman knows this. So why don’t we coach and advise the next generation to stop doing this work unless it’s part of your job?

Around 2012, I stopped doing ALL non-promote-able work and instead started doing 10 *very specific experiments* at my job.

Lo and behold, my career *absolutely transformed* over the next 2 years.  The opportunities started to show up and have not stopped to this day. I talked to a few of my other senior women friends and we agreed–these techniques WORK.  In this 45 minute keynote, I will walk you through the 10 experiments I have done to become more powerful in the workplace and how you can do it too!

Mind Your Own Business: How To Talk About Mental Health At Work (Without Tanking Your Career)

“Managers should be keeping their team’s mental health in mind.”

How many of you have heard this?

How many of you have absolutely NO IDEA what this means or even how to do this?

How do you make sure you’re not crossing the line into trying to be someone’s therapist?

Fear not, I have a simple 5 step strategy that will work for your organization. 

In this session, we will cover:

  1. WHY is it important for leaders like YOU to talk about mental health
  2. WHAT you should be talking about and what you should not be talking about
  3. Talking to your team about them creating their own Mental Health plans
  4. Creating a team Mental Health plan
  5. Understand what resources are at your disposal

Burnout Begone As A Service

😬 Are you weirdly irritable with your colleagues?

🙅🏽‍♀️ Is the thought of checking your calendar just way too overwhelming?

🥺 Are you feeling like you’re not actually having *real* impact in your work but rather just doing “activity”?

You, my friend, might be facing Job Burnout. The World Health Organization has defined this to be a real “occupational phenomenon” that’s impacting millions & billions of us. So…what are you going to do about it?

Come here to learn a process to figure out if you’re burned out…AND a formula for how to debug, root-cause and most importantly, banish it.

How To Delight 8 Billion Humans

“You need to find product-market fit!”  “Like, now!”

How many of you are so frustrated with hearing this? What if you could guarantee that the product or service you’re toiling away at will be AMAZINGLY received…not just by your target audience…but by surprising other audiences as well?

In this session, you’ll learn about the 6 categories of audiences we think about and a 3 step SIMPLE and inclusive process to reach and delight them at any phase of your business.

How To Add AI/ChatGPT to your Existing Business Processes

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  • If you’re looking for a speaker who’s 100% authentic, not afraid to engage in uncomfortable but highly necessary #RealTalk to get your audience thinking, Dona Sarkar is your answer. A powerhouse of a speaker, Dona always comes prepared with fresh ideas and actionable plans (read: homework!) to continue investing in themselves long after the event is over. Get ready to be volunTOLD, get out of your comfort zone, and discover how you can become a better human. Shona Bang Global Head of Microsoft's Human of IT Program
  • When Dona Sarkar speaks, something exceptional happens. She is a passionate presenter and changemaker who is making a remarkable impression globally. Single-handed, Dona is lifting up Everyone in the room and instilling in them the belief that they can and will do more. Her brave, no-nonsense approach is infectious and making a world of difference. Tracy O'Connell Director of European Sharepoint Conference ESPC
  • As an Olympic athlete, I've listened to many motivational speakers. It's sometimes hard to find talks that really hit home specifically to me. Dona's presence in person and on stage grabbed me immediately. I knew she was someone I wanted to emulate and was further inspired after hearing her TEDxtalk about the Imposter Syndrome. She was engaging, relaxed and so genuine. Anyone who has taken a risk in life towards success can relate to her message of feeling like you don't belong or are not worthy. She uses her own successful career and personal experiences to illustrate how to combat these feelings and find power on the other side of it. Every employee, college student, entrepreneur and athlete will be faced with Imposter Syndrome at some point in their lives, Dona Sarkar's message will prepare, normalize and inspire to conquer these feelings and teach them how to OWN their success! Katie Hoff 3x Olympic Medalist & American Record Holder

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