SharePoint Career Development: The Next Frontier?

by , Posted February 23, 2012 - 14:48

The Women in SharePoint DC Chapter is hosting a very unique event targeted to SharePoint skillsets ranging from beginner SharePoint to experienced Program Managers.

The event, Women in SharePoint Career Building Seminar, hosted on Thursday, 3/1/12, will feature a panel moderated by Rima Reyes of Women of SharePoint DC.
A panel of professionals will be discussing their careers in SharePoint from beginner to program manager.
They will also share their tips, tricks, and lessons learned. These women best represent the community, are knowledgeable in various areas of SharePoint, and share the passion of helping others along their way.

Panelists Tasha Scott, Janis Hall, Mary Leigh Mackie, and Marie-Michelle Strah will be sharing their perspectives on the following areas of SharePoint Careers.

  • Mid Level SharePoint Professional & New to Speaking: Tasha Scott
  • Senior SharePoint Professional/Instructor & Working Mom: Janis Hall
  • Director of an Independent Software Vendor for SharePoint: Mary Leigh Mackie
  • Federal Program Manager & Enterprise Architect: Marie-Michelle Strah

To provide additional value, Prism will host a 1 hour one-on-one SharePoint Resume Writing Workshop for attendees of the event.

Career development is a very underutilized topic within the SharePoint community. There are specific strategies that SharePoint professionals should learn from Staffing professionals and that discussion needs to happen more often.

Panelist Bios:

Tasha Scott: Tasha Scott is a passionate SharePoint Community supporter; if you’ve been to a SharePoint Saturday on the East Coast, chances are you’ve seen her! She is driven to enable business solutions using SharePoint, either via the user interface or SharePoint Designer. She’s worked with SharePoint in both the private sector corporation environment and with the DoD and Federal spaces. Until moving to DC recently, she was part of the leadership team with Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group and the DoD SPUG, and continues to be an active member of the SharePoint Saturday organization. Twitter: @tashasev

Janis Hall: Pulling from 15 years of industry experience and thousands of training hours, Janis incorporates her passion for SharePoint and its countless benefits into viable, innovative classes that provide students with both technical know-how and contextual application. Focusing on out-of-the-box business solutions that emphasize organizational efficiency and functional sustainability, she travels the country leading training engagements and speaking at Industry events; such as Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010 conference in Las Vegas, User Groups and regional SharePoint Saturdays. In her role as Instructor she has provided specialized training for a range of clientele including various Fortune 500 companies, the Air Force and the Marines. As a mom she gets to participate in the exciting goings-on of video games and middle school, as seen through the eyes of her 12 year old daughter (her inspiration and reason for doing all the rest). Twitter: @janishall

Mary Leigh Mackie: Mary Leigh, as AvePoint’s Vice President of Product Marketing, works directly with AvePoint’s research & development team in the design and implementation of new SharePoint infrastructure management products and solutions. She has been actively engaged in the SharePoint space for several years, working with many Fortune 500 companies and government organizations to develop successful SharePoint management and protection strategies. Born and raised in Oxford, Mississippi, Mary Leigh received her engineering degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York City. Twitter: @mlmackie Blogs available on

Marie-Michelle Strah: Marie-Michelle Strah, PhD is a healthcare enterprise architect in the Washington D.C. area specializing in strategy, information architecture, information security and data architecture for federal and commercial clients. She brings more than 15 years of experience in enterprise architecture, healthcare, information technology management, and research and development internationally, with specific depth of expertise in information security and compliance, organizational transformation, patient-centered medical home strategies and healthcare administration. . A graduate of Miami University, Cornell University (MA/PhD) and a former Javits Fellow, Dr. Strah is currently a Program Manager at Applied Information Sciences in Reston, VA. Twitter:@cyberslate Blog:

Does the SharePoint community need more resources targeted towards career, resume writing, and interviewing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

-Written by Shadeed Eleazer

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