NPower PictureI recently had the extraordinary honor of meeting John W. Thompson, the Chairman of Microsoft, at NPower’s annual fundraising gala at the Grand Hyatt New York.

NPower is one of the nations’ largest free technology training programs, creating pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.

John Thompson is bona fide legend of the global technology industry, a genuine pioneer and trailblazer. His illustrious career has taken him down many interesting paths. He is credited with guiding Microsoft through a CEO transition, and he helped the company navigate its strategic shift to the cloud.

He’s also a Venture Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, one of Silicon Valley’s premier investment firms. Previously, he had served as Chairman and CEO of Symantec, where he oversaw 10x revenue growth from $600M to $6B and led the company through a diverse set of strategic shifts and transactions. Prior to Symantec, John spent 28 years at IBM, where he held multiple leadership roles in sales, marketing, and software development.

I’m especially impressed by John’s unwavering commitment to helping people find good jobs in tech. The technology industry is booming, and clearly John doesn’t want to see anyone get left behind. I sincerely admire his willingness to pitch in and help, at every level of the economy. 

At HMG Strategy, we understand the value of giving back to the community, and providing tangible assistance to organizations that are dedicated to making the world a better place for everyone.

We’ve incorporated the idea of giving back into our 7 Pillars of Trust model, and we actively support groups such as NPower, Year Up and 15 local chapters of SIM (the Society for Information Management). We firmly believe in sharing the benefits of a strong economy, and we make sure never to lose sight of our core values and responsibilities.

Representatives from NPower and SIM will be featured speakers at the 2019 Stamford CIO Executive Leadership Summit at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut on October 30. If you haven’t already registered, we urge to register now. I look forward to meeting you in person.