Michelle Sandford is an evangelist for the Technology Industry. She works for Microsoft, is the Vice Chair of the Australian Computer Society in WA, is a Soroptimist, a WAiTTA Board Member and a supporter of young people and community events. Michelle was a Judge for the CIO of the Year Category at the Incite Awards in 2014 and 2013. She was also a Judge for GovHack and for JustStartIT. She recently spoke at the TechReady Conference in Seattle and says speaking to an internal crowd of Microsofties was terrifying, far worse than completing the Tough Mudder Event, which she also just did for the first time this year.
Michelle started her career working for a company, which after many acquisitions and mergers became the largest brewer in the world by volume – Anheuser-Busch InBev, from there she moved to IBM where she undertook global roles, first on her previous employers account, and then Heinz (57 varieties) and Yara. She says working for IBM was one of the best experiences of her life, surpassed only by the experience of working for Microsoft – where she gets to play with Xbox and Surface, whilst travelling the world and talking to amazing people who are changing the way they do business through technology and innovation.
On weekends, Michelle surfs the waves instead of the web to clear her mind and invigorate her soul.