Julie Larson-Green, Chief Experience Officer for Microsoft’s Applications and Services group has a storied history at the Redmond firm. For over twenty years, she has been at the forefront of delivering change to the Windows user experience, refining and improving it consistently. In addition to the Office ‘Ribbon’, Larson-Green has been responsible for the refocusing of Windows with the end user in mind.
In recognition of her work and her achievements, Larson-Green has been awarded the 2015 Women of Vision Leadership Award by the Anita Borg Institute. Accepting the award, she said
“I am honored to receive this award from the Anita Borg Institute and join this select group of individuals who represent great leaders in technology. It is very rewarding to serve and be recognized as a role model for experience-led engineers and for women who aspire to be future leaders in this industry. I have been very fortunate to work with and be inspired by a lot of amazing people in my career.””
Larson-Green’s work has been praised by many during her time at Microsoft, not least by Satya Nadella, who had this to say upon receiving the news,
“She is an advocate for good ideas and believes they can come from anywhere within the organization. This philosophy and her collaborative style have had a major impact on our engineering culture here at Microsoft and will continue to shape our industry for years to come”
The Anita Borg Institute is a social enterprise, founded in 1987, and designed to promote the role of women in technology, a notoriously male-dominated industry. Through promoting the achievements of female programmers, technicians and others in the technology industry across the globe, it hoped that things may change for the better, if only slowly.
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