Episode 33: Tech Maven Karuana Gatimu

Episode 33 of the Mavens Do It Better Podcast features Karuana Gatimu. Karuana is Principal PM Manager, Customer Advocacy Group, Microsoft Corp. She is a business architect with a passion for people, technology and communications.  Using 25 years of technology and marketing experience Karuana helps drive usage and adoption of Office 365 services including Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Planner and PowerBI to land value in the real world. She is the executive producer of Coffee in the Cloud on YouTube and uses her studio to help other people own their stories. 

Karuana and Heather caught up in person in the Mixer/Commons on Microsoft Corporate Campus, Redmond WA during MVP Summit 2019. 

Listen in as Karuana and Heather talk about: 

  • Career development and how to craft your role, career and getting after what you want your life to look like in any industry learning from Karuana’s own journey in technology and with Microsoft. 

  • Working together as advocates, colleagues and Karuana being an active myth buster about how powerful women CAN work together to help each other and Heather and Karuana’s partnering together on diversity and inclusion projects, content and events.  

  • A look into Karuana’s role as Principal Program Manager and being a member of the Microsoft Teams organization and working to build adoption and custom learning courses, training and support for customers and partners.  

To Follow Karuana:  Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter  

Microsoft Teams Twitter | Coffee in the Cloud You Tube | Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist Course 

Karuana Gatimu is an experienced service adoption leader who works for the Microsoft Teams Engineering Group leading the customer insights & community outreach teams. She has worked in corporate IT, technology marketing and executive management. As a service manager & business solution architect she has been responsible for the health & adoption of a variety of technology solutions. Karuana is also a community leader for the Office 365 Champions community for business users, IT Professional and aspiring adoption professionals and produces a YouTube channel, Coffee in the Cloud with training content for Office 365. 

Heather Newman

Heather Newman is an award-winning marketing maven, technology entrepreneur and an epic connector that brings many worlds together. She has extensive experience marketing products and services for Enterprise businesses, startups and emerging markets. Heather builds plans and processes that are nimble, human and different. She is an adept storyteller and is passionate about growth for both employees and the corporate bottom-line. Heather hails from the arts and the bulk of her career has been working with the largest technology companies in the world (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, NetApp, Hewlett Packard, and Dell). Her nineteen years of experience working at technology companies and building global high-tech marketing strategy has driven millions of dollars of revenue and multiple award-winning campaigns. She has led global marketing teams for many technology companies including AvePoint, IT Unity & KnowledgeLake. Heather was a part of the original Microsoft SharePoint Marketing team. During her tenure, she helped launch multiple versions of the product, build the SharePoint Partner Ecosystem and conceived of and produced the first three Microsoft SharePoint Conferences. Creative Maven has produced thousands of global marketing campaigns and events. Currently CM is focusing on go to market strategies for Microsoft and its partners as well as a new site sister site launching in 2015 called Marketingfixer.com. Heather also serves as Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Content Panda, an innovative technology startup looking to actively disrupt how content is delivered inside software.