Doing work that matters: A conversation with Avanade CEO Pam Maynard, Microsoft EVP Jean-Phillippe Courtois and author Akhtar Badshah

Today, more than ever, employees want to contribute to something greater than themselves. But there can often be a stark “purpose gap” between upper management and the front line. Join Avanade CEO Pam Maynard and Microsoft Executive Vice President Jean-Phillippe Courtois in a conversation moderated by Akhtar Badshah, author of “Purpose Mindset,” to explore this idea of purpose-driven work. What is the value of cultivating a purpose mindset for yourself? And when we think even greater, what is the value of cultivating a workplace that empowers each employee to find purpose in their work?


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Pam Maynard CEO

Pamela Maynard
Chief Executive Officer, Avanade

CEO Pamela Maynard believes Avanade’s purpose is to make a genuine human impact. She is committed to Avanade’s vision: to be the leading digital innovator, creating great experiences as we realise results for our clients and their customers through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. She says three of the most important things she does are to make sure our Avanade team feels inspired, confident and cared for; make sure our clients are successful on their digital journeys; and ensure we stay on the pulse of the next wave of technology.

Jean-Phillippe Courtois Vice President

Jean-Phillippe Courtois
Executive Vice President and President, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft

As executive vice president and president, Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, Jean-Philippe Courtois leads Microsoft’s commercial business across 124 subsidiaries worldwide. From Cloud services to AI and mixed reality, Courtois is responsible for driving strategic planning, growth initiatives, national digital transformation partnerships and running Microsoft global commercial business. Courtois is passionate about enabling businesses to digitally transform with the right strategy, skills and technology to ignite new innovation, new ways of working, new business models and new revenue streams. He helps build vibrant ecosystems with small businesses, start-ups, public sector entities, partners all the way to global industry leaders.

Akhtar Badshah Author

Akhtar Badshah
Author of “Purpose Mindset” and Chief Catalyst, Catalytic Innovators Group

Dr. Badshah is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in international development, managing a corporate philanthropic program and co-founding a global nonprofit for social enterprise. Dr. Badshah is Chief Catalyst at Catalytic Innovators Group, where they are advising individuals and organisations to catalyze their social and philanthropic investments. He led Microsoft’s philanthropic efforts for 10 years, where he administered the company's community investment and employee contributions. He authored the book “Purpose Mindset: How Microsoft Inspires its Employees and Alumni to Change the World.”

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