Northern Nevada policies benefiting manufacturing and business growth help to evolve Reno into a hub for technology focused corporations. Northern Nevada’s stellar quality of life, with plentiful outdoor opportunities for employees, is one of the many attractive incentives that prompt businesses to relocate to Reno. In fact, many companies recently packed their bags and set sail for Reno. What’s more: their moves create new facilities and hire thousands of new employees along the way.
However, we’d like to set the record straight regarding companies that recognized these qualities in Northern Nevada, years before the hype. One such company is Microsoft, which recently celebrated 20 years of community partnership in Northern Nevada. Through community activism and evolving technological practices, Microsoft helped set the stage for more companies to do business in Northern Nevada.
Microsoft’s Community Relations and Communications Manager, David Taylor, talked about his experience working in Northern Nevada. “Microsoft is fully invested in this community. In the past 5 years alone, we’ve given back more than 3 million dollars. Obviously, the business side is important, but here in Reno locally, giving back is what we bring to the table”, Taylor remarked.
Taylor’s role at Microsoft greatly involves him in the community. Taylor works with many nonprofit organizations throughout the year, and feels that no single day is alike. In addition to actively sponsoring the event, Taylor also volunteers his time with the TEDxUniversityofNevada event planning team.
As part of the team, Taylor most enjoys helping TEDx speakers craft their talks before they present to a live audience. “I got a ton out of preparing the speakers for the event last year. I saw their stories develop from their idea and then two months later, going out to a full audience. It’s awesome to watch ideas develop, and I learned a lot from their stories”, Taylor added.
One of Taylor’s favorite speakers to work with alongside the TEDxUniversityofNevada team was Julia Picetti. After losing her daughter, Picetti led the effort to open the Jane Aubrey House – a recovery home for young women facing opiate addiction. As a late addition to the speaker lineup, Picetti worked with the Tedx team to create her talk – starting only with a few jumbled ideas. For Taylor, watching Picetti evolve her talk into a polished message was an amazing process to be a part of.
We are incredibly grateful for TEDx sponsors like Microsoft and team members like David Taylor who truly became an integral part of the annual event. Taylor explained, “I think Reno events like TEDxUniversityofNevada provide a rich and unique experience unlike any other in the region. TEDx aligns very closely with Microsoft’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. It’s a thought leader. We share this opportunity with our team members here in Reno, as it’s one of those experiences that we can take learning from.”
TEDx is one of the area’s best Reno events! Don’t miss it – get your tickets NOW and we will see you on January 27, 2018 for a day packed with information, inspiration and entertainment.