Microsoft’s Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella was honoured with the White House Champions of Change on 16 April 2015. He is one of the 12 local Champions of Change who were honoured for their exemplary leadership.
Champions of Change honour is given to those who support working families and help make change in their companies or communities.
Satya Nadella is the first Indian-origin Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft. He was named as one of the Champions of Change for his employee-friendly initiative. For instance, recently Microsoft announced that from 2016 onwards all the suppliers that do business with Microsoft in the US will have to provide at least 15 days of paid leave each year to their employees who handle Microsoft work.
Other Champions of Change
Melissa Broome: She is Acting Executive Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF). JOTF develops and advocates for policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of low-skill, low-income workers and job seekers.
David Deary: He is a physician assistant in Providence, Rhode Island. David has been an advocate for and a beneficiary of the Rhode Island Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI) law.
Netsy Firestein: She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley and a consultant on work and family, child care, women and labor issues.
Analilia Mejia: She serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, a statewide nonpartisan organization that seeks to promote and defend the interest of New Jersey’s working families.
Randy George: He founded The Red Hen Baking Company in Duxbury, VT that is best known around Vermont for its line of certified organic, hearth baked breads which are baked and delivered daily throughout the state since 1999.
Fatima Hasan: She is the Owner and Director of Places and Spaces for Growth Learning Center, an early childcare center that prepares children for Kindergarten, providing high quality care at affordable prices
Rose Marcario: She is President and CEO of Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company based in Ventura, Calif. Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. The company contributes 1 percent of net sales annually to grassroots environmental organizations around the world – totaling more than 61 million US dollar to date.
Andrea Paluso: She is co-founder and Executive Director of Family Forward Oregon and Family Forward Action, the organization that has led the paid sick days campaigns throughout Oregon.
Renee Stromme: She is the Executive Director of the North Dakota Women’s Network (NDWN), a statewide women’s advocacy organization. Prior to founding the NDWN in 2006, Renee worked for a domestic violence shelter, a domestic violence legal clinic, and the ND Council on Abused Women’s Services.
ReShonda Young: She is the owner of Popcorn Heaven, a gourmet popcorn store headquartered in Waterloo. She has been an active voice on Working Family issues, advocating for pay equity, healthcare reform, an increase in the minimum wage, and many other issues that will benefit working families.
Coraminita Mahr: She is Vice President of 1199-United Healthcare Workers East/ SEIU, the largest local union. Coraminita has served as the Chair of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, an organization which promoted human rights covenants within local, state, federal and global institutions.
When: 16 April 2015
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