Shannon is a not so typical technologist. Her roots are grounded in public speaking and writing. She wound up gravitating toward technology through music: she needed to record DJ demos for club promoters. By taking the time to develop initial skills of troubleshooting, she quickly found myself in jobs that started to graduate her toward deeper levels of technical skill. From help desk, to Windows systems administration, to VMware administration, to Exchange, to Exchange Online/Office 365, and finally Azure, she has carefully combined the right levels of technical expertise to land at Microsoft. She is currently a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. She focuses on community outreach and content creation for Azure as a way to get IT pros comfortable with a life in the cloud.