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Keisha Jackson

Job Title: Philanthropies Senior Business Program Lead
Company: Microsoft
Industry: Technology
Mentor Since: Fall 2020
Will Mentor: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Early Career MBA
Mentor Type: Albers


Job Description

Microsoft TEALS Program: the Technology Education and Learning Support (TEALS) is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that builds sustainable computer science (CS) programs in high schools. We focus on serving students excluded from learning CS because of race, gender, or geography. TEALS helps teachers learn to teach CS by pairing them with industry volunteers and proven curricula. As TEALS West Regional Lead, I manage a team of 9 regional managers and 1 program assistant that execute the TEALS Program matching high school teachers and tech professionals to co-teach CS education courses in the school district/community. The TEALS West Region includes: Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

Company Description

Microsoft Corporation, commonly known as Microsoft, is an American multinational technology corporation which produces computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services headquartered at the Microsoft Redmond campus located in Redmond, Washington, United States.

Employment History

Organization: Microsoft Corporation Location: Redmond, WA Role: Business Program Lead, Philanthropies, 02/2021-present Role: Digital Community Manager, One Commercial Partner, 03/2018 – 02/2021 Organization: University of Washington – Foster School of Business Location: Seattle, WA Role: Assistant Director, Consulting & Business Development Center 03/2015 – 03/2018 Organization: Seattle University Location: Seattle, WA Role: Coordinator, Off-Campus Student Life 08/2012 – 06/2014 Organization: College Success Foundation Location: Issaquah, WA Role: Program Associate, Career & Alumni Services 04/2007 – 08/2012


Master of Arts, Student Development Administration, Seattle University Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Communication, Western Washington University

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

My focus in mentorship is to connect authentically with each student and build trust and rapport, and then understand the educational and professional goals and utilize my network and experience to help the student develop as a degree-seeking person and professional.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

A mixture of in-person and virtual. Early evening once a month via Microsoft Teams and/or at various coffee shops

Additional Information

Much of my professional career and community volunteerism has involved working with underrepresented students in the college to career pipeline. Below is the link to an AWESOME article that the Seattle Times featured me in during the Seattle U 125th anniversary campaign!