Join me at the Microsoft 365 Conference

I’ll be in Las Vegas in early May for the Microsoft 365 Conference – a must-attend event! Here’s my top 5 reasons to be there:

1. Hear product announcements. I’ve read about Microsoft Copilot and the new features coming to Microsoft Viva, Syntex, and more. I’m excited to learn more about what’s coming, along with roadmap/release timing, licensing costs, etc.

2. Connect with the Microsoft product teams. Building relationships with the leaders, engineers, and product managers that own the M365 products I work with every day is amazing. Making time for product discussions (including time for asking questions) is essential!

3. Meet with other #WomenInTech. On May 4, I’ll be hosting a breakout on “Building Your Community.” Come join me for an open discussion – I’d love to meet you! 🌎🎙️❤️

4. Present my session “Power employee engagement with Microsoft Viva, SharePoint, and Microsoft Teams.” As hybrid work continues to evolve, many organizations face challenges building a sense of community, connection, and inspiration. This session highlights how Viva Connections, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and Viva Engage come together to foster company culture, unlock communication and engagement opportunities, organize content, and spark employee creativity.

5. Present the full-day workshop “Real-World Microsoft 365 Use Cases for Power Users” with Mike Maadarani. We’ll share practical productivity tips and real-world examples of how we use Microsoft 365 apps like Outlook, Teams, OneNote, Planner, To Do, OneDrive, Microsoft Forms, Microsoft Lists, Viva Connections, Viva Engage, and Microsoft Loop. We’ll also give you insights on how Microsoft Copilot will change the way we work.

I hope you’ll be able to join me IN PERSON at the Microsoft 365 Conference. Use code HAASE100 to register and you’ll save an extra $100!

A busy November

I have a busy November coming up, with one in-person event and one virtual event. Read on for information on how to attend my upcoming sessions.

Heading to Canada!

I’ll be attending Microsoft 365 Ottawa in person on November 4, 2022. #M365Ottawa is a free in-person event with session tracks for Viva, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Security & Compliance, Power Platform, and Dynamics 365. The team that puts on this event always does a great job, and I’m thrilled to be traveling back to Ottawa for their first in-person since COVID began.

I’ll be presenting my session: Power employee engagement with Viva Connections, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint & Viva Engage at 1pm. For more details, check out the event schedule.

Not registered yet? Sign up now and meet me in Ottawa!

Minnesota M365 Virtual Admin Workshop Day

On November 18, 2022, the Minnesota M365 User Group will be hosting their Fall 2022 Virtual Workshop Day. I’ll be joining live from Minnesota, presenting the following sessions:

  • Building your organizational home site & hubs strategy
  • Power employee engagement with Viva Connections, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint & Viva Engage

The event is always well-run and has tracks for Governance/Security, Administration, Adoption, Automation, and Collaboration. Check out the full event schedule, the lineup of speakers, and register for this free virtual event.

Microsoft Ignite 2021 – Battling fear, uncertainty, and doubt in the workplace

I believe #SharingIsCaring. The more we share about ourselves (our perspective, our ideas, and our unique stories), the stronger we become. I’m thrilled to share my ideas on battling fear, uncertainty, and doubt in the workplace at a Microsoft Ignite Humans of IT session this November.

Why this topic? Workplace fears and feelings of uncertainty, doubt, and imposter syndrome are endemic in the IT industry. These doubts and fears hold us back, keep us on mute during critical meetings & discussions, and lead to negative self-dialogue. During this 30-minute Ignite session, I’ll share:

  • Why empathy is important
  • How we get stuck in a loop of uncertainty and doubt
  • Why so many of us experience imposter syndrome
  • What practical tools we can use to overcome our fears
  • How we can build a community of support

What is Humans of IT? Microsoft created the Humans of IT community to engage and empower technologists to find their tech superpowers through mentoring, shared stories of struggle and growth, and testimonials. If you’re not already a member of the community, I encourage you to learn more. And if you haven’t attended a Humans of IT session at Microsoft Ignite before, it’s time to jump in. The sessions provide an inspiring look at the people in our IT community and the real-life opportunities and challenges they have.

Join me. Microsoft Ignite is being held virtually November 2-4, 2021. Space for this session is limited, so reserve your seat now.

May 2020 – Virtual conferences

Many of us are continuing to shelter-in-place due to COVID-19. While we all mourn the loss of our in-person conferences, there are several great (and free) online events you can attend this month. I’m thrilled to be speaking at 2 upcoming conferences – Office 365 Nashville and the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon.

Office 365 Nashville – May 8, 2020
The Nashville organizing team has done a phenomenal job bringing together 30 speakers for this all-day event. With tracks for Power Platform, Office 365 Admin, Developer, Microsoft Teams, etc. you’ll be able to find an array of great sessions to choose from. And you won’t want to miss the end-of-day keynote by Jeff Teper (Corporate Vice President – Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive)! Check out the event schedule and registration, and don’t miss my session at 1pm! I’ll be walking through the process of setting up Azure Cognitive Services, Power Automate, and SharePoint to perform automated sentiment analysis of Yammer group posts.

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Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon – May 27-28, 2020
The virtual marathon is a free 36-hour event that features speakers from all over the world. The organizing teams have pulled sessions from across Microsoft 365 and Azure, including keynotes from several Microsoft product team members. I’ll be delivering my Getting started with SharePoint home sites and hubs session, which outlines what home sites and hubs are and provides practical strategies for implementing them in your organization. Make sure to check out the other marathon speakers and register to attend!


SharePoint Conference 2020–it’s back!


As you plan your community events and conferences for 2020, make sure you don’t miss the SharePoint Conference. We’ll be back this year with more speakers, more content, and more attendees in sunny Las Vegas May 19-21, 2020!

I’m honored to be asked back as a speaker, and will be presenting Getting started with SharePoint home sites and hubs. The session will cover Microsoft’s new intelligent intranet features, including usage of home sites to surface personalized organizational news and hubs to organize SharePoint sites into contextual families and roll up relevant content. For more information, check out my session promo video below.

Hope to see you at the SharePoint Conference. And don’t forget to use promo code HAASE to save $50 on your conference registration!

Insider tip: Mind-map your way through #MSIgnite 2019 session videos

I’ve been doing quite a bit of mind-mapping lately. And the more I mind-map, the more I love it.

What is mind-mapping?
Mind-mapping is the visual representation of thoughts, discussions, and ideas. Mind-maps radiate out from a central idea, theme, or question, and include concepts and ideas, labeled connection lines, and even pictures/diagrams. You can think of mind-maps as a type of cognitive diagram.

The example mind-map below shows how ideas and data points can be connected to a central idea/theme in a visual way.

Example mind-map. Illustration credit: Meagan Haase

Example mind-map. Illustration credit: Meagan Haase

There are many benefits to mind-mapping the books you’re reading, the meetings you’re attending, and the conference sessions you’re listening to:

  1. It promotes “meaningful learning.” When you learn something meaningfully, you’ve taken in the new information and tied it to things you already know. Meaningful learning is the process of converting new information into knowledge you can use.
  2. It helps you “connect the dots.” Mind maps lay out conversations and discussions by radiating concepts from a core question or theme. The act of drawing connections between these new concepts and labeling the connection lines helps you see and remember how ideas connect.
  3. It’s a visual learning device. The art of visualizing new concepts can help us imprint them on our minds in new and different ways. And if you’re an artist or a visual learner, mind-maps can help you translate words into visuals that are easier to remember!
  4. It makes complex ideas easier to understand. Drawing out complex ideas is just…different. And sometimes a different frame of reference is all you need.
  5. It promotes active listening. If I’m just sitting and listening to content, it’s hard not to get distracted with email, Twitter, or other things going on around me. Mind-mapping content while I’m listening to it helps me engage on a whole new level. I’m not distracted; I’m actively engaged in what I’m hearing.

A few things to keep in mind when you start mind-mapping:

  • You’re not working in permanent ink. Scratch things out if you’re working on paper. If you’re using mind-mapping software, figure out how the “undo” and “delete” actions work.
  • Don’t fret about those things you call “mistakes.” Our brains are not perfect, and it usually takes us awhile to learn new things. Don’t expect your mind-maps to be succinct. Our mind-maps should reflect the same circuitous path we take to learn and build shared understanding.
  • Never mind the artistry. I’m not an artist, and I heartily join in when others make fun of my sorrowful-looking stick people. Here’s the great thing–no one is going to judge your mind-map for appropriate use of color, visuals, and artistic decor. It’s a mind-map, not an art exhibit!
  • Practice makes you faster (and more accurate). When I began creating mind-maps, it felt like I was working a long-dormant group of visual muscles. That’s OK. Practice helps.
  • You’re working off a blank slate, so build to suit. If you’re a word-based thinker, focus on building mind-maps that are entirely word-based. If pictures, icons, and drawings help you learn, try incorporating a variety of visuals into your mind-map. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.

My mind-map journey
Historically, I’ve built most of my mind-maps on whiteboards during work meetings. But this week, I’ve been focused on building electronic mind-maps using To get better (and faster) at building electronic maps, I’ve been mind-mapping Microsoft Ignite 2019 session recordings. The mind-maps capture the most meaningful words from each session, along with a contextual visual representation of how I connected all the ideas. Here are a couple of examples:



Microsoft Ignite 2019 – Using Innovation Games to gather requirements

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Microsoft Ignite is coming up soon! One of the sessions I’ll be facilitating is a 75-minute unconference session on using Innovation Games to gather requirements.

Unconference sessions are unique. Designed to be highly interactive, these sessions give you an opportunity to engage with speakers and fellow attendees, learn new skills, and share your ideas. During this Innovation Games session, you’ll learn how games can be leveraged to gather project and feature requirements, determine what motivates our team members and customers, and build shared understanding. You’ll participate in several Innovation Games during the session, and learn how you can adapt and facilitate the games once you return home.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Innovation Games. Reserve your spot now!

Microsoft Ignite 2019 – Women in Technology leadership roundtable

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In November 2019, I’ll be heading to Orlando for Microsoft Ignite! One of the sessions I’ll be facilitating is the 75-minute Women in Technology leadership roundtable “unconference” session. Unconference sessions are interactive and collaborative. Meant to facilitate conversation, networking, and group-based learning, unconference sessions give attendees the opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another.

The Women in Technology leadership roundtable will focus on the unique challenges female tech leaders face. We’ll share leadership success stories and challenges, discuss the importance of personal brand, evaluate the impact of role and gender-based stereotypes in the workplace, and conduct peer mentorship mini-sessions. In the peer mentorship mini-sessions, attendees will work in small groups to share ideas and solve everyday workplace challenges.

Whether you’re a woman in tech, an organizational leader, an aspiring mentor, or an ally that wants to support the growth of gender diversity in the tech space, you have valuable insights to share. We’d love to hear your stories, your ideas, and your suggestions at the Women in Technology leadership roundtable!

Space for this unconference session is limited, but you can pre-register to reserve your seat. A waitlist will automatically queue up if the session fills up, so add your name to the list even if registration peaks.

Click the link below for session details and registration.

SharePoint Fest Seattle (August 2019 edition)


I’m thrilled to be headed back to Seattle in a couple of weeks for SharePoint Fest! I’ll be delivering three sessions and recording a new Coffee Chat on 365 Adoption podcast episode with Daniel Glenn. If you haven’t registered for SharePoint Fest Seattle yet, don’t miss your chance. You can even save $100 on your registration with discount code Haase100.

Here’s a list of the sessions I’ll be delivering at the conference:

  • The Peter Pan complex: Determining when a SharePoint site should grow into a hub site
  • Your mobile lifeline: Leveraging Microsoft Flow buttons to drive productivity
  • The “disruption-vs.-value” debate: Defining the pace of your Office 365 implementation

For more information (including session abstracts), check out the conference agenda.

Daniel and I will be recording episode 5 of our Coffee Chat on 365 Adoption podcast in front of a live studio audience on Thursday, August 22nd from 8-9am. We’d love to have you join us in person for the discussion!



#SPC19 highlights

SharePoint Conference 2019 was held in Las Vegas May 21-23, 2019. What an event! From new product announcements to great technical and Diversity & Inclusion sessions, the conference offered the opportunity to learn about SharePoint and Office 365, make new connections, and catch up with community colleagues and friends. There’s far too much to recount in a single recap blog post, but here are my top 5 takeaways from the conference:

1. New product announcements & roadmap updates

The SharePoint product team announced an array of new features and capabilities at the event, including:

  • SharePoint home sites, a new Office 365 landing site for your company’s intelligent intranet. SharePoint home sites (built on SharePoint Communications sites) will enable personalized organizational news alongside videos, conversations, and content in an engaging site experience.
  • New organizational search experience delivered via Microsoft Search.
  • Multi-geo capabilities for SharePoint and Office 365 Groups.
  • A massive increase to SharePoint hub site limits (going from 100 to 2,000 hubs allowed per Office 365 tenant).
  • Ability to leverage PowerApps to create custom document library forms.

For more information on key news announcements and roadmap updates, check out Susan Hanley’s curated set of roadmap photos:

2. Debut of Microsoft 365 learning pathways

Microsoft announced availability of the Microsoft 365 learning pathways beta preview at SPC19. Learning pathways is a ready-to-implement, open source training solution designed to deliver on-demand Microsoft training content for your end-users. With learning pathways, you can quickly and easily stand up a new self-service training site for Microsoft 365 or surface training content via a customizable web part. Learning pathways leverages Microsoft’s training resources to keep your Microsoft 365 training content up-to-date. You can augment Microsoft’s content with your own, or with materials provided by training partners.

Learning pathways is available for Microsoft 365 users, and must be installed in your Office 365 tenant. Once installed and provisioned, learning pathways offers:

  • A customizable SharePoint Online training portal. Built on a SharePoint Communications Site, the site provides an out-of-the-box self-service training site for Microsoft 365
  • A live connection to Microsoft’s online catalog of curated end-user training (both articles & videos)
  • A customizable Microsoft 365 learning pathways web part, which you can use to expose training content on your pre-existing SharePoint Online sites
  • Ability to create targeted training playlists for your users

3. Diversity & Inclusion track

I had the privilege of delivering 2 sessions in the Diversity & Inclusion SPC19 track: Executive presence and personal branding for women in technology and Building a diverse tech community (co-presented with Wes Preston).

The Executive presence and personal branding for women in technology session was powerful. Liz Sundet and Joanne Klein joined me on stage, and the three of us shared our stories and perspectives on the unique opportunities and challenges we’ve faced in tech. Our discussion focused on 3 key areas:

  • Building a strong leadership personal brand
  • Scales of dissimilarity: Why women are often judged differently than men
  • Leadership presence, mindfulness, and inclusion

You know you’ve made an impact when session attendees don’t want to leave the room at the close of the session. We took a group picture, stayed and chatted, and had a powerful moment of mutual appreciation. It was fantastic!

A huge note of thanks to Microsoft and all the sung (and unsung) heroes of the Diversity & Inclusion track. I appreciate your dedication in bringing these unique topics and discussions to the main stage of SPC19!


4. Hub sites extravaganza

With the announcement of SharePoint home sites (a new Office 365 landing site for your company’s intelligent intranet), Microsoft shone a light on our process for utilizing, governing, and managing our myriad of internal SharePoint sites. This enthusiasm carried over into my session, Determining when to use SharePoint hub sites.

The session had a ton of positive energy! We barely had standing room left, with 180+ people packed into the room during the last session slot of the day. An overwhelming majority of the attendees hadn’t started using hub sites yet, but wanted to learn how to leverage hubs and how hub sites would impact the new home site feature. I gave an introduction to hub sites, shared ideas on how to govern and manage hub sites for your enterprise, and answered a wide range of attendee questions. We even had a member of the product team on-hand (an unexpected surprise!). Thanks to everyone who attended and asked questions. It was an incredibly engaging session!

5. Community, community, community

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, this SharePoint/Office 365 community is a gift. I’m fortunate to call so many of these community members friends. The time spent getting coffee, visiting by the pool, having conversations about newly-announced features, etc. was invaluable. Thank you all for being an awesome community family!