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I started this reflection a month or two ago. Truthfully, I couldn’t get myself to finish writing this. It was incredibly painful to type out our unsettling reality as Asian-Americans today.

This morning, I heard the devastating and numbing news of the killings in Atlanta. I quickly grabbed my phone and texted my family to be extra safe when out alone. Not knowing how to process the news, I turned to the only place that felt right. I pulled back open this draft and started to type out my feelings of sadness, anger, disappointment, grief, and hope.

This reflection is…

My dog @macchiatothedog and his new rain jacket

I didn’t know growing up would mean the sudden increase of grays, whites, blacks and *insert other neutral color here* pieces of clothing in my closet. That it would also mean, when I close my eyes and imagine the interior design of my dream home, how modern, minimal, and B&W it would be.

It’s like I hit a certain age and suddenly my first reaction was to reject my curiosity with colorful items or obscure things I used to love as a kid. You know, these sort of items and things:

How it started vs. How it’s going.

My first real understanding of a “coffee chat” was my second year of college. I was at my first summer internship at T-Mobile and it was magical — I had my first professional badge with my name and photo on it, worked on projects that brought me so much excitement (I had to remind myself to play it cool), and with the complimentary coffee maker in the kitchen had my first ever cup of coffee (I didn’t add milk or sugar, so the experience was quite shockingly bitter).

My manager at the time encouraged me to set-up coffee chats with…

Disclaimer: I’m typing this out at 12:47 AM because this topic has been very top of mind as of late. Thank you in advance for indulging in my jumbled thoughts and questions that have been keeping me up late at night.

At twenty three years old, with a college diploma, employed, and grateful for the opportunities that are waiting to be discovered. I spent my days unknowingly trapped in a routine that fostered a false sense of connectedness.

The combination of the world needing to socially isolate and the increased reliance on technology to connect us leaves me curious on…

Collage of images from first year at Microsoft with text “365 days at Microsoft and it went like…”
Collage of images from first year at Microsoft with text “365 days at Microsoft and it went like…”

It’s been 365 days since starting my first full-time job as an Product Marketing Research Manager at Microsoft’s ACE Rotational Program. As I wrap up my first full year, I want to take the time to reflect on key learnings and express gratitude to those I’ve met since starting.

What is Microsoft’s ACE Rotational Program? The Microsoft Accelerated Connections and Experiences (ACE) Rotation Program is a two-year program designed to broaden perspectives, build strong communities, and strengthen participants’ marketing skill sets.

Four phone screens showcasing four different AR Instagram filters in action.
Four phone screens showcasing four different AR Instagram filters in action.

When I first heard about augmented reality, or AR, I couldn’t help but associate the word to the future. I struggled to piece together scenarios where AR would be applicable in our everyday lives and buried the possibilities to explore further in that space as a creator.

Screenshots taken from Instagram stories

If you’re like me… you might be stuck at home with your dog who gives you puppy eyes every hour for walks around the neighborhood, turn a bi-annual attempt to cook with a microwaved hot dog for lunch, and getting a intense work out in with Wii sports that you dug out from the deep abyss of your garage.

Many of us are experiencing fear of health, financial hardship, discrimination, a break or full stop to our routine, disappointment in plans that are now cancelled or postponed, being away from others, and the uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring.


This was originally posted in March 2020 on LinkedIn

Microsoft officials said it is recommending all employees in their Puget Sound area offices, near Seattle, and in California’s Bay Area, who are able to work from home, do so until March 25th.

With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, teams everywhere are moving to remote work. Over the years, Skype has evolved into Microsoft Teams to be a tool that can bring people together digitally and collaborate. While the tool is quicky adapting to user feedback and there are alternatives available like Slack, Zoom or Hangouts…

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This was originally posted in February 2020 on LinkedIn

This past year, my sister introduced me to Billie Eilish’s music.

“Leah, you have to check out Billie Eilish’s music… She’s only 17 and recorded her entire album in her brother’s bedroom.”

Since then, Billie became my Spotify 2019 Wrapped artist of year where I streamed 5,296 minutes of her music. Later, I found my mom jamming out to “Bad Guy” while driving to work and my dad intrigued after hearing “Ocean Eyes” playing on our family’s Alexa asking in awe, “Who is the singer? Billie Eyelash?”

Leah Shin

Product Marketing Manager @Microsoft, prev T-Mobile, BCW Global, Peach, Jumpstart + Design Student ‘19 | 👩‍💻

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