Bellingham Business Forum raises $32,000 for scholarships

Submitted by gallagm7 on Mon, 07/22/2013 - 2:25pm

Microsoft Vice President Julie Larson-Green was the keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Western Washington University Bellingham Business Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The event raised $32,000 for student scholarships. 

Larson-Green, a Western alumna with a degree in Business Administration, oversees the design of the company’s iconic Windows operating system, and is currently leading her team in preparation for the release of Windows 8, the first Windows operating system designed from the start to work for both PCs and tablets, which she described as a “complete re-imagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface.”

Before working with Windows, Larson-Green worked on the Microsoft Office suite of software. She received her master’s degree in Software Engineering from Seattle University and is a native of Whatcom County.

Table sponsorships were available at the $1,000 Mount Challenger, $2,000 Mount Shuksan, and $3,000 Mount Baker levels. The Mount Baker sponsorship establishes two named scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year for Whatcom County students. 

Read more about Larson-Green's talk at the Bellingham Business Forum in the the Western Alumni Association's Winter 2012 edition of The Wire.