Keynote Speaker
Bhavana Bartholf

Global head of digital and sales strategy, commercial solution areas at Microsoft Corporation

Tuesday, Oct. 18 Location Code
8:00am-9:15am Sheraton Dallas Hotel TK/01

Bhavana Bartholf is an award-winning leader and sought-after expert in providing vision and accelerating digital transformation for corporations across industries worldwide. Throughout her career, she has served as a customer-focused, transformational leader, innovative technologist, STEM advocate, and ally for women and racial/ethnical minorities (REM). She has a proven track record for building high-performing organizations with a focus on growing the female/REM workforce and is dedicated to driving systemic change to create inclusive work environments.

In 2022, Bartholf was recognized by The Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Achievement Award's 25 Outstanding Women. In 2021, Bartholf was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Women in Technology (2021) and was named one of the 2021 “Power 50” Women in Leadership. Diversity Journal also named her one of the 2021 Women Worth Watching in Profiles.

Bartholf has over a 20-year diverse career with Microsoft across its customer success, sales, marketing, consulting and support businesses. Today, she is responsible for advancing technical sales strategy across solution areas to enable digital transformation for Fortune 500 companies. Bartholf currently serves on the board of WEX Inc and the NC State College of Engineering foundation. She has also served for six years on the board of The Gift of Adoption, a non-profit that provides adoption assistance through grants.

Bartholf holds a master’s degree in engineering from North Carolina State University and a bachelor's degree in math, physics and manufacturing engineering (triple major) from India. Today, she is a director on the board of NC State College of Engineering. She and her husband, Matt Bartholf, reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, with their three children. 

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Bartholf recently joined Gemba Academy for a podcast on the importance of empathetic leadership. Ron and Bhavana discussed empathy, culture, trust and more. The episode is available for streaming and download here