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Inclusion—the secret to innovation and empowerment

Getting into the details with keynote Bhavana Bartholf


Deep Dive Session
Tuesday, Oct. 18 Location Code
9:30am-10:30am Sheraton Dallas Hotel TS/05



Join us for a deep dive on embracing disruption and fostering innovation through inclusion with keynote speaker Bhavana Bartholf.


In this interactive session, Bhavana Bartholf will provide a deeper dive into why inclusion is critical for organizations to be able to embrace disruption and foster innovation. In addition to sharing strategies for self-advocacy and sponsorship for people striving for parity in their organizations, she will respond candidly to questions relating to DE&I in an informal, facilitated Q&A session.


Microsoft Industry Solutions is a global organization of over 16,000 strategic sellers, industry experts, elite engineers and world-class architects, consultants and delivery experts who work together to bring Microsoft’s mission of empowerment—and cutting-edge technology—to life for our customers and partners. It is on the front lines of innovation, working side-by-side with customers to drive value across the entirety of its digital transformation journey.


Bhavana Bartholf, global head of digital and sales strategy, commercial solution areas at Microsoft Corporation, 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