Zoe's Open Road
Senior Business Intelligence Manager
Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
Scaring yourself makes you so much stronger.
- She was on the crew team at the University of Washington, but she suffered an injury that put a hold on her college rowing career.
- While she was injured, she started coaching a local rowing team; most of the women she was coaching were lawyers, and she thought she might want to be a lawyer too.
- She was working on her master’s degree in education, but she decided to take an entry-level job at a law firm to see if she liked it.
- She realized she probably didn’t want to be a lawyer, but she loved building cases.
- That job got her foot into the door at Microsoft; she was brought on in the legal department.
- Over the years, she developed a subject matter expertise and found her niche: she now works with law enforcement agencies to build cases against software counterfeiters and pirates.
- She holds master’s degrees in business administration and education; she believes having multiple learning experiences and diverse perspectives is a huge asset.
- For example, she says she always wanted to be a teacher—and still wants to be a teacher someday—but for now, she finds ways to apply her education degree to her work in forensics.