The spotlight is nothing new to alum Kasey Champion (BSEE ’12), who was recognized by 425 Business as a talented 30-Under-30 Eastsider. A software engineer at Microsoft, Champion runs her own business in her spare time, entertaining children at birthday parties.
And, somehow, she still has time to devote to volunteer work. Champion is involved in Microsoft’s Technology for Good program and volunteers with Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) before work each day. To counter the shortage of classroom teachers who have a computer science background, the TEALS program provides trained volunteers to partner with teachers to teach computer science courses.
“I am very passionate about charity work, especially in the education space,” Champion said. “Microsoft has an amazing track record of doing great work in this space and even enables me to volunteer to teach high school every morning.”
Champion began working at Microsoft shortly after graduating, having received a job offer while still a student intern with the company. She is currently working on Outlook Web App, an online email service.
“The people I work with are unquestionably the smartest, most hard working group of people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with,” Champion said.
Champion owns and operates her business, Champion Family Parties, with her sister. Dressed as princesses, they visit children’s birthday parties, holiday parties and more.