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Onward & Upward: S2:E5 with Leona Dotson

One Such Outstanding Woman is Leona Dotson, Director of Immersive Experiences at Microsoft. Thanks so much to Leona for joining us for Season 2 of Onward & Upward with Leslie E. Royal, brought to you by Ashro.

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What Does Onward & Upward Mean to You?

“Onward means always staying focused, always looking ahead, and taking the time for yourself to know. Ask yourself..are you taking the path that you think you should be taking? Are you taking the path someone else thinks you should be taking, or do you feel like you are actually being led by something deeper? If it’s something spiritual for you, a lot of people will say, “Am I following what God’s path is for me?” Know the differences.

So when I think about onward and upward, is always staying focused, is always looking for what is that next thing to make yourself, or the people around you better your relationships, better your work, better your… Whatever it is that you’re passionate about better. I had a manager who once said, “The ability to look around or see around corners.”

— Leona Dotson

Leona is a 17-year Microsoft veteran and leads the Customer Experience team within the Worldwide Enterprise Commercial Business. Her professional background includes roles as Chief of Staff for Microsoft’s U.S. Marketing & Operations, in Executive Communications, Product Management, Product Marketing, Corporate Finance, Accounting, Internal Audit, and Investor Relations.
Leona earned a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in State College, P.A., and a Master of Business Administration from Seattle University. Before beginning her career at Microsoft, Leona held roles at the Comedy Central Television Network and the Boeing Corporation.

In addition to her professional career, Leona remains a passionate advocate for educating the world’s youth, empowering women to pursue careers in STEM, and enabling a more diverse and inclusive environment at work and in her community. Her passion has driven consistent involvement in Microsoft’s youth and STEM initiatives including leading Microsoft High School Apprentice Program focused on providing career and education opportunities for underrepresented and underserved students in the Greater Seattle community.

Leona has served as a board member for multiple not-for-profit organizations including currently serving on the board of the College Success Foundation. She also served as International Communications Chairman for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated from 2014 – 2018, where she focused on the organization’s overall brand, media engagement, and digital communications strategy. Leona has led numerous charitable fundraisers and service-based program initiatives and acted as an event speaker, workshop presenter, and emcee at countless conferences, political candidate forums, and community-based events.

In her spare time, Soror Leona enjoys spending time with her husband Derrick, her son Duke, participating in a variety of community service activities, reading, and traveling the world.

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Ashro Brand Ambassador Leslie E. Royal is also an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Medium, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise,, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, and The Ashro Blog. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books.

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