Upcoming Events

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Past Events

The Career Strategy Framework has been used by people to develop strategies and drive personal change to achieve success in their careers and broader life.  I was fortunate to refine and practice the framework for many years during my career at Microsoft.

December 3rd, 2015 – Microsoft Technical Leadership Development Program

James Gray - CSF Minneapolis

January 28, 2015 – Wired for Success – Global Search and Digital Solutions Americas Summit

CSF for Microsoft Global Search

“I’ve been at Microsoft for 6.5 years – and this is the most concrete tool I’ve encountered for career planning.  It is a time commitment, but powerful.” (John G.)

December 1, 2014 – Microsoft SMSG Women’s Learning Circle

March 26, 2014 – Microsoft Silicon Valley Career Conference


February 6, 2014 – Women at Microsoft YamJam on Yammer

“Amazing insights and thank you so much James Gray for doing this, you’ve inspired me to refresh my approach to my career.”

January 21, 2014 – Own Your Attitude, Own Your Career (Microsoft IT)

“It was much more valuable than I expected”

“I had extremely high expectations. They were exceeded”

“Every single line in every single slide was having lot of meaning, and I do agree with lot of things that you showed in your presentation. The Framework that you have presented was very nice and very valuable.”

January 7, 2014 – Developing Your Own Unique Career Path (Microsoft Premier)

“My sincere thanks again for the thoughtful and thought-provoking messaging you delivered yesterday. I was stopped in the hallways by no less than a dozen people thanking me for bringing you and your framework to them. While it’s understood that this ‘feeds’ your passion, I know it’s not a small ask to prepare and deliver such great content. Your generosity was greatly appreciated by each of us and I know it is already changing how people think about their career goals and their lives as a whole.”

October 23, 2013 – Microsoft Women’s Global Conference


On October 23, 2013, I presented at Microsoft Women’s Global Conference in Redmond, WA.  Some buzz from my two presentations on “Self-Knowledge” and “Developing Your Own Unique Career Plan”.  Read my reflection preparing for this event and the person who shared how this framework changed her life.



“Thank you so much for speaking at the Women’s Conference this week. I feel really inspired to spend the time investing in my own career by creating a roadmap similar to yours”

“I attended your sessions today and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I appreciate that you not only had good content (the personal stories/examples were a plus) but more importantly you provided actionable next steps to accomplish the ‘how’ so that I could walk out of there with a plan.”

“You were very engaging, genuine and thought-provoking in your speech. If I am not wrong your session was the highest attended”. It was much more valuable than I expected.

“You were mesmerizing to the audience. You were very engaging, genuine and thought-provoking in your speech. If I am not wrong your session was the highest attended. I checked into several other but nothing caught my interest.”