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the leader September 2018 21 Microsoft s upported e mployees program The Microsoft mission is to empower every person and every organization to achieve more. With diversity and inclusion at the heart of what it does, Microsoft is seeking to support people with disabilities through a Supported Employee program, using its Redmond headquarters as an incubator. The initiative encompasses two goals: 1) provide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to obtain and maintain employment with ongoing assistance and support; and 2) tap into a pool of talented yet often-overlooked staff for full- and part-time positions that are often hard to fill. Microsoft is currently collaborating with service vendors, recruitment agencies and local government organizations to identify and provide employment opportunities that fall under the umbrella of corporate real estate. The outcome? The number of supported employees has grown from 28 to 213 over the four-year period since the program's inception. The result is a more inclusive and empathetic workplace at Microsoft and within the vendor companies. Natural r esources d efense Council headquarters The Natural Resources Defense Council brought together seven values-aligned design and construction firms to envision and deliver an exceptionally healthy and high-performing space for its San Francisco Financial District office. The 16,437-square-foot (1,527-sq.-m.) renovated area of a historic high-rise now serves as a progressive space that pushes the boundaries of environmental and human health standards for commercial rehabilitation projects. The project aimed to break barriers from the beginning with the goal of dual certification under both the International Living Future Institute's Living Building Challenge (LBC) v3.1 Petal Certification and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED v4, which at the time of project planning was still in pilot phase. It was one of the first tenant-improvement projects worldwide to take on the immense challenge of pursuing – and achieving – both demanding rating systems simultaneously. Newmark Knight f rank: Project Hubble The San Francisco Bay Area is still largely considered to be the epicenter for software development. But with the growing need for tech talent, demand for skilled developers far outweighs supply in Silicon Valley. As a result, companies are hoping to expand access to software development talent into other locations without sacrificing the quality of candidates. NKF implemented an initiative called Project Hubble to identify the availability of talent across an expansive geographical pool. Working with social tools such as LinkedIn, as well as regional technology councils, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and university data and research centers, NKF set out to solve the "who, when, where the talent is" challenge in different markets based on various location criteria. Five reports determined 1) where the talent is; 2) where the companies are; 3) where the skills are; 4) who the technology firms are hiring; and 5) where the graduates are going. Project Hubble contains valuable tech-industry insights, delving into the nuances of geographies to understand today's tech talent.

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