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When Olena Grischenko, a Ukrainian
transplant living in Australia, learned she had been nominated for
a Microsoft MVP award, she wasn't quite sure that she wanted to
receive it. On the one hand, if being named an MVP was going to
help her run her community activities better, then, yes, she wanted
it. On the other hand, if it was going to stop her or distract her
from that work, then she didn’t want it.
"I had this conversation with the Australian MVP coordinator
when I was nominated," says Grischenko, an independent Dynamics 365
Customer Engagement and Power Platform consultant. "She said we
would continue our conversation but we never did. So I was very
surprised when I got the email in September. I was shocked,
But since being named an MVP, Grischenko says she has more
opportunities to continue her work in the community, which includes
a group she helped to organize called the Sydney Microsoft Biz Apps
The aim of the group is to support women in the Microsoft
business applications space and attract more women to the
community. Currently, the Sydney group has 200 members. New groups
will be launched in Melbourne and New Zealand.
"Women need to be more visible and more vocal, so the goal of
the group is to support visibility and recognition for women in biz
apps," she says. "In August, I was speaking about the group at the
Women in Technology Launch and all of a sudden, people discovered
they want to try something like this, too. So they organized the
Melbourne and New Zealand grounds. Now, we have the opportunity to
have our own booth at Microsoft Ignite in Sydney, and we'll also be
doing workshops as a group."
Grischenko, who has a technical background, just recently
started her independent consultancy. Over the past 20 years, she
has worked as a Dynamics CRM technical architect, a CRM solution
architect, and a CRM, .NET and web developer
"I'm a developer and I do hands-on work, [D365CE]
implementations,' she says. "I also do Power Apps and Power
Business Applications communities