RGB stands for Rane, Greg and Bode. This blog is in accordance with our YouTube Vlog. Where we will describe the good, the bad and the ugly of our travels across the USA. I have spent the last twenty plus years in the technology, education, government and non profit industries working to make a difference in solving big challenges. After sustaining 18 concussions and traumatic brain injury, I finally took my husband’s advice and retired. Greg is an avid outdoors-man and is focused on finding the best waves, surf, mountains, powder and anything amazing in the great outdoors. Following by our side, is our ten year old doodle, Bode. He has to go everywhere we go. Follow us as we ditch everyday life in Bend, Oregon for the VanLife across our country and our crazy adventures to come.
So in the archive you will see blog posts when I was abroad working in Central Eastern Europe. It first started for our family to know what we were doing and experiencing, since I was traveling so much I was struggling to keep in touch. Accidentally, it turned into a place to help my teams get to know each other better and what I took away from each country visit and built a following of people around the world who wanted to learn more about these countries. I moved back to the USA and started a new role that got me traveling even more. Then I got traumatic brain injury and took a five year hiatus and started blogging again when I started a new company. Per the request of friends and followers I kept these posts in the archive for people to still access.
Here is my resume if you are looking for my consulting or volunteering assistance:
Diversity, Research, Sales, Teaching, Technical, Partnerships and Marketing Director with 20+ years’ combined experience in government affairs, relationship management, turn around organizational development, sales, program management, product management, technology, start-ups, outdoor industry and diversity research.
- Consistent record of forging strong business relationships with segments, business groups, clients, partners, non-profit, community and government leaders.
- Demonstrated ability to scale global ideas to fit specific cultural and national needs in more than 40 countries.
- Acknowledged for leading largest global launch in history for Microsoft Central Eastern Europe and for putting into place the first regional strategy for virtualization which is serving as a platform for continued success and highest regional achievement worldwide.
- Launched first women in technology initiative across Central Eastern Europe to recruit, retain and advance more women in technology and first International Women’s Hackathon in the world reaching more than 15,000 women in 15 countries and over 60 locations.
- Ability to create, develop and implement long-term & short term strategic & tactical plans that land with multiple divisions and multiple organizations.
- Recognized as a successful relationship broker in managing multi-stakeholder partnerships.
- Organized and launched first Conservation Summit in Central Oregon
- 20 years of effective legislative lobbying and selected strategic voice on education and technology issues.
- Global thought leader in 21st century skills education, entrepreneurship and growing women in STEM with governments, think tanks, NGOs and IGOs working with European Union, WEF, UNESCO and UN Women.
- Experience in leading and managing multi-stakeholder international partnerships in public and private sectors.
- Selected to lead 3 Whitehouse Office of Science and Technology Policy committees on Human Trafficking and Technology Inclusion and participate in First Lady Obama Initiatives around women empowerment.
- Strategic advisor to Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and California Departments of Education; selected to serve as business representative on technology initiatives, 21st century skills, and entrepreneurship.
- Guest lecturer and strategic academic research relationship director for global top higher education institutions.
- Recognized leader in computer science/technology/STEM community in recruiting, retaining and advancing diverse students and professionals in computing.
- Recognized leader in research for growing more women and underrepresented groups in technology.
- Proven track record in developing successful strategies, programs, training, presentations, research and initiatives to support diverse students and professionals.
- Track record of meeting and surpassing quota requirements and customer/partner satisfaction.
- Acknowledged for gaining trust and achieving productivity through coaching/mentoring, managers and sales/marketing staff.
- Proven track record in leading global virtual teams across multiple divisions and companies.
- Strong skills and proven success in managing cross-cultural virtual teams for public agencies and private companies.
- Demonstrated ability to build high levels of employee satisfaction, team trust and shared vision.
- Significant experience in leading turn-around departments, learning circles, envisioning, team building, mentorship rings and leadership development.
- Led venture capital funding pitch presentations, business plan development, press package and gorilla marketing efforts at start-up company.
- Coach for small businesses, start-ups, youth and college students through funding and marketing start-up process.
- Drove local, national and global committees on Entrepreneurship Education Legislation and expert speaker/panelist.
Ranemaker Institute March 2018-present
CEO and Founder
Assist companies, government agencies and non-profits to make diversity and inclusive innovation a competitive advantage for their company. Creating personalized diversity, equity and inclusion plans connected to business objectives. Providing diversity, equity, inclusion, leadership and multi-stakeholder partnerships training and development. Executing diverse communications and painting team building/moral events for organizations. Supplying organizations with diverse original art creations for offices. Also, provide strategic business planning consulting for technology corporations.
- Launched city of Bend Inclusive Innovation Initiative which includes the following: a city-wide resolution that Bend aspires to be the most inclusive city in Oregon and America, inclusivity training, inclusive innovation city wide committee and free advising for small businesses.
- Lead advisor for Central Oregon Community College’s Small Business Develop Center focused on diversity, equity and inclusion challenges and advising under-represented groups entrepreneurs wanting to launch a business.
- Consultant for Technology Association of Oregon to present a 10-workshop series on Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership for companies in Central Oregon and DEI Strategist for Mountain Star Nursery and Deschutes Land Trust and workshop presenter for Central Oregon community College Diversity Professional Development Series.
- CMO for Rugged Thread start-up and advisory board member in helping build company business practices, business development, marketing, sales, diversity, equity and inclusive culture.
- Public Speaking: Keynote speaker for Bend Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, Moderator for City Club of Central Oregon Successful Partnerships in the Workplace, Diversity Speaker at MUSE Conference and Leadership Bend, Moderator Out in Tech at BendTech.
Oregon State University- Cascades Campus March 2014-October 2014
Instructor Computer Science
Taught Ethics in Computer Science and Society 300 level writing requirement course.
- Instructor teaching Ethics in Computer Science and Society to 40 Juniors and Seniors. Course included technology expert guest speakers, community project, significant writing to meet university writing requirement course and active debate.
- Assisted in writing of grants, presented to elected officials to support the formation of the OSU Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship and hiring of Lab Director.
- Launched Scholarship for women and under-represented groups in Computer Science and Engineering
Microsoft Corporation June 2003 – June 2017
Principal Research Director, Microsoft Research Outreach, Redmond, WA July 2011 – June 2017
Engaged with academics worldwide and identified high-impact areas for research investigations in education and growing women and under-represented groups in computing. Created, lead and executed 5-3-1 year Gender & Underrepresented Groups Diversity Strategic Plans. Managed multi-million-dollar budget, all research projects, tool creation and programs to recruit more women into computer science and leader across company to grow women in technical computing roles.
Led cross company team in engineering, human resources, marketing, education, citizenship focused on Gender Outreach.
- Keynote speaker, panel presenter, blogger reaching 100,000+ women and underrepresented groups in person events and 2M online. Asked to lead committee for Technology Inclusion by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and participate in First Lady Women Empowerment Initiative and Girls in STEM, launched Initiative Accelerate Local Communities
- Led, developed and manage ChronoZoom open source cloud service community project engaging more than 30 researchers across disciplines in the sciences, humanities and engineering utilized by over 8 million users globally. Highlighted in articles in the Economist, ACM Communications, ACM Education and Entertainment.
- Co-developed human trafficking and technology implications research project with Dr. danah boyd, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit and fifteen researchers across United States and Canada. Asked to serve on special committee and lead two committees from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on human trafficking.
- Led the development of gender diversity strategic plan and tactics for Engineering teams across the company. Assisted in the creation of an all company mandatory online unconscious bias training and unconscious biases and male advocacy training for Microsoft Research. Launched first gender diversity visiting researcher lectures series for Microsoft Research and Engineering.
- Leader of Microsoft’s presence at key technology diversity conferences: ABI Grace Hopper Conference (ex. 2014: 300 employees, CEO, 12 executives, 50 senior women, 12 recruiters & 22 speakers), IEEE-WIE Conference, TAPIA Conference
- Managed strategic relationship and member of committees/boards for Microsoft with National Center for Women in Technology, Anita Borg Institute, Computer Research Association for Women, Association for Computing Machinery for Women, Institute of Electrical Engineering Women in Engineering, Womensphere, Million Women Mentors, Girls Who Code, STARS Alliance, National Girls Collaborative Project, Women in Engineering ProActive Network, UN Women, ITU, UNESCO, WEF, University of Washington iSchool, Central Oregon Technology Alliance, Central Oregon STEM Hub, and Technology Association of Oregon
- Recognition: Senior Leader High Potential Program, University of Washington Woman of Courage Award, Nominated Microsoft Women’s Conference Community Service Award, Nominated Bend Chamber Women Volunteer Award
WW Director Education Audience Marketing, Redmond, WA January 2010 – June 2011
Built international capacity to support Ministries of Education, NGOs/IGOs around the world to transform education to build workforce and economic development utilizing technology as an accelerator. Created three year strategic plans and annual tactical programs to build field capacity to become trusted education advisors to Ministries of Education and NGOs/IGOs worldwide.
- Led and managed global partnerships: Cisco Intel and Microsoft Education Alliance, World Economic Forum Global Education Initiative/Global Agenda Council on Education and International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement and Entrepreneurship resulting in Microsoft positioned as an education thought leader at more than 20 events reaching 7500 education influencers and implementing Entrepreneurship and 21st century skills framework and programs in 50+ countries.
- Coached, mentored and assisted in the development of Regional Area Leads to better develop government relations and Education Alliance Subsidiary Team to drive Microsoft’s education thought leadership and market share.
- Lead cross collaborative group across Microsoft to build Education Leader Framework to enable field teams across the company to position Microsoft products and programs around the world that resulted in supporting 40 Education Alliance Agreements, $70M revenue and 2M units.
- Recognition: Microsoft Gold Star, Microsoft Leadership Development Program EXPO
CEE IT Pro Technical Audience and Security & Privacy Lead, Munich, Germany March 2008 – January 2010
Spearheaded the Technical Audience and Security Privacy Business in CEE. Supported/coached 32 subsidiaries, 16 leads to drive IT Pro satisfaction and one Microsoft customer and partner audience messaging across all groups and products.
- Created three-year strategic plans and annual tactical plans with marketing campaigns scaling all 32 subsidiaries and having four best practices adopted by TAGM and SPI teams and shared world-wide.
- Built credibility with 1.8M IT Pros in CEE through online, viral, community and technical advocacy. Increased reach 40% in one year to 1.1M; grew community engagement by 258%, increased NSAT +4 points largest increase in A13.
- Influenced scorecard metrics, commitments, marketing plans, and WWSMM priorities as the emerging markets representative from the field for TAGM and TWC organizations.
- Built Women in Technology Community in 32 Central and Eastern European countries.
- Recognition: Microsoft Circle of Excellence, Microsoft Compete Champion Award
CEE Core Infrastructure and Launch Lead, Munich, Germany July 2007 – September 2008
Led the Core Infrastructure Business in CEE and supported 32 subsidiaries to drive revenue attainment, CEE initiatives and reach the highest level of customer and partner satisfaction. Selected as liaison between CEE subsidiaries, CEE HQ and Redmond Corporate Headquarters to meet the needs of the CEE partners and customers.
- Orchestrated largest IT Pro and Developer launch in CEE history with the releases of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008. Reached more than 300,000 online and 20,000 attendees in 22 countries with over 40 top stories.
- Outpaced the market by 2 points by driving WS Market Share vs. the x86 market with focus on WS and SBS unit growth in conjunction with EPG/ SMS&P/ OEM.
- Programs put in place continue to drive the solutions sales approach for core infrastructure products through the creation of Core IO marketing campaigns. Delivered 30% YoY growth in Core Infrastructure Business (Security, Management, IDA, and Windows Server).
- Recognition: Microsoft Europe Leadership Development EXPO, Microsoft Gold STAR, Microsoft Marketing Excellence Award
North America Technical Sales Field Engagement Manager, Portland, OR June 2006 – July 2007
US community owner responsible for cross group collaboration between US BMO marketing team, business groups and field technical sales and marketing (500 employees). Drove revenue attainment, US initiatives, and high customer and partner satisfaction. Provided a feedback loop to US BMO and WW BGs resulting in work refinement, to better meet the needs of the US Infrastructure business.
- Created first Server and Tools Technical Sales Community Framework resulting in increased utilization of marketing programs and campaigns and improved technical field sales satisfaction with corporate marketing response.
- Role sponsor for all US technical sales roles (STU Directors, SSPs, TSPs) in the Server and Tools product set responsible for commitments.
- Initiated first online demo platform for US EPG technical sales, increasing employee effectiveness and decreasing sales cycle.
- Developed first US-wide connected sales and marketing field planning framework for FY08.
- Recognition: Microsoft Gold STAR Award, Microsoft Leadership Development-EXPO Program, CPE Champion
K-12 Strategic Account Manager, Portland, OR & San Francisco, CA June 2003 – June 2006
Managed executive relationships with up to thirty-three strategic accounts in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California consistently surpassing quota and customer/partner satisfaction goals.
- Trusted advisor in meeting organization’s business challenges by utilizing Microsoft platform solutions. Surpassed quota attainment by 20% and 160%; highest NSAT in west region education. Selected to lead strategic District-wide Projects in Kent, Tacoma and Hillsboro School Districts and Oregon Department of Education.
- Influence without authority virtual team of business groups, technical, marketing, research, DPE and CSI resources.
- Led efforts in establishment of first US Microsoft Innovation Center and first Local Software Economy Plan. Spearheaded new education initiatives with partners around Microsoft solution, state and local government in statewide partnerships, and education product teams around new solution acceptance.
- Recognition: Microsoft North America CSI Award, Microsoft Leadership Development-EXPO Program, Microsoft CPE Champion, Vista Velocity Recipient, consistently high performer, 4.5/4.0/Exceed
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), San Francisco, CA December 2001 – June 2003
Director of Project and Application Management Departments, 7th and 8th grade Math & Computer Science Teacher
Successfully managed two of four departments in the technology organization serving 3000 employees and 60,000 students.
- Launched first ever project management office, policies, procedures, budget and strategic plan that resulted in district efficiencies and cost savings of 35% with consistent Information Technology Management.
- Managed $7.5 M budget, 2 Directors, 30 employees, all project RFPs/RFQs, business critical application projects, board resolutions, contract negotiations and managed the PeopleSoft Migration, Student Information System & Web Re-design Projects.
- Presented/ participated/represented CIO in executive leadership, board and community town hall meetings.
- Full understanding and management of federal and state compliance mandates.
Business Development & Public Relations Director and Product Manager, Adamation, Inc., Oakland, CA
Business Systems Analyst/Project Manager, Guidant Corporation, Vascular Intervention Group, Santa Clara, CA
Board member, National Vice President, Alumni President and Executive Director, SkillsUSA-VICA, Riverside, CA
Customer Service Manager and Sales Manager, Computer City SuperStore, Portland, OR
George Fox University, Portland, OR, MBA-Executive Track, graduated Magna Cum Laude
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering & Bachelor of Arts, Economics/Finance, graduated University Scholar
Courses in PMBOK and CMM (full understanding and implementation of industry standard project management practices)
Partnership Brokering Certification, International Partnership Brokering Project, Level 2 Accreditation with Honors
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & KEYNOTES
- Featured Speaker, Unconscious Biases and Micro-Aggressions, Technology Association of Oregon: Women in STEAM Event, June 2017.
- Featured Speaker, Underrepresented Groups and Computer Science and Engineering, Bend Chamber of Commerce, May 2015.
- Featured Speaker, Big Dream Movement and Need for More Women in Technology, Association of Science and Technology Centers, March 2015.
- Speaker & Panelist, US Chamber of Commerce, UN Office for Partnerships and UN Women International Women’s Day: The Empowerment Bridge: Building Economic Empowerment for Women & Girls, March 2015.
- Speaker, Pacesetters, Academic Alliance and K-12 Alliance, National Center for Women in Technology, 2015.
- Panel Speaker, Central Oregon STEM Hub Big Dream Event, 2015
- Speaker, Workshop Presenter, How to Fund Girls in STEM Outreach Research Projects, Grace Hopper, 2014
- Speaker and Panel Chair, Human Trafficking: Research Perspectives on Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation, IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference October 2014.
- Speaker, Sponsorship versus Mentorship and Advancement of Women in Technology, IEEE-WIE Conference, 2014
- Workshop Presenter, Partnership Brokering and Multi-stakeholder Partnerships, National Center for Women in Technology Summit, 2014.
- Speaker, Girls ICT and Education, UN Commission on the Status of Women, 2014
- Keynote Speaker, Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2013.
- Speaker, Accelerate Local Communities and Technology Employment Crisis, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Technology Inclusion Summit, February 2013.
- Speaker, Technology Trends and Opportunities, SBIR/STTR 2012 National Conference: Crack the Code, 2012
- Keynote, “Computer Science Solving World Problems You Are The Future,” NW Regional Women in Computing Conference, 2012
- Panel Moderator, “Dynamic women, demanding roles – insight into a day in the life of female engineers at IBM, Intel, Urban Airship, US Bancorp and Microsoft Research,” and “Many opportunities, few women – an exploration of the shortage of female CS and IT professionals, and the demand for them by executives of WebMD, Allergan, ZyLAB, WebTrends and Microsoft Research,” NW Regional Women in Computing Conference, 2012
- Speaker, Future Women in Computing, Academic Alliance, National Center for Women in Technology Summit, 2012
- Workshop Presenter, “Kodu: Learn How to Excite Middle School Girls to Game Programming,” NCCE 2012.
- Workshop Presenter, “Learn about Big History & Free Engaging Online Tool to Help You Teach,” NCCE 2012.
- Workshop Presenter, “Evolution of Big History,” David Christian of Macquarie University, Craig Benjamin of Grand Valley State University, Cynthia Brown of Dominican University, Yue Sun of Capital Normal University, Seohyung Kim of Ewha Womans University and Rane Johnson Microsoft Research, Asian Association World Historians, Korea, 2012.
- Speaker, “Providing Dynamic Cloud Services for Information Scientist through ChronoZoom,” iConference 2012, Toronto, 2012.
- Speaker, “Predicting the Future by Understanding Relationships of the Past,” Global Futures, Moscow, 2012.
- Speaker, “Cisco Intel Microsoft Education Partnership on Assessment and Teaching 21st Century Skills,” Education World Forum, UK, 2011
- Speaker, “Future of 21st Century Skills and Entrepreneurship,” Middle East and Northern Africa World Economic Forum Entrepreneurship Roundtable, Morocco, October 2010.
- Speaker, “Requirements of Technology Companies for Executive MBA Graduates and Programs: Future of Online Education and Environments,” EMBA Technology Conference April 2010, Palace Hotel in San Francisco,
- Speaker, “Transformational Leadership and Leading Your Tribe,” Global Women International Network Leadership Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, October 2010.
SELECTED LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS
- Distinguished Speaker, Leeward Community College, Featured Speaker, Technology and Diversity Workshops, April 2019.
- Distinguished Speaker, Big Dream Movement and Need for More Women in Technology, Association of Science and Technology Centers, March 2015.
- Featured Speaker and Leader, Digital Youth Think Tank, University of Washington, October 2014.
- Eller College of Management MIS Leading Diversity Speaker, Building Your Online Brand, University of Arizona, 2015.
- Instructor, Ethics in Computer Science and Society, Oregon State University Cascades Campus, 2014
- Guest Lecture, Solving World’s Greatest Challenges through Computer Science Research, INFO 102 Women in Technology, September 2014
- Guest Lecture, Formalizing the Informal Success in Public Private Partnerships, Douglas Honors College Rutgers University, March 2014.
- Guest Lecture, Computer Science Solving the Greatest Social issues of our Time, MontClair University, 2014.
- Guest Lecture, Diversity Driving Innovation, University of Maryland College Park, April 2014.
- Guest Lecture, Human Trafficking and Technology Implications and Power of Computer Science, Michigan State University, March 2013.
- Guest Lecture, Transformational Leadership and Innovation, BUSG556 Transformational Leadership, George Fox University MBA, May 2012 & May 2011.
- Guest Lecture, The Future of Social Media, COM300 Basic Concepts of New Media, Communications Department, University of Washington, May 2012
- Guest Lecture, Information Science Research, INFO 200 Intellectual Foundations of Informatics, Information School, University of Washington, June 2012
- Guest Lecture, Social Entrepreneurship Success with Partnership Brokering Skills, MIM541 Global Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Portland State University, August 2011.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & ARTICLES
- Davis, Jamie. Expert Tips in Getting Girls in STEM, Huffington Post, August 29, 2014.
- Smith, Frank. Decoding the Computer Science Gender Gap, EdTech, August 15, 2014.
- Johnson, Rane. Women Around the World Hack for Good, EdTech, May 2014
- Ochsner, Amanda, Johnson-Stempson, Rane, Berland, Matthew. “Mission critical: building community to engage young women in computer science. SIGCSE (2014).
- Chislum, Jacinda, Maureen Biggers, Johnson-Stempson, R. and Elizabeth Litzler. “NCWIT Pacesetters Accelerating The Pace of Change.” Engage Everyone: Building an Inclusive Climate for Diverse Communities of Women in STEM Panel. 2013.
- Boyd, Danah, et al. “Human trafficking and technology: A framework for understanding the role of technology in the
- commercial exploitation of children in the US. Microsoft Research.” (2012).
- Johnson-Stempson, R. “ChronoZoom Tutorial, Microsoft Research.”Cavanagh, Nicole L.,Johnson-Stempson R., et al. “Singing in Harmony: Corporate Diversity Programs and Women in Engineering Initiatives–Opportunities for Collaboration.”
- Getting to the Heart of it All: Connecting Gender Research, WIE Programs, Faculty, & Corporate Partners. 2012.
- Brinkman, Donald and Johnson, Rane. Microsoft Research Connections: Collaborating to Reinvent Education, ACM: Computers in Entertainment, May 2012,
- Alvarez, Walter, Berezin, Sergey, Benjamin, Craig, and Johnson, Rane. Visualizing the History of Everything, ACM: Computers in Entertainment, June 2012.
- Gose, Ben. A Reboot in Recruiting Women Into Computer Science, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 2012.
- Marklien, Mary Beth. Teaching for the Future: Steering girls to science, USA Today, October 16, 2012.
- Quast, Lisa. Women And STEM Careers: How Microsoft Is Building A Bridge To Future Innovation — One Girl At A Time, Forbes, October 22, 2012.
- Latino Mentor, Boys and Girls Club of Central Oregon (present)
- President, Technology Alliance of Central Oregon (January 2014-January 2016)
- Board Member, Technology Association of Oregon (June 2014-Present)
- Board Member, Central Oregon STEM Hub (May 2013-Present)
- Executive Committee, Association Computer Machinery-Women (July 2014-June 2017)
- Co-Chair, Technology & Research Women of Microsoft (June 2014-June 2017)
- Advisory Board, Anita Borg Institute (July 2012-July 2014)
- Advisory Board, University of Washington Informatics (August 2012-January 2016)
- Executive Advisor, University of Washington Women of Informatics (November 2012-January 2016)
- Advisory Board Member, Bucknell University Engineering Excellence Alliance (November 2012-Present)
- Advisory Board Member, Womensphere (October 2013-January 2016)
- Advisor to Research (Solving the Equation), AAUW (July 2013-June 2017)
- Board Member and Resource Development Chair, Lake Washington School District Foundation (November 2010-March 2012)
- President, Central Eastern Europe Women In Technology (2007-2009)
- Board Member and Development Chair, Software Association of Oregon Education Foundation (2004-2007)
- Committee Chair, School to Work Legislative Committee for Oregon (2004-2005)
- Board Member, Sabin Community Development Cooperative (2005-2007)
- Board Member, Business Education Compact (2005-2007)
- VP of Marketing, Alliance for Technology Women (2006-2007)
Hardware, software, networking technician and programming in Java, C++, FORTRAN, html and UML. Full understanding and utilization of Microsoft Server, database, productivity, cloud, desktop publishing applications, social media, digital marketing/SEO tools, financial industry and education/online learning applications.