Microsoft executive to present ZIPD Business Conference keynote

BLOOMSBURG— Focusing on the topic of “Careers: Your Unique Opportunity to do Something Extraordinary,” Jim Hanna, director of data center community development at the Microsoft Corporation, will present the keynote address at the Zeigler Institute for Professional for Development’s (ZIPD) eighth annual business conference at Bloomsburg University. The two-day event will be held Nov. 8 to 9 with Hanna speaking on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom.

Since its conception in 2011, nearly 7,000 Ziegler College of Business students have participated in the annual ZIPD Business Conference. ZIPD provides students with an opportunity to connect and network with successful business professionals and prepare them for their future careers.

Hanna has more than 20 years of leadership experience in corporate sustainability and social responsibility. He is Microsoft’s first director of data center sustainability, which provides strategic environmental direction in fields of land-use, green building, energy and water to Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. In addition, Hanna drives community development strategy to municipalities that host Microsoft data centers.

Prior to working at Microsoft, Hanna was Starbuck’s former director of environmental impact and external voice and policy advocate for its sustainability vision and platform. He is also a former director of environmental affairs for Xanterra Parks and Resorts at Yellowstone National Park.

A native of Olympia, Wash., Hanna earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from Washington State University and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-accredited professional. He serves on the boards of the Washington Environmental Council and Yellowstone Park Foundation.