At Microsoft, my team designs the “style and personality” of Cortana’s global TTS (text-to-speech) voices, collaborating on technical advances in TTS with our Dev and Science colleagues in our Beijing office. At my core, I’m a musician who’s always had a penchant for language. My degree in Electronic Music from Mills College has been foundational for my audio/music/tech jobs at Atari Games, Leapfrog Toys and now Microsoft (since 2010). I “moonlight” as a keyboardist in a funk band (for the love of it, believe me not for the money!).