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The One Away Show

Aug 18, 2022

Colleen O’Brien is an accomplished marketing executive with over a decade of experience leading strategic internal and external communications for companies of all sizes—from Fortune 500 corporations to early-stage startups. Currently, she is the chief communications officer for high-end clothing rental startup Armoire.


Previously, Colleen led brand marketing, content creation, and communications strategy for Microsoft's venture fund M12, which invests globally in early-stage enterprise software companies.  Prior to joining M12, Colleen held several marketing and communications roles across Microsoft, and led product marketing initiatives for Windows and Office, driving growth, engagement, and partnerships globally. Colleen produced and hosted Microsoft's Women in Business and Technology podcast and served as a spokesperson on the weekly YouTube series Microsoft Unboxed.


Colleen has an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business and graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in film production and a minor in studies of women, gender, and sexuality. Colleen sits on the advisory board of Women in Cloud and is a member of the Forbes Communications Council.


She is also a certified executive coach and a sought-out speaker on the All Raise Visionary Voices speakers bureau, and has appeared at the PRSA Storytellers Series, the Women in Tech Regatta, and Ideagen's Global Goals 2030 Summit. 


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