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By BECKY MONK

Glenda Roberts

Glenda Roberts has been an advocate her entire life. 

First, she advocated for herself in order to thrive in school and her career. Then, when faced with a health crisis, she confronted kidney disease head on.  

Now, she’s advocating for other patients at the local, state and national levels in her new role at the Kidney Research Institute in Seattle.

In February, Glenda started her new role as director of external relations and patient engagement at the Kidney Research Institute, which is a collaboration between Northwest Kidney Centers and UW Medicine. The Microsoft alumna says it’s her dream job.

She said this role is the perfect combination of the skill sets she learned over the years at Microsoft and General Electric. 

Because her role is the equivalent of a chief operating officer in other organizations, she puts her tech knowledge and her business management, marketing, human resources, mentoring, strategic and analytical skills to good use. 

“Plus, I’m not shy about the fact that not only am I a woman, I’m a black woman and I’m a black woman with kidney disease,” she said, noting that a disproportionate number of people with kidney disease are people of color. “There are a lot of people who need an advocate like me.” 

Read the complete article about Glenda's path toward patient advocacy on the Microsoft Alumni Network website

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