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PASS Educational Series Now Available

We're pleased to announce the latest PASS Pro Membership benefit – the PASS Educational Series.

This PASS Educational Series is delivered by leading topic experts and consists of curated learning designed to take data professionals from where they are in their data career paths, to where they need to be. You will also be quizzed along the way to test your progress in real time.

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Microsoft PASS Virtual Summit Sessions Announced

The Microsoft General Sessions have been announced! Start planning your conference experience by learning more about the content being covered by Microsoft's leading engineers at this year's event: 

Conference Sessions

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Welcoming the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Group

We are proud to announce the launch of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Group.

This PASS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Group is led by Andrea Mascher and provides a platform for underrepresented members of our community to share their experiences and challenges within the tech industry. It is a virtual gathering space to share and learn from experiences and to increase representation and inclusion in the tech sector.

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Join Us for the Azure SQL Championship!

Come join us for to the Azure SQL Championship virtual event! Delivered in partnership with the Microsoft Azure SQL team, this event will give you the chance to compete with other PASS members in 3 weekly challenges to collect participant badges and enter to win cool prizes. There will also be daily quizzes with a leaderboard to show off your knowledge.

These challenges are based on common scenarios faced by data professionals to help you build skills you can use in the real world. If you are running SQL Server on-premises and considering a move to Azure, this is a fun way to get started on your path to learning. 

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Applications are Now Open for PASS BoD Election

The PASS Nominations Committee (NomCom) is now accepting applications for the 2020 PASS Election. This election will determine the new Directors for the 2021/2022 term, starting January 1, 2021.

The role of a PASS Director offers an opportunity to shape the future of the PASS community and make an impact in the data industry. PASS Directors are responsible for the strategic short and long-term decisions to support the success of our organization.

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PASS Pro Membership Price Increase - October 07

PASS Pro Membership early bird pricing ends soon! There's still time to become a PASS Pro Member for only $80/year before standard pricing of $120/year is introduced on October 07. Don't miss your chance to take advantage of the exclusive benefits available to PASS Pro Members before prices increase.

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Welcoming Melissa as a SQLSaturday Global Supporter Sponsor

PASS is pleased to announce Melissa as our newest SQLSaturday Global Supporter Sponsor.

Melissa is a leading provider of global identity verification and data quality solutions and are known to help data professionals solve even the most complex data challenges.

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2020/2021 Nominations Committee Announced

The PASS Board of Directors has selected the 2020/2021 NomCom!

During their one-year term, these Committee members will serve and represent the diverse PASS Community through the Board of Directors election process. It is essential to have a committee that understands the role and responsibility of PASS Board members, the existing and potential issues the Board faces as a whole, and has the ability to ask applicable and concise questions of candidates based on this knowledge. Further, it is important to represent the PASS community with a committee that is diverse on multiple levels (gender, race, involvement within PASS, etc.). Five community members were chosen in order to represent all of these components.

Thank you to everyone who submitted to this year’s Call for Interest and congratulations to our 2020/2021 NomCom members:

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PASS Welcomes Pure Storage as a Knowledge Partner

We are pleased to announce Pure Storage as the newest PASS Knowledge Partner. Over the years, Pure Storage has been a proud sponsor of SQLSaturday events and PASS Summit. As innovators for on-premises and cloud data storage needs, Pure Storage's solutions are engineered to perform. Are data services, integrated into the storage layer, allow for best-in-class services that database engineers, developers, and analysts all appreciate. 

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