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Jen Stirrup Wins PASSion Award

Outstanding Volunteers Recognized for Dedication to PASS and the SQL Server Community

SEATTLE, WA – November 8, 2012 – The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) today presented its most prestigious award to volunteer Jen Stirrup during the PASSion Awards ceremony at PASS Summit 2012 in Seattle.

The PASSion Award is presented annually to a volunteer who demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to the PASS organization by inspiring the community to collaborate, learn, and grow through knowledge sharing and peer-based learning. PASSion award recipients are nominated by their fellow PASS members and selected by the Board of Directors.

Jen (blog | twitter) has worked diligently over the past 2 years with various groups in Europe to promote support for Women in Technology. A SQL Server MVP, she is a frequent speaker at such events as PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQLRally, SQLSaturday, 24 Hours of PASS, and local user groups and has been an active volunteer with European SQLSaturday events. At PASS Summit 2012, she is part of the panel discussing “Women in Technology: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going” at the 10th anniversary WIT Luncheon.

In nominating her for the PASSion Award, fellow volunteers shared the following:

  • “She has gone above and beyond making contacts with people at Microsoft Europe and user group leaders to bring together a fledgling community of WIT support and build it into a more recognized, if not more accepted, group of PASSionate people.”
  • “Jen continues to support the PASS community at large as a recognized MVP and frequent speaker. She always is eager to share her positive experiences with this organization to encourage others to join in.”

In addition, PASS named Amy Lewis and Jesus Gil Velasco as 2012 PASSion Award Honorable Mentions for their contributions over the past year:

  • Amy (LinkedIn | twitter) is Co-Chair of the PASS DW/BI Virtual Chapter, Co-Manager of the PASS Summit 2012 Program Committee, event coordinator for this year’s Phoenix SQLSaturday and next year’s event, and new coordinator of the Arizona SQL Server User Group.
  • Jesus (twitter) is founder of the Mexico City PASS Chapter, PASS Regional Mentor for LATAM, and organizer of the LATAM 24 Hours of PASS virtual event.

Congratulations to all our honorees, and thank you for your service to PASS and the SQL Server community! For more information about PASS and the PASSion Awards, see

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PASS is an independent, not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the global Microsoft SQL Server and Business Intelligence community. From local user groups and virtual chapters to webcasts and the annual PASS Summit, PASS enables knowledge sharing, in-depth learning, access to the Microsoft SQL Server team, and the ability to influence the direction of SQL Server technologies. For more information, visit the PASS Web site at

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