It was a great get. The CEO of Microsoft agreed to speak at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference as their first male plenary speaker. He ran around talking to people, and then did an onstage interview.
This was not a hostile interview, not a “Gotcha!” situation. Satya Nadella would be interviewed by his pal (“I adore this guy!”) Maria [Klawe], who could help him showcase the fabulous things Microsoft does for women in tech (“He’s a spectacular human being!”).
“Here’s how I got him to come,” Klawe said, kneeling and clasping her hands pleadingly. Klawe is president of Harvey Mudd College, so she has practice being persuasive. She told him “If you do this, Satya, you’ll gonna enable your recruiters to recruit women at all stages, because you’ll be the first CEO to do it!”
Since it was an interview, he wouldn’t have to prepare a speech. Though in my opinion he might still have done a little preparation. Familiarized himself with a few relevant issues.