Joel Oleson

Joel Oleson

Microsoft Cloud Architect, MVP & RD @ Sony Interactive Entertainment (Yoh)

San Diego, California, United States

Joel is all about Travel, Technology and Philanthropy. A seasoned IT professional with over 25 years in the Microsoft ecosystem, Joel was the first Full Time Microsoft SharePoint Admin. He was a key Architect for the first release of Microsoft 365 (BPOSD). He has been recognized an Microsoft MVP and Regional Director, and a legacy at Microsoft with 10 years across IT, Technical Marketing, and Slate.com. He one of the world's most top traveled people visiting around 188+ UN countries. During the pandemic he has helped organize some of the largest online community events including Teams Day Online and Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon. He is currently working with Sony PlayStation. He recently launched a joint philanthropic org, Yamba World Foundation in Africa to help feed families and kids get off the streets and into school.


Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Travel & Tourism


  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Travel and Technology
  • Digital Transformation
  • Microsoft Viva
  • Enterprise Collaboration
  • Governance
  • Adoption
  • Modern Work

Teams for Events

Microsoft continues to add new and advanced features in Microsoft Teams. Hey even this event is run on Teams. In this session we'll dig into the logistics of running a large scale event including a case study on the recent Career Fair and the past M365 Virtual Marathon.

Securing M365 with Purview Information Protection Case Study

Lessons learned from a practical deployment of Microsoft Purview Information Protection. Why we did it, How we did it… What went well… and What we learned and What’s next… along with Demo’s in a test tenant.

Evolution of Employee Experience Microsoft 365

Employee engagement isn’t just intranets and links and email. The employee experience platform has evolved. In this session we’ll walk through the journey from SharePoint and Exchange to Teams and Viva.

Introducing Microsoft Viva Connections

Viva Connections is your gateway to a modern employee experience - are you ready to inform, engage and empower your organization? Join us as we show you how Viva Connections provides a curated, personalized and company-branded experience that centralizes relevant news and conversations. Deploy easily as it's fully integrated in the apps and devices your teams already use every day, like Microsoft Teams. Discover how you can shape culture and foster communication to help your teams thrive.

Microsoft Teams as an Application Platform

Teams is the Hub for Modern Teamwork. Communication, Collaboration and the Application Platform come together in a single interface. In this session we'll explore how teams has changed the way we work as well as look at enterprise and personal productivity in Microsoft Teams with a number of applications.

M365 Below in Chicago!

January 2022

Microsoft 365 Friday Cabo San Lucas

November 2021 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Teams Day Online 3

April 2021

Microsoft 365 Friday California 2021

January 2021

M365 Chicago - Virtual Event

November 2020 Chicago, Illinois, United States

SharePoint Saturday Saskatchewan 2020

October 2020 Regina, Canada

Teams Day Online 2

September 2020

Modern WorkPlace Summit

April 2020 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Office 365 Saturday Redmond 2020

March 2020 Redmond, Washington, United States

Our 8th M365\Power Platform Chicago Suburbs

February 2020 Addison, Illinois, United States

Office 365 Saturday San Diego 2020

January 2020

SharePoint Saturday Ensenada 2019

October 2019 Ensenada, Mexico

Modern Teamwork & Collaboration Conference

October 2019 Washington, D.C., United States

SharePoint/Office 365 Saturday San Diego 2019

January 2019 San Diego, California, United States

Office 365 Saturday Redmond

October 2018 Redmond, Washington, United States

Joel Oleson

Microsoft Cloud Architect, MVP & RD @ Sony Interactive Entertainment (Yoh)

San Diego, California, United States