After 10 years at Microsoft, Margo Day recently took a year long sabbatical and personal leave. An energetic and compelling speaker, Margo used her sabbatical to focus her energies on raising funds and awareness for the Kenya Vulnerable Girls Education Project and child protection, partnering with World Vision.
Margo Day has been at Microsoft for 10 years and is currently on sabbatical and personal leave for the coming year. She is using this time to focus her energies on raising funds and awareness for the Kenya Vulnerable Girls Education Project and Child Protection, partnering with World Vision.
The education project will positively affect many hundreds of girls in several areas in Kenya by building schools and deepening community advocacy for the education of the girl child. World Vision’s child protection initiative will protect over 50,000 children from exploitation as child laborers or in the sex trade.
Day stepped away from her responsibilities as the Vice President for Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) in the West after five years in September 2011. In this role, she was responsible for the marketing and sale of Microsoft commercial products and services to corporate account and medium-sized business customers in the Western United States. In addition, she was responsible for ensuring the overall health of the Microsoft partner ecosystem, as well as deepening managed partner relationships in the region.
Day has more than 27 years of experience in high technology software sales, marketing, business development, and partner/channel management. In her previous role at Microsoft, Margo served as Vice President of the U.S. Partner Group for five years, where she was responsible for partner strategy and program execution for Microsoft’s U.S. partner ecosystem, managing the largest national system integrators, ISVs, distributors, and large account resellers. Day was recognized by CRN and VARBusiness as the #7 channel executive in the industry and was a frequent keynote speaker at industry channel conferences.
Before joining Microsoft in 2001, Margo was executive vice president at SoftQuad Software, Ltd., and vice president and managing director of Go2Net. She also spent seven years at Lotus Development Corporation in senior positions in the North American SMB Sales, Enterprise Sales, Field Marketing, and Business Partner Sales organizations.
Making a difference in people’s lives is important to Margo. She is a member of the board of advisers for the Renton/Skyway Boys and Girls Club; a member of the King County Boys and Girls Club strategic planning team; and was a founding board member of SeeYourImpact.
She is partnering with World Vision to address issues related to girls’ education and child protection, recently completing construction of a secondary school in Kenya. Margo was also honored for her work on behalf of women at Microsoft, earning its 2006 Most Inspirational Woman award.
Margo lives in the Seattle area and loves being outdoors. She enjoys backpacking, boating, cycling, scuba diving, skiing, golf, adventure travel, and, when it’s rainy outside, attending concerts and theater in addition to enjoying a great glass of wine.
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