Margo Day is a life-long change-maker. She was first introduced to coding as a senior in high school and has paved the way for women in technology ever since. Margo has had a stunning 34-year career in the tech industry, 17 of which were spent as a senior leader at Microsoft, including most recently as Vice President of U.S. Education, where she focused on building up partnerships and breaking down barriers. She has been a steadfast leader and mentor to women and girls throughout her life, and has devoted much of her energy towards achieving gender equality globally.

To that end, Margo has spent the past decade fighting to eliminate child marriage and FGM and creating a cycle of advocacy and prosperity for women and girls in Kenya through supporting projects by World Vision and Global Give Back Circle. As a member of the Board of Directors for Global Give Back Circle, and of the National Leadership Council for World Vision, Margo’s dedication to transformational change has been instrumental in funding these programs and advocating for their growth so that they can continue to enact positive change for women and girls throughout Kenya.

Having seen what can be done when resources are applied strategically, Margo left her position at Microsoft to co-found the Mekuno Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the root causes of child marriage and FGM within a generation and empowering girls to thrive in futures they design through quality education, child protection, community transformation, and economic empowerment. Mekuno Project partners with international NGOs who have proven track records of success, supporting them through advocacy, marketing, and fundraising.

In her personal time, Margo enjoys backpacking, boating, cycling, scuba diving, skiing, golf, adventure travel and, when it’s rainy outside, attending concerts and theater as well as enjoying a great glass of wine.