Employee Resource Group

The Parents Employee Resource Group (ERG) represents a variety of families at Microsoft. The ERG includes parents who are single, parents of new (or soon to arrive) babies, teens and beyond, adopted children, multiples, special (needs) children.

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Interesting Facts

  • More than 6,700 employee members, worldwide.
  • Partners with Wellspring Family Services and our on-campus Living Well Health Center to provide seminars and resources.
  • Partners with Wellspring Family Services and our on-campus Living Well Health Center to provide seminars and resources.

Who we are

We are a community of individuals who provide resources, share experiences and information, and are a voice of support for all types of families at Microsoft. Our goal is to create awareness and provide services and support that enable members to be good parents and good corporate citizens. As a community we also serve as a resource to Microsoft product groups, providing input and feedback from a parent/family perspective.

Areas of focus


  • Microsoft Adoption Fair Since 2007, the Microsoft Adoption group has hosted an Annual Adoption Fair in November, bringing multiple adoption and foster care agencies and resources onsite to share information and answer questions about their programs. Related seminars are offered throughout the day.
  • Bring Your Kids to Work Day Hosted annually by the Parents ERG, this event provides an opportunity for employees to expose our young students to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day. It is a great opportunity to show them the value of their education, and provide them with an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their goals in a hands-on and interactive environment. It is always a fun-filled day at Microsoft! The kids can take advantage of learning more about Microsoft jobs, see cool product demos and Xbox games, as well as engage in other fun activities.
  • Washington State Fathers Network (WSFN) State Conference In October, Washington State Father’s Network invites dads across the state having children with special needs to join other great dads for an exciting, informative, insightful conference. The sessions are in direct response to dads’ requests, and can range from handling stress to Individualized Education Program (IEP) guidance. There are also a few favorite traditions, like the Fathers Panel, and Open Mic. It’s always a unique and powerful day.
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