Women at Microsoft Employee Resource Group

Women at Microsoft Employee Resource Group (ERG) is the women's employee resource group at Microsoft.

Facts About Women at Microsoft ERG

  • The Women at Microsoft ERG was originally founded in the fall of 1990.
  • More than 12,000 women employees worldwide are currently members of the Women at Microsoft ERG.
  • Women at Microsoft ERG maintains chapters worldwide.
  • Jeanne Sheldon, Corporate Vice President, Information Worker, serves as the group's executive sponsor. The organization is run by an elected board of volunteers.

Women at Microsoft ERG and the Community

This resource group is committed to actively contributing to the growth and development of local communities, with a particular focus on educating youth and exposing them to emerging technologies and career opportunities in the information technology industry. An example of Women at Microsoft ERG’s activities is:

  • DigiGirlz Day. In 2006, Women at Microsoft ERG introduced the DigiGirlz Day for young women in high school. Designed to provide young women with an opportunity to discuss their college plans, the annual event features guest speakers and networking sessions focused on enabling young women to explore the opportunities available in technology and business careers. These events now occur annually at Microsoft offices around the world. For more information on the DigiGirlz Day, contact msgirlz@microsoft.com.

Women at Microsoft ERG and Employee Career Development at Microsoft

The Women at Microsoft ERG works within the Microsoft corporate environment on a number of initiatives and programs. These include:

  • Diversity initiatives. Women at Microsoft ERG partners with Microsoft's executive leadership teams to influence the corporate diversity strategy and to implement corporate diversity initiatives companywide, such as Women's History Month celebration.
  • Employee development. The Microsoft Women’s Professional Development Series is a service of Women at Microsoft ERG. This series hosts employee development focused speakers, networking events, global webcasts, and a bi-annual women's leadership and development conference for more than 3,700 Microsoft employees from around the world. The events are designed to provide women employees with an opportunity to learn, discuss common goals, and connect with one another. The multiday conference features speeches and breakout sessions focused on leadership as well as career, professional, and personal skills development.
  • Information Sharing and Connection. Women at Microsoft ERG manages a number of distribution lists and information web sites for Microsoft employees to help women share information and build connections across organizations and geographical locations. In addition, Women at Microsoft ERG manages a web site that provides Microsoft employees access to more than 150 hours of development content from the Women’s Professional Development Series—available via video-on-demand.


For more information about Women at Microsoft or for speaking opportunities, please contact the Women at MS Executive Board.