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Meet a tech industry pioneer who leads by example

Paul Rubens | May 6, 2015
Microsoft’s Vice President of IT Strategic Enterprise Services Jacky Wright is more than her title suggests -- so much more.

To that end she sits on the board of Year Up, an organization that helps young adults complete college and get employment opportunities and internships at places like Microsoft. She also sits on the Women's Innovation Council, which strives to change education policy to make science, technology, engineering and math more attractive to girls.

"Folks have to be aware of technology and try it out. So for females, persons of color, young people, it's about providing opportunities," Wright says.

When you consider her workload at Microsoft, and the additional demands on her from the various councils she sits on, how does she manage a work/life balance? "I would describe it more as work/life integration," says Wright. "I try and integrate the two, and spend more time on work when I need to, and relax when I need to. Work is important but it doesn't define me."

And so to the final question: What drives her to do all of this. How does she hold a top job at Microsoft, volunteering her time on various councils -- and being a mother as well?

Her answer is disarmingly simple. "That's who Jacky is."


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