Karen Wong-Duncan has been an activist in women’s issues since her undergraduate days, volunteering as a Women’s Peer Counselor in her dorm, working as a court advocate on domestic violence cases, and marching in Washington D.C. for women’s rights.
In her professional life, she loves being at the intersection of persuasive communications and business strategy. She also loves gadgets. These three interests converge naturally in her role as the Director of Consumer Marketing & Brand at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, she worked at a linguistics software start-up in Taiwan, where she came to appreciate the role of marketing in selling technology. Her perspectives on business strategy are grounded by her experience in management consulting; four years at Monitor Group (now part of Deloitte Consulting), in the US and Asia, across a variety of industries, from candy manufacturing to pharmaceuticals to financial services. When she took a break from real life to earn her MBA, she explored business plan competitions and the topic of women and negotiations at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
For fun, Karen has recently embraced CrossFit and plays on an Ultimate Frisbee team with her husband, with their two daughters cheering on the sidelines.