La Salle University honored Karen Del Vescovo, General Manager, Mid Atlantic District, for Microsoft Corp., with its 2011 Information Technology Leadership Award. Del Vescovo is a 1990 graduate of La Salle.
Margaret McCoey, Assistant Professor and Program Director for the MS Computer Information Science and the University’s Master’s program in Information Technology Leadership, said, “Karen Del Vescovovo defines the emerging model for an IT professional. After completing her studies in business and corporate law, Karen developed talents to become the Developer Solution Specialist for Microsoft. Her success has led her to the General Manager position she currently holds. Karen’s varied positions model the new challenges for IT professionals including the need for continue growth and change.”
“Besides her professional activities, Karen contributes to the community by teaching internet safety to children and by participating in 5K runs for local causes. We are proud to have Karen as the 2011 IT Leadership Award Recipient.”
The Mid-Atlantic Sales District for Microsoft is one of ten enterprise districts that are part of Microsoft North America. The district assists Microsoft customers in PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA and WVA. “We work with our customers in seven states and the District of Columbia align Microsoft’s solutions to our customers business problems,” said Del Vescovo. “Some of the products that we sell to our customers are Windows, Office, Exchange and many other business focused collaboration, productivity, applications and systems management solutions.”
Del Vescovo’s father, the late John Mooney, taught mathematics at La Salle. While she did not take him for any classes, Del Vescovo said, “We have a strong family history aligned to La Salle. Not only did my Dad teach at La Salle for 35 years, my brother and sister also went to La Salle. I was looking for a strong liberal arts college and it was a perfect fit!”
After graduating from La Salle in 1990, she attended Widener University’s School of Law, where she was first introduced to the IT field.
A Political Science major at La Salle University who first pursued a legal career, Del Vescovo became interested in technology and the internet in its early stages.
“During law school I became a regular user of online research and learned the business benefits of technology to increase my productivity as an attorney,” she said. “When I moved to San Francisco, I took a consulting role with a company called Lexis Nexis. They served the legal market with online research services that offered application-based and internet based research. This was pretty advanced at the time considering the fact that internet and wireless availability were in the early stages. I really enjoyed technology and have focused my career in this discipline since that time.”
As for the future of information technology, she said, “There are many exciting challenges ahead. The biggest opportunities are for use and interaction with data and applications anywhere. Microsoft enables this by leveraging our cloud solutions. Smart screens, interactive displays and devices of varied shapes and sizes will exist in all aspects of our lives. Enabling people and employees to work and live with applications that are familiar on devices and in locations where they are most comfortable, while securing the information is the biggest opportunity.”