Women's Forum Global Meeting 2023


Shelley McKinley

Microsoft & GitHub

Vice President of Microsoft and the Chief Legal Officer of GitHub


Shelley is a Vice President of Microsoft and the Chief Legal Officer of GitHub, where she leads a broad team responsible for legal, policy, platform trust and safety, social impact, and accessibility. Prior to her current role, she was the Vice President of Microsoft’s Technology and Corporate Responsibility organization, where she oversaw programs aimed at ensuring technology is used to benefit society, including the company’s efforts in sustainability, accessibility, justice reform, human rights and responsible AI. She has also led legal, corporate, and external affairs teams across Europe and worked on products in Microsoft’s gaming division, including Xbox and HoloLens. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was legal counsel at Wizards of the Coast, where she supported the “Dungeons & Dragons” and “Magic: The Gathering” brands. Outside of work, Shelley spends her time mentoring rising young female professionals, acting as an outspoken proponent of mental health awareness, and volunteering her time in support of conservation efforts like those of Seattle’s, Woodland Park Zoo. Shelley also enjoys learning new languages, extended travel, numerous types of live musical performances and participating in a variety of seasonal outdoor sports.