Bob Davis and Marcie Stone are the co-chairs of the iSchool's fundraising campaign during the UW's major philanthropic effort, "Be Boundless: for Washington, for the World."
Bob Davis is Microsoft's Corporate Vice President, Skype Business Services & Office 365 Customer Experience, responsible for the world's largest long-distance communications company. In his previous role, Davis was responsible for incubating new Online Services and managing Microsoft's global IT infrastructure including computer systems, datacenters, and networking worldwide to Microsoft as well as Microsoft customers through Microsoft Online. He holds an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (hons) in Economics from the University of Washington.
I donate and volunteer because I firmly believe in the Information School’s vision: We envision a world where more effective use of information helps everyone discover, learn, innovate, solve problems, have fun and make a better world. Information changes lives.
The world is fundamentally changing, and the pace is accelerating. Ninety percent of the world’s data has been created in the last two years and there are now more sensors than people on the planet. All of this data can be used to make a better world. By promoting equal access, democratization of data, social justice and accessibility, the Information School is at the forefront of this transformation.
I love the fact that the iSchool emphasizes leadership and working in teams. As an employer, I am continually impressed by the caliber of students coming from the iSchool and how well they collaborate to solve big challenges. They are ready-made for the workforce of tomorrow.
Supporting the iSchool during the campaign is one of the best investments you can make — one that will make a positive contribution to our students, the Information School, the University, the Pacific Northwest, and the world.
— Bob Davis
Marcie Stone is a Seattle native, a two-time graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Literature and a Master of Library Science, and is an avid advocate for both the iSchool and the whole UW. She had a 30-year career as a librarian and information professional with the federal government in the Washington, D.C. area and moved back to Seattle when she and her husband retired.
I donate and volunteer to repay the opportunity I’ve had to participate in one of the most exciting professions of the technology revolution and to enable future generations to experience the same kind of adventures!
My degree from the UW’s (then) Library School led to a 30-year career. I went from hand-stamping date-due cards to the thrill of being part of a national cutting-edge group developing the first generation of public websites. I’ve also worked with emerging technologies to preserve access to historic and irreplaceable information.
I’ve also had the pleasure of watching the Information School emerge as an international leader in information education and as an innovator that is improving the quality of life for people around the world. I am immensely proud to be associated the School, its leadership, its students and this whole creative, welcoming, and engaging community.
By volunteering for the campaign and making a legacy gift to the iSchool, I’m helping to ensure that the School will continue and expand its work and educate professionals to meet information challenges that we can’t yet imagine.
— Marcie Stone