Probably at about like 13, maybe 14. I’d gotten my first teenage romance novel.

My mom said, “What are you reading?” When I got home. “Did you get that from the library?” And I said, “Yeah.” And she said, “What’s it about?”

And it was a short book, because I had read a lot of it already and I told my mom it’s the best, it’s the best. She likes the captain of the football team and she is kind of a nobody, and in the end they fall in love, and they’re going to go to college together.”

“There are no such thing as fairy tales. Prince Charming is not going to come and sweep you off your feet.”

“Make your own fairy tale,” she said.

I was sitting in my canopy bed, with princess crap all around me, my pink rose bud wallpaper, and my pink bedspread, probably my Barbies still around, very girly. She crushed me, and then she went on to say, “You can be whatever you want, and you can do whatever you want.”

Can you tell me maybe specifically what it means to be a female executive?

I am really proud of that. Gosh, that’s going to choke me up. Really proud of that. Didn’t really think that would really happen and proud of that accomplishment. Yeah, it’s pretty cool. And the reason I’m choking up about this is my mom has early Alzheimer’s now and she probably doesn’t remember that story, and that just makes my heart a little bit. Do you do this to everybody?


Editor’s note:
We recently met Margo at Deltek’s Sales Kick Off meeting in Washington, DC.