CRN’s annual Women of the Channel highlights the accomplishments and contributions from top female executives in the IT channel. The list provides a bird’s eye view of their impact and efforts. Polycom’s Barb Huelskamp, Lana King, Deandra Cassidy, Peggy Crespin and Deborah Williams are among CRN’s 2014 Women of the Channel honorees.
“These female executives have risen in the ranks of their organizations and are leaving their indelible mark on the technology channel. We celebrate their many contributions and the varied ways in which they help solution providers grow and thrive every day,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company.
It is important to recognize trailblazing women. Research suggests that the number of women in key roles in the technology industry has remained roughly unchanged for 10 years. We asked Polycom’s Women of the Channel honorees to weigh in and provide advice to other women looking to launch a career in technology. Here’s what they had to say:
Several organizations are also helping women get involved and ultimately succeed in the IT channel and technology including:
Comp TIA Advancing Women in IT Community: An organization dedicated to empowering women with the knowledge and skills necessary to help their pursuit of successful IT careers, as well as to inspire women to enter the IT field as a career choice
Women in Telecoms and Technology: A group focused on education and enhancing women’s careers by sharing experiences and lessons learned in members’ career development.
Girls in Tech: A global network of groups that seeks to boost the visibility of women in technology jobs. GIT has branches in the United States, United Kingdom, China, Greece, France, Chile and United Arab Emirates.