Helen Grimmett was recognized by CRN magazine as a 2015 Women of the Channel honoree. Since joining Polycom’s global channel strategy team, Helen served as a key contributor to Polycom’s new Global Partner Program in North America. She is also responsible for competency driven certifications and specializations, a core component of the new partner program. Helen is currently working with cross functional teams to develop practice specializations, which will recognize a partner's expertise and knowledge in adjacent markets, industries and technologies. We recently sat down with Helen to get her take on women in the IT channel and the tech industry.
What advice can you share with other women in the IT channel/technology industry?
Helen: Find a mentor whom you admire, they will be eager to share their knowledge and support. It will also flag that you aspire to bigger and better things. Consciously recognize what you want to achieve in life by being aware of the goals you want to achieve, whether in work or personally. You will recognize the opportunities around you which will help you get there.
Creating a vision board helps you focus, and helps uncover those dreams you’ve ignored. Just because they may be difficult or uncomfortable to achieve doesn’t mean you can’t do it!
Also, don’t be afraid to be passionate! Passion drives you to take that extra step that will make the difference. And probably most important, learn how to embrace change. Be willing to adapt and take advantage of new opportunities. You never know what may be around the corner!
Helen: I’m a big fan of Dr. Sam Collins of the Aspire Foundation. Sam is a down to earth leadership expert, who is an inspirational motivator for women. She focuses on helping women see their potential. She provides support and guidance on how to realize that potential.
Please suggest a resource, organization, book or tool that you would recommend to women.
Helen: “Radio Heaven”– is Dr. Sam Collins’ inspiring story of how she picked herself up from rock bottom to starting up the Aspire Foundation. The book is her story but it is also provides great nuggets of advice. Some of my favorites from the book are weeding out negative thoughts to creating a vision board.