McKinsey & Co. conducted a study of 366 public companies in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Brazil, Mexico and Chile that found a statistically significant relationship between companies with women and minorities in their upper ranks and better financial performance as measured by earnings before interest and tax (EBIT). Is this good news for women in technology? Will the workplace of the future be more diverse?
We recently caught up with National Channel Manager Monique Rezaei to close our special series on trailblazers in the IT channel and the tech industry as a whole.
Monique has worked in IT for over ten years and is optimistic about women in tech. She is responsible for one of Polycom's largest platinum partners in the U.S. and successfully grew revenue more than 20 percent year over year, two years in a row.
Who inspires you?
Monique:Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and possibly one of the most well-known and regarded leaders in tech. She’s an incredible leader, activist and author. Time magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the world. I enjoyed reading her book “Lean In,” which is about helping women achieve their career goals.
Please provide professional advice to women currently working in or aspiring to work in technology.
Monique:Believe in yourself and be confident in all that you do. Always conduct yourself with class and integrity. Be passionate about your work and set focused, specific goals to manage your personal success. Never be afraid to speak up when you have a great idea. Ask good questions!
Find a mentor that you respect and admire and leverage their knowledge and advice to grow professionally. Take on jobs or responsibilities that you're comfortable with so you can learn. The more well-rounded you are in your field, the more effective you will be at work.