‘Inspiring’, ‘insightful’ and ’empowering’ is how I would describe the 13th Women in the Channel Networking event, which I attended in the United States.
The event brings together women who are in leadership, ownership and revenue generating roles within the telecommunications industry.
It’s run by a not-for-profit organisation, which is close to my heart. It’s called Women in the Channel and its mission is to accelerate the growth of female channel leaders.
I’m happy to say that I have been part of this organisation for many years and value the work they do to empower women.
Along with my colleagues, Nevash Pillay and Katie Krzywicki, I was proud to represent Telstra at this year’s networking event.
Not only did we have the opportunity to connect with professionals from across the industry, but we also received insights from multiple speakers on everything from industry differentiators to what makes a strong leader.
The keynote session was called ‘The United States of Women’ and the all-star panel of female technology leaders spoke about a topic that Telstra is very passionate about – gender equality.
Each speaker offered inspiration and advice on how to cultivate change from the top down and the bottom up within an organisation.
Here are the top things I took away from the session and how we can all be bold for change:
1. Choose to sell or buy products from companies that support women.
2. The next time you attend a major meeting or event, take a junior female colleague with you. This will give them exposure to new opportunities and give them a sense of empowerment.
3. Just like Telstra has done, it’s important to build a conductive, flexible work environment that supports women
4. All companies should nominate or appoint at least one woman to their board. I know this has been a focus for Telstra.
5. Finally, invite women into situations where they are not already present or contributing. Whether that is in a new area of the business or a new project.
I believe that we can all empower women with the tools they need to create a culture of equality, wherever we work in technology.
My long term strategic goal (which at this point just a dream) is to plant the seed and potentially initiate the first international chapter of Women in the Channel in Australia!
Want to find out where a career in technology can take you? Visit the Telstra booth at this year’s Vogue Codes LIVE event in Sydney to find your edge.