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Women in the Channel Networking Event Set for September 15

September 10, 2015

Getting more women interested in technology positions is proving to be a hot-button issue for many, and quite a bit of effort has been seen in the field to push these developments forward. Women in the Channel (WIC)—a not-for-profit group devoted to advancing the concept of women in tech—is one such example of this effort, and as such is bringing its latest networking and enrichment event to California's John B Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center on September 15 from 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m (PST).

The event will be hosted in Room 102 on level 1, and those going will be able to get in on some speakers during the event, and will have the opportunity to meet others in the field and carry on with basic networking from there. The event will feature Verizon Enterprise Solutions' vice president and chief marketing technologist Janet Schijns, who will deliver a talk entitled “Ctrl-Alt-Compete: Take control of your career. Alternate your approach. Compete to win.” Schijns is well-known in the field thanks to her current management of the Verizon Partner Program, as well as her earlier connections to Motorola, where she was vice president of enterprise and government business. She was also founder and CEO of international consultancy firm The JS Group.

Beyond that, however, WIC will also bring in Channel Partners editor-in-chief Art Wittmann to deliver the State of Channel Partners address, and Telecom Brokers vice president Nancy Ridge, and TelePacific Communications director of channel sales Hilary Gadda will join a set of volunteer committee chairs to deliver updates on upcoming goals and initiatives. Plus, WIC will also offer up its second annual LIPSTICK Award to a member who upholds key WIC values in both work and personal lives. Ridge, meanwhile, offered up some comment around the upcoming event, saying “WIC is experiencing breakthrough growth and participation so we expect this event to reflect that. Having Janet Schijns as our keynote, bringing her perspective to such a relevant topic, makes our 10th event one that shouldn’t be missed.”

Previous WIC events have covered such topics as uncovering new businesses and successfully leading teams as more of the market proceeds to a cloud-based operation. Additionally, GENBAND is actually a sponsor of this event, so there will likely be some further benefit to consider from that connection given GENBAND's position in the communications industry.

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The drive to advance the role of women in tech has been on for quite some time now, and has clearly made significant gains since its inception. Events like these help drive that momentum forward, and help bring more attention to the advances of women in the technology field. Offering networking opportunities to this comparatively underserved population should help drive not only further opportunities for women, but also give the firms that these women represent potential advantages in the field as well, connecting to new sources of product as well as potential customers.

Events like the WIC events should further propel a significant trend, and give women in the technology field that little something extra to make their advancement complete.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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