“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”– Alfred North Whitehead

After the harsh year 2020 has put the world through, our society needs healing. More than ever before, we need to show gratitude and appreciate all the positives we hold close to our hearts. What are you thankful, and grateful for? Who do you want to say ‘Bravo, you did it!’ to?

I know my answer. I am thankful for the 25,000 women in the Women in Cloud community; I am grateful for the 100M women we can collectively impact through our work. And I want to say Kudos to all the women and men of this global network!

Why? According to Forbes, the TrustRadius survey revealed that women in tech are 1.6x more likely than men to be laid-off or furloughed. They found that 8% of female respondents had lost their jobs, as opposed to 5% of male respondents. This was consistent with results of a much larger survey of the general US population conducted by Langer Research, which found that 37% of women vs. 28% of men across industries have been laid-off due to coronavirus. TrustRadius speculates that more women have been let go because, according to the Harvard Business Review, they generally have less seniority than men.

Within our community, the Women in Cloud Covid-19 Impact Survey reported that the average loss of revenue in the next 24 months, across 57 women-led companies, expanding 16 industries, is $500k – $1M per company. An additional $1M – $5M per company is expected in opportunity loss in the next three years.

The global pandemic and social injustice impacted women in the most severe and unpredictable manner. But what happened next?

Well, we didn’t give up! Despite the tough times, we banded together. We built a 100M Global Network of Women with organizations like UN Women and Microsoft Alumni Network. We carried 2 cohorts through the Women in Cloud Microsoft Cloud Accelerator, ONLINE. And now, we are hosting the first 100% virtual three-day Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021

Despite the harsh realities, women and men of the technology industry chose the mission; $1B in economic access and opportunities by 2030 for female tech entrepreneurs, leaders, and changemakers. This makes me immensely proud to call Women in Cloud my community. 

So kudos to everyone who continues to support the Women in Cloud mission and contribute to UN SDG 2030. Kudos to all the men who are dedicated to changing the technology landscape for a domino effect. And kudos to all the women who fight daily for their spot at the table.

Join me to give Kudos to women and men all around the world who are affecting real change.

Click here for the KudoBoard and share your gratitude, kudos, or thoughts!

I have faced unimaginable challenges as a female minority Engineer, Inventor, and Small Business Owner, but maintained the right attitude and stayed-the-course that led me to victory. I have been ignored, rejected, and pushed into the rubble of non-existence, but I maintained an exhilarating presence in the community as I continued to polish my skills and expertise, to remain relevant to the new trends of technology. My inspiration ignited during the 2020 Microsoft Inspire Conference as I attentively listened to the motivational presentation of Gavriella Schuster.  I was truly inspired to learn how she faced her challenges and embraced her victories.  I immediately connected with Gavriella Schuster through the online portal, after her presentation, of which she in-turn introduced me to Chaitra Vedullapalli and the Women In Cloud community. Since my membership with Women In Cloud, I have been extremely elated to be among such an elite group of women in tech.

The Women in Cloud community opened the door wide open for me to participate, collaborate, and contribute to the growth of women in the technology industry. With this opportunity, I hope to make the following achievements:

  1. I desire to break down the barriers that many Women in Cloud may experience with regards to rejection; non-inclusiveness; prejudging their ability to deliver robust solutions; and not receiving adequate resources to deliver exceptional products and services that would validate their value and worth. While this problem is bad among many women in tech, statistics prove that the problem is worse among female minorities in tech.
  2. I hope to show the Women In Cloud how they can remain valuable, even when faced with fierce opposition.
  3. I desire to empower and inspire our youth to embrace innovation, along with obtaining a heart and passion that is needed to maintain value and competitive advantage.
  4. I desire to partner with Women in Cloud to make a notable investment in the less fortunate communities that hold great value. Talented and smart women have been buried by the system due to lack of resources, opportunities, and the prejudging of their ability to deliver exceptional products and services. I hope to change the image with how many women in tech are seen and embraced as second class citizens, to being embraced as valuable, profitable,  and key players to the team. 

Furthermore, I would like to collaborate with Women in Cloud and push for policy advancement in the following directions; 

  1. Representation: A policy that would yield percentages in lieu of ratios, meaning that a percentage of women are required to occupy various roles and leadership positions within organizations.
  2. Equal Access: A policy that would ensure that women receive the same resources as men to build their businesses and products.
  3. Mentorship: A policy that would encourage men and women of great power and leadership to mentor at least one woman per quarter, allowing them to sit on boards of successful companies, to learn how to operate a successful business.

I think every single person needs to be given a fair chance to explore technology. Collective Power means to unify different skills, abilities, and resources, to achieve that common goal; inclusion and economic opportunity.  But how do you stay at the top of your game?

I invite you to attend my talk at the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 if you can identify any of the following:

  • Rejection
  • Your contribution to the team/project was not taken seriously
  • You were talked over / You were not heard
  • Your suggestion/recommendation was not considered
  • You were made to feel like you didn’t belong to the group or department
  • A male team member took your idea and made it seem as though he conceived the idea
  • You were given the menial work rather than the tech work 
  • You like being a woman, but you are a beast (force to be reckoned with) when it comes to tech
  • How to achieve your goal(s) when surrounded by male chauvinist men
  • How to be great in tech  and not make the men feel inferior to you
  • How to deliver an exceptional product/service as a collective team
  • Haven’t experienced any of the items that are listed, but would like to sit in my session to hear what I have to say

Through this talk, I want to educate and help women navigate the roadblocks to increase their value and worth. The three key takeaways would be;

  • Learn how to embrace the culture, without losing your identity
  • Learn to deliver greatness, without intimidating your peers with your abilities
  • Learn ways to be a team player and recognize the team for their contributions

While many women have faced horrific challenges, we are also women who will embrace great victories. This session will help you get one step closer to your victory.

“Soon after the completion of Disney World, someone said, ‘Isn’t it too bad that Walt Disney did not live to see this?’ Mike Vance, Creative Director of Disney Studios replied, ‘He did see it. That’s why it’s here’. Vision is seeing the invisible” – Johnathan Swift

Your vision will drive you. Come join me at the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021; bring your vision and unlock access to achieve that vision through collective power. 

Book Your Spot today with a 15% discount, and get on board to witness the Collective Power of Women in the technology industry from around the world! 

I highly recommend the following Interactive Experiences for you to participate in and expand your network: 

  1. 28 January: Learn about Tech Industry at their opening plenary with Former Prime Minister of Canada, Rt Honorable Kim Campbell and Corporate Vice President Gavriella Schuster 
  2. 28 January: Explore Cloud Jobs at #CloudJobs Fair & Recruitment Lounge
  3. 28 January: Meet Black Founders
  4. 29 January: Master your pitch at #RockYourPitch Experience
  5. 29 January: Get access to mentorship from Cloud Industry leaders
  6. 30 January: Get your kids to participate in Youth Mentorship Circle
  7. 30 January: Make New Friends at Scavenger Hunt 

Also, join WIC Digital Network to be part of the global economic access movement.

We are witnessing a transcending transformation in the world of technology. The landscape is dynamic and complex, hence, steering through the change can be complex. 

A mentor is an essential asset to navigate, learn, and accomplish in today’s society. 

At the Women in Cloud, executive mentorship is one of the most popular and requested experiences.

The advantages of having a mentor are commonly known and very often cited. As a mentee, you will witness the fine minds of the industry sharing their experiences and learnings helping you develop leadership qualities and apply them in an organizational setup. The relationship of a mentor and mentee is symbiotic in nature, where insights from discussions ought to benefit both parties to grow. 

It is with great enthusiasm that we at Women in Cloud invite you to join us for the Executive Mentorship Experience to Unlock Leadership and Executive Power at the upcoming Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021, between January 28 – 30, 2021! You will have the opportunity to interact with our experienced mentors at the Digital Summit 2021. 

Why Would You Want Access to Our Executive Mentorship?

As a mentee, these two-hours will be an interactive experience where you will have exclusive access to mentors like Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft; Kim Smith, Global Vice President, Cloud Innovation Services, IBM; Gina Fratarcangeli, Managing Director, Market Unit Sales Leader, Accenture; Suchi Srinivasan, Vice President, Dell Corporation; Sherleander Lani-Phillips, Vice President, Microsoft and many more industry rainmakers who will inspire and help women-tech founders succeed.

Top Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Executive Mentorship Experience?

  1. Executive Mentorship Access: At the Digital Summit 2021, we handpick industry experts with vast experiences to guide, educate, and help you in your journey to help you realize your ‘North Star’ goal. Through this experience, you will be able to unlock new opportunities for yourself, your company, and embrace different perceptions resulting in long-term benefits. 
  2. Expanded Network: It is a fine opportunity to expand your existing network from the comfort of your home. Meet industry leaders, policy-makers, and business owners and form new connections. 
  3. Real-time Insight into Industry Trends: As our mentors are existing industry change-makers, you are presented with a unique opportunity to access industry trends and patterns that will help you plan for a better tomorrow. You will be able to identify and bridge gaps in generic skills and knowledge through this experience. 
  4. Empowerment & Confidence: The Women in Cloud mentors bring high EQ to the table along with their industry knowledge, helping to boost your confidence and personality for overall growth as a person, leader, and business owner. 
  5. Broad Career Opportunities: This experience will leave you with greater knowledge and unlock broader career growth opportunities in the industry. 

The Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 will be a virtual experience and our digital interaction will be hosted on Remo networking lounges. We are also providing a Digital Workbook for all attendees to capture the summit experience, an idea, or revolutionary thought. The live interactive session with your mentor will be accessible with a click of a button with Remo! Here is a glimpse of what the platform will look like;

The digital summit gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to access executive and industry leaders from around the world from your homes. It is the best of both worlds! So, sign up today and block your seat to be mentored by the leading women of the technology industry. 

We are also excited to announce the annual Summit hosted by the Women in Cloud themed “Collective Power.” For more information on the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021, and to register for the Summit, click here.

Check out other interactive Experiences at WIC Digital Summit 2021

Join the Women in Cloud Digital Network to get connected with us.

Women in Cloud is on a mission to change the pace and create access for female-owned tech companies, by committing to generate $1 Billion in new, global economic access for women-owned businesses in partnership with corporate companies.

Today, female-owned tech companies are awarded only 1% of $457 billion in the enterprise cloud market. If it was 50%, the world’s GDP could increase up to $5 trillion.

You have an opportunity to get involved now, and help play a part in rapidly creating gender equity across the globe.

This year’s Women In Cloud Digital Summit is taking place on January 28-30, 2021 which celebrates the collective achievements and actions towards creating $1B in economic access.

We invite you and your company to become one of the top 200 companies championing economic access and equity for women in the technology industry. Hence, we have developed a special corporate pass for you to create infinite access for your employees, partners, and customers to exclusive learning and networking opportunities at the summit.

Read the Press Release

Take Action: Purchase Women in Cloud Corporate Pass Package for $871.50 (30% discount) today and surprise 5 of your employees with infinite access.

Take advantage of this year’s Corporate Pass at a 30% discount ! This offer includes 5 premium passes, all year access to content, branding placement, and an opportunity to host a mentorship session as an executive mentor.

Through this partnership we hope to strengthen our global power as women in technology and spread awareness of your company’s brand and mission. We look forward to seeing you in January for the 2021 Women in Cloud Digital Summit and will be reaching out soon to talk in more detail about the advantages of becoming a corporate sponsor!

How will I receive my comp code to distribute to my team?

Within 48 hour of your purchase, you will receive email instructions with the comp code to access your 5 Premium Access tickets.

Please contact erinn@womenincloud.com if you have any questions.

Experiences are changing in every aspect of community engagement and event execution with the current landscape. The upcoming Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021, themed “Collective Power” to be held on an interactive virtual platform, is designed with a core intention to create infinite access to people, programs, and organizations to fuel economic development and diversity. 

The event intends to spark ideas through thought-leadership sessions, workshops, and demos to help attendees increase their personal and professional power, and offers unique opportunities to take part in leadership-based growth experiences and activations. The Summit sets the stage for corporations, organizations, and legislatures to meet with founders and leaders in the tech industry to drive policy changes and unlock economic opportunities.

Throughout the three days, Digital Summit attendees will hear from inspirational speakers, connect and communicate with industry leaders and experts, and network with other community members and entrepreneurs. 

This year our volunteer program has evolved into an immersive learning experience to unlock “Collective Power” for those involved. Our volunteers will be highlighted as #WiCAmbassadors and receive the following benefits:

  • Become part of the inner circle of WiC Community & be recognized as a #WiCAmbassador
  • Learn transferable digital skills for community engagement
  • Access job opportunities, mentors, executives, and influencers
  • Gain real-time digital skilling to increase your market value through the WiC Volunteer Course Completion
  • Gain access to a free course & free goodies
  • Take part in a structured way of contributing your time and talent
  • Receive a certificate of completion and engage closely with planning team, speakers, sponsors and attendees
  • One (1) Complimentary Premium Access Ticket (January 27 – 30, 2021)
  • 15% Discount Code for your network

The intention of the utilizing this structured way of contribution of time and talent is not only to have our #WiCAmbassadors show up well in the virtual event experience, but also to gain transferable digital skills for community and event engagement. 

Approved volunteer applicants will undergo an online course and training session. Outcomes include:

  • Be empowered with the knowledge you need to successfully explain WiC’s mission and the Summit theme 
  • Understand how to use the virtual event platforms that will be featured at the 2021 Digital Summit
  • Know how to confidently provide support and show up well as an ambassador of Women in Cloud

Roles include:

  • Concierge Desk 
  • Digital Network Engagement (January 2021)
  • Virtual Photographer 
  • Chat Moderator 
  • Digital Network Engagement
  • Social Media Support

*All roles above are for Summit days (January 27 – 30, 2021)

Who can apply: 

  • College students
  • Women ready to enter tech industry
  • Women who want to expand their network

Interested in taking part in this unique experience and gain bragging rights as a #WiCAmbassador? 

Our Collective Power begins now.

Click here to apply today! Act Now – Deadline to apply is December 15, 2020.