As we continue the countdown to 2030 and achieve the 17 Global Goals, organizations around the world are partnering and building communities to reach the goal. In the same effort,  24 – 26 March 2021, Ideagen’s has partnered with Women In Cloud to be part of the Annual Global Leadership 2030 Summit to highlight systemic solutions to solve the world’s most vexing issues. Ideagen’s mission is to provide a platform for cross-sector dialogue on the existing barriers and challenges across a myriad of issues. As we convene leaders from the world’s leading companies, NGOs, and the public sector, topics will range from STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), health, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and empowerment, among many others. 

Effective leadership is more important now than ever as we work toward achieving the 17 UN Global Goals. Women in Cloud along with Ideagen is focused on developing global partnerships and collaboration across sectors to achieve the Global Goals by 2030. Particularly, we seek to ensure all women have the opportunity to share in the benefits of a growing economy.

At Ideagen Annual Global Leadership 2030 Summit, the Women in Cloud delegation will represent WIC’s global goal to generate $1B in economic access by 2030. Women in Cloud will also hold the following panel discussions on creating an inclusive economy for women in technology and we welcome everyone to join us. We hopes that attendees will learn innovative ways to create an inclusive economy for women in technology. Anyone interested in attending might join the Women in Cloud at this free event.

Register now for free: https://bit.ly/3cJ71k9  

#EmpowHERWithAccess: Activating Economic Access During a Pandemic – 23 March 2021 – 2:30 PM ET. 

Women In Cloud #EmpowHERWithAccess: Activating Economic Access During a Pandemic

Cloud Innovations for Fortune 1000 Companies – 24 March 2021 – 2:00 PM ET

Women In Cloud Innovations for Fortune 1000 Companies

Our vision is to represent the Women In Cloud community as an influential community that will focus on enabling rich conversations and interactions at Ideagen’s Annual Global Leadership 2030 Summit. 
We look forward to seeing you and building strategic partnerships which will allow us to create a significant impact in the ecosystem and expand our networks. We hope to connect, learn, and share with you all. See you at #IdeagenGlobal!
Register now for free: https://bit.ly/3cJ71k9  

According to Crunchbase data, global venture funding to female-founded companies plummeted in 2020. There’s no one factor at cause here, but COVID has disproportionately impacted women. McKinsey and Lean In’s Women in the Workplace 2020 report explains that child or elderly family care obligations will force as many as two million women to leave the workplace as the result of the pandemic. One final jaw-dropping stat: Business Insider recently reported that hundreds of startups go public every year, but only 20 are founded and led by women. That’s right, only 20 companies since the founding of the New York Stock exchange in 1817 were founded and led by women. Boston Consulting Group analysis of MassChallenge data explained what we’re leaving on the table in ignoring women’s entrepreneurial leadership: if women and men participated equally as entrepreneurs—and had equal access to capital, mentorship, and customer access—the global economy would rise from $2.5 trillion to $5 trillion. 

The lack of support for women entrepreneurs is clear, and it’s part of the reason why I joined Women in Cloud as an Advisory Board member. Women in Cloud is thinking about the full lifecycle of business success—from coaching women entrepreneurs in the Microsoft Cloud Accelerator to partnering with forward-thinking politicians like Washington State Senator Patty Kuderer in developing legislation to provide more equal opportunity to women entrepreneurs. 

Of course, while we can all influence our representatives to prioritize support of women entrepreneurs, and tout these important stats, there’s more direct action that we can take as well:

#1 Do the research – Learn about the local businesses in your neighborhood that are founded by women, and tap into communities supporting women entrepreneurs. Take inventory of the products and services that you’re using daily and look into the companies behind the brands. How could you get more intentional about supporting a representative population?

#2 Understand your sphere of influence – Write down all the ways that you might better support female founders. Maybe it’s buying products or services that they offer, but it could also mean facilitating an introduction to an investor, sharing social media posts to promote their business, or offering an endorsement to feature on their site or in a Yelp review.

#3 Invest in female founders – This note is specifically for the institutional and angel investors out there. If you have access to capital, investing in women is likely to return a higher ROI. Boston Consulting Group and MassChallenge published research in 2018 to demonstrate why women-owned startups are a better bet. Despite receiving significantly less early-stage capital, women ultimately deliver higher revenue.

When it comes to realizing greater equality in entrepreneurship, each and every one of us is responsible for pushing for the change we wish to see—whether that means voting with your dollars or prioritizing your time to support women entrepreneurs. Global change will require the partnership of policymakers and corporations, but you can have a direct impact on a women entrepreneur’s business trajectory today. 

Interested in learning more about this topic? Join me January 28-30 at the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 and be a part of the movement. 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.

Ticket secured? I highly recommend prioritizing the following sessions:

  1. Welcome Remarks featuring The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Canada’s first woman Prime Minister
  2. The #CloudJobs Recruitment Lounge
  3. The Black Founders Circle
  4. #RockYourPitch – a session on personal brand architecture
  5. #CloudMentorshipCircle – a session with cloud industry leaders
  6. Youth Mentorship Circles focused on STEM topics
  7. A digital scavenger hunt to network close out the summit

Whether or not you can attend the summit, I appreciate any amplification of the opportunity to friends and colleagues. And to keep the conversation going, I recommend joining the Women in Cloud Digital Network, where you’ll meet incredible women entrepreneurs, corporate cloud leaders, and supporters of greater gender equity in the cloud business.

Looking back at my journey, I have come to realize that over the years I worked hard to independently forge an international way in the business while nurturing a thriving family – it would have been so much easier with a network of like-minded support. A platform where ideas are shared and problems solved by people who experience the same barriers was missing; Women in Cloud offers this – a place where women can help each other progress in a world dictated by men, after all, a problem shared is a problem halved.

Women make up roughly 50% of the world’s population. I believe this is a significant force that can and should be used to empower all that is good! Instead of continuing the traditional and destructive pursuit of GDP, I believe a collective of women with positive, proactive, and purposeful ideas can rethink a sustainable economy and improve the quality of life for everyone and everything that shares the planet.

I am not the first to say that “Education is the Answer.” Despite this 175M children lack basic literacy skills. Around 2/3 of the world’s illiterates are women (UNN, 2010). Children and their facilitators in deprived areas have even less of a chance to succeed in life. 

The reasons for this are 1) Gender bias 2) Poverty 3) Lack of resources. Utilizing shared knowledge, resources, and technological prowess, we can level the playing field and improve world prospects by uplifting women from the ground up and providing every child – irrespectively of gender, culture, and parenting background – equal opportunities to access education. At the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021, I want to share my ideas on ways to utilize AI to reduce barriers, and positively impact families, and nations.

“If women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. And when families flourish, communities and nations do as well.” — Hillary Clinton

With my association with Women in Cloud, I aim to enable the use of AI educational tools – giving remote, poor, and underprivileged children access to high-quality tuition, feedback (AI enables recording, data collection, and analysis)

Partnering with Cloud hyperscalers such as Microsoft, afford memory and storage of lessons, data, and feedback to populations that could not otherwise access tools that can propel and certify their academic progression.

Technology has been underused in the furthering of rural women’s educational and economic opportunities with men being the primary adopters of assistive technology. This is mirrored to a lesser degree of 60%-40% in modern settings (Gill et al, 2010). Policies that would lessen the educational gap by means of technology, need to be focused on 1) delivery of energy to support electronic technology 2) refocusing of the hardware development lifecycle from marketing, aesthetics, and profit to longevity, user-focused simplicity, and affordability. 3) finally this hardware needs to be connected, so free cloud and internet coverage of rural and impoverished areas need to be implemented.

“Modern technology enables us to meet the needs of those on the fringe of society, making technology a necessity in the realization of these children’s potential.” – Nataliya Tetruyeva

So this January, join me at the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 to discuss the possibilities of incorporating technology into education to benefit millions who will impact the future and sustainability of our world. 

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 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

“If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” ~African Proverb

Personally, I believe that harnessing the Collective Power of the community is more impactful than individual heroism. What if everyone recognizes that they can be a leader? How can we work together to achieve goals as a single entity? Optimizing collaborative leadership and developing productive team cultures is the key to producing successful results, and these skills are transferable across all organizations. Through my work, I have had the opportunity to help individuals and teams harness their unique talents to develop strategic, authentic leadership styles. 

Women should have the ability to change their economic situations in order to better their lives. I am passionate about being part of an organization that is developing the resources and network to provide women with inclusive economic access. We need more policies that support the elevation of women into senior and executive roles as well as increased opportunities for female entrepreneurs to start businesses. As a woman in technology, I am familiar with bias challenges in the corporate world, and I want to share my experiences while also learning from others, so that we can all rise higher to further advance women’s leadership.

Everyone has the potential to be a fantastic leader. One of the most important aspects to being a leader is channeling the talents of the team so that everyone is contributing to creating a successful, productive environment. I am excited to be speaking at the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021, where I will be presenting on one focused aspect: the art of asking powerful questions. Attendees will gain insights into the power of listening and how question-based cultures create better leaders. Each person brings their own unique strengths, and recognizing this early on will enable team members to unlock each other’s potentials to keep growing. 

So join me at the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 to learn more about how creating a culture where individuals are encouraged to be curious will enable you to become an accomplished, inclusive leader.  

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 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.

The idea of supporting and elevating women-led businesses by helping them bring their business tech idea to life has always driven me. Now, as the founder of Data-Driven Decisions, I am continually striving to create more opportunities for women in the industry. Naturally, the Women in Cloud community fits perfectly with my business goals and personal mission. So, when I was asked to speak at the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021, I did not hesitate one bit. 

At the virtual summit, I will be focussing on the topic, ‘How to Finance Your Actions.’ I will be walking attendees through a proven formula to increase their assets. 

Over the years, I have seen how businesses, especially women-led businesses struggle to survive. I am passionate about collaborating with Women in Cloud and other female-centered organizations to understand the story behind the numbers. I believe understanding the numbers then actioning those insights where we can drive policy changes and government grants will result in increasing the success of women-led businesses. Additionally, educating the industry on public policies for women, or lack thereof, will add impact to the momentum we are witnessing right now.

Lastly, we must understand that we are all in this together and it takes all of our individual skills, talents, and capabilities to build a sustainable and equitable industry and society. If today, all of us bound together by supporting the movement and knocking down systematic barriers, our global community of 100M women will witness drastic changes in opportunities, creating a ripple effect across the globe. Our dedication and grit will pave a clear path for students in STEM to be dominant and competitive players in the enterprise space tomorrow.

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. ” ― Oprah Winfrey

I urge you to 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 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.