According to statistics, of the 25 percent of women working in tech, black women accounted for only 3 percent. Another report highlights the critical barriers that black female founders face, including access to accelerators, top investors, and mentors, and funding pipelines. The median funding raised by black women included in the study is $0. But the number of black female founders has more than doubled since the 2016 study.

This annual Summit, Women in Cloud hopes to increase these numbers by offering Black technology founders inclusive on men an opportunity to meet and engage with corporate executives during the Black Founders’ Circle sessions. The Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 will host the Black Founders’ Circle partner session on 28 January 2021 from 3.30 PM – 5.30 PM (PST).

This two-hour virtual networking experience will provide an exclusive opportunity for participants to interact with Women in Cloud Community partners, Black Women in Tech Talk community, and  Black Channel Alliance members, allowing them to expand their network and explore opportunities.

At the Black Founders’ Circle during the Digital Summit, we have some exciting news to share about Women in Cloud Microsoft Cloud Accelerator 5.0 along with other opportunities to explore with Women in Cloud, Black Channel Alliance, and Black Women in Tech.

The annual Summit hosted by the Women in Cloud themed “Collective Action” is now digital for the first time and is accessible to all bridging the traditional borders. For more information on the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021, and Register for the Summit, click here

Book Your Spot today and get on board to witness the Collective Power of Women in the technology industry from around the world! 

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

  • 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 
  • 28 January: Explore Cloud Jobs at #CloudJobs Fair & Recruitment Lounge
  • 28 January: Meet Black Founders
  • 29 January: Master your pitch at #RockYourPitch Experience
  • 29 January: Get access to mentorship from Cloud Industry leaders
  • 30 January: Get your kids to participate in Youth Mentorship Circle
  • 30 January: Make New Friends at Scavenger Hunt 

Also, join WIC Digital Network to be part of the global economic access movement. Learn more about Women in Cloud at https://womenincloud.com.  


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.

“Confidence is not something you are born with. You learn it and earn it with time and practice.” – Jenna Lange

After decades in the industry as an executive communications consultant, I am acutely aware of the gender imbalance in the C-suite. In the technology industry especially, it’s hard for women to find role models and advocates to help them advance their careers. Without this network of supporters, you can feel stuck. You know you work hard, deliver results, and add value to your company, so where are the opportunities for promotion? Who’s got your back? My purpose is to help women understand the value they bring, advocate for themselves and elevate each other, seek opportunities in technology, and then have the confidence to stay in these roles.

As a proud member of the Women in Cloud community, I will be speaking at the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 about new challenges women are facing at work and at home. The industry and the world have undergone a transformational shift and it’s more important than ever to lean into your gifts and talent. To be successful, organizations need women. We know that. It’s time to take charge of our narrative and spotlight our value so we can stay in the game and thrive. In this session, we will remind ourselves how we got here and that we deserve to be here.

  • “I am worthy.” Learn how to set boundaries at work and beyond.
  • “I will advocate for myself.” Learn how to build a strong narrative to showcase your value and ask for what you want and need.
  • “I will advocate for others.” Learn how to network; gain and leverage the power of building others up to elevate women across your organization.

There is strength in collective action. This years’ Summit theme, ‘Collective Power’ aligns perfectly with my passion for lifting up other women and helping them reach their professional goals. We are better together! Carrie Francey inspired me to onboard Women in Cloud in 2019. For years, she has been an ally and an advocate, inspiring me to achieve more. It’s a pleasure to share these values with the Women in Cloud community; I’m energized by the commitment and intention of this group to support other women AND keep them engaged in the technology field. 

A new California law mandates at least one woman reside on every corporate board. How close are we to requiring at least 50% female representation on these boards? In working with Women in Cloud, my goal is to help grow the number of women in leadership roles at technology companies. With this session and my continued alliance with Women in Cloud, I hope to create a long-lasting impact in the industry. 

Join me at the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 and let’s discover opportunities and possibilities, and advocate for women in the technology industry. 

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.

The Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 will host the #CloudJobs Recruitment Lounge on 28 January 2021 from 1.00 PM – 3.00 PM (PST)

The #CloudJobs Recruitment Lounge at Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 is a two-hour digital job fair offering a meet and greet experience, where women in technology can meet with companies actively seeking and recruiting talent, benefitting both the company and the job seeker by aligning talent with opportunities to put more women into tech leadership roles. Connecting corporate companies to potential women technologists for all leadership, business, and tech-focused opportunities is the main goal of establishing #CloudJobs Recruitment Lounge.

As a job seeker, the #CloudJobs Recruitment Lounge offers a place where you can go and talk to recruiters from some of the top companies in the world, get advice from career coaches on what’s next for your career, or talk to a resume expert and fine-tune your resume for your next job. Each of these opportunities is geared towards helping you upskill for your next job, improving your competencies when it comes to the job search process as well as getting you in front of recruiters who are looking to hire women in technology/cloud roles. Whether you’re looking for that next career move or need help finding a job–the #CloudJobs Recruitment Lounge is the place to be during the 2021 Women in Cloud Summit.  Checkout Opportunities

As a recruiter, the #CloudJobs Recruitment Lounge offers a place unlike no other. With COVID-19 shifting everything from in-person to online this event is a great chance for you to promote open opportunities, chat with job seekers, and increase your pipe of job seekers who are looking for an exciting new career. Listing your open jobs is free to everyone and you can submit up to three jobs, but in order to partake in the 1:1 conversations with job seekers, we’re asking that you purchase a single ticket (cost $149) here. We expect over 2000 attendees at the Women in Cloud Summit. If you would like to have a bigger presence at the event please email us at partner@womenincloud.com.

You have the opportunity to join me at the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 in January to find your partner-in-growth, and take collective action to build the future of women in technology and otherwise. 

Get on board to witness the Collective Power of Women in the technology industry from around the world! We recommend 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.


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.

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