Biography and Background:
I graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Communications, and began my career at AT&T in December 1999 as an account executive with the group that eventually became the original Vendor Agent Alliance Program. I moved into sales management three years later and have supported the AT&T Alliance Channel Program in a variety of sales management roles for nearly 20 years. My background is rich in sales management with a strong knowledge of product and process. Today I am a Regional Director for the AT&T Alliance Channel supporting MO, AR, KS, OK, and WI. I am a wife and the mother of a 23 year old daughter, and very dedicated to my family. I have always put a strong focus on balancing work and family. AT&T is a great place to work and very supportive of work life balance. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering. I serve on the Alumnae Board for my sorority, Delta Gamma as Vice President of Membership, and enjoy gourmet cooking, reading and working out with my personal trainer.
How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
As Regional Director for the Alliance Channel, I am responsible for driving solutions provider results in my region and growing our channel. It's important for me to cultivate relationships with solution providers and to understand what drives their business. Intentional and purposeful frequent interaction with our solution providers leads to mutual success. In an ever-changing technology landscape, it is imperative to stay up-to-date on trends and emerging technologies that may impact networks in the future. Last year, security was a critical topic for customers. As channel leader, I helped lead the channel toward integrating security discussions into all facets of networking opportunities. Customers expect an industry leader like AT&T to help them plan and respond accordingly whether solidifying a primary or remote location; protecting an IoT peripheral or BYOD device; preventing security breaches; or detecting threats.
What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
My goal is to focus on driving results by enabling our solution providers to sell best-in-class technology solutions. Overall channel growth is also a top priority. We are committed to recruiting new solution providers, creating a best-in-class channel experience, and delivering innovative technology solutions in a collaborative culture that will help enable solution provider revenue growth.
What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
AT&T strongly encourages community service. I am very proud to have been honored with the 2016 AT&T Presidential Volunteer Service Award. I led a fundraiser for a friend/co-worker who was in a tragic car accident that left him quadriplegic. Our team held "Lots of Living to Do" Top Golf fundraisers in five cities. We raised over $50,000 which helped purchase an accessible van for my friend. This project was very personal. Leading this effort as the Kansas City chairperson to help my friend in need was my most important accomplishment in 2016.
Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Malala Yousafazi. She is an amazing young woman with strength, courage and wisdom beyond her years.
What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
Be passionate, be committed and always be willing to learn new things. Don't be afraid to be heard to and take time to listen. Set goals and soar.
If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
I would be Disney's Mulan. There is nothing better than teaching young children that sacrifice is the greatest gift of all and women can fight for their families and save their country.
If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
I would go to Santorini, Greece. I love watching the Food Network and saw a show featuring Santorini a few years ago and fell in love. It has been on my bucket list since that show. Beautiful water, great food and wine.
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