Biography and Background:
As senior vice president, industry relations, for CompTIA (the ICT industry's global trade association), Nancy Hammervik is responsible for elevating the association's public profile among its membership and across the ICT industry. She is the principal liaison between members and the association and acts as an advocate on behalf of members and the broader industry. In 2013, Ms. Hammervik led an initiative to reshape CompTIA's membership model, offering digital access to the vast majority of the associations' content, industry insight and business tools to an audience beyond paid membership. This "open access" membership model expanded CompTIA's industry engagement by adding more than 120,000 online registered users to the existing roster of 2,000 corporate members. Prior to joining CompTIA in 2011, Hammervik spent 25 years with CMP Media working with IT channel publications and growing their channel events business. A tireless advocate for women in technology, Hammervik started Women of the Channel at CMP and the Advancing Women in IT Community at CompTIA. She is frequent speaker on driving diversity in the workforce. Hammervik is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she received a bachelor's degree in marketing.
How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
CompTIA's "Open Access" Membership Model has doubled our engagement with the industry during the last year with 120,000 individuals now accessing our content, training, education and research resources - which are all aimed at growing careers and businesses within the IT industry. We now offer 17 focused Channel Communities and Councils, and the total roster of these groups has reached 10,000. In 2016, we added a Business Application Council to bring the perspective of SaaS-based organizations to the conversation and support their efforts in building channels and also launched an Advancing Diversity in Tech Community, focused on the under-representation of African American and Hispanic in the industry. During the last year, CompTIA's live content delivery grew with presence at 160 events in the US and more than 50 events abroad. Nancy also manages CompTIA's Channel Advisory Board that provides industry insight, guidance and direction to the organization on its activities and initiatives.
What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
Key focus areas for the coming year include exploring opportunities for the IT channel with the Internet of Things, leveraging big data, bolstering cybersecurity resources and driving the business relevance of IT. We are focused on embracing and supporting cloud and SaaS-based vendors and partners and driving diversity in the industry. We are working to increase engagement with the Channel's senior executives to foster more engagement and use of resources, and continue to grow our impact and relevance as the IT industry's trade association.
What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
In the past year, I was recognized by the Long Island Chapter of the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AIT) for my contributions to the industry, and I was also promoted by CompTIA to the position of Executive Vice President, Industry Relations.
Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Tracy Pound, CompTIA's 2017 Member of the Year and PCR Magazine's 2016 Woman of the Year. Tracy runs a successful technology and business consultancy in the UK, challenges the status quo, breaks barriers and shatters glass ceilings. She is fierce and fun, humble and confident, kind and generous, a great mom, mentor and inspiration to the next gen of girls who think they can.
What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
Take advantage of every educational opportunity in your community, join a local association chapter where you can network and learn from others, pick a vertical market you enjoy - even one you have a passion for. Every market and industry needs technology. Try to marry tech with your passion.
If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
Tess McGill. Didn't we all want to be Tess McGill?
If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
Anywhere! I would love for it to be a surprise.
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