CRN 2017 Women of the Channel Details

Ellie Nazemoff

President & CEO, Acolyst

Location: Selbyville, DE


Number of years in current position: 28

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 28

Twitter Handle: @acolyst

Fun Facts:

Has a female boss
Is fluent in another language
Enjoys public speaking
Has an advanced degree
Has an MBA
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Is a mentor
Has a personal mantra
Always wanted to be an Olympian

Biography and Background:
Ellie Nazemoff started her career with the goal of shaking things up. After serving as a teaching assistant for her mentor, Ellie progressed to developing software for her mentor's consulting firm, to owning her own consulting firm. While employed by her mentor, Ellie received outstanding performance awards from the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. In her role as CEO, Ellie's passion is to empower clients and colleagues, helping them see the human element required to make IT truly successful. Early on, Ellie realized that personal growth comes from impacting the lives of others; employees, partners, and customers. For her, business is always personal and her greatest strengths come from being a woman. At home, she raised two children as a single mother. At work, she prioritized collaboration and teamwork. Thanks to her reputation for thorough analysis, strategic planning and execution, and provision of optimal results, she has received contracts to deliver niche solutions to federal agencies including the USPS, EPA, SSA, FAA, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Technical Information Center, Pentagon, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. In 2016, she was awarded a contract with the Executive Office of the President.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
Over the past year, Acolyst, being a data strategy management company, has identified and approached select technology organizations that stand to benefit from expanding their reach in the federal government sector. I have helped advance channel business by merging federal agency needs with technology vendor offerings, through careful communication and collaboration. Being the strategic liaison and "translator" between the two channels not only helps the government avoid rework and additional expense, but also exposed emerging technology to new pipeline opportunities.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
My mission for Acolyst is to encourage and bring awareness to up and coming woman-owned emerging technology small businesses. I started out as a programmer, then later became CEO, and I want to help make a difference and impact other rising stars who have the passion and drive to positively affect society. In addition to our regular clients, we will also identify 100% US based and owned emerging woman-owned technology vendors who want to expand into the government space and help them glide through with the steps of marketing, positioning and overall strategy when approaching government initiatives.

What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
Awarded contract with the White House, Executive Office of the President; highest reaches of the federal government's executive branch. 2016 CRN Women of the Channel honoree.

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook. She is an amazing, strong, hardworking and successful woman who truly helps women achieve their full potential in business. I greatly admire her global nonprofit foundation that supports both women in the workplace and women's empowerment groups. I cannot agree more with her belief that "A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes."

What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
1. Get focused on what it is you REALLY want and what you are passionate about. 2. Seek training in necessary skills and study hard until you become an expert. 3. Identify a role model in the industry that you want to emulate, then figure out how you could enter into a mentor / mentee relationship with him / her. Having a good mentor can help you get where you want to go more quickly. 4. Technology is a broad topic, so choose a niche and be the best at it.

If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
I would love to be a character played by Meryl Streep in any movie in which she portrays a "real" woman. Ms. Streep can turn a mediocre movie into one of the best movies of all time, simply through her talent.

If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
I would love to travel to Havana, Cuba because it is a city alive with Cuban culture, arts and nightlife.

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