CRN 2017 Women of the Channel Details

Maya Hena

Digital Marketing Specialist, Presidio

Location: New York, NY


Number of years in current position: 1

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 4

Twitter Handle: @horchatalady

Fun Facts:

Has a female boss
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Loves Spotify
Has a personal mantra
Has completed a marathon
Always wanted to be an Olympian

Biography and Background:
I came to Presidio as an intern pulling and tagging leads and learning about the work that went into events like trade shows. Eventually I made my way into working with web analytics and search optimization, and social media marketing. Now I am also managing our corporate marketing team projects as well as monitoring our partner marketing funds for the our marketing teams around the nation. When I was in college, I had no idea I would be in the position I am now, nor did I even imagine it. I was just an average native american girl trying to get through her studies while cooking and interning to pay rent, travel, and eat. After a few months of interning with Presidio, I learned that this was a place where I could learn, grow and make a difference.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
Ive helped with increasing our event capabilities to generate leads with partner marketing funds and event planning by working with our area marketing leads from different areas. Managing the our projects to stay inline with deadlines and team time management. I've also been able to help by working closely with our digital marketing director to create and simplify a more inclusive and interactive web presence for our clients and partners alike.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
I would really like for our company to continue to grow in the digital realm because it is becoming a primary platform not only in technology, but in all business channels. Another goal is simplifying platforms, energizing knowledge transfer, continuing to build a pipeline of qualified leads that will be passed through the channel to enhance our parent engagement.

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
"Pick up the battle and make it a better world. Just where you are." Maya Angelou is one woman i admire because she was a fighter, she was powerful, strong, beautiful, and smart, and she believed in herself. Speaking from a lifetime full of highs and lows, she taught me to use your sufferings as motivation and never make it a weakness.

What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
Don't be afraid of the world of technology just because is has been a male dominated industry for so long. If you enjoy it, then go after it. There so many women are bringing so much talent to this area of work it is amazing, but because there is still more males than females we are still overlooked. Help remove the stigma and become another woman in technology!

If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
I would be Hermione Granger because she knows she is a "bad witch" in a good way, and she is smart and doesn't let anyone tell her otherwise.

If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
I would travel to Troms, Norway because of the culture and the nature is supposed to be amazing. I love to be outdoors, so running, hiking, and kayaking in such a beautiful place would be wild and mind-blowing! There is a race called the Troms SkyRace and i think they sell it perfectly, "A place to run between the sky and earth and to feel freedom." Who doesn't want to go to a place where they can feel freedom?

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