CRN 2017 Women of the Channel Details

One of our "Power 30 Solution Providers"

Tracy Skladanowski

Vice President of Sales, NWN

Location: Morrisville, NC


Number of years in current position: 0.1

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 4

Fun Facts:

Enjoys public speaking
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Is a mentor
Loves Spotify
Has a personal mantra
Had a lemonade stand

Biography and Background:
Tracy has been in the IT field for 20+ years with the last 10 years at Cisco. Her roles have ranged from voice and contact center consultant, a sales account executive for various territories to her role managing a global account, collaboration specific product specialist and partner development manager solving customer business problems through technology. Tracy has lead and been a liaison for numerous customer user groups to bring the IT ecosystem together. She loves mentoring and connecting people to each other.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
Newly hired at NWN and look forward to advancing our channel business 10x fold.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
Goal is grow the NWNComm brand through helping customers solve business roadblocks created by older technology. NWN's excellent hosted collaboration is powered by Cisco and enables our customers to get back to focusing on their CORE business not being in the phone business.

What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
•Cisco Business Development Manager of the quarter May 2016 for Architecture team, Cisco Partner Consulting Academy (Leadership in Action) team 2016

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Tea Leoni is someone I admire for many reasons. She has been and continues to be a successful actress and has had a number of strong female leads in a very male centric Hollywood. Tea also takes time to give back has been an ambassador to UNICEF and 3 other charities. What I admire most about her is she backs up what she believes in with her actions as well as her words - a trait that is rare in the world today.

What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
Just ask! Always ask for what you want, don't be afraid of being told NO. Many of us are afraid to ask for many reasons but by asking you share your voice and give yourself the chance to be heard and get what it is you are after. Of course ask appropriately and be ready to back up what you want with solid reasoning and why you want what it is you ask for. Come to the table with a well thought out ask, make it easy for the other party to say YES.

If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair. She was cunning, smart, sexy and an equal with her peer an art thief (Pierce Brosnan). She used her smarts first and attractiveness as her second strength.

If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
Santorini, Greece, I want to see the Mediterranean Sea and lifestyle in action. The azure blue waters and white washed walls of the city have to be incredible. To experience the people, culture, food and passion of the Greeks would be just amazing, true trip of a lifetime.

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