Location: Mountain View, CA
Number of years in current position: 2
Number of years involved with indirect sales: 5
Has a female boss (or is top executive at company)
Has an advanced degree (a degree higher than a bachelor's degree)
Has an MBA
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Is a mentor
Is an extrovert
Can ride a horse
Likes playing video games
Has studied abroad
Has always wanted to be a teacher
Biography and Background:
I grew up in a small village in the North of England. I came to the US for graduate school. Since then I have been working in various product management, product marketing and strategic alliances roles since I landed in Silicon Valley. Somehow I've managed to juggle 3 active teenagers, working in channel along with serving as publically elected official on the school board.
How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
What's been really exciting is the ability to craft and roll out a new DigiCert Certified Partner Program. I've worked with some marvelous folks to create a very channel centric business model at DigiCert. We've created a program that's designed to optimize partner growth, profitability and business opportunities. My team is exceptional, talented and passionate. No one does this alone.
What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
The goals are simple - make this the absolute best partner program it can be, exceed our stunning YoY growth rates and continue to be a program known for its responsive, engaged and collaborate approach to our partners.
What honors, awards, or commendations have you won over the past year?
My kids nominated me as " most terrible cook ever" and the local school board has awarded me with the prestigious, "board member best at writing nasty letters to elected state officials".
Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Sally Ride. She was the first female astronaut and a really amazing pioneer. She battled all sorts of ridiculous sexism but never let it get to her. She was the consummate professional and all around brilliant scientist - and did so much for girls in science. Can you imagine piloting the Space Shuttle and someone questioning your ability because "women cry more than men". Boy, did she show them!!!
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Do not take a joy ride on that tractor!
If you could master any new job-related skill, what would it be and why?
Nunchucks - seems kind of cool and my kids might be more inclined to clean their rooms if they have a nunchuck wielding mum. I mean wouldn't you have kept your bed made if your mum had been working on her ninja nunchuck skills in the kitchen?
What's the best book you read this past year and why did you like it?
Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler. It unpacks the sad but comic moments of life where we think we have control but really have very little. It's about living with a terrible diagnosis but somehow managing to live in the nebulous zone of a terminal diagnosis and keeping one foot in front of the other every day. With a twist of joy and love.
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