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Female Channel Executives On Taking Risks And Jumping In: ‘Not A Straight-Line Journey’

Gina Narcisi

‘I always tell my kids when they are faced with any situation, they should always just be a little bit more excited than they are afraid,’ one woman of the channel said during a panel at WOTC West 2022.

Less Fear, More Faith

Any woman of the channel can attest: Playing it safe and keeping the status quo isn’t always the best option. As your personal and professional life progress and changes happen along the way, taking risks – calculated or otherwise – is an important muscle to flex.

At The Channel Company’s Women of the Channel West 2022 event this week in Carlsbad, Calif., a panel of executives from Intel, Konica Minolta, iboss and Exclusive Networks who were no stranger to taking a leap of faith now and then, discussed their take on taking risks. The channel leaders shared the changes they’ve experienced along their personal lives and careers that required making a big change, including switching to a new company after many years, taking on a new role or stretch position within their organizations, or making a cross-country move having known no one at their new location. Taking a leap isn’t a one size fits all venture and for some, it could mean planning out each step and making sure there’s a place to land or having the confidence to know they can figure it out if things go south. For others, leaping into the unknown is like second nature.

The executives discussed how they went about maneuvering through these changes, the lessons they learned in the process, and how the outcomes may have differed than what they were expecting. Here’s what the channel leaders had to say.

 
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