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Lenovo’s Wendy Welch: 4 Ways To Blaze A Path To Leadership Success

C.J. Fairfield

‘Change doesn’t always feel good,’ says Wendy Welch, executive director for US distribution and partner sales at Lenovo. ‘Sometimes we choose it. Sometimes it’s forced on us. We control what we do next.’

Pay It Forward

In one of her roles, she was moved into a mentorship program where she had to jot down her goals and objectives and realized she was moving back into her comfort zone, a place she worked so hard to leave behind.

She was also ready to further her career and went to her new boss to say that she wanted to apply for the regional vice president position. He told her directly that she was not qualified. She finally felt she knew where she wanted to go in her career and she was told no.

She needed someone to help her grow in her career. Now that she’s in a place of leadership, she knows how important it is to pay it forward to those earlier on in their careers.

“Mentorship had a huge impact on my career,” she said. “When I joined the channel I reached out to many people. You just have to ask. We know that women and marginalized groups are still underrepresented in the C-suite and we still are less than 20 percent of channel chiefs. We can continue changing these stats, and we do that by helping one another. We each have our own goals and our own journey.”  

 
C.J. Fairfield

CJ Fairfield is an associate editor at CRN covering solution providers, MSPs and distributors. Prior to joining CRN, she worked at daily newspapers, including The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey and The Frederick News-Post in Maryland. She can be reached at cfairfield@thechannelcompany.com.

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