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Lessons Learned From The IT Channel’s Top Female Business Leaders

Gina Narcisi

From making bold moves despite the fear of failure, to advocating for yourself and others, here are lessons learned from some of the channel’s leading executives who spoke at Women of the Channel 2021 event in New York City.

On Making Bold Moves

Jas Sood, senior vice president of enterprise sales for Palo Alto Networks, had spent nearly 26 years at her prior company, HP and later, HPE, so she‘s no stranger to feeling the fear of moving into a new position for a new company -- with the added complication of making a move into the unknown during a global pandemic.

“It is a big deal. To leave and to make the move. And I think, you know, we were talking about, we heard about this a little bit yesterday as well, you kind of know, Shall I do it? What if I fail? What if I hate the experience you know, all these doubts that kind of come in your mind, but I think you just have to think through and I have to kind of, you know, think about that my own self was So what if I fail? so what if it doesn‘t pan out to be you know, what I expected it to be? I think just you have to take some chances.

Taking chances is the way people learn and grow, she said. And the decision has paid off. She very much enjoys her new team, who have made the transition very smooth.

“I think it‘s important that we as women in particular, are risk takers, because many of us are not. I really encourage you if you are thinking about it -- I think times when things like a pandemic or when things are just not the same, that’s probably the best time to make a bold move. The great thing about it is everyone, your mentors, coaches, friends, family, they’re all going to love you no matter what and you’ll figure it out,” she said.

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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