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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 The Moment For Women In Leadership Is Now

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s never more important for leaders to bring emotional intelligence to corporate environments, a talent that women excel at, said Carola Cazenave, vice president, global partner ecosystem, at Cambridge, Mass.-based Pegasystems.

“In this moment, companies need you,” Cazenave said to the audience of approximately 800 female leaders from across the channel. “People need to feel that they are embraced. People need to feel that their managers know how to help them, not only to thrive at work, but to balance [home life,] to find security. They have to be able to prioritize. Who does better than women?”

Cazenave cited research from Harvard Business Review that shows female leaders are outpacing their male counterparts during the pandemic across multiple areas, including taking initiative, inspiring and motivating others and building relationships.

Cazenave said that today’s workplace leadership needs contradict advice given to female executives decades ago that they needed to act more like men.

“I worked 20 years to get harder. And now I realize it was wrong. I needed to be me,” 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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