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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 Paying It Forward

Many of the attendees at the Women of the Channel East 2021 expressed how important they feel it is to help other women succeed. For Maureen Gaumer, senior director, global partner ecosystem and program marketing at Dell Technologies, the desire to pay it forward and help others is a central part of her professional philosophy.

“It starts with me, so I just make it a priority to give my time when people ask for it, to be a mentor for them to be a fan of them when they‘re not in the room, to make sure that people understand who they are and that they do what they can bring,” Gaumer said onstage during a panel discussion.

For Gaumer the desire to help others stems from an experience she had at the beginning of her career when one woman gave her the gift of time and advice.

“I wanted to make the switch to high tech PR and I was informational interviewing around. She spent 30 minutes on the phone with me and said, ‘You need to rewrite your cover letter. It‘s not going to do it.’ She took the time to help me rewrite my cover letter and change my pitch, and the next time I sent out that cover letter, I got the interview and I got the job. That’s such an example for me of just what [comes from] taking the time to spending 30 minutes with somebody answering their questions and helping them. It’s just set the tone for my career and what I’ve wanted to do with other people.”

 
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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