Some of WIA's Previous Guest Speakers
•Gavriella is the Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Commercial Partner team leading a global portfolio of channel partners that has influenced over $1 trillion in ecosystem revenues through Microsoft's fastest growing ecosystem.
•She has over 30 years of leadership in digital and cloud transformation roles, driving strategy and execution spanning all aspects of business model and product development, launch, marketing, sales and partner development.
•As a builder and change agent, she specializes in building new businesses. She is a founding sponsor of both the Women in Cloud and the Women in Technology Networks with over 20K members worldwide. Last fall she was awarded the ATHENA Global Leadership award for her advocacy on behalf of women in IT and delivered a TEDx Talk on the same in November 2020 (BeCOME an Ally: How to achieve gender equity). She sits on the board of directors for Chinasoft International and the University of Washington Bothell.
Janet Schijns is CEO and Co-Founder of JS Group, a go to market consultancy dedicated to achieving results. She is the founder of the #digitalnormal movement in the industry driving profitable change in the partner community. Janet was named Channel Influencer of the year in March 2019 beating out a slate of nominees from the top tech firms in the world, she has been in the top 5 influencers every year for the past decade. She was formerly EVP and CMSO at Office Depot, where she led a major transformation to drive traction in IT services, generating recurring revenue from higher margin solutions. Prior to that, she was the Chief Channel Executive, Chief Marketing Technologist and ran business products for Verizon Business. Additionally, Janet ran the channel organization for Motorola Enterprise and Government and is a noted and admired expert in the industry regularly appearing on the main stage at a variety of events.
I was born and raised in Mexico City. I have a bachelor degree in Information Systems and MBA from the Berlin Professional School. In my over 25 years’ experience in the IT market - working for IBM, Oracle, EMC and Dell EMC - I have lead sales, marketing and sales operations functions with teams across multiples countries.
Diversity and cultural intelligence are two topics close to my heart. During my career I have had the opportunity to join several diversity groups where I have learn about minorities’ challenges and opportunities in the corporate environment. I have led women and multicultural groups to facilitate cross learning and cultural enrichment while improving our market positioning.
Always Thinking Forward: As the Global Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce I have the pleasure of working with some of the most innovative companies in the world as they look to transform the way they engage with customers, grow their business and create amazing customer experiences. I look out to the future for disruptive trends while at the same time scanning the near horizon for the real world impact. My current conversations center around 2 objectives: customer success and growth.
My first book: Growth IQ (Portfolio, August 2018), has been translated in nine languages, was named a Wall Street Journal Bestseller and one of the top 5 Leadership and Strategy books in 2018 and the third most sold book in 2019 by 800CEO-Reads. I am also the host of the "What's Next!" Podcast on iTunes - ranked one of the Top 50 Business, Marketing and Management Podcasts.
Statistics show that 86% of employees are feeling disconnected, undervalued, perhaps stuck or lost and not getting the results they want. I have a 5 step process that helps one identify their personal brand, build professional presence to create positive impact and achieve the success they want. This transformational work helps individuals increase their confidence, re-ignite their passion, connect their work with purpose and take command of their future success.
My first professional gig was interpreting for reporters in a conflict zone. I use that experience, two decades in business, and seven years presenting and producing a prime weekly television show in my coaching practice.
While still at university, I helped start an advertising agency that soon became part of an international network and later co-Founded a disruptive advertising business that I took to global presence.
The Daily Telegraph kindly named me one of the 1000 most influential British business people.
I first spoke to a live audience of thousands at thirty and have practiced every method I teach in hundreds of presentations. I've worked with leaders across Europe and the US to deliver speeches ranging from TEDx talks to large conference talks to media appearances and internal presentations – live and remotely.