The Alliance of Channel Women Shift, Disrupt and Impact

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(Pictured above, left to right: Ingram Micro’s Holly Hartman Niedzielski, CenturyLink’s Lisa Miller and JS Group’s Janet Schijns participate in a panel discussion moderated by Channel Partners’ Maggie Miller.)

CHANNEL PARTNERS CONFERENCE & EXPO — There was plenty of vibrant discussion about how to shift your thinking, disrupt your routine and impact your life, the lives of others and your career at this year’s Alliance of Channel Women (ACW) ConnectLive! at the Channel Partners Conference & Expowhich kicked off on Tuesday

About 200 attendees heard more than half-dozen leading channel professionals talk about shifting your thinking about what’s possible for your life and career and identifying what keeps you from moving forward.

Maggie Miller, content marketing director for Channel Partners, moderated an interactive panel that included Holly Hartman Niedzielski, director, event marketing and partner communities with Ingram MicroLisa Miller, president, wholesale, indirect and alliances at CenturyLink; and, Janet SchijnsCEO of JS Group. This power panel shared personal and professional experiences that shaped their learning experiences and helped empower them on their path to success.

For Hartman, one defining moment in her career that shaped her professionally came as the result of a promotion. “I would go to meetings with my peers who had a lot of experience in their roles and I saw myself as the junior senator — not because they made me feel that way, but because in my mind I was that way,” she said. It took a while, but Hartman soon realized. “I deserved that seat at the table and it changed my thinking in how I presented myself.”

CenturyLink’s Miller responded to a question about a time in her career when she experienced fear and how she overcame it. Miller first dispelled the myth that people in leadership positions have their acts together. “Fear is natural; it’s what you do with fear that matters,” she said. Not one to pass up significant job promotions that made her scared and uncomfortable, Miller embraced the fear. “It makes me sharper, it makes me better, it makes me hypersensitive and hyperaware of what’s going on with the job and what’s going on in the industry.” Her recommendation: Embrace fear, it will make you better. “Fear is your friend,” said Miller.

Schijns dove headfirst into the question of how to know when it’s time to make a job change.

“For me it started with the numbers. I decided I want to make a lot of money. I don’t know why women won’t talk about money,” she said. Men talk about money and it was a conversation she was able to have with her very supportive Dutch husband, who comes from a country where there’s a requirement that 50 percent of a company’s board must be women. “He also challenges me,” she said, relating a conversation where he matter-of-factly told her that he was surprised she wasn’t…

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