Verizon’s Schijns to Keynote Women in the Channel’s Cloud Partners Event

Women in the Channel is hosting its 10th Women in the Channel Networking and Enrichment Event during Cloud Partners, a Channel Partners event. The WiC event will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 15 in Room 102 at the Hynes Convention Center.

Verizon's Janet SchijnsThe featured keynote speaker will be Janet Schijns, vice president and chief marketing technologist for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, on the topic, “Ctrl-Alt Compete; Take control of your career. Alternate your approach. Compete to win.”

Schijns is not only one of the most influential channel leaders but is also an advocate for advancing women’s careers in IT. She and her team are responsible for understanding vertical and segment technology issues across varying geographies and identifying key enterprise solutions that meet their unique business needs. She manages the Verizon Partner Program (VPP). Prior to joining Verizon in 2010, Schijns was vice president of enterprise and government business at Motorola, and before that, founder and CEO of The JS Group, an international consultancy firm.

In addition to the keynote address, WiC has invited Art Wittmann, group vice president, Informa Exhibitions’ Business Technology Network, to set the stage for Cloud Partners with a State of Channel Partners address. WiC Co-Presidents Nancy Ridge, vice president of Telecom Brokers, and Hilary Gadda, director of channel sales for TelePacific Communications, along with volunteer committee chairs, will lead updates on the association’s various initiatives and goals for the coming year. WiC also will present its second annual LIPSTICK Award to one of its members who upholds WiC values, such as leadership, integrity and passion, in their work and personal lives.

“WiC is experiencing breakthrough growth and participation so we expect this event to reflect that,” said Ridge. “Having Janet Schijns as our keynote, bringing her perspective to such a relevant topic, makes our 10th event one that shouldn’t be missed.”

The Women in the Channel Networking Event is open to all women attending Cloud Partners. It is free to all WiC members and $20 for non-members. To register for the event and/or to become a WiC member, please click here. WiC members will require a promo code to register for free. (WiC Members: Please see email sent to you for promo code.) 

Companies interested in sponsoring the event can find more information on the WiC website by clicking here. Current sponsors include Diamond Sponsors Channel Partners and MicroCorp; Gold Sponsors Jive Communications and Oncore Marketing and Media; and Silver Sponsors NetCarrier and TBI.

Event committee members and other conference volunteers include: Su Beler of Telecom Brokers, Khali Henderson of Buzz Theory Strategies, Cristina Morrell of Jive Communications, Laura Rinker of NetCarrier and Raquel Wiley of TelePacific Communications, together with WiC board members Hilary Gadda of TelePacific Communications, Bita Milanian of GENBAND, Nancy Ridge of Telecom Brokers and Rebecca Rosen of Sales Enabled. Special thanks to the ongoing support from Oncore Marketing & Media for design and artwork for the event.

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