As someone called upon to vocalise in my profession, my true introverted and 'woman of few words' nature comes as a surprise to those who get to know me better. Suffice to say I believe most things in life have already been said before, and when we can honour messages which resonate simply share the road and let those pearls of wisdom float. Exhibit A is a colleague's blog post below. Congrats to Michelle and all of my SMB 150 colleagues. - Doña Keating
SMB150 + Women in Technology = Bright Future
I am honored and privileged to have been nominated and awarded a second year in a row for the SMB150! Over the past several months, hundreds of IT professionals from around the world have been engaged in the SMB 150 Channel Influencers contest. The SMB 150, which is a collaboration between SMB Nation and SMB Technology Network, declaring the third annual SMB technology channel's list of its 150 most influential members.
"I encourage everyone in the SMB channel community to join with me in recognizing and celebrating the winners of this year’s SMB 150," said Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation. "Each individual whose name appears on this esteemed list has strived to ensure that our SMB community is one that will continue to thrive and succeed. I am beyond excited to toast them at the awards dinner on May 4 in Redmond."
The following is the list of esteemed winners:
Twitter, Facebook,Google+, LinkedIn and Blogs have been a buzz with the excitement and congratulations of joining this esteemed list. As Jay McBain, co-founder of ChannelEyes (and my fiance) stated in his most recent blog, "We are thrilled to be in the company of such well-respected professionals". As am I, but there is a certain group who really make me proud to be in their company. As you might have noted, I have highlighted (proudly in pink) 23 extraordinary names which stood out to me. As I sit on the Executive Council of CompTIA's Advancing Women in IT, it is always a privilege and an honor to see those hardworking women in our community represented for their excellence.
In my blog last year, Chic and Geek, I took a look at the amount of women represented in this and various other awards and lists, as nominees and winners. Statistically, women make up approximately 10 % of the IT Industry. Although I know we (as women) represent a minority in the IT community, I was surprised to see how few women make up the percentage of leaders and influencers in the IT industry.
Awards Gala recognizing the SMB150 2012 Winners
On a high note we can see the since it's inception in the 2011 SMB Awards we have seen a rise, and diverse amount of women represented in nomination and recognition over the past three years. In 2011, 13 women won the SMB150 award (8.6%), 20 won in 2012 (13.5%) , and 22 as of 2013 (15%) ; thus female representation in only a few years has almost doubled! Now that is a powerful and wonderful step in the right direction.
A huge kudos to the community vote, and esteemed panel of industry experts consisting of Harry Brelsford, (SMB Nation); Karl Palachuk, (Great Little Book Publishing Co., Inc.); Josh Peterson, (MSP Score); Dave Seibert, (IT Innovators); and Dan Wensley, (Level Platforms), evaluated each nominee based on a pre-established criteria, on the recognition of such wonderful and diverse list of men and women on this years award recipients.