Monumental events have undertaken in the last two years at Women in Cloud; our purpose to generate $1B in economic access received tremendous support and we are now on the path to realizing that dream with greater support from Fortune brands like Microsoft, Insight, Accenture, Hitachi Solutions, Teradata, Avanade, Boeing and Global Affairs Canada along with other partner organizations like UN Women, EQUALS and Ideagen.

With programs like Women in Cloud Azure Skilling Scholarship, Fortune 100 Initiative, EmpowHERAcess Campaign and Women in Cloud Accelerator running around the globe with massive impact being created, our leadership has had their hands full to create a world-wide economic impact.

Thus, it is with great enthusiasm that we announce, our President and Co-founder, Chaitra Vedullapalli’s recognition in the Forbes Next 1000 2021 List.

Chaitra Vedullapalli, Forbes 1000 Next Entrepreneur

The Forbes Next 1000 list shines light on the ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups in every region of the country—all with under $10 million in revenue or funding and infinite drive and hustle. Forbes and their partners at Square are thrilled to welcome Chaitra Vedullapalli to the Forbes Next 1000 class of 2021. This first-of-its-kind initiative celebrates bold and inspiring entrepreneurs—like her—who are redefining what it means to run a business today. They received thousands of nominations and her achievements have been recognized by their editors plus a panel of top business minds and entrepreneurial superstars.

She is a purpose driven leader who bridges business and technology to globally scale companies and drive economic development, Chaitra Vedullapalli’s impact in the technology industry and community has been extensive in her 20-plus years tech career.

We at Women in Cloud celebrate Chaitra’s contribution and a well-deserved recognition by Forbes.

Congratulations Chaitra!

Last year, we had over 70+ youth who got access to over 45+ industry experts to connect, explore and engage in leadership development, college and career readiness.

The reasons why they engaged were:

“I am dreaming about becoming an inventor of something that would make a difference and become noticeable in the world. I believe that with my diverse cultural and family background, I will find this something special, and sacrifice my dedication and time to pursue this special idea and make it successful.” Student, 16 yrs old”

“I am dreaming about how I can take my passion for technology and the love for community service to the next level by impacting many more in the world. There is so much to learn about technology skills and leadership, and I am just at the tip of the iceberg.” — Student, 15 yrs old

Through this work, we also piloted a Youth In STEM  Internship Program to help them design their purpose driven initiatives. These internship programs helped them jump start their careers in the cloud technology sector, foster self-confidence, and connect with professional mentors to increase their network value. The internship consists of 40-60 hours of high quality work, and can occur any time of year. They are highly-specific, project-based positions, often in arenas like events, research, or technology solutions.

Back by popular demand, our Youth In STEM mentoring session is happening at the WIC Summit on January 29th, 2022. The goal is to help youth connect with adult mentors to explore STEM Based Careers in the Trillion Dollar Cloud Market.

We are partnering with Creative Children For Charity (3C) to bring youth and adult mentors together to create mentorship, entrepreneurship and internship opportunities to accelerate youth leadership in our community.

This event is on January 29th 9:00am-10:30am online. This opportunity is for ages (13-19). As apart of this session, we will be offering 3 core activities:

  1. Workshop – Leading Purpose Driven-Initiatives: Youth and Adult Mentors can learn how you can develop a purpose mindset and inspire others to join you in making the world a better place. This session will help you design your purpose statement that can fuel the next movement to drive collective impact by Akhtar Badshah.

  2. Youth & Adult Mentoring: The youth will network with adult mentors to discuss ideas, challenges and opportunities in their field of interest. Adult Mentors will be providing the best practices to help foster positive youth development, academic success, and career readiness.

  3. Youth Panel Discussion on Leading Purpose-Driven Initiatives: You will hear from young innovators and change-makers on how they lead purpose-driven initiatives.

This is an exclusive interactive experience and something you do not want to miss, so make sure to apply now! Applications are due January 15th and will be notified by January 20th via email if approved.

Youth Application:  Below is the link for the youth application. It should take only 5-10 minutes to complete. Once approved, you will be notified via email with participation guidelines and the information needed to access the event.

Apply Today  https://forms.gle/jeFDudyjWbjeNumbA

Please visit the Creative Children for Charity website for more information.

On popular demand, we are excited to announce #WICxAnnualSummit2022 Corporate pass. We invite you and your company to become one of the top 200 companies championing economic access and equity for women in the technology industry. Hence, we brought our Corporate Pass option back for you to create infinite access for your employees, partners, and customers to exclusive learning and networking opportunities at the Women In Cloud Annual Summit

Women in Cloud is on a mission to change the pace and create access for female-owned tech companies, by committing to generate $1 Billion in new, global economic access for women-owned businesses in partnership with corporate companies.

You have an opportunity to get involved now, and help play a part in rapidly creating gender equity across the globe. 

This year’s Women In Cloud Annual Summit is taking place on January 26-28, 2022 which celebrates the collective influence and actions towards creating $1B in economic access.

Take Action: Purchase the Women in Cloud Corporate Pass Package for $695 ($50 discount) today and surprise 5 of your employees with infinite access! This offer includes 5 premium passes, all year access to content, and your company’s logo included on the event landing page and virtual event programming.

Gift of Access: Nominate yourself or a leader in your organization to attend one of our SIX Executive Dinners starting January.

Additional Speaker & Brand Sponsorship Opportunities: 

  • Sponsor Annual Summit experiences: Starting at $5,000 to $35,000. Learn More.
  • Sponsor WIC’s NEW Annual Corporate Event Sponsorship Package for $30K: Includes TWO Session Sponsorships in 2022, including the #WICxAnnualSummit, Speaking and Advisory Opportunities, Executive Dinner Invites (In-Person), Podcast Feature, Guest Blog, Access to our new Acceleration Workshops and more!
  • Interested in Sponsoring an Execute Dinner in your city in January to kickstart our Summit celebrations? Contact us for more details. 

Through this partnership we hope to strengthen our global power as women in technology and spread awareness of your company’s brand and mission. We look forward to seeing you in January for the 2022 Women in Cloud Annual Summit and will be reaching out soon to talk in more detail about the advantages of becoming a corporate sponsor!

Please contact erinn@womenincloud.com if you have any questions.

WICxAnnualSummit 2022 is all about Collective Influence and how can we, together, can create a positive impact on women in tech entrepreneurs.

Starting on January 26th, we expect 1,500 attendants for his highly anticipated 3-day event, jam-packed with all modalities, from Thought-Leadership Power Panels & Keynotes, Power Talks, Focused Roundtables Discussions, Workshops, and Hands-On Labs.

It’s all about Immersive Learning Experiences

We are convinced that the best way of learning is by doing. At this upcoming event, we’ll be having Workshops and Bootcamps so all participants can grow their skills and their opportunities in the tech industry.

You’ll be able to participate in the following tracks: Job Creation & Workforce Development, Technology & Innovation (AI, Cloud, Blockchain, Cyber), Professional & Leadership Development (Leadership & Allyship), Entrepreneur Business Acceleration (Planning Demand-Gen & Co-Selling), and Collective Influence.

And to achieve that, we have developed four Bootcamps. For every session, you’ll count on the participation of high-profile speakers, which are experts in their area. Join Adrianna Alterman (Director at Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund), Gillian Muessig (Managing Director at MastersFund), Chandra Sanders (Director – RISE from The Mom Project), Pat Sullivan (Senior Managing Director at Accenture), Tucker Stine (CEO at TuckerStine + Brand Architect), Patti Dobrowolski (CEO of Up Yout Creative Genius), Dan Langille (Director, Marketplaces and Alliances at Armorblox), Chaitra Velludapalli (Co-Founder & CMO at Meylah), Akthar Badshah (Founder and Chief at Catalytic Innovators Group), among others, on this extraordinary series of workshops.

Take a look at what’s to come:

  • #FindYourFit: The Pandemic has forced many people to change jobs and even careers. In fact, many people have found a lot of opportunities by migrating to the technology world industry. In this workshop, you will learn how to overcome this challenge, crush any job interview, and get your dream job.
  • #TechProfessional: With technology advancing fast, more specialists (such as engineers, developers, and architects) are needed. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to take advantage of these opportunities (and more).
  • #ThoughtLeadership: A powerful story can open the doors for outstanding business and job opportunities down the road and prove and demonstrate your knowledge to others. You’ll learn how to craft a solid narrative to get the best of every opportunity.
  • #CloudFounders: Nowadays, women’s representation in the tech industry for corporate procurement dollars and federal contracts is very low. In this workshop, you’ll learn the best practices and strategies for developing creative investment models to help you secure finding for enterprise opportunities.

For every bootcamp, you’ll be able to get downloadable worksheets, live exercises, and training from the industry’s experts to up-level your skilling and professional development.

You are still on time to save your spot for the #WICxAnnualSummit 2022. Don’t miss the chance to attend and honor the Collective Influence of the fantastic milestones and achievements of women tech founders, entrepreneurs, and purpose-driven tech industry leaders!

We are delighted to announce the call for nominations for the Inaugural #WICxALLIES Awards.

As part of the #WICxALLIES campaign, Women in Cloud partners with tech-industry leader Gavriella Schuster to bring you WICxALLIES Inaugural Awards.

As part of the campaign, WIC is pleased to announce the first ever WICxALLIES Awards, recognizing the individuals who demonstrate allyship by empowering women by Advocacy, Listening, Lifting, Including, Elevating and Sponsoring. 

Allies are the men and women building for inclusion through their everyday actions to bring more women into their network, organization and leadership roles. 

The #WICxALLIES Awards are a unique opportunity to acknowledge those who have supported your entrepreneurial  and professional journey through their Advocacy, Listening, Lifting, Including, Elevating and Sponsoring. 

We would like to hear from you! Nominate the allies in your community and network for the Overall Allyship Award, Advocate Award or Sponsor Award by December 30, 2021.

Allies are the men and women building for inclusion through their everyday actions to bring more women into their network, organization and leadership roles.

The #WICxALLIES Awards are a unique opportunity to acknowledge those who have supported your entrepreneurial journey. The awards will recognize three allies in the following categories:

  • Overall Allyship Award – recognizing an ally who clearly demonstrates their work who act to Advocate, Listen, Lift, Include, Elevate and Sponsor women in their network with examples of outcomes. Nominate an Ally here >>
  • Sponsor Award – recognizing a leader and ally who clearly demonstrates their work to sponsor women in tech through financial empowerment and mentorship. Nominate a Sponsor here >>
  • Advocate Award – recognizing a leader and ally who clearly demonstrates their work to advocate for women in tech through their supplier and organizational ecosystems. Nominate an Advocate here >>

As a community, we count on your support to spread the word about the call for nominations so that we reach all the noteworthy individuals and organizations around the world.

Important:

1. Organizations and initiatives can nominate themselves!

2. Nominations are open until December 30, 2021.

3. This year’s award ceremony will be on January 26, 2022 during the #WICxANNUALSUMMIT event.

We can’t wait to see the nominations start to roll in!

Please contact Sammy at wicmarketing@womenincloud.com with any questions or suggestions you might have.