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.

This year, Women in Cloud is achieving yet another milestone.

As we go through our second year of the global pandemic, everything is set for the upcoming edition of the #WICxAnnualSummit—and we couldn’t be happier!

The 2021 edition paved the road with collective power. Now, we’re heading towards a new chapter for #WomenInCloud by honoring the fantastic milestones and achievements of women tech founders, entrepreneurs, and purpose-driven leaders of the tech industry—and celebrating the tremendous impact of their collective influence. And that’s precisely the theme for 2022’s Annual Summit.

From January 26th – 28th, it will be the time to celebrate as a collective. For three days, we will count on the participation of powerful voices from our community. We will be discussing how we address current and relevant topics such as AI, gender inclusivity, job creation, workforce development, and the acceleration of the entrepreneur spirit in each of us.

Hear and Learn From Our Speakers and Top Leaders of the Industry

Just as in past editions, we will count on the participation of the top leaders of the tech industry, such as Joyce Mullen (CEO, Insight), Vinita Gupta (Ex-CEO, Digital Link Corporation), Gillian Muessig (CEO, MastersFund), Sonya Shorey (VP, Invest Ottawa), and more. Discover how they impact leadership and advancements in the industry and entrepreneurship globally, achieve new milestones for a more inclusive workspace, and address economic access and gender parity experience.

Together, We Can Create a Positive Impact

We are a collective of women worldwide who are determined to achieve great things through the power of collective influence—but, more importantly, we want to empower every one of you to get involved, transform finite access to growth and influence into infinite access, and generate $1B in net new global economic access for women entrepreneurs by 2030.

Grow Personally and Professionally

Build up your skills with our bootcamps and hands-on labs. Participate in the immersive experiences and get access to downloadable resources, lives exercises, and hands-on training by industry experts.

Join this year’s bootcamp: #TechProfessional, #FindYourFit, #ThoughtLeadership, and #CloudFounders.

Unlock new results and make a difference!

It’s an Excellent Opportunity to Meet Industry Leaders

Connect and learn from industry leaders, sponsors, and speakers at the roundtable sessions. Receive advice and mentorship that will accelerate your vision towards leadership training, skill-building, internship readiness, networking, and more!

Explore New Job Opportunities

Networking is one of the best ways to achieve your career goals—what a better way of connecting with big tech companies, leaders, and colleagues than sharing experiences in the same (virtual) room!

 

We can’t wait to have you with us at the #WICxAnnualSummit 2022.

You can participate as an attendee—or you and your company can become a sponsor to get involved and actively participate in the event!

Sometimes, our greatest opportunities are just one introduction away—which is why Women in Cloud is ecstatic to announce the Get Introduced Challenge from October 7th to October 14th. 

70% of women entrepreneurs in our network stated that their #1 request was a warm introduction to an advisor, leader, or mentor who can transform the trajectory of their career. 

So, we listened, learned, and acted. 

The Women in Cloud Get Introduced Challenge is a week-long journey that transforms executives, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, subject-matter experts, community leaders, and thought leaders into Influential Cloud Advisors to contribute relevant insights and perspectives to community members so they can achieve their dream goals.

 Through a series of short video lessons by key industry leaders, networking sessions, blog posts, and more, participants will develop skills that will allow them to facilitate access to women entrepreneurs. 

The relationship between an advisor and an advisee is symbiotic—in addition to transforming the lives of others, there are several benefits to participants. Through this challenge, advisors will stay up-to-date on the technology of tomorrow through direct work with female cloud pioneers, grow their professional network, contribute to improving gender parity for women tech founders, receive access to exclusive speaking opportunities at WIC signature events, and gain recognition as a member of the WIC Cloud Leader Circle.

The challenge will cover a range of topics to promote professional and personal development: 

  1. Why you should become an Influential Cloud Advisor
  2. How to make your conversations create an impact
  3. How to grow your professional network 
  4. How to identify and share your why
  5. How to make your presence count 
  6. Why your advisorship matters 

The application opens today! Register now to join us in bettering ourselves and our industry! 

For more information on Women in Cloud’s 7-Day Get Introduced Challenge, click here

Let’s face facts: Networking does not have to be limited to direct connections. 

The evolution of making connections is at an unanticipated new era. The days of meeting someone at a conference then, having a chat in the halls or grabbing a quick coffee to exchange business ideas and opportunities is no longer the primary means of making strategic connections. These days, it is important to master the art of requesting a warm introduction. 

While serendipitous meetings even during virtual events can turn into great opportunities for everyone involved, unless someone activates their relationships and networks with clear intent, these exceptional opportunities can go by unrealized. When you combine the right approach with modern-day technology, you can effectively activate your networks to reach people who would otherwise remain strangers. 

That’s where Women in Cloud’s Get Introduced tool comes into play. This is a resource of cloud leaders, decision makers, and influencers that have raised their hands to connect, network, and provide advice to create economic opportunities.

The Forgotten Skill

The reason warm introductions work well is based on the first-principles of being human— people tend to do business with people they trust. 

Those that would be the introducers, especially those that actively practice creating access and have a lot of connections in their network, are often inundated with requests for introductions daily. Keeping this in mind, it is important to remember that you need to make it easy for them to pass your request on. To successfully activate introducers, you should reduce as much friction from the process as possible. In other words, be sure to show up well by following best practices on how to properly request a warm introduction.

Best Practices: Crafting a Clear Ask

The key to a successful “ask” is crafting your message properly. Follow these tips to boost the odds of your success when requesting a warm introduction:

  1. KNOW YOUR WHY

When thinking about why you want to be connected to a particular person, be as specific as possible about why you’re asking for the introduction. Consider why connecting to this person could help you reach your goals and why you decided to go through the person to whom you’re asking to make the introduction. 

As you clarify your end result, you might realize there are other, faster ways to achieve what you want. For example, if the outcome is to amass quality information about someone and their business, you could draw upon other sources such as: 

  • Company websites
  • LinkedIn
  • Crunchbase
  • YouTube
  • Press releases
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts.

Before you reach out for a warm introduction, ask yourself:

  • What good thing do you want to achieve?
  • If you can’t get an introduction, how else will you go about achieving your outcome? 
  • How, specifically, is your request for introduction the best way forward?
  1. DO YOUR RESEARCH 

It is important to know your audience. We touched on this briefly in the previous section by using available methods to help find out starting information, Another benefit of this is to better understand how both you and the person you’d like to be introduced to can stand to gain from one another. 

Understand their role in their company including mission, values, and challenges. When you appreciate their operating context, you can clarify opportunities to add value to their lives. While you can possibly find general information about this through a standard search, more often than not, you will have to make rational deductions. The point is to be thoughtful and reasonable. 

  1. IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES TO ADD VALUE

Be sure that you are contributing to the relationship. You want to ensure that the other party will feel there is value in meeting with you as well.

“The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.”

— Keith Ferrazzi, author & entrepreneur

Engage in a two-way flow of values-exchange through ongoing ‘give’ and ‘take.’ It must be balanced. 

Now that you you’ve completed your research and know that the person you want to connect to is the right person to reach out to, you will be better able to identify: 

  • How reaching out to establish this connection will be beneficial to the person you want to meet
  • How reaching out to this potential new connection will be beneficial to you
  • How you can help them achieve their goals 
  • How you align at a values level
  • How you can help them solve their problems, or diminish their challenges
  • Why should they meet you sooner than later
  • What is the ideal outcome you imagine as possible for both of you
  1. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK 

Don’t be afraid to ask. While it is important to add value to another person in a relationship, it is just as important to give them opportunities to add value to you. Good relationships are built on a consistent, balanced flow of ‘give’ and ‘take.’ 

  1. MAKE IT EASY TO EXECUTE OR TO MAKE A DECISION

Now’s the time to put all of the previous steps into action. 

Think “precise & concise”. 

Craft your request into no more than two brief paragraphs that highlight:

  • Who – Introduce yourself and share how you align 
  • Why – Share your ideal outcome and opportunity
  • How – Identify how this connection will also be beneficial to the person you want to meet
  1. SHARE IMPACT & GRATITUDE

The most important thread to remember in networking relationships is the human aspect.  It is important to respect that feelings are also important in this exchange. The contribution of time and expertise extended is not one that we are entitled to, but rather it is a gift. 

Before you close the book on the successful meeting, do the following:

  • Recognize the impact and contribution by taking time to send a note of thanks to the other party. 
  • Be sure to deliver on your offer to add value to them.
  • Share the impact with the introducer so that they know that they made a difference. 

The Process

Most warm introduction processes, including Women in Cloud’s Get Introduced, follow the double-opt-in method. This is another way to increase the chances of getting a connection. This process works as follows:

  • You request an introduction from your introducer.
  • The introducer passes it on to the party you want to connect with to get their consent to make the connection.
  • The introducer makes the connection. 

At times this can take a number of weeks because of the capacity of the party you want to be introduced to along with the capacity of the introducer. 

Don’t let this discourage you. The effort that you put into developing an unstoppable ask that results in a new meeting on your calendar is all worth it. 

“Networking is an investment in your business. It takes time and when done correctly can yield great results for years to come.”

— Diane Helbig, business and leadership development coach, author, speaker, and radio show host.

Ready to get started?

Put your skills into practice. 

Join the #WICDigitalNetwork to engage with members of the community directly, get access to opportunities, and first look at announcements and information.

Check out our list of Cloud Leaders that are ready to meet with you on our Get Introduced page or apply to be included as a resource for others as well!

Apply to become an advisor as a part of the Cloud Leader Circle

Signup to Join the 7 Day Get Introduced Challenge beginning October 7, 2021 to get access to special challenges and opportunities all around warm introductions, networking, connections, and more!