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CRN Names Three Cisco Executives to the Women of the Channel Power 100 List

Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Labor, women are projected to account for 51 percent of the increase in total labor force growth in the U.S. between 2008 and 2018? That statistic certainly demonstrates how women take on critical roles in the workplace in the U.S., though that’s also undoubtedly true worldwide. And in the channel, women contribute in significant and important ways, as well.

Every year CRN honors women in the channel with its Women of the Channel Power 100 List — this elite list, which is taken from the ranks of CRN’s annual Women of the Channel, “spotlights 100 female executives who stand out as driving forces in their respective companies and in the industry as a whole.”

We’re happy to announce that three executives from Cisco have been included this year: Wendy Bahr, SVP of Global and Transformational Partnerships; Maria Cannon, VP of Business Management and Operations; and Julie Hens, VP of Distribution for U.S./Canada. It’s a big honor, and we agree that these women epitomize success, and contribute in multiple ways to Cisco’s success and its commitment to our partners.

According to CRN, Wendy’s strategic and integrated focus on global and transformational partners has enabled her and her team to define new business models and routes to market. Maria’s focus on simplifying business can be seen in the success of such programs as My Cisco. And Julie has helped build a strong foundation for future data center growth.

In addition, two more Cisco executives, Dawn Duross, Director of the Public Sector Organization, and Maryann Von Seggern, Director of Cisco Capital, also made the 2011 Women of the Channel list.

CRN says that Dawn has driven solutions and services based on the Borderless Networks and Data Center/Virtualization architectures, while Maryann has led the build-out of Cisco Capital’s extended terms financing program coverage from 20 to more than 142 countries.

So what’s it like working as a woman in the IT channel? We found out from a few women out in the field. Last year, at Partner Summit 2010, we caught up with several women who work in the channel, and they filled us in on what it’s like working on technology. They also offered advice to other women looking to make a career in IT.

Congratulations to Wendy, Maria, and Julie, Dawn and Maryann for making the lists! And great job, women everywhere working in technology—your contributions help make the workplace a better place.

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