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The journey through the corporate ranks to the C-suite must be rooted in a carefully constructed career plan.

Are you ready to take your channel career to the next level? Elevating Women in Channels, a Channel Partners Workshop, will not only address the current state of women in tech but will also give you the tools to actively and deliberately craft your career path to the C-suite. 

Our goal is to empower the next generation of female leaders in technology and bring attendees on a transformative journey toward career advancement and success.

LIMITED CAPACITY: This workshop is limited to 150 participants. Register early to secure your seat. 

By Channel Women, For Channel Women

The workshop has been created in partnership with JS Group and the Advancing Leadership Network, organizations which are passionate about elevating the careers of women in technology. You'll hear from women with decades of proven experience in the technology channel, and be empowered with real-world career-building tactics.

*This event is designed for women, but is open to channel professionals of all genders.

What's In It For Me?

You'll walk away with tangible materials to guide you on your career journey:

  1. Career Plan: You'll build your personal career plan during the workshop, and re-connect with the organizers to review on a group coaching call post-event.
  2. Certification: Upon successful completion of the course and a digital assessment you'll receive the Certified Techquity Leader (CLT) Certification from our workshop partner, Advancing Leadership Network (ALN).
  3. Digital Badges: Your certification comes with digital badges which you may display on social media and on your Resume/CV to showcase your achievements. 

The Certified Techquity Leader (CLT) Certification

The Certified Techquity Leader (CTL) certification is awarded to individuals who demonstrate forward-thinking leadership and possess the initial skills necessary to drive their careers and the technology sector toward a future marked by innovation, inclusion, and growth.

This certification is tailored for channel professionals who are eager to refine their expertise, lead with vision, and impact the tech industry positively.

This certification is brought to you by Advancing Leadership Network (ALN).

Looking to Get More Involved?

Thought Leadership & Sponsorship Opportunities

Why should your company get involved? Partners care. With an ever-increasing competitive landscape, you need to stand out not just with your solutions, but with business initiatives showing you're fighting for a better channel.

Explore opportunities:

  • Named Speaker Sponsor (30-minute stage time)
  • Premier Panel Sponsor
  • Closing Reception Sponsor
  • Luncheon Sponsor
  • Track Sponsor
  • Email Mention - Branding & Messaging
  • In-Hand Branding Opportunities
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Full Agenda

Tuesday, September 17, 2024

Connect and Refresh
7 - 8 a.m.
This morning yoga and wellness program will offer participants the opportunity to breathe, stretch, and connect with each other and themselves before the day begins.

Breakfast
9 - 9:20 a.m.
Fuel up for the day! Enjoy breakfast, coffee, and networking with your fellow attendees before the program starts. 

View all sessions below. Click the name of the session to view the session description.

9:20 - 9:30 a.m.

Speakers: Debbie Kane, Principal Consultant, Omdia Channel Research & Consulting Practice and Annie McKnight, Senior Director, Head of Sales of Media and Events, Informa.

Join us as we delve deeply into the essence of Techquity, a revolutionary vision where the worlds of technology and equity unite to sculpt a digital landscape that not only empowers but elevates every woman in the channel. This isn’t just about making space, it’s about creating a universe where every voice is heard, every idea is valued and every contribution can make a wave.

Our inaugural session, spearheaded by Debbie Kane, Principal Consultant, Omdia Channel Research & Consulting Practice and Annie McKnight, Senior Director, Head of Sales of Media and Events, Informa, promises to be a beacon of inspiration. We’re setting the stage for a discourse that goes beyond the surface, exploring the profound ways in which technology can be leveraged to foster social equity and guarantee seamless access to digital platforms and career growth for all.

This journey into Techquity is more than an exploration, it's a call to action for leaders in the tech space to come together and weave a tapestry of progress that reflects the true diversity of our industry. 

9:40 - 10 a.m.

Speaker: Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group

This session is designed to equip attendees with the tools, knowledge and confidence to architect their own paths to success. With an innovative approach that intertwines practical career planning with groundbreaking strategies to shatter invisible barriers, this session promises to be a transformative experience.

Dive deeply into insightful case studies based on Janet Schijns’ journey to and through the C-suite and the boardroom to reveal the secrets to crafting a career road map that not only transcends traditional limitations but also aligns with your unique ambitions and values. Whether you're aiming for a leadership position, contemplating a career pivot or seeking to amplify your impact within your current role, this session will offer a fresh perspective on how to navigate the complex landscape of professional advancement with agility and authority. 

Beyond strategies and tools, this session is a clarion call to those who dare to dream big and are ready to step into their power. It's for the visionaries who believe in a future where the glass ceiling doesn't just have cracks, it ceases to exist. As we chart this new territory together, you'll not only gain a road map but also join a community of women who are collectively pushing the boundaries of what's achievable in their careers. Ready to turn your professional dreams into reality? "Beyond Glass Ceilings: Your Career Plan Road Map" is your pivotal first step.

10 - 10:30 a.m.

Stay tuned: our keynote motivational speaker will be announced soon!

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Mastering the nuances of financial management is not just an advantage — it's a necessity. This 20-minute session is designed to equip you with the critical financial knowledge and tools needed to thrive in today's competitive ecosystem market.

This session has been created for channel professionals looking to deepen their financial acumen, from understanding the complexities of channel finance P&Ls  to implementing best practices for budget management and profitability optimization. Whether you're a seasoned manager seeking to refine your financial strategies or a newcomer aiming to establish a solid financial foundation, this workshop will provide valuable insights into understanding the finances of your channel and managing cost of channel to a positive and profitable outcome.

Led by an expert in channel finance, this session will cover a spectrum of key topics including financial planning and analysis, margin management, incentive program design and risk assessment. Through a blend of presentations, real-world case studies and interactive discussions, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of how to leverage financial principles to foster growth, enhance partner relationships and achieve your business objectives.

10:50 - 11:20 a.m.

At the heart of professional empowerment lies not just career advancement, but also the mastery of personal financial planning. "Financial Futures: How to Build Your Personal Financial Plan" is an essential session at the Women’s Channel Summit, designed for forward-thinking professionals seeking to secure their financial independence and build a robust financial foundation for their future.

This high-power panel will navigate the intricate landscape of personal finance, guiding you through the process of beginning your personalized financial plan that resonates with your life goals and career aspirations. Whether you’re aiming to achieve financial security, prepare for retirement or invest in your next big venture, this session is your stepping stone to becoming the architect of your financial destiny.

Led by financially savvy leaders who understand the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women in the channel industry, this 30-minute panel session will cover a wide range of topics including budgeting best practices, investment strategies, retirement planning and risk management. You’ll learn how to evaluate your financial health, set realistic and achievable goals, and implement strategies that can adapt to life’s ever-changing circumstances.

11:20 - 11:50 a.m.

Staying ahead means not just keeping pace with current trends, but anticipating the next big breakthroughs. "Tech Futures: Harnessing Emerging Technology for Growth" is a visionary session designed to explore technological innovation and its vast potential for driving growth. This session delves into the heart of what's next in tech — AI, edge computing, quantum computing, cloud solutions and cybersecurity — offering a view of the opportunities these technologies present.

Geared toward professionals who are ready to catapult their businesses into the future, this workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of each emerging technology, highlighting how it can be leveraged to solve real-world problems, enhance operational efficiency and create new value for customers. Whether you’re a seasoned tech veteran or a curious newcomer, you’ll gain valuable insights into the practical applications, benefits and strategic planning required to integrate these advancements into your business plan.

Led by industry experts at the forefront of their fields, "Tech Futures" promises a deep dive into the most promising technologies of our time. Attendees will not only learn about the potential of AI to revolutionize customer interactions, the agility offered by edge computing, the transformative power of quantum computing, the scalability of cloud solutions or the critical importance of robust cybersecurity measures; they will also explore how these technologies interconnect to shape the future of the digital landscape.

11:50 - 12:20 p.m.

Building on the insights gained from exploring emerging technologies in the previous session, "Tech Futures: Investing in Tech Skills for Your Career Plan" is a pivotal session that focuses on translating this knowledge into actionable strategies for your personal career advancement. This workshop is designed to help you navigate the technology-driven future by identifying and developing the critical skills and experiences required in tomorrow’s tech ecosystem.

In this session, our panel will delve into the practical aspects of applying these emerging technology insights into your own career path. Understand the importance of AI literacy, the fundamentals of quantum computing, the nuances of edge computing, the expansive potential of cloud technologies and the imperatives of cybersecurity. More importantly, learn how to assess your current skill set, identify gaps and strategically invest in the tech skills that will position you as a leader in a rapidly evolving digital world.

Whether you’re aiming to pivot your career toward a tech-focused role, enhance your current position with advanced tech skills or lead your organization’s innovation efforts, this session offers the blueprint for success.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

"Building Your Network, Advancing Your Career" isn’t just a networking event, it’s a collaborative discussion (with a meal) that harnesses the collective wisdom of participants to unlock new pathways for career advancement.

The session kicks off with a brief yet insightful overview from a speaker on the art and science of networking. Learn the strategies that top professionals use to cultivate meaningful relationships, expand their influence and open doors to opportunities that align with their career ambitions. Then, as you enjoy lunch, engage in guided discussions at your table to brainstorm and map out how to strategically build and leverage your network to support your career plan.

Each table will work as a team to identify actionable steps each participant can take to expand their professional network in ways that are both authentic and strategic. Discuss the challenges and solutions to networking in today's digital age, share experiences and draw from diverse perspectives to create a personalized networking strategy that resonates with your career goals.

1:30 - 1:40 p.m.

After lunch, JS Group will lead a structured discussion where participants will have a chance to answer and consider questions from the organizers about their takeaways from the sessions so far. 

1:40 - 2:10 p.m.

"Personal Branding and Marketing: Growing as a Leader" is a crucial session designed for ambitious professionals who want to carve out a distinct identity in the crowded marketplace and ascend the leadership ladder with confidence and integrity.

This dynamic session delves into the art and science of personal branding and marketing, providing you with the tools and strategies needed to build a powerful, authentic brand that captures your unique value proposition and elevates your profile within your industry and beyond. Whether you’re looking to position yourself for a new leadership role, enhance your visibility or influence your field, this workshop offers a road map to achieving your objectives with clarity and impact.

Led by experts in brand development and marketing, attendees will explore a range of topics, including:

  • Defining Your Brand: Uncover the essence of your professional identity and learn how to articulate your unique strengths, values and aspirations.

  • Strategic Visibility: Master the tactics for increasing your visibility and influence through social media, networking and public speaking, ensuring your brand reaches your target audience.

  • Authentic Marketing: Discover how to market yourself authentically, aligning your personal brand with your actions and communications to build trust and credibility.

  • Leadership Through Branding: Learn how a strong personal brand can enhance your leadership capabilities, drive engagement and inspire others.

Participants will leave this session equipped with practical, actionable insights on crafting and promoting their personal brand, ready to accelerate their growth as influential leaders in their fields.

2:10 - 2:30 p.m.

“Personal Futures: 10 Things to Do to Elevate Your Career”  is designed for professionals seeking to broaden their horizons beyond the traditional 9-to-5 by exploring opportunities in board roles, consulting and advisory capacities.

This insightful workshop will guide you through the intricacies of identifying and securing side gigs that align with your career objectives, enhance your professional standing and contribute to your personal and financial growth. Whether you’re looking to lend your expertise to a board, offer your knowledge as a consultant or guide startups as an advisor, this session will provide you with the strategies and tools necessary to make informed choices and navigate these opportunities successfully.

Key takeaways from this session will include:

  • Identifying Opportunities: Learn how to spot and evaluate potential side gigs that align with your skills, interests and career goals, with a special focus on board participation, consulting projects and advisory roles.

  • Building Your Brand: Enhance your personal brand to position yourself as the ideal candidate for these roles, leveraging your network, social media and professional associations.

  • Legal and Ethical Considerations: Understand the legal and ethical implications of juggling side gigs with your primary employment, maintaining professionalism and compliance.

Participants will walk away from "Personal Futures: 10 Things to Do to Elevate Your Career" equipped with the knowledge and confidence to strategically pursue side gigs that not only offer financial rewards but also enrich their careers and contribute to their long-term professional development.

2:45 - 3 p.m.

As the technology and communications sectors in our ecosystem continue to expand and intersect, new career paths are emerging that blend technical acumen with strategic business relations. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest trends, roles and competencies that are shaping the future of the channel and our industry.

Participants will gain insights into how traditional roles are being transformed and what new positions in partnering are being created through innovations in technology delivery and market demand. We'll discuss how attendees can adapt to and thrive in these new roles, focusing on necessary skills, education and strategic career planning. This session is ideal for those looking to steer their career trajectory within the tech channel ecosystem, from entry-level enthusiasts to seasoned executives seeking to remain at the forefront of the industry.

3 - 4 p.m.

Speakers: Dr. Ashlyn Szilva, Vice President of ecosystems, influence, and research, JS Group

Led by Dr. Ashlyn Szilva, this workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to take action on the insights and knowledge gathered during the day-long education sessions. Whether you're eyeing a promotion, considering a career pivot or aiming to break into a new industry, this workshop provides the road map and tools essential for actionable planning and execution.

In this interactive session, you'll work closely with the network of peers at your table to dive into the strategies that make career plans work. This workshop emphasizes personalized action plans, ensuring that every participant leaves with a clear, tailored strategy that aligns with their unique aspirations and professional landscape.

What to Expect:

  • Goal Setting: Set achievable, meaningful career goals that reflect your values and aspirations.

  • Skills Assessment: Identify your strengths and areas for development, and discuss how you will acquire the skills needed for your next career move.

  • Networking Strategies: Commit to the networking techniques that can open doors to new opportunities and bolster your career plan.

  • Action Planning: Create actionable career plan decisions that will enable you to complete a full career plan post session with milestones, KPIs and a timeline to keep you on track.

  • Feedback and Refinement: Engage in peer reviews and receive expert feedback on your career plan, allowing for refinement and strengthening of your strategy.

"Putting Your Career Plan in Play" is more than just a workshop. It's a transformative experience designed to equip you with the clarity, tools and motivation needed to actively pursue your career goals.

4 - 4:15 p.m.

Speaker: Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group

Join us for a final, impactful 15-minute session: "Putting It All Together: Leading When We Leave the Room." In these crucial minutes, we’ll summarize our time together, emphasizing how to apply the knowledge, connections and inspiration we've garnered to not just navigate but lead in our respective fields. You'll leave equipped with a clear vision of how to implement the breakthroughs and best practices discussed, ensuring that the momentum gained here continues to propel you forward.

Expect a powerful charge to action, urging each of us to become catalysts for change, embody the leadership qualities we’ve admired and discussed, and make a tangible impact in our careers and communities. "Leading When We Leave the Room" is a commitment to ourselves and each other to be the leaders we’ve always aspired to be, starting the moment we step outside to the MSP Summit.

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Unwind and debrief with your fellow workshop participants at the end of the day, and celebrate your accomplishment in finishing the Elevating Women in Channels Workshop! This is the perfect time to solidify those connections you made throughout the day, and exchange contact info with the new members of your support network. 

Are You Ready to Take The Next Step In Your Channel Career?

Elevating Women in Channels: A Channel Partners Workshop is limited to 150 participants. Register today to guarantee your spot!

Access to the workshop is included with the Summit Pass, can be purchased as an add-on to an Expo + Keynote Pass, or can be purchased separately.

The cost to attend for non-Summit Pass holders is $250, whether it is purchased as a stand-alone package or as an add-on.

Visit our passes and pricing page at the link below to view all passes and inclusions.