Senior Program Manager, Synnex
Executive Council, Advancing Diversity in Technology
I’ve been a part of IT Distribution since 2008 when I joined Concentrix (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SYNNEX Corporation). In 2010, I joined SYNNEX Corporation’s Marketing Department as a Marketing Specialist, working with software vendors such Google and Red Hat. In 2014, I took on my current role as the Program Marketing Manager for Public Sector and Verticals. My role is to create, grow, and maintain personal connections between SYNNEX, technology vendors, and our reseller partners. This directive is what I use when I create an event, develop content, or help build a training module. I must develop a culture of trust and dependability to keep our customers engaged and able win business. I believe this is why my program has grown so quickly and remained very strong. In the past three years, program revenues grew from 1.2million to 3.4million today. In the end, People buy from People. It's my job to make sure the relationships I help create strengthen and grow over time.
One of my favorite programs I get to run is SYNNEX' unique Diversity Alliance Program. This Program was created to help small business reseller partners and system integrators with various social economic status sell various IT solutions to the Federal and State and Local Governments. These statuses include:
Women Owned Small Businesses (WOSB)
Minority Owned Small Businesses (MOSB)
Veteran, and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSB / SDVOSB)
These types of businesses can help the government (and large prime government contractors) fulfill their small business set aside goals. I help members, SYNNEX stake holders, and vendors engage with this group.
Aside from my professional work promoting women and minority owned businesses, I see the struggle facing women and people of color to enter and succeed in the technology sector. I also see the necessity of a diverse and varied workforce to spread new ideas and points of view in their jobs, as well as grow and strengthen their own communities. As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have experienced my share of being on the outside looking in. Unfortunately, I am also sometimes seen as one of the “good ole boys” (due to my gender and color) and I see and hear firsthand the prejudice and ignorance that high-level, influential business leaders believe or encourage.
While this is sad and sometimes feels disheartening, I am amazed at the progress that is being made within my own community as well as women and people of color. There is a long way to go, and we must continue to forge paths and stay true to our moral compass to continue to win a seat at the table for ourselves and future generations.
My goal as a part of this council would be to help create and drive a message of inclusion and acceptance to our industry leaders. Showing them the benefits that their businesses will experience by opening doors people of color and those in the LGBTQ community will start a cycle of rewarding their bottom line and encouraging greater inclusion. I would also like to encourage opening leadership positions within their organization so that the younger generations can see what they will be able to achieve with hard work and a good education.
I would be thrilled to be a part of this great group of people, representing and encouraging diversity throughout our industry.