Dell Technologies Partner Organization Works to Advance and Empower Women in Technology
- May 16, 2020
At Dell Technologies, we are deeply committed to driving human progress. Through our reach, technology and people we strive to create a positive and lasting impact on humankind and the planet. Cultivating inclusion and transforming lives are two areas of focus that will help us achieve our Dell Technologies 2030 social impact goals. Both inform our dedication to diversity and inclusion. Whether through internal employee resource groups or external programs, we strive to support inclusivity and diversity initiatives.
One of these external programs is the Dell Technologies Women’s Partner Network (WPN), which is comprised of professional women and supporters from within both Dell Technologies and our global partner community. Led by Executive Sponsor, Cheryl Cook, Senior Vice President of Global Partner Marketing – and working in collaboration with Dell Technologies’ diversity and inclusion initiatives – the WPN is dedicated to advancing and empowering women in technology through access to resources, special events, and leadership and by creating a global community that facilitates relationship-building, mentorship, and business growth.
The Dell Technologies WPN produces, attends and sponsors a number of industry and community events and give-back initiatives each year – most recently International Women’s Day, the Krewe of Amalee City Takeover for Good charity event and DeLand Dog Parade (which supported over 20 different charities and causes) and many of The Channel Company’s Women of the Channel events.
We consider the Women of the Channel event series to be an integral driver of progress for women in our industry. These events include keynote sessions from inspirational women leaders, development and networking opportunities, and offer women in the channel a chance to lift one another as we advance. In December 2019, Dell Technologies was a Premier Sponsor of The Women of the Channel Leadership Summit East (WOTC East).
In addition to the leadership and connection, these women are passionate about giving back and serving community. Over the last year, the Dell Technologies WPN donated more than $137,000 to charities. WPN has been a proud underwriter of [email protected] (the charitable arm of The Channel Company) for many years, partnering with them to serve and give back at three volunteer events each year.
One of our recent and memorable highlights was our give-back in December with chosen charity partner, Willow International. Willow International’s mission is to “end human trafficking through restoration, prevention, and partnership.” Following an emotional session focused on Willow International’s lifesaving mission, attendees worked together to assemble more than 120 care packages for victims of human trafficking.
Celebrating the exceptional Women of the Channel and their contributions to the IT channel
On May 11, CRN announced its 2020 Women of the Channel. We are honored to announce that this esteemed list includes 47 women from across Dell Technologies, including VMware. This represents the largest number of Dell Technologies women selected by the CRN editorial team to join its list of “exceptional women acclaimed for their contributions to channel advocacy, growth, thought leadership, and dedication to the IT channel.”
“We are thrilled and humbled by the inclusion of 47 Dell Technologies leaders on CRN’s 2020 Women of the Channel list. Being able to honor these remarkable leaders for their outstanding accomplishments is at the heart of what our Women’s Partner Network stands for and is core to helping to drive our Dell Technologies 2030 goals,” shared Holly Delgado, Global Lead for the Dell Technologies WPN.
Eight of these women – Dell Technologies’ Cheryl Cook, Erica Lambert, Joyce Mullen, Shawn Trotter, and Mary-Catherine Wilson; and VMware’s Jenni Flinders, Anna Dorcey, and Amanda Banker – were also named to CRN’s 2020 Power 100 list. The Power 100 is an elite subset of the Women of the Channel; and represents “the most powerful women leaders across IT channel organizations.
Join the Dell Technologies Women’s Partner Network
We encourage our partners to join the WPN and to connect with industry peers and like-minded women, share best practices and access tools and resources to help grow their businesses and thrive with Dell Technologies.