LOS ANGELES, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadvoice, an award-winning provider of hosted voice, unified communications (UC) and SIP trunking services for consumers and businesses, has announced that it is a sponsor for the 11th Women in the Channel (WiC) Networking and Enrichment Event during Channel Partners Conference & Expo.
"This event showcases an important pivot in the industry," said Tricia Cable, director of channel development at Broadvoice, who has been in telecom for 20+ years, 15 years of them in the channel. "When I started out, it was completely male-dominated, and there were certainly no C-level women. We used to be entry-level sales reps and admins, and now we're executives, directors and vice presidents. It's also important to note that organizations didn't used to lend themselves to working mothers—there was no flexibility. Now, that's not the case, because the value of female leadership is increasingly recognized. A young working woman that chooses to have a family has the freedom to climb the corporate ladder as well. This event showcases the fact that women no longer have to make those kinds of choices, and can be leaders in all aspects of our lives."
Broadvoice has a strong diversity focus; more than half of its channel team is female, as are a good portion of its provisioning, engineering and back-office employees.
"Broadvoice has about 170 employees," Cable said. "When I started here, I was curious about the average tenure for women. I spoke to Darlene, our VAR coordinator—she's been here five years. Maggie, VP of operations—she's been here 20. There are women at all levels in the company who feel valued and appreciated, and in charge of true career opportunities."
She added that the company culture is at its fundamental heart an inclusive one, built on the strength that diversity provides.
"The thing that Broadvoice has always done is treat everyone equally, and it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman," Cable said. "The determination here is based on what you say and the talents you have, not how you look. As a result, it's an incredibly diverse environment, and I find it very exciting that it happened organically. They set out to hire people who are talented and smart, serious, organized and dynamic, regardless of gender."
The WiC event will be held from 5-8 p.m., March 15, 2016, in Galileo 1001 at the Venetian Sands Expo & Convention Center. The event will draw approximately 200 attendees and will include peer networking and a progress report on WiC's many initiatives. The event's theme "Go Big with Gender Diversity" will feature a gender-diverse panel discussion on the benefits of fostering female leadership. In addition, WiC will open this event to men in the channel on an invitation-only basis in order to foster greater understanding and collaboration.
"Women in the Channel events would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors like Broadvoice," said WiC President Hilary Gadda, director of the partner program at TelePacific Communications. "We sincerely appreciate the efforts of companies like Broadvoice that help to shine on a spotlight on our industry's hard-working women."
"As an entirely volunteer-led organization, our sponsors are the lifeblood to our event's longevity," added WiC Sponsorship Chair and Board Member Rebecca Rosen, President of Sales Enabled. "Thanks to companies like Broadvoice, we not only provide these bi-annual networking events, but also ongoing education and mentoring programs. We are thrilled to see so many generous companies support Women in the Channel."
The Women in the Channel Networking Event is open to all women attending the Channel Partners event. It is FREE to all WiC members and $20 for non-members. To register for the event and/or to become a WiC member, please click here.
Companies interested in sponsoring the event can find more information on the WiC website by clicking here.
Broadvoice will be exhibiting at the Channel Partners event taking place at The Venetian & Sands Expo in Las Vegas from March 16-18. For more information on the Broadvoice Partner Program or to schedule a meeting at the show, please call 866-634-1394, or visit www.broadvoice.biz/partners
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Broadvoice is a premier provider of hosted voice and data products.
Utilizing the latest technology, Broadvoice helps consumers and businesses achieve higher call quality and faster internet speeds while reducing their overall costs and improving efficiency. The company continuously designs and implements new features and services that allow companies to focus on their businesses Broadvoice has been ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. More information about the company may be found at www.broadvoice.biz
About Women in the Channel (WiC)
Established in 2010, Women in the Channel's mission is collaboration through Identity and Relationships to grow business. WiC is a grassroots organization made up of women who are in leadership, ownership and revenue generating roles in the alternate sales channel sector of the telecommunications industry. Month after month, these women are responsible for generating sales for their companies and creating wealth for their families. WiC members are wives and mothers and sisters, and a high percentage of us are the main breadwinners in our families. WiC brings together this group because in an industry that is growing, expanding and changing the number of women at such levels is not matching that growth. To learn more and to become a member, please visit www.womeninthechannel.com
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