TORONTO, CANADA, 2017-Sep-29 — /EPR Network/ — A survey from CEB (now Gartner), shows that sales ranks second to last in the percentage of women in leadership roles. Women made up only 19%, second to Logistics and Supply Chain (17%), and a far cry from Finance with 43%. As a result, the percentage of women in frontline sales management in particular has remained flat for more than 10 years. The announcement from Enterprise Sales Forum comes in light of a need to emphasize the issue and to provide a platform to show the tremendous value of women in the sales profession.
“I have personally experienced the incredible upside of having diverse sales teams, from healthier team cultures to significant improvements in results. That is why we launched Women in Sales Month, to elevate the discussion and encourage more women on the path to sales leadership through the stories of other successful women sales professionals,” said Mark Birch, founder and CEO of the Enterprise Sales.
The event in Toronto will focus on Women in STEM and will be held on October 4 at The Achievers theatre, 190 Liberty Street East, with the support of Achievers Women’s Network. It will see Dr. Cindy Gordon, Advisor to the Toronto Chapter of Enterprise Sales Forum, host five generations of women in sales. Together, they will discuss what attracted them to a career in sales and what underlies their success. They will identify gaps that hinder attracting and retaining more women in STEM, explore solutions and also share advice on recruiting mentors to help increase women leadership in sales.
The panelists at this event will include:
• Joy Sayers, VP Business Development Accenture, and Former VP Sales Nokia
• Jennifer Franklin, VP of Sales, League
• Natasha Narayan, Regional Director of Sales, Canada, GainSight
• Vanessa Brangwyn, VP Client Success, Achievers
• Shikha Bindra, Account Executive, Vidyard
“Today, every industry depends on technology and increasingly deeper skills in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) are needed to fuel the digital economy. Our economic health requires a diverse workforce in STEM to design, build and sell products that represent the diverse modalities of our customers to fuel our future growth needs. A career in sales in the STEM fields is not only a rewarding career, but there are many role models to support the attraction, development and retention of women in tech. Together, we can create a stronger future for our global community; it’s time to change the status quo as it is a business imperative for innovation and economic health, ” says Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO SalesChoice and a National Spokesperson for CATA, Canada’s largest technology professional association.
About the Hosts
Mark Birch is an enterprise software tech entrepreneur, sales executive, and startup investor based in NYC. Besides being the Founder of the Enterprise Sales Forum, he currently leads enterprise sales for Stack Overflow, providing a Q&A community platform for developers in enterprises to easily share and find knowledge. Previously he worked at a diverse group of leading technology companies including Oracle, E.piphany and Siebel in sales roles at both the individual contributor and executive levels. In his non-working hours, he is a fund raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Dr. Cindy Gordon is the Founder of SalesChoice, a Cognitive Sciences AI-based sales analytics platform and Data Sciences company. Prior she has held senior leadership roles at Accenture, Xerox and Citicorp. Internationally, she is recognized for her innovation thought leadership with over 14 books in the market. Cindy is also a Board Director/Advisor with: Corent Technolgy, TouchTV, Kula and CoursePeer. She is a recipient of the Governor’s General Award for Innovation and EY & CATA Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Her community track record is extensive, including: CATA (National Media Spokesperson), Invest CrowdFund (ICC) Canada (Former National Chair) and Former National Chair at Women in Technology (CATA: CANWIT).
One can register at the following link to attend the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-sales-month-women-in-stem-success-stories-challenges-tickets-37978482664
For more information, and to schedule interviews, please contact:
Mark Birch, Founder, Enterprise Sales Forum
1 (917) 929-5962 | email@example.com
Malay Upadhyay, Director of Marketing & Strategic Business Development, SalesChoice Inc.
1 (343) 989-0363 | firstname.lastname@example.org
About Enterprise Sales Forum
Started in NYC in the summer of 2014, the Enterprise Sales Forum brings sales professionals together as a community across our global network of local chapters. The forum hosts monthly sales talks that provide opportunities to learn, collaborate, and connect with growth minded professionals seeking to achieve excellence in the realm of B2B sales. Today it has over 15,000 members globally spread across 14 national chapters in US (Boston (City & Route 128), New York City (ESF, SDF & Salestech), D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis) and 4 international chapters (London, Madrid, Singapore and Toronto).
SalesChoice a Cognitive Sciences AI-based sales analytics platform and Data Sciences company that helps accelerate B2B organizations increase top-line revenue by 5-20%, improve sales forecasting accuracy by 20-50%, and improve sales productivity by 20-30%. The company has four solution offerings in market: Predictive Analytics (prioritizes all sales opportunities and predicts outcomes up to 95% predictive accuracy), Prescriptive Analytics (7×24 sales coaching insights and alert notifications), Propensity to Purchase (customer purchasing intention signals outside the CRM), and Data Science as a Service (DSaaS) to help clients solve difficult CRM data science challenges, including predictive churn.
SalesChoice is a certified ISV partner of SalesForce, with open API, and is also a certified Einstein Analytics solution provider. The company has won numerous awards recently including: Top 30 Most Innovative Companies 2017, The Silicon100 List 2017 and Top 25 Most Empowering Big Data Company Award 2016.