Each year, CRN UK celebrates diversity and excellence with their Women in Channel Awards, praising organizations and “female role models that will inspire the next generation.” At the Women in Channel Awards 2019, CRN UK presented Dell Technologies with the Diversity Employer of the Year Award, hailing our organization’s commitment to driving diversity both within the company and within our partner community. In addition, CRN UK named Sarah Shields, Dell Technologies Enterprise Channel Sales Lead for EMEA, as the Woman of the Year.
Dell Technologies: CRN UK Diversity Employer of the Year
At Dell Technologies, we are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, and are honored to receive CRN UK’s Diversity Employer of the Year award.
“The winner gave strong evidence that its commitment to diversity comes from right at the top of the company in the form of its eponymous CEO. The judges were also impressed by its ability to not only drive its values inside the company, but to also inspire its channel partners to show leadership in the area of diversity,” CRN UK noted.
“Diverse hiring is not only the right thing to do, a diverse team drives better results and solves complex issues faster and with more innovation. At Dell Technologies, diversity matters, and we make it a priority to share best practices with our partners on this important issue,” said Joyce Mullen, Global Channel, Embedded & Edge Solutions, Dell Technologies.
Dell Technologies is one of the over 60 companies that are part of Catalyst CEO Champions for Change, an initiative pledging to advance more women, including women of color, into senior leadership and boards positions. Moreover, Dell Technologies has launched a series of initiatives to prepare women returning from a career break, support young women interested in pursuing STEM careers and elevate mid-career female associates into leadership positions.
Dell Technologies also introduced Women’s Partner Network (WPN) in 2017 with the mission to support women of the channel through access to networking, mentorship, special events and resources.
Sarah Shields, CRN UK Woman of the Year
Sarah Shields, a member of the Dell Technologies’ WPN and winner of CRN UK’s Woman of the Year Award, is a key figure in evangelizing the role of women in technology and women in channel. The unanimous panel of judges described her as “a truly inspirational entry.”
“Every single answer demonstrated this tech leader’s infectious passion for the industry, as well as a much-appreciated candour and self-awareness of lessons she’s learned along the way in her distinguished career,” CRN UK cited. “…Judges described her as being a brilliant role model for both women and men in the channel, as well as the next generation of entrants to our sector.”
Sarah believes the recognition gives her the opportunity and responsibility to make a bigger impact.
“Winning this award means the world to me, as I’m passionate about making channel a destination for women, not just a landing zone…” said Sarah. “I fully plan to use this recognition to amplify the role Dell Technologies plays in making women more prevalent [in our industry].”
A channel veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Sarah has worked with partners to help drive maximum, mutual success. Through strong collaboration, Sarah and her team have enabled partners to better leverage Dell Technologies’ rich portfolio to deliver customized solutions and expedite their customers’ digital transformations.
“I love the 1+1=3 math,” said Sarah.
Be a Part of Dell Technologies Women’s Partner Network
As a member of Dell Technologies WPN, Sarah stands among a group of women who recognize the changes that women leaders can bring to the industry and the channel, and who work selflessly in support of one another.
Become a part of Dell Technologies WPN, and connect with industry peers and like-minded women, share best practices and access tools and resources to help grow your business and thrive with Dell Technologies.