Meet Dina Moskowitz: Cloud Expert of the Month – October 2021
Cloud Girls is honored to have amazingly accomplished, professional women in tech as our members. We take every opportunity to showcase their expertise and accomplishments – promotions, speaking engagements, publications and more. Now, we are excited to shine a spotlight on one of our members each month.
Dina has been involved in cloud-based businesses and internet technologies for the majority of her career. She is recognized as one of the IT Channel’s top innovators and influencers, and was recently ranked #20 out of more than 2800 Channel Executives. She’s been selected as one of 8 female tech enterprise software entrepreneurs to participate in the Microsoft Women in Cloud Accelerator this Fall, has been a recipient of the 2017 Cloud Girls Rising Trailblazer Award and has earned many other awards and recognitions within the IT Channel. Dina has led or provided consultation to cloud-based, SaaS and other technology companies throughout her career. Prior to SaaSMAX, she was the CEO and founder of Critical Digital Data Solutions Inc., which developed cloud-based data storage solutions. She is a member of Cloud Girls, Judge and mentor for San Diego Women’s Hackathon as well as other San Diego start-up organizations, former Board Member of the Cloud Software Association,and a strong advocate of women in SaaS and IT.
When did you join Cloud Girls and why?
I joined Cloud Girls in 2017 after I had the opportunity to meet Cloud Girls amazing co-founders Jo Peterson and Michelle Hyde in person at a channel conference.
What do you value about being a Cloud Girl?
I value and love the camaraderie, support and friendships of amazing women, each one who is so accomplished and inspirational in their professional careers.
What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of your career?
This is an easy one! I would tell myself to schedule in 15 minutes once a month to actually write down 3 goals that you want to achieve:
- A small short term goal that you can realistically achieve in the month ahead
- A near term goal that you know you want to achieve within the year ahead
- A long term goal that you think you want to achieve within the next 5 years
Your longer term goals will likely change along the way. But each short term goal that you achieve will provide yourself with a great track record to be proud of and give you the inner confidence to “go for it”, whatever that might be.
What is the best professional/business book you’ve read and why?
“Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business”, by Gino Wickman Why: As an entrepreneur and CEO, I am typically a much better idea person than an executor. “Traction” has been and continues to be foundational to my understanding of how important it is to put processes in place that enable your team, individually as an organization, to thrive. Whether you’re a CEO or you manage a team within an organization, this is a great book.
What one piece of advice would you share with young women to encourage them to take a seat at the table?
Recognize when your inner critic is getting in your way. Don’t worry about what others think about you. Just go for it! If the worst that can happen from trying is that you fail, you will learn from those mistakes and avoid them in the next thing you try. In the book “Playing Big” by Tara Mohr she does a great job showing how you can find your “inner mentor”.