Meet Jeanine Sicinski: Cloud Expert of the Month –July 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.
Jeanine Sicinski, a channel sales executive with over 10 years’ experience in the Cloud and IT industry, currently manages the NY, NJ and PA markets for RapidScale. She works closely with partners to transform their business and help their clients embrace cloud technologies. Previously, she ran National Channel Marketing efforts for Flexential and built the Channel program for INetU. Sicinski also sits on the board for Cloud Girls, a non-profit organization.
When did you join Cloud Girls and why?
My first corporate company was acquired and through that acquisition I was exposed to a brand new channel ecosystem. Within this new circle I was exposed to Jo Peterson and Tamara Prazak who were very active in Cloud Girls. These ladies rocked and if I could emulate them, why wouldn’t I? I joined Cloud Girls in 2016.
What do you value about being a Cloud Girl?
I’ve always believed I wanted to surround myself with people who are better than me to help me be a better individual. Cloud Girls helps me do this, we are a very diverse group of women at different stages in our lives and careers. I value the relationships and being able to listen and learn from those around me.
How did you find a career in tech? Did you choose it or did you end up here and how?
When I was in college, I found an internship on our school job board. I reached out and it was essentially cold calling, but it was for a managed hosting (or what we would now call cloud) company. Eeek! Cold calling and technology – I knew nothing about either…but I learned. It was an amazing launch pad to a career in technology. If I didn’t step out of my comfort zone, I wouldn’t be here today!
How do you avoid being complacent in your role?
Thankfully, I am in a sales role – products are always changing and my clients are bringing unique business challenges to solve. For me, I like to get my hands dirty on the technical aspect. I’ll take the time to understand the problem and research the right solution. Then I will have my engineering team help verify!
What one piece of advice would you share with young women to encourage them to take a seat at the table?
Take the risk! Yes, you can apply for the job where you only meet 80% of the qualifications. Yes, you can take a job where you may not be familiar in the field. It may feel a bit uncomfortable, but in the end the risk is worth the reward.