Third Annual Award Honors Female Cloud Evangelists for Innovation and Thought Leadership

LAGUNA HILLS, California – April 2, 2018 –Cloud Girls, a not-for-profit consortium of women evangelizing the cloud, in collaboration with the Alliance of Channel Women, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of female channel leaders in technology, announced today that the third annual Cloud Girls Rising Awards will be presented April 19 at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

The Cloud Girl Rising Awards will be given to two women – a Trailblazer and a Rising Star — who have demonstrated innovation, solution-orientation and thought leadership in the cloud space in 2017. These women are moving the cloud conversation forward. They go above and beyond every day to make a significant and lasting impact on their companies, clients and professional communities.

2017 Cloud Girls Trailblazer Tina Gravel, Senior Vice President of Global Channels for Cyxtera Technologies, will present the Cloud Girls Rising Awards at 2:55 p.m., Thursday, April 19 at The Channel Partners Studio, which is located  in the expo hall (Hall A, Booth 4069) at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo at the Sands Expo Center.

“When we started this award three years ago, we hoped to put the spotlight on women in tech who may not be recognized in other forums for the ground-breaking work they are doing to advance cloud solutions for customers and the channel,” said Cloud Girls Co-Founder Jo Peterson, Vice President of Cloud Services for Clarify360 and Chair of the Cloud Girls’ Brand & Strategy Work Group, which manages the award program. “We’re pleased to report that the number of women who are nominated continues to grow in number and in caliber. We’re very excited to unveil this year’s winners and highlight two more outstanding female cloud evangelists.”

The winners will receive a trophy along with announcements on the Channel Partners’ and Cloud Girls’ websites, an award logo for their websites and email signatures, and a one-year complimentary membership in Cloud Girls.

Previous winners of the Cloud Girls Rising Awards include:

  • 2017 Trailblazer Tina Gravel, Senior Vice President of Global Channels for Cyxtera Technologies
  • 2017 Trailblazer Dina Moskowitz, Founder and CEO of SaaSMAX
  • 2017 Rising Star Tatiana Sebby, Enterprise Account Manager for 8×8
  • 2016 Trailblazer Janet Schijns, Executive Vice President & Chief Merchant and Services Officer at Office Depot
  • 2016 Rising Star Samantha Ciaccia, Partner Marketing Manager at Datto

About Cloud Girls

Founded in 2011, Cloud Girls is vendor-neutral, not-for-profit community of female technology advocates dedicated to educating themselves, their organizations and customers about the vast and dynamic cloud ecosystem. By exploring emerging market and technical trends, advocating best practices and building community, Cloud Girls is fostering female thought leaders in next-generation technology. For more information, visit

About the Alliance of Channel Women

Founded in 2010, the Alliance of Channel Women (formerly Women in the Channel) is a not-for-profit organization of women in the indirect sales channel of the telecom and IT industry. The Alliance of Channel Women brings us together to empower and advance women’s careers and leadership roles in the technology channel through education, community, advocacy and opportunities for personal growth. To learn more and to become a member, please visit

About Channel Partners

For more than two decades, Channel Partners has been the leader in providing news and analysis to indirect sales channels serving the business technology industry. It is the unrivaled resource for resellers, aggregators, agents, brokers, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and dealers that provide network-based communications and computing services, associated CPE and applications as well as managed and professional services. Channel Partners is the official media of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Cloud Partners.

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