Applications for Awards Honoring a Female Cloud Evangelists Will Be Accepted Through February 15

LAGUNA HILLS, California, and PHOENIX, Arizona – Dec. 20, 2016 – Cloud Girls, a not-for-profit consortium of women evangelizing the cloud, has teamed with Women in the Channel (WiC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of female channel leaders in technology, and Channel Partners, the leading resource for the telecom and IT channel community, to present the second annual Cloud Girl Rising: Women to Watch Awards on April 12 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 2016. 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.

“The Cloud Girl Rising award was created to inspire more thought leadership and forward movement by women involved in cloud,” said Cloud Girls Founder Jo Peterson, vice president of converged cloud and data services at Clarify360. “We want to honor women who have made a difference in the space while encouraging more women to step forward and join the conversation.”

Women eligible for these awards are in sales, marketing or engineering roles at a channel partner organization — agent, VAR or MSP. To apply, visit All applications must be submitted by February 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and scored by board members of Cloud Girls and Women in the Channel.

“Women in the Channel is honored to once again participate in recognizing women who are leading the way in next-generation technology,” said WiC President Hilary Gadda, director of the Telepartner channel at TelePacific Communications. “Last year’s winners were inspiring and we are ready to showcase more incredible women in tech.”

The winners will receive a trophy, which will be presented on the expo stage at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, 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.

“We’re pleased that Cloud Girls is returning to honor a woman evangelizing the cloud, which is the future of business IT,” said Lorna Garey, editor-in-chief of Channel Partners. “It’s critical that the channel continually reinvent itself to keep up with the pace of technology change. I can’t wait to meet the nominees.”

About Cloud Girls

Founded in 2010, Cloud Girls is an open, 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/reference architectures and building community consensus, Cloud Girls is fostering the next wave of women in technology.

About Women in the Channel (WiC)

Established in 2010, Women in the Channel’s mission is collaboration through Identity and Relationships to grow business. WiC is a grassroots organization made up of women who are in leadership, ownership and revenue generating roles in the alternate sales channel sector of the telecommunications industry. Month after month, these women are responsible for generating sales for their companies and creating wealth for their families. WiC members are wives and mothers and sisters, and a high percentage of us are the main breadwinners in our families. WiC brings together this group because in an industry that is growing, expanding and changing the number of women at such levels is not matching that 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 communications 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.

Cloud Girls & Women in the Channel
Khali Henderson
BuzzTheory Strategies

Channel Partners
Lorna Garey