Meet Allison Bergamo: Cloud Expert of the Month – April 2022!

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.

Allison Bergamo is a sales savvy marketing leader and award-winning content expert. As principal of Bergamo Marketing Group, she provides visionary technology companies with content and campaigns that wow their customers, unnerve their competitors, and move the needle on their business objectives. A passionate advocate of women in technology, Allison serves on the board of Cloud Girls and is an active member of Women in Revenue and Women in Cloud. She also volunteers as a mentor to future technology leaders through the Professional Mentorship Program at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. Outside the office you can find her on a tennis court or golf course, fervently working on her short game.

When did you join Cloud Girls and why?
I joined Cloud Girls in 2019 after hearing about it from Khali Henderson of Buzz Theory. Seeing the caliber of women in the group and their commitment to supporting women at all stages of their cloud technology careers were key reasons why I joined.

What do you value about being a Cloud Girl?
I really value the relationships I’ve built with my fellow Cloud Girls. All of these women are smart, creative, visionary and kind. They inspire me every day.

What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of your career?

  • Look up from your laptop and smartphone. Check in with your friends, family, colleagues, and yourself on a regular basis. You will learn more from interacting with people than anything you find on your devices.
  • Reach out – Take time to really connect with people, not just add them to your LinkedIn connections. Strive to build authentic relationships with people whom you can learn from. Your life will be infinitely better for it.
  • Give back however and whenever you can. You’re never too busy to meet a job seeker for coffee, serve as a mentor, or contribute your time to a worthwhile cause, even if it’s just a couple of hours. You will always receive more than you give, I promise.
  • Learn to say “yes” as well as “no” – Don’t be afraid to say yes to new opportunities, even if they are out of your comfort zone. At the same time, don’t be afraid to say “no” to opportunities that don’t serve you well. As my long-time executive coach, Aimee Cohen has told me numerous times, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”
  • Be kind to yourself and others. Always.

What one piece of advice would you share with young women to encourage them to take a seat at the table?
“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want – including a seat at the table. Take the time to do your research and have a solid list of reasons why you deserve to get what you’re asking for. Find someone in your professional network who can advocate for you, if necessary. Once you get that seat, always think about how you can deliver value. And don’t forget to say “thank you” when appropriate. I once closed a $200K deal on the strength of a well-written thank you note (the real kind, not a text!)

What was the best book you read this year and why?
I really enjoyed Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. Reading it made me realize that I had been saying “no” to a lot of things because I was “too busy with work.” It taught me to say “yes” to opportunities including speaking at Channel Partners, taking swim lessons with a coach to improve my strokes, and participating in online cooking lessons from my high school friend who is a French-trained chef. I’m happier and healthier – both physically and mentally – because I say “yes” more often!

Congratulations to Allison for being not only a female company owner and leader in the Cloud space, but for being April’s Cloud Girl of the month! Add Allison to your Linkedin network and reach out to her with any questions about herself, her career, or her company Bergamo Marketing Group: Allison’s Linkedin Profile.