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.
Our Cloud Expert of the Month is Leanne Hurley.
After starting out at the front counter of a two-way radio shop in 1993, Leanne worked her way from face-to-face customer service, to billing, to training and finally into sales. She has been in sales since 1996 and has (mostly!) loved every minute of it. Leanne started selling IaaS (whether co-lo, Managed Hosting or Cloud) during the dot.com boom and expanded her expertise since I’ve been at SAP. Now, she enjoys leading a team of sales professionals as she works with companies to improve business outcomes and accelerate digital transformation utilizing SAP’s Intelligent enterprise.
When did you join Cloud Girls and why?
I was one of the first members of Cloud Girls in 2011. I joined because having a strong network and community of women in technology is important.
What do you value about being a Cloud Girl?
I value the relationships and women in the group.
What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of your career?
Stop doubting yourself. Continue to ask questions and don’t be intimidated by people that try to squash your tenacity and curiosity.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
What one piece of advice would you share with young women to encourage them to take a seat at the table?
Never stop learning and always ask questions. In technology women (and men too for that matter) avoid asking questions because they think it reveals some sort of inadequacy. That is absolutely false. Use your curiosity and thirst for knowledge as a tool, it will serve you well all your life.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I would be Sassy-molassy because I’m a bit sassy.
What was the best book you read this year and why?
I loved American Dirt because it humanized the US migrant plight and reminded me how blessed and lucky we all are to have been born in the US.
What’s the most useless talent you have? Why?
I can spin/twirl/toss/catch any stick, broom, or long skinny object because in High School and early college I was on the Color guard and Winter guard team. We won internationals my Jr and Sr year and it taught me discipline, teamwork, and that nothing is earned without practice and hard work.