What we learnt from the Ladies Who Lead

Ladies Who Lead

Last Wednesday, CloudShift and Salesforce came together for our first Ladies Who Lead breakfast networking event at the Salesforce Tower, London.

The aim of this event was to encourage the leading ladies of CloudShift and Salesforce to share the secrets of their success, empowering one another to reach their full potential.

We caught up with our friends at Salesforce over a welcome breakfast buffet situated against the spectacular London backdrop, before sitting down to enjoy a series of talks, panel discussions and workshops from our fantastic speakers.

Leading Change Management: Navigating the Salesforce Journey

Laura Cutler, Salesforce Customer and Product Owner at TiPi

We kicked off the morning with Laura Cutler, Salesforce Customer and Product Owner at TiPi. TiPi is a valued CloudShift and Salesforce customer. Laura was pivotal in making the vision of a cloud-based CRM platform come to life for the business – driving the digital transformation forward, whilst managing stakeholder expectations.

Laura walked us through her career journey to date; from graduating in Molecular Genetics over in Ohio to working for HM Revenue and Customs here in London, before joining the Salesforce ecosystem in 2016.  Laura’s expertise paired with her wide-ranging career path meant Laura was uniquely placed to offer invaluable advice on navigating change.

Q&A with the Leading Ladies Panel

  • Pip White – Senior Vice President at Salesforce
  • Dee Byrne – Regional Vice President at Salesforce
  • Marcelle Braithwaite – Customer Solutions Lead at CloudShift 
  • Laura Cutler – Product Owner at TiPi

Next up we had the Leading Ladies panel discussion where Laura was joined by Pip White – Senior Vice President at Salesforce, Dee Byrne – Regional Vice President at Salesforce, Marcelle Braithwaite – Customer Solutions Lead at CloudShift and Laura Cutler – Product Owner at TiPi.

The ladies each spoke about their career journeys before taking questions from the audience. Marcelle told us that we have the opportunity to reinvent ourselves 100 times over – having taken a leap of faith going from hairdressing in Australia, to implementing Salesforce Solutions at CloudShift in London.

Pip shared that she didn’t always envisage herself working in management or leadership roles but once she fully embraced this option, her career reached meteoric heights. She also advised that you should tap into your main motivators in order to fuel your success -whether it’s remuneration, challenge or competition. Lastly, Pip spoke candidly about her battle with post-natal depression, encouraging women in the same situation to seek out the right support.

Dee talked about the importance of culture and belonging within a company, which she cites as her main reason for staying at Salesforce for 12 years. She also offered her views on the value of having mentors, because these are the trusted advisors that can help keep you in check and push you out of your comfort zone.

Laura spoke from a customer’s perspective, providing insight on how to get a Salesforce champion on side and how to make the selection of Salesforce and partner easy for the customer.

Follow that Woman: Why Women Make Great Leaders

Emma Turner, Founder of Zenergos, Non-Executive Director at CloudShift & Executive Performance Coach

Lastly, we had our very own Non-Exec Director Emma Turner presenting her workshop. We were taught about the different yet equally important leadership qualities that both male and female leaders can bring to a team. Emma presented us with scientific fact mixed with anecdotal examples and observational humour, keeping the audience engaged and at many points, nodding and laughing in recognition.

The overriding message of this workshop was that we, as women, need to bring our authentic selves to work, because we possess some of the most unique and powerful leadership traits, including our naturally high levels of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), ownership and self-discipline.  These are the traits which can add value and bring a diverse and spirited leadership discourse within a business.

As the event drew to a close, the enthusiasm in the room was palpable. You could hear words like “motivated” and “energised” circulating in the air, with attendees gathering around the speakers to thank them for their time.

It’s safe to say, everybody walked away from our first Ladies Who Lead Breakfast Event having learnt something, and we cannot wait to host the next one!

 

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