UWS Year in Review
2018 was the inaugural year for Utah Women in Sales. As our leadership team has looked back, we are amazed by the response we’ve received from the community, humbled by the influx of support, and are grateful for the chance we had to connect with many incredible women and men. In the year we were able to hold a diverse number of events at Lucid, Adobe, and Podium. At each of these events, we gained insights that will shape the organization as we move into 2019. I’d like to share each of those with you.
Women are Seeking Opportunities in Sales
Going into our first event we had no idea what the response would be. We were amazed to see over 300 people come and participate in our first ever event! We loved meeting many of you. We were struck at the diversity of those that attended the event. Some of you were already in sales, others were transitioning into sales, and, to our surprise, many of you had never even considered working in sales before the event.
We learned that, like us, each of you were looking for new opportunities, mentorship, and a place to learn new skills. Since our first event, we’ve tried to create a community that facilitates each of these. It has been fun to keep in touch and learn of women receiving new opportunities, and considering job offers in sales from our events! If you, or anyone you know is looking for a job in sales, don’t hesitate to reach out - we’d love to help!
The Utah Business Community Wants to Support Women
We’ve had many companies reach out that want to connect with and support women in sales. Companies are beginning to realize that adding women to their sales teams makes them better. Hiring managers and sales leaders have told us that women on their teams bring a diverse set of opinions, affect culture in a positive way, are almost always included in their best performers. These are just a few of the reasons companies want to know how they can hire more women.
At our summer event, many local companies partnered with us because they wanted to meet women who are interested in sales. As you seek those opportunities, be confident. Businesses want your skills and want to see you succeed.
Utah Has a Talented Sales Community that is Happy to Help You
We received feedback throughout the year that many of you wanted events that helped you learn new skills. Utah’s has one of the largest sales communities in the country with many influential and talented sales leaders. What’s amazing is that so many of these people are more than willing to teach, mentor, and support women who are trying to take their careers to the next level.
Our final event of the year showcased just a small portion of those individuals as people taught classes on social selling, networking, prospecting, and so much more. If there’s something you want to learn, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.
As we continue forward with Utah Women in Sales we hope to provide you with a collaborative community where you will be educated, empowered, and supported.
We have some exciting things coming in 2019. We will be announcing more at our Utah Women in Sales Kick-Off on February 13th at Lucid Software. REGISTER HERE
For more information and resources please visit us at www.utahwomeninsales.com
About the Author: Andrea Johnson is the Senior Manager of Account Development at Lucid, COO and Co-Founder of Utah Women in Sales. She started her career in State & Local Government Sales at Qualtrics. After success at Qualtrics, she joined Lucid to build out its Enterprise Account Development team. Andrea enjoys cycling and beating her husband at backgammon, and she's on a mission to bake the perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies.