Our company will host its first ever women’s leadership panel discussion to address the variety of challenges that women often face in the workplace. The event, When Women Lead: Transforming the Workplace Through Strength & Compassion, will be held on Thursday, May 16, 9 a.m. at the Perryville Correctional Facility in Goodyear, Arizona.
For those of you unfamiliar with what Televerde does, we help global B2B organizations generate demand and accelerate sales through a combination of strategic data solutions, marketing technology and highly skilled sales professionals. Now let’s talk for a moment about our highly skilled sales professionals.
Since our inception in 1994, we’ve been providing education and career opportunities for incarcerated women both while in prison and after release. We operate nine call centers, four of which are staffed entirely by female inmates at the Department of Corrections at Perryville and one that’s staffed by female inmates at the Department of Correction at Rockville (Indiana). Today, 70% of our 600+ global workforce is incarcerated.
For this reason, a Women’s Leadership Panel inside the walls of Perryville prison just makes sense.
The idea came about as a way to connect our ladies on the inside to strong, compassionate female leaders in tech. Building professional networks is so important and there are many powerful lessons to be learned when we listen to the journeys of others. All of us have had missteps, setbacks and obstacles. But with courage, a willingness to learn, and resilience, we overcome them and end up being better for each experience.
The following four female leaders will join our CEO, Morag Lucey, and share their stories: Amy Fliegelman Olli, senior vice president and general counsel of VMWare; Brenda Wylie Kay, vice president of Software & Data for Pitney Bowes; Jaana Linsenmayer, vice president of Marketing for SAP North America; and Tamara McCleary, founder and CEO of Thulium.
During the two-hour event, panelists will answer questions about their careers, overcoming obstacles, what led them to their current positions, greatest lessons learned, and how to lead in male-dominated fields. They’ll address the changing roles of women in the workplace and each will leave behind one piece of practical advice that will help and inspire our ladies as they continue building their professional brands.
We’ve asked 60 Televerde-Perryville women to join us for the live event and will share photos, live tweets and video highlights across our Televerde social media channels. This will be the first of many events we’ll host in the future to enable business leaders to experience the talent and potential that exist behind prison walls.