How Maryann Pagano is Living the ACW Pledge: Women Supporting Women

Aug 26, 2021

Alliance of Channel Women is highlighting women who are Living the ACW Pledge: Women Supporting Women. We’re seeking nominations from the channel community for women – from the mailroom to the boardroom – who embody the oath in their words and actions.

Maryann Pagano, CEO of BlackHawk Data, was nominated by Lauren Bretton, Inside Account Manager at BlackHawk Data.

In what way(s) is your nominee an example of Living the ACW Pledge of women supporting women?
Maryann has been a strong influencer in the tech industry throughout her career. And now that she’s a CEO, she can do the things she couldn’t previously. She coaches other women – some she doesn’t even know. She helps women who are trying to grow in their careers – the ones that want to make their mark. She truly wants to be a woman who people can look up to and model themselves after!

What is a specific example of what she did for you and when it happened?
Maryann is a super-supporter of women in IT. She has helped train and groom others into roles that most wouldn’t have gotten an opportunity otherwise. Working at large male-run IT firms, only the “chosen” ones get a chance to spread their wings.

What impact did her action have on you and/or your career?
I have tried to move up in my career in IT and take on other more impactful roles, but I was never given a chance. I really wanted roles where I could try new things, learn and grow. She gave me that opportunity.

Want to Nominate a Woman Who is Living the ACW Pledge?
Do you know a woman who has played a supportive role in your technology career, please tell us who she is and how she had your back!




ACW will accept nominations throughout the year and will recognize:

  • Every nominee in the monthly ACW Member Newsletter
  • Name a Big Impact Award Winner every quarter

For more information, visit ACW Advocacy Pledge.