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.
Stacey Cole, Senior Director of Global Partner Marketing at Five9, was nominated by Virginia Anderson, Director of Partner Marketing and Enablement at Five9.
In what way(s) is your nominee an example of Living the ACW Advocacy Pledge of women supporting women?
Stacey is the epidemy of empowerment. She empowers her team to push boundaries with confidence. She is a sounding board, a mentor and a strategic thinker who is compassionate and permits failure in order to succeed. As a woman leader, she is fully committed to women supporting women and diversity. She is an active member of the Five9 Women in Technology, Five9 PRIDE, and Five9 DE&I. In addition, she led the development of a new management training program to help develop new leaders at Five9.
What is a specific example of what she did for you and when it happened?
I came onboard through an acquisition. I had the same role as Stacey at the acquired company. We collaborated as peers to discuss my strengths, my aspirations, what I was passionate about, and how I felt I could be a strong contributor to the team. The question did come up if I should lead or she should lead. As I am at the end of my career, I did not want to step over anyone to assume a title/role. BUT, I did see a huge need for Partner Enablement that was lacking. This I was passionate about and felt I could make a difference in this area.
What impact did her action have on you and/or your career?
Her grace through the above conversations impressed me from the start. She heard me, found a place for me and I love what I am doing for her, the team, and the company. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to make an impact that will be long felt after I retire. I am so grateful for her and Five9. As they approach the end of their careers, many women feel anxiety. I was laid off through an acquisition in 2019 (after 21 years of service) at 60 and I was scared. I found a position, and then that company was acquired. Again, I was afraid. But when I landed on Stacey’s team at the same level, she never made me feel threatened, nor was I a threat to her. We became a team. A team of strong women leaders who wanted to do what was right. I had a vision; she saw it and supported it. I am so grateful that she saw the value in my experience and embraced it. She is allowing me to work into my retirement with grace and dignity. This scenario could have played out very differently with someone who isn’t as confident and caring as Stacey.
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.