Alliance of Channel Women is home to a vibrant community of channel professionals from across the country. We enjoy getting to know them at our in-person events and are happy to introduce you to them in this recurring Membership Matters Q&A.
In this edition, we’ll meet Anne Pheuphong. Pheuphong is the program manager at Telecom Brokerage Inc. (TBI), where she leads a team of project managers to identify, build and improve process efficiencies. She has been with TBI for more than 10 years (from 2004 to 2007 and again since 2012), holding several different positions while the organization grew from eight to more than 250 employees. Pheuphong graduated from Assumption University with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering. More recently, to further her technical knowledge and apply it to her day-to-day work life, she earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.
Why did you join ACW?
I joined ACW because I was longing for a way to meet other like-minded women, specifically in the channel, and learn creative ways to promote diversity and inclusion.
What do you hope to get from it and give back to it?
I look forward to developing my professional growth by supporting the many educational opportunities that ACW has in store. I hope to volunteer my time and share my points of view with the rest of ACW.
Are you a committee volunteer?
Yes, I am on the newly launched Advocacy committee.
What do you get from your committee participation?
I get the opportunity to meet regularly with a fabulous group of female leaders that are passionate about advocating for the women, not only of today, but of tomorrow as well. I have a daughter and nieces so this hits close to home.
What difficulty have you overcome that impacted your career for the better?
Sometimes a door opens or closes when you are not expecting. Both have happened to me in my career and in my personal life. It can either bring you down or push you up and can really put things into perspective. Hindsight is 20/20. I learned more about myself during difficult times and allowing myself to be vulnerable. I came out stronger and fiercer in the end. I would not have accomplished this if I hadn’t encountered such challenges. On the other hand, one of the best things to come into my life, my husband, popped up when I wasn’t even looking or ready for one.
If you were to give yourself advice when you graduated from high school, what would it be?
It would be to not care about what other people think or try to please other people. Follow your heart and the rest will fall into place. I would also remind myself of the “Rule of 72” and to start investing sooner.
What’s the best book – fiction or nonfiction – that you’ve read recently and why?
I recently read The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. I highly recommend it if you are interested in thrillers, as it was a book that I could not put down. I enjoyed the plot, twists and surprises, and I did not guess any of the astonishing revelations. I read it because it was a title assigned by my book club.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I love to travel to new places and do all things touristy. Lately, I have been enjoying various group fitness classes at a brand new gym that opened up close to home – and I am seeing the benefits already.
What is one personal and one professional goal you have in the next five years?
One personal goal I have is to go on a retreat with my extended family to Southeast Asia. One professional goal I have is to contribute as much project management knowledge as possible to the channel community.
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