Session: Surviving in Tech While Female and Black
1) Surviving in Tech While Female and Black - Working in corporate America can be difficult when there are not enough underrepresented groups in leadership for representation or sponsorship. Having grit and the ability to mentor greatly help the next generations and provide diversity to help companies grow.
- 1.1 - Get your Circle of Trust, personally and professionally
- 1.2 - Network and Stay connected
- 1.3 - Tough times, tough skin
Windy Nicholson is a respected senior technology leader, mentor, speaker, board member, philanthropist, wife and mother. Her executive presence and ability to influence make her a natural connector and activator. As a strategic leader, she is more driven when she can include volunteering, mentoring and advocating for women and underrepresented groups. She is well respected for her insight and expertise in technology, M&A and strategy and sought after to share her professional journey.
Currently, as Salesforce’s VP, Technology and Product, Windy’s focus is on M&A due diligence, evaluation, systems assessments and integration. Her team of experts also drives these processes for all acquired companies (over 80 since 2006) into the Salesforce family. By partnering closely with acquired teams, Corporate Development, Security, Engineering and Product, they work as a team to create the integration strategy with the best path to success for full integration.
Before Salesforce, Windy led Technology Planning and Execution/PMO efforts at Equifax. As a leader for Global Consumer Solutions, she worked with Security and Legal on regulatory and compliance mandates while developing new products and features. She optimized and led M&A tech integrations for 8 global acquisitions totalling over $3 Billion. She has managed annual tech budgets over $80 Million, led Agile Transformations, coached executives and led global development teams across multiple countries.
Windy earned a BSc degree in Computer Science from SCSU, an HBCU and a MSc degree in CIS from Missouri State University. Her certifications include a PMP, Certified Agile Leader and Google Cloud DigitalLeader. WindyisaGoogle“IamRemarkable”facilitator,apublishedcontributorandmemberofthe Forbes Technology Council and a member of CHIEF, a network of women executive leaders. Her high energy contributes to her participation and requests to moderate and participate in panels, speaking engagements including keynote speeches, fireside chats and podcasts, professionally and personally.
Her additional passions include family and friends, staying fit, cycling, various sports, camping, reading, traveling and tinkering with technology. Windy’s efforts include being a Pajama Reading Program volunteer, Black Girls Do Bike Atlanta Shero (Cycling Leader) and her High School Scholarship Committee. She is humbled as a small town girl who continues to Dream the Impossible.