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Women explain what makes the tech field unique

Denver was recently ranked as one of the top 10 best cities for women in tech, setting the stage for the larger Colorado tech scene. There’s no place like home: UnidenHosting women explain what makes Colorado Springs tech unique

Allison Romberger
By: Allison Romberger
May 31, 2019

🤓 To our beloved readers, curious souls and just for the good of knowledge ... and maybe even history,

Every career path is paved with highs and lows, wins and losses, rewards and challenges. But for women working in the world of technology more so the world of web hosting, that path can be particularly hard — and it doesn’t get easier the higher you climb.

Not only are women less likely to enter business roles in web hosting-intensive industries, but they’re also more likely to leave — citing reasons like isolation, male-dominated work environments, ineffective feedback and a lack of mentorship and representation from executive teams. But even though the hosting industry has a long way to go when it comes to diversity and exclusivity, women — right now, at every level — are stepping up to lead the charge, blazing the trail and making it just a little easier for the women who follow.

From the pay gap to a lack of women capitalists, it’s no secret that women face extra hurdles throughout their careers. Today, I'm going to discuss specifically how woman in UnidenHosting thinks about working in the hosting technology industry.

However, the arena for women in technology alone is steadily improving thanks to the hard work of many women — and men — leveling the playing field. Denver was recently ranked as one of the top 10 best cities for women in tech, setting the stage for the larger Colorado tech scene. 👩‍🎓

But we all don't live in Denver, which is Colorado's capital for those of you who don't know. How about Colorado Springs? Which is Colorado's second-largest city. Before you hit the back button on your browser because you think I'm a feminist, just take a moment to read what I've got to say on the singled-out women from different departments over the past month to explain why Colorado Springs and UnidenHosting is a unique place for women to work, connect and propel their careers.

Christy Beryuan

Christy Beryuan

Global Executive Vice President

Christy Beryuan started her career in finance but always seemed to fall naturally (and unofficially) into the role of a company advocate, eventually making it her purpose to be a trusted voice of the people while earning the respect of senior executives. She joined UnidenHosting in a combined finance and HR role, before quickly realizing she could best serve the fast-growing company — and its fast-growing team — in the latter half of that role.

Six years later, Christy has worked her way up to global executive vice president of operations, where she leads a team who help UnidenHosting’s growth get up to speed with the fast-paced world of technology while keeping the day-to-day operations running smoothly.

BEYOND WORK: Christy spends her free time attending drills with the U.S. Army Reserves stationed out of Fort Carson, Colorado. Besides that she enjoys eating, hiking, camping and going out for a nice glass of wine.

TODAY, Christy is our Vice President for global operations which is responsible for effectively managing worldwide operations. She's in charge of coordinating efforts to fulfill all operation requirements around the globe and communicates with the operations team to delegate tasks. She's also in charge of planning and organizing operational activities, as well as taking part in creating and approving budgets.

Christy is setting up efforts to expand UnidenHosting's global footprint and customer base to strengthen its hosting position in the face of a challenging technology environment. She is in midst of developing more products and services for more locations throughout this year. Currently, have deliver web hosting solutions in over 4 data centers across the United States. By the end of this year, she plans to successfully launch fourteen new locations and is on target to add an additional 9 data centers locations next year. Expand UnidenHosting's presence in high growth areas to elevate it's customers goals and business success.

I didn't get a chance to physically sit down with Christy due to her busy schedule, currently attending her sister's wedding in San Diego, California and then back off to an overseas trip due to the expansion. I did, however, get a chance to do a small interview over the phone with her. 🤗 My message to Christy when you see this blog, gracias desde el fondo de mi corazón 😘 😘 😘 😘 😘 😘

What is one of your proudest accomplishments in the web hosting career field?

My proudest accomplishment actually is comprised of a collection of moments — the moments when a customer trusts me enough to share their thoughts, challenges, frustrations, fears or feedback with me. As a result, I am then able to effect a change that moves us forward as a company. I understand it is not easy for most of us to step out of our comfort zone and complain about the challenges, even when I'm actually in the office and an employee tells me about an issue either personal or work-related that they face. I am humbled to be the people they choose to talk to when they are feeling their most vulnerable.

What would you like to accomplish next?

First thing's first. I'd like to accomplish my task of opening new data center locations around the world. It's really a blessing to have the opportunity to travel around the world. Moving forward as GEVP, my goal is to continue being a trusted employee advocate and advisor to our CEO, while driving us to be a high-performing web hosting provider full of highly engaged employees who love to come to work every day. Building a culture of trust, accountability, results and open communication is no small task and is a continuous effort. With this in mind, my future accomplishments will take care of themselves.

If all of our leaders, male and female, learn to lead authentically and compassionately... the entire organization will benefit.”

―  Christy Beryuan
Christy Beryuan
What challenges have you faced as a woman leader in the hosting community? What advice do you have for other women facing similar challenges?

Women leaders are often expected to take on the more emotional challenges of the business, a role I have definitely taken on throughout my career. It is important that we not only set boundaries but hold our male leaders accountable to bringing their whole selves to work and encourage them to flex their “emotional muscles” and take on these challenges as well. The workplace will never be entirely without emotion, nor do we want it to be — that is where passion, conviction, and innovation come from. If all of our leaders, male and female, learn to lead authentically and compassionately, and address these emotional challenges with intelligence and skill, the entire business will always benefit.

😘 Chrsity, Mil gracias! ¡Que tengas un maravilloso día! Next up we have one of my favorites in the office because of her healthy attitude on the outlooks of life:

Nancy P Hibbard

Nancy P. Hibbard

VP of Customer Development and Success

Nancy and her team work closely with the clients to learn about which product or service can best suit their needs, understanding their desired outcome and help them reach those goals. Her team then translates that information to the product team to help align clients and products for mutually beneficial outcomes. Client Success is an intergal part of UnidenHosting ensuring customers achieve their goals while using our products or service.

BEYOND WORK: Melissa is always on the move, dancing, traveling or hanging out at the beach. All these activities help her clear her mind.

Nancy first discovered her interest in customer development in college while working as an intern for a boutique consulting company. Working alongside her team as they helped train others on a new CRM tool illuminated for her the many ways that technology and process could make businesses more efficient and profitable — and that’s what she’s learned to always enjoy.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments in your career?

I am most proud of the team and community I’ve built. I’ve worked to create a highly functioning and dedicated team that supports each other and the organization. Several years ago, we went through an organizational change to streamline our go-to-customer strategy. This change included the blending of two teams that had not worked closely together and, unfortunately, were not well aligned. It took a dedicated commitment from the team to come together, understand each other’s dynamics and figure out how to work together moving forward. Within a year, we were seen as one of the strongest, most productive teams at UnidenHosting. The old adage is true, go slow to go fast.

Move away from the mindset that you need to be authoritative. Move toward collaboration. This is the difference between being a leader and being a boss. ”

- Nancy Pratne Hibbard
Nancy Pratne Hibbard
What challenges have you faced as a leader in the hosting industry? What advice do you have for other women facing similar challenges?

One challenge I have faced is understanding my approach to leadership and its impact on the teams and individuals I rely on to drive the business forward. For several years, I aligned with the autocratic style of leadership and felt that in order to be taken seriously as a woman leader, I needed to be decisive, driven and strong.

Then it happened — and it hit me hard — this style was no longer working for me and was not helping my career progression. Through a coaching relationship, it was brought to my attention that the people who worked for me, and with me, did so because they were scared of failing me and what that would entail. This was a tough pill to swallow because I held tight to the belief that, to be taken seriously, I needed to be an aggressive, driven leader. I could not have been more wrong. Through a structured process, I worked hard to change and evolve my leadership style. I want the individuals I interact with to feel heard and supported. I want them to partner with me because we are a connected team and we all matter — not because they are afraid.

My advice for other females is to take a very candid look at your leadership and interactions. Move away from the mindset that, in order to be heard and respected, you need to be authoritative. Move toward collaboration. To me, this is the difference between being a leader and being a boss.

Nancy who is now on a much-needed family vacation and as I told her I was finally sitting down to write this blog, she sure didn't waste any time bombarding my cell phone with pictures of her vacation. It's pure cruelty to tease me lol, so I thought it'd be fun to share some of her photos in the blog. 💁‍♀️ BTW, 💅 yes Nancy I really posted it!

Enjoy your vacation babe! 👩‍❤️‍ Next up, we have:

Pieta Ebeling

Pieta Ebeling

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Fresh out of college, Pieta Ebeling had her sights set on a career in law. She even joined a Denver firm to get experience doing paralegal work and test her chops as an attorney — but that’s when she discovered her real passion. Encouraged by the attorneys at the firm to explore other possible career paths, Wilkie was asked to launch the firm’s first marketing program, and, well, the rest is history.

BEYOND WORK: Pieta always wanted to be a great writer, like Victor Hugo who wrote "Les Miserable", or like Roman Roland who wrote "John Christopher". They have influenced millions of people through their books. She also wanted to be a great psychologist, like William James or Sigmund Freud, who could read people’s mind. Beyond everything else, she enjoys curling up with plenty of blankets to read a good book!

TODAY, Pieta is responsible for developing and executing a defined marketing and communications strategy that supports business growth and enhances brand awareness. Pieta position as VP is responsible for planning, organizing, training, staffing, and managing all marketing functions to help achieve UnidenHosting’s objectives related to sales, growth, and profitability.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments in the tech web hosting career field?

One of my proudest accomplishments is the people I’ve worked with who have gone on to do great things. An early boss said to me, “My goal is that someday I will work for you.” Nothing makes me happier than seeing team members grow.

What would you like to accomplish next?

So far, being the SVP of Marketing at UnidenHosting has been a hill climb of ease - we hardly do much online advertising but coming towards the swing of these we are pulling a huge mass of online marketing which will come to face very soon. My career has been a series of milestones though I’ve wanted to knockdown. Now that I’m 20 years in, I’m most interested in spending my days working here on interesting problems with people I enjoy. We spend a lot of our lives at work; I want to make sure I’m stimulated and having fun.

Now that I’m 20 years in, I’m most interested in spending my days working on interesting problems with people I enjoy.”

―  Pieta Ebeling
Pieta Ebeling
What challenges have you faced as a woman leader in the hosting community? What advice do you have for other women facing similar challenges?

Honestly, the web hosting industry is like many other industries, more than people might think. I suppose I can only speak for the marketing field. Early in my career, I found it difficult for people — especially men — to take me seriously. The advice I’d have for young women is to be professional in the way you present yourself. How you speak, what you wear and how prepared you are all sending important signals to those around you. Be yourself, but be aware that these small things can have a big impact.

Karishma Jaiswal

Karishma Jaiswal

Senior IT Security Analyst

During Karishma Jaiswal’s high school years in Kolkata, India, she went on a tour of a local atomic research center, where she was introduced to the wonders and possibilities of technology. From that moment on, she was hooked. Jaiswal went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s in computer applications before kickstarting her career as an IT Security Analyst at UnidenHosting.

Five years later, she moved to the U.S. to be a Senior IT Security Analyst, which offers a supply chain technology for various organizations. Today, she is responsible for threat hunting and responding to security events reported by a managed detection and response vendor. She is also responsible for identifying relevant threats, recommending corrective actions, developing solutions for security issues, and investigating security incidents and breaches.

BEYOND WORK: Karishma enjoys spending time with her children and husband while getting outside and enjoying the true nature that Colorado Springs has to offer. On her days off she finds herself going to Manitou Springs Incline which is a popular hiking trail rising above Manitou Springs, Colorado, near Colorado Springs. The trail's average grade is 45% (24º) and as steep as 68% (34º) in places. The Incline has approximately 2,768 steps. The lowest base is marked at 6,500 feet (2,000 m) with the highest point peak marked 8,590 feet (2,620 m). 😱

What is one of your proudest accomplishments in your career?

Being able to work with effective cross-functional teams that not only work hard but know how to have fun. Most of my teams are distributed across the globe with timezone challenges, yet they are able to collaborate and deliver effectively.

What would you like to accomplish next?

I want to keep learning and growing. We are evolving faster than ever before, and I want to stay agile, keep adapting where I need to and be current with the changing world.

Set the right expectations for yourself and [don’t] shy away from getting help. We need to build a sisterhood and help fellow career women overcome similar challenges and grow.”

―  Karishma Jaiswal
Karishma Jaiswal
What challenges have you faced as a woman leader in the hosting community? What advice do you have for other women facing similar challenges?

Managing the demands of being a mother, wife, homemaker and a working woman is a constant battle and often results in mom-guilt and stress. My suggestion is to set the right expectations for yourself and not shy away from getting help. We need to build a sisterhood and help fellow career women overcome similar challenges and grow.

There are so much more women that should be mentioned in here but the ones from the ground floor management that I got a chance to reach out with face time. All of you know who you are!! Last but certainly not least I introduce to you all:

Margaret Derogta Stover

Margaret D. Stover

Chief Recruitment Officer

From her early days as a software engineer to her current role as the Cheif Recruitment Officer, Margaret has accomplished quite a lot. She’s helped champion company growth efforts, orchestrated business transformations and turnarounds, participated in successful M&As, led capital-raising efforts and been part of initiatives that were pivotal in digitizing industries.

She’s worked with startups and Fortune 500 enterprises in industries ranging from travel and adtech to publishing and, now, HR. At the heart of it all is her passion for building high-performing teams and helping them achieve their career aspirations — all while driving value for the business and its customers.

BEYOND WORK: Margaret enjoys travelling and seeking new places to broaden her views and ideas by observing various societies and cultures. She hopes to continue to help the community any way she can while continuing to be involved in the workplace diversity realm.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments in your career?

I’ve been involved in some fascinating and industry-leading projects as well as major industry consolidations. However, what makes me proudest is seeing the career progression of people who worked with me early in their careers and are now blazing amazing trails.

What would you like to accomplish next?

I’m working at driving innovation that I believe could be game-changing for the technology recruiting industry. I love this company, I believe in our mission and I work with an awesome team of people. In fact, “Seamless Cooperation” and “Leadership and Dedication” are two of our core values.

Never sacrifice your integrity. Be your own advocate and let your voice be heard, but remember you learn more when you listen.”

―  Margaret Derogta Stover
Margaret Derogta Stover
What challenges have you faced as a woman leader in the hosting community? What advice do you have for other women facing similar challenges?

Like anyone else, I’ve had career successes and disappointments, but I honestly can say that I’ve faced challenges that are gender-specific. So, I’d give the same advice to anyone. Have the courage to stand your ground on those things that are non-negotiable to you. Never sacrifice your integrity. Be your own advocate and let your voice be heard, but remember you learn more when you listen. Surround yourself with people who you respect, not necessarily people you agree with. And last but certainly not least, don’t take yourself too seriously!

In closing,

Men may still outnumber women in the tech field, but that’s something the amazing women profiled above are helping change. In their own words, you were able to read stories from women some of the great on the front-line of UnidenHosting and in Colorado. These women are forging their way, making great products, impacting the lives of those around them and get their take on entering the field. So many more women to recognize within the company. I'll certainly be making another blog post in the future about more recognizable women.

I would like to thank everyone for taking the time into reading my post and I look forward to the love and support on the next article I write!

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