‘Women Who Sell’ was an idea, a dream that was borne when I began receiving coffee invitations from women in sales roles who wanted to connect with me to simply connect with another woman in the sales space because they had no other vehicle to support them.
This idea was supported by my sisters from the USA and Canada through the ‘Women Sales Pros‘ sisterhood – a group which provides an environment of collaboration, support and fun for women in the sales space. It was on one of my annual trips to the USA with these women that triggered my own dream to support women who sell within Australia, as there is no other channel for the B2B sales sisterhood. Like anything change can be scary – but I stepped forward.
Women Who Sell had their first collaborative meeting we called ‘The Hive’ in 2014 and it consisted of nine women – over time we waved goodbye to a couple who weren’t suited to the concept and others moved in different directions, however a core of 5 women with the same dream to support you, have now formed The Hive Board. It is through this combined purpose that we wish to champion you and women like you.
As a salesperson, leader, mother and woman in business, I totally get it!!
Being a single mum with a mortgage I relied on my sales results to keep a roof over my head. Initially, I was told I didn’t have what it took to make it in sales because I was ‘too nice’. I was given the role under sufferance but based on the lack of support, felt I could never ask for help. I worked with men, had no female mentors and was in a culture that didn’t understand the needs of women in business. I detested the manipulative ‘sales process’ and thought there was something wrong with my skills and abilities because I didn’t get my energy off the hunt like the guys did.
I second guessed myself yet I loved what I did. I was also a woman who reached the top of my field, who found my knight on his white horse, who brought up two children in the peak of my career and have never apologized for either lifestyle.
My obsession, my passion, is to disrupt the B2B sales profession by bringing more humanity into business and that includes helping those WOMEN WHO SELL to be more effective and successful. Women like you. Women who are ChangeMakers. Women who strive to move forward within themselves, use their voice and not sit in the shadows. Women who want to be comfortable in their own skin and also be successful – however you wish to define success.