I started the Women in Sales community and this little blog when I first started at HubSpot. That was a long, long, long time ago- 8 1/2 years ago now. This blog started from a project that we are asked to do when you start working at HubSpot. When you join HubSpot we actually put you through a project where you have to learn how to use our software by creating a faux business where you use HubSpot to market your business. I am so glad that HubSpot does that because I can tell you that one of the reasons I am good at selling HubSpot to my customers is because I actually have used it all of these years on my own blog (this one) and then years later on my side hustle that I run on weekends and nights. SIDE NOTE: if you sell software or any product - use the software or product yourself and learn everything and anything about it. It will make you a better sales rep.
I knew years ago that communities were important to women. Communities of like minded people are good for you, they bring you up and help you feel connected. They help to create a sense of belonging that you might not have without them. This blog and community is more than just me. I created it because I saw a lack of women in similar roles that I could connect with early on in my career. As I continued in my career it became even more evident to me how important it is to be able to bounce ideas off other women in sales roles was. Only being able to communicate with other women in sales roles at your own company is not enough. To widen your experience and widen your mindset you need to learn from women in sales roles from all kinds of companies and industries. We can all learn from each other. We can all help each other throughout our years and careers in sales.
Over the years this blog evolved into a Women in Sales Podcast.
There are only 6 episodes because I am only 1 person and after I started the podcast I started a side hustle that honestly takes up most of my weekends and nights now. I still think this community is super important so I have made it a priority and goal for the new year to bring this PODCAST back full stream. I have been on the search for a partner for the podcast and this community and think I am close to finding one. Stay tuned for details on that.
It evolved into a slack channel when Slack started.
When Slack started I saw that as an awesome opportunity to 1. not have to build software myself to help manage this community as it grows. 2. Be able to leverage Slack to help women in this community communicate with each other. A lot of companies use Slack for internal communication but it is a very helpful tool for communities like this as well. If you want to join the Women in Sales Slack channel you can request to do so here.
We started the Facebook Group.
We started a Linkedin Group.
We have an email newsletter (that has lacked in content for a WHILE). I am sorry about that. I promise to start blogging again and there will be more relevant content coming out soon.
So why do I care about this?
Because women in similar roles and similar jobs need a way to learn from each other. It is important and helpful to be able to surround yourself with other women in roles similar to you. This gives you a sense of community where you can learn from one another. If we didn't have this kind of community it would be harder to feel that connection and feel like you are part of something bigger than just your role in sales at your company.
In 2019 we are re-launching this Women in Sales Community.
It will grow and I want it to be a place where women in sales roles across industries can come to connect with other like minded women in similar roles or maybe roles they want to grow into.
There are things I wish I knew when I started out in sales. Things I wish I could have read about or talked to other women who have worked their way up in this field of sales about. Things that I think we can all share with each other in the sales field to help each other have fruitful and smart careers in sales. We don't need to do this alone.
- We already have over 1000 women in sales roles in our slack channel community.
- There are over 400 women in sales roles in the LinkedIn Group.
- Thousands of women are subscribed to our blog.
I don't want to let this go to the wayside anymore. A huge priority for me in 2019 is to put this front and center and help you learn and connect with each other. This women in sales community is important for us as women in sales but also to help empower our companies that we work at to take us seriously. If we want more women in VP of Sales roles and higher level sales roles we need to help each other.
If you have ideas on what you want to see from this community please let us know in the comments. We are going to launch city leads, podcast episodes covering women in sales roles every couple of weeks, events in different cities, Slack channel, the blog, etc.
We hope you will join us in expanding this community in 2019 because women advancing their careers in sales is important to me and to so many businesses that we work for. We need to empower women to advance their careers in sales at all stages of their lives and I hope this community will help women do that.