What particular challenges do female colleagues in the security industry face? Convergint’s Senior Account Executive, Kelle Shanks, discusses answers to this and other questions in the article written by Paul Ragusa and published by Security Systems News.
Kelle is a seasoned sales professional who has been with Convergint for 14 years. Her remarkable achievements at Convergint have been recognized with Convergint’s “Rookie of the Year” Award in 2006, as well as the Sales Master Award in 2016. These awards are presented to the Convergint collegues who demonstrate outstanding performance, leadership, and service, while being an embodiment of Convergint’s Values & Beliefs.
How She Got Here
“Having stumbled upon the security industry by a lucky chance back in 1994, Kelle turned this opportunity into success. She truly believes that being a woman in this environment traditionally dominated by male workers rather helped her with her career.”
Even though at first Kelle felt more scrutinized than her male counterparts, she proved herself and earned her customers’ loyalty and respect. Kelle is convinced that instead of being an obstacle, her gender helped her to stand out and even became one of the reasons behind her successful career.
Helping Women Advance in the Industry
As one of the female forerunners in the security industry, Kelle has been passionate about attracting more women into the field and helping them advance in their careers. She has been an active participant of ASIS International’s Women in Security initiative and a member of Convergint Women Connect’s steering committee.
Kelle’s Career Advice to Female Colleagues
Having had dedicated female mentors at the begging of her career, Kelle understands the importance of mentoring and passionately promotes it among her more experienced colleagues. As for more junior female collegues, her advice to them is to commit to their chosen path and build a strong network of professionals around themselves.
Convergint Women Connect has a stated mission of connecting the women of Convergint Technologies in order to inspire, celebrate, and develop a leadership mentality. The group’s vision is to create a strong network of female colleagues to help one another reach their goals. Convergint Women Connect offers Convergint colleagues various training and networking opportunities to help them advance in their careers.