Launching Women In Revenue’s first local chapter in Austin

By: Kimberly Storin, CMO of RapidDeploy

Late last year, I had lunch with Jill Melchionda in downtown San Francisco. The primary topic of conversation was the inherent value of our support networks and how those networks helped us learn, grow and move forward. In that conversation, she shared with me the initiatives that she was driving with Women In Revenue (WIR). I have participated in a few women’s focused organizations – starting as the President of Graduate Women in Business back in business school to attending Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen a few years in a row – so of course, I was intrigued and hungry to learn more about this group of women in sales and marketing and how they were empowering each other.

Fast forward a few months (and a few delays due to COVID-19) and here we are – finally launching WIR’s local chapter in Austin.

Austin is a natural choice as the first city to launch a WIR chapter. For one, Austin is a city where uniqueness and individuality is highly valued, but there is also a huge amount of local community spirit. We are a city that comes together to lift each other up. It also happens to be one of the fastest growing job markets in the U.S. – I’ve watched it grow from a mid-sized, college town in the 1990s to tech hub in the 2010s and that growth won’t stop anytime soon.  

While Austin has a lot of great industry organizations focused on the discipline of marketing, there wasn’t really a forum for women in revenue driving roles to come together for authentic conversations on topics that keep us up at night. WIR will help us fill this gap. WIR will enable us to connect with other sales and marketing leaders and up-and-coming leaders; to mentor and support each other; to learn from each other. Together, we’ll work to make sure there are more seats at the table. 

Join us as we get our Austin chapter up and running. Our first local event will be held virtually on September 17th from 8:30 – 10:00am. It will start with a panel discussion with three incredible Austin-based revenue leaders, followed by small group discussions.

Register for this inaugural event and join WIR to get access to our exclusive Slack network and #austinchapter channel.

Huge thanks to our amazing group of Austin chapter founding members for making this event a reality: Leigh Choate, Abel Lomas, Tricia Dugan, Meg Swanson, Christy Barnett, Christie Post, Lonie Johnson. And of course, thanks to the WIR national team – Cari, Andrea, Gina, Hana and Claire – for help getting this chapter started!