Women in Technology Community Leaders
Kate Chan has spent the greater part of her career around technology and professional readiness and takes great pride in watching her clients succeed in their technology projects, knowing she’s played a small role in their success.
Kate has been in the Microsoft eco-system as an employee responsible for partner development, as one of its managed partners, or as a consultant helping Microsoft define their go-to-market strategies for the last 15 years. These positions have stretched her professionally while facilitating her clients’ enormous success.
While growing up, Kate was a chemistry and math fanatic, but found she excelled in project management and communication with a keen interest in technology, and is proud to be a voice and readiness partners for the important work of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) professionals.
Kate is able to marry her passions for community outreach, professional development, and making a difference in young women’s lives. She finds and facilitates volunteer opportunities with schools, promote STEM in the community, and develops programs to help inspire WIT members grow in their career. “Strap on your stilettos ladies, we have work to do!”
Marcy Knott is a Sales/Technical Professional in Software and IT Infrastructure technologies. She has 15 years in technology and has worked for Nordstrom, US West Cellular, AT&T, Internap and Datacenter. Currently, she’s a Practice Account Manager at Tableau. Marcy is actively involved with many local Technology Associations, including the Seattle Society of Information Management (SIM) chapter for over 7 years.
Marcy’s academic background is from Seattle University where she completed a BA in Business with concentration in Management and Marketing. In her senior year at SU, she led a Junior Achievement team to win a State Competition.
Marcy credits part of her success to working with mentors in her professional life. They were always her advocates when the next challenge was put in front of her and assisted her to be tenacious and stay positive and resilient. Thus her involvement with Women in Technology as her passion and personal mission is to help young technology professional women succeed as she has done.
Dana Manciagli is a career expert, speaker, and private coach. She has spent more than 30 years as a Fortune 500 sales and marketing executive, now retired after over a decade’s tenure at Microsoft. Dana is the author of the book, Cut the Crap™, Get a Job! and a prolific blogger.
A recognized career, networking, and business thought leader, she is a sought-after speaker and a regular contributor to print and online publications, including her own weekly “Career Mojo” column in all of the Business Journals nationwide. She was named among Seattle’s Women of Influence, sits on the worldwide board of Junior Achievement and received her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Laurie Mix is a Software License professional with Zones Inc. Her career spans over 20 years in the software industry working for Software publishers and resellers in sales and partner development. It was in these roles that she found that she had a talent for helping her clients understand and navigate the challenges of software licensing. She loves the long term relationships she’s able to build with her clients as well as her software partners.
While growing up she never expected to be in a technology industry, and in fact studied fine arts. Early in her career she discovered a talent for taking complicated information and making it clear and concise. She has used this talent over the years not only in her career but with children as a Girl Scout Leader and mentor.
She spends a great deal of time in Seattle, but lives in North Idaho with her family and menagerie of pets.
Laurie can be reached at email@example.com
Misty is passionate about promoting technology to help teams while she collaboratively manages construction and business projects with innovative and efficient processes, programs, and training. As the Operations Manager at KBA, Inc., she leads the development, security, and customization of a robust SharePoint platform and integrated mobility tools for staff, clients, and contractors. With over 10 years of operations and leadership experience, her unique talent for analyzing problems and finding strategic, innovative solutions supports a multitude of responsibilities including managing technology, fleet and equipment, safety, training, and business continuity at KBA. Misty is a proud Alum from Central Washington University where she received a B.S. degree in Business Administration.
As a young and enthusiastic leader, Misty has benefitted from and is firm believer in mentorship and networking to build a solid foundation in one’s career. As a member and leader in Seattle’s Women In Technology chapter, she enjoys encouraging youth and women to embrace and adopt technologies in their work and personal lives, and appreciates promoting WIT as a way to pay it forward and reach a broader audience in various industries.
Kayla Spiess has spent her career in technology and focuses mostly on how to move the needle forward with key strategic alliances. Her passion lies in helping organizations learn how to partner and engage to ensure mutually beneficial returns and, to develop new business models. Her approach is to focus on not only the GTM, but to look at all the necessary elements in concert: Marketing, Technology and Business Development.
Kayla has been in the Microsoft ecosystem for the past 10 years working with various group spanning across marketing, industry, partner and direct sale in the US and Canada as well as in a Global capacity. Currently, Kayla is part of Samsung Electronics America’ B2B Sales Team on the Strategic Alliances side and is responsible for the Microsoft relationship in the US.
Kayla has a BA from the University of Guelph and a post graduate degree in Public Relations from Humber College. Kayla champions the importance of technology in our everyday lives and the career path that forms when you couple the right strategy with the right business need. She can’t imagine doing anything different from a career perspective and fully believes in the tremendous opportunities that exist in the industry. She has recently relocated to Bellevue from NYC and is settling into her new community nicely.