Women in Consulting: Opportunities & Challenges

As an information technology consultant, you are the expert that deliver solutions to meet the business objectives of your customers/clients. Companies hire consultants when their inside expertise, talent and or resources are lacking in particular areas, such as cloud applications and computing, security and AI. Many organizations require that consultants have the relevant credentials within specific technology spaces. There are challenges being a consultant such as staying on top of the latest and greatest technologies, customers/clients expecting a know-it-all and consultants being used for staff augmentation for example. Being a woman in IT consulting, however, comes with its own set of challenges. I will discuss:

- Why consulting and what it is like being a woman in this specific area within IT?
- Important statistics regarding the roles women play in IT consulting, especially women of color
- Debunking myths in regards to IT consultants in general
- Challenges that are specific to women in IT consulting
- Tips/Tricks to help combat those challenges

Featured Speaker(s)

Tina Wilburn
Advisory Services
Program Architect

I am a Senior Program Architect currently at Salesforce.com where I work in the Professional Services group as a consultant. I have over 25 years as a IT professional where I build and facilitate technology enterprise-level solutions through the full software development life cycle managing multimillion-dollar, critical projects for customers. I currently hold 16 Salesforce Certifications, including Certified Application and System Architect credentials. I am an expert in translating business requirements into technical solutions ensuring technologies and best practices align. I provide strategic customer implementation in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Solution and Development, Automation and Integration, Cloud Application, Enablement and Deployment.