October 28, 2020

Celebrating Women in Sales Month: 36 Sales Leaders You Should Know About

By Andrea Lydon
This post is brought to you by Sendoso Director of Sales Development Andrea Lydon.

My first job after college was in door-to-door sales. Most weeks, I’d canvas hundreds of businesses, sparking conversations with CEOs and collecting their business cards as I went.

Almost immediately, I knew this was the profession for me.

But like many women in sales, I’ve become accustomed to being one of the only female voices in the room. That’s why I wasn’t shocked to learn that women occupy less than one third of B2B sales jobs.

While that might be disheartening, we cannot change a problem that we don’t know exists.

So how do we eliminate the obstacles prohibiting women from entering the sales profession? An important first step is to amplify the female voices of our colleagues and industry peers because like Marian Wright Edelman once said, “you can’t be what you can’t see.”

I’m extremely passionate about getting more women involved in sales because I truly believe that engaging, creative, and unique salespeople come from all walks of life.

And guess what? Our buyers don’t fit one mold either.

October is National Women in Sales Month and we’re celebrating by recognizing 36 incredible female sales professionals (in no particular order) who are breaking down barriers and paving the way for future saleswomen. So without further ado…

36 Women in Sales You Should Know About

Lauren Bailey

Founder and President, Factor 8
Founder, #GirlsClub
https://www.linkedin.com/in/insidesalesadvisor/

Rosalyn Santa Elena

Ashley Kelly

Sr. Director, Sales Development
Brex
 https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-kelly-mealy/

Penelope Yamauchi

Partnerships Account Executive
Vendition
https://www.linkedin.com/in/penelope-yamauchi-34185740/ 

Chaniqua (Nikki) Ivey

Ashley Hansen Grech

Jaclyn Butia

Senior Director, Enterprise Sales
Grand Rounds
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaclyn-butia-77b9b65/

Chantel George

Account Executive, LinkedIn
Founder and CEO, Sistas In Sales
https://www.linkedin.com/in/chantelgeorge/

Emilie Maheu

Senior Vice President of Sales
Medline
https://www.linkedin.com/in/emiliemaheu/

Kelly Flowers

Senior Manager, Customer Success, Enterprise Renewals
New Relic
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kflow/

Hilary Headlee

Head of Global Sales Ops and Enablement
Zoom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilaryheadlee/

Nancy Nardin

Lori Richardson

B2B Sales Growth Strategist
Score More Sales
https://www.linkedin.com/in/scoremoresales/

Linda Fitzek

Head of Sales and Marketing Operations
Uber
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindafitzek/ 

Allison Raymond

Gabrielle Blackwell

Sales Development Manager
Gong.io
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielleblackwell/

RaeAnne English

Senior Inside Sales Manager
Sendoso
https://www.linkedin.com/in/raeanneenglish/

Rakhi Voria

Director, Global Digital Sales Development 
IBM
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rakhivoria/

Claire Lepore

Enterprise Account Executive
Okta
https://www.linkedin.com/in/clairelepore/

Jen Spencer

Vice President, Sales and Marketing
SmartBug Media
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenspencer/

Megan Williamson

Rosin Hughes

Area Vice President, Financial Services
Salesforce
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hughesroisin/

Katherine Ternes

Vice President of Sales & Marketing
AgencyZoom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/katherine-ternes/

Tanya Adair

SDR and Sales Operations Manager
HAAS Alert
https://www.linkedin.com/in/atanya/

Kaytlin Eck

Lisa Hubbard

Vice President, Digital Sales and Marketing
Premier Safety
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-hubbard-7a083b14/

Kelsie Milligan Stricker

Emmy Johnson

Sales Development Leader
ZeroFox
https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmyschaaf/

Jessica Shapiro

Customer Account Manager
Gainsight
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicashapiro6/

Natasha Narayan

CEO and Co-Founder
IcebergIQ
https://www.linkedin.com/in/natashanarayan/ 

Caroline Celis

Senior Manager, Business Development
G2
https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-celis/

Caroline Kossek

Jillian Worswick

Director, Strategic Accounts
Gainsight
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jzona/

Andrea Jackson Garcia

Katelyn Martin

Senior Manager, CRM Strategy & Engagement – Revenue Operations
Jellyvision
https://www.linkedin.com/in/k5martin1/ 

Selling Sales to Women

I’m often asked how we can empower more women to embark on a career in sales. My response is always the same: Be your true, authentic self; find a mentor; and be mentored. That means trusting your instincts, learning from rejection, raising your hand, and applying to jobs—even when you don’t think you meet all of the qualifications.

As Sheryl Sandberg says in her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, “Women need to shift from thinking ‘I’m not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that—and I’ll learn by doing it.’”

Take it from a gal who started her career in door-to-door sales: You can achieve anything you set your mind to. Happy Women in Sales month!

At Sendoso, we’re continuously challenging the perception of what it means to be a sales professional hiring salespeople with a variety of life experiences and perspectives. If you’re ready to seize tremendous opportunity, take ownership, and do meaningful work that moves the needle, check out our open positions. 

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