Award Honors Women Who Are ‘Living the Pledge’: Women Supporting Women

ORANGE, Calif., February 23, 2023 – The Alliance of Channel Women, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of female channel leaders in technology, announced today that Nicole Steele, Director of Global Channel Marketing and Enablement at Aryaka Networks, was selected as the group’s Big Impact Winner for Q4 2022. Honorees are chosen quarterly by ACW from nominees who are Living the ACW Advocacy Pledge: Women Supporting Women.

The ACW Advocacy Pledge Program was started in 2020 by the ACW Advocacy Committee (now the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee) to encourage women to support each other. The ACW Advocacy Pledge is “Behind Every Successful Woman is a Community of Successful Women Who Have Her Back.”

ACW encourages women to go on record supporting the ACW Advocacy Pledge by signing its pledge page. In addition, the association encourages visitors to nominate women who are “living the pledge.”

Steele, the Big Impact Winner for Q4 2022, was nominated by Khali Henderson, Senior Partner at BuzzTheory, who wrote:

“Throughout her career in tech, Nicole has been a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). She has the courage to call out inequity and rather than simply complain, asks for resources and support to fix it. She’s set up employee resources groups (ERGs) for DEI, including for women in tech, and helped to drive programming…She’s the genuine article. She’s impressed me with her strength and the example she sets for her children of a strong professional woman who advocates for what she believes.”

Read the full nomination here.

Congratulations to ACW’s other Living the Pledge Q4 nominees, including:

  • Stephanie Bouras, Director of Partner Sales at Intelisys
  • Dani Foy, Regional Vice President of Channel Sales at Xcitium
  • Susie Johndrow, Manager of Order Experience at Telarus
  • Alexis Keller, Relationship Manager at Root23 Agency
  • Robyn Miller, Community Engagement Manager at The ASCII Group
  • Laura Riebschlager, Director of Partner Success at Ostra Cybersecurity
  • Kristy Thomas, Senior Director of CX Programs at Intelisys
  • Lynn Williams, Director of Community and Strategic Partnerships at The ASCII Group

For information about the ACW Pledge, visit:

About the Alliance of Channel Women

Founded in 2010, the Alliance of Channel Women is a not-for-profit organization of women in the indirect sales channel of the telecom and IT industry. The Alliance of Channel Women brings us together to empower and advance women’s careers and leadership roles in the technology channel through education, community, advocacy and opportunities for personal growth. To learn more and to become a member, please visit

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