March was Women’s History Month, a yearly chance to reflect on the diversity of women’s roles in society. It’s also an opportunity to recognize the very real struggle that women have faced for their freedoms and rights. Equality is something that we can never take for granted.
NetMotion wouldn’t be the company that it is without the remarkable women who choose to work here. They are managers and developers. They are in sales and support, marketing and HR. They are leaders and trailblazers, and they are an indispensable part of our culture. So, rather than celebrating their achievements for just one month, we decided to create a more regular feature that puts the spotlight on one of our employees.
Dana Solan, Enterprise Sales Manager
First up is Dana Solan, an enterprise sales manager covering the Pacific Northwest region surrounding our Seattle headquarters. Dana has been with NetMotion for nine years, working first as an inside sales representative (ISR) and then as an enterprise representative before her current position.
We recently had a chance to chat about her role, and what she loves about NetMotion.
Oh gosh, it’s so hard to say just one thing! I LOVE all the people I work with, whether they are colleagues, customers or prospects, and I thoroughly enjoy getting to meet new people all the time. It’s very satisfying being part of complex projects and working across NetMotion to see them through to fruition.
But that doesn’t mean that Dana’s role doesn’t come with challenges. As she pointed out, she’s often the only woman in the room.
“While there was a steep learning curve at first (internally and externally), I’m grateful for the supportive managers I had along the way. I had an amazing boss who reminded me that you go into those meetings with the mindset of Beyoncé, and the rest will follow. Sometimes, seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes is all you need to boost your confidence!”
A competitor at heart
So, why NetMotion? We are undeniably good at what we do, which is improving the user experience for mobile workers everywhere. But let’s face it, we’re not exactly a glamorous company. 😉
“True. But, I’m a competitor at heart, and I knew that by being in sales I’d be the first one out in front of customers, building relationships, and ultimately earning their trust. I don’t see NetMotion invest in what I was selling. I love the challenge of all those steps to bringing a customer into the family.”
Dana has been recognized multiple times while at NetMotion. Most recently, she won the coveted MVP for corporate sales, which was awarded at our most recent SKO back in January. But outside her busy sales role, Dana is also a mother (and just moved into a new house. Congrats!).
Perhaps this explains why she admires another very busy woman so much: Spanx founder, Sara Blakely.
“Not only does she stay true to who she is – a CEO and working mom of 4 – she embraces and shares all of those truths with the world. She started her company with just $1,000 in her bank, believed in herself with a wildly new idea, and built a very successful company from scratch. It’s also so cool that every year for her birthday Sara takes her best friends for a surprise trip, all expenses paid, and spoils them crazy. I hope to do the same one day for my friends and family. That’s the ultimate.”
Well done, Dana. You’re just as much an inspiration to us.
Stay tuned for the next Women at NetMotion spotlight, coming soon.