Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event 2015 summary

Light Reading's BTE 2015

I recently attended Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event 2015 (BTE 2015) in Chicago.

Organizations, large or small, all agreed that we should stop running alone and start innovating together in this uncertain and ever changing telecom world. IBM, for example, is building a cloud-based open platform designed to allow clients and ecosystem partners build Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and will invest $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new IoT unit.

What impressed me the most was the Women in Tech breakfast champions. In an industry inundated with men, we often joke that technology trade shows like BTE are the few places where you won’t see women line up at the washroom. Light Reading’s invited influential women leaders in the technology field to share their personal experiences and success stories.

One of the common attributes that those successful women all share is the positive attitude. Jennifer Perron-Micek, Senior Director, Products & Innovation, US Cellular pointed out that women have natural-born skills that men often don’t possess, such as being talented at building relationships, and that we can harness theses attributes to be successful and get ahead. Karen Freitag, President, Sprint Enterprise Solutions thought that women have greater opportunities than ever before, and that women need to change their perspective and not let the extra responsibilities that we take on hold us back.

Chicago CIO Brenna Berman shared her favourite quotes. She’s a strong believer in taking unexpected opportunities and working hard – a winning combo.

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” – Seneca the Younger

“Luck to me is… Hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” – Lucille Ball

Everybody will always face different challenges in our personal and work life. Be true to ourselves is very important. Don’t try to be something we aren’t. What we bring to the table is so valuable. Don’t lose that.