In honour of International Women’s Day, Microsoft is highlighting some female leaders within the Microsoft Partner community. With #BeBoldForChange being the company's theme for 2017, Microsoft spoke to bold women partners who are helping to shape the future of technology.
It is with great pride that SOS's CEO, FIlipa Preston, was asked to participate in this article alongside two other inspirational leaders Julie Simpson: CEO of ResourceiT and Beatriz Oliveira: CEO of BindTuning
Here's a snippet, but head over to the full article to read the rest: https://blogs.partner.microsoft.com/mpn/beboldforchange-celebrating-women-leaders-technology/
Filipa Preston had not planned a career in technology. But she was inspired by her independent and business-owning aunt to take her career into her own hands. After changing course midway through her Pharmacy degree, Filipa found the tech industry to be in high demand with high pay. So, while working two jobs, she self-funded her IT course then went on to study PR and Marketing.
While working at Microsoft in her early twenties, Filipa found her niche. After moving to Australia, she met an IT exec who put her up for a management role with a Microsoft Partner. She then spent over two decades working for major global IT outsourcers, focusing on a market with little saturation, Software Licensing and IT Asset Management (ITAM).
Filipa defined her “bold” moment as having the courage to start her own business. As a recently divorced, single mother in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis, the timing could not have been worse. “Leaving the safety of a great job to start a business with little to no idea of how to run a start-up was definitely jumping out of my comfort zone.” But she knew there was a gap in the market and believed in the value of the work her company did. She had a purpose, belief and an insatiable passion for the impact they were capable of making. In 2016 after just 6 years, the business she founded and funded won the Microsoft Worldwide 2016 Partner of the Year award for Software Asset Management. She describes that as her proudest professional moment.