Kelli McMillan of Five9 Honored on Channel Futures DE&I 101 List of Exceptional Channel Leaders
We are proud to announce that Kelli McMillan, Five9 Global Partner Manager, is among the honorees included on the inaugural Channel Futures DE&I 101 list. The list recognizes national leaders, from diverse, multicultural backgrounds and industries, who are changing the face of telecom and IT through their words, actions, and leadership.
The Channel Futures DE&I 101 list turns a spotlight on the dedicated and determined individuals working to eliminate discrimination in the industry. The need for DE&I (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) has been acknowledged in the information and communications industries for many years, and while many tech organizations receive attention for their DE&I programs, it’s the people at the grassroots level who get things started and keep the momentum going.
DE&I 101 list nominations were open to managers, leaders and individual contributors in the telecom, cable, and IT industries, and applications were reviewed by members of the Channel Futures editorial team with input from advisory board members.
“The publication of this list represents a milestone for the industry and channel in raising the visibility of individuals who are truly at the center of change in the industry,” said Robert DeMarzo, Vice President of Content, Informa Tech Channels. “These individuals are propelling their organizations forward when it comes to innovation, business growth, and customer/supplier connections. The Channel Futures team is proud of its role in bringing this list, spearheaded by Managing Editor Buffy Naylor, to market recognizing such a great group of individuals.”
Kelli is a leader in the fast-growing Five9 global partner community, charged with building out the CCaaS practice with education and marketing resources. Kelli also founded the Xposure Inclusion and Diversity Council, a Business Resource Group in the channel where individuals from different backgrounds and cultures can collaborate.
“Xposure is an opportunity to reimagine the way that we interact with each other,” Kelli said. “Whether you are a DE&I ally or champion, or an organization looking for guidance, you can join Xposure, where we are focused on creating a balanced partner ecosystem where everyone is seen, heard and supported throughout their career journey.”
Jake Butterbaugh, Senior Vice President for Channel Partners at Five9 added, "We are so happy to celebrate this award with Kelli. She is a shining example of success at Five9 and is incredibly deserving of this recognition."