It’s nice when great things happen to great people.
ISA is proud to announce that our own Priscilla Petgrave, Senior Sales Consultant, Cybersecurity, has been inducted as an honouree into the IT World Canada (ITWC) Hall of Fame. The award was bestowed on Priscilla at the Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon, a spirited and educational tribute to notable women who’ve paved the way for women in technology, on August 22, 2019, at the Credit Valley Golf and Country Club. We sent a small fan club with
A glimpse at Priscilla
Pricilla Petgrave’s recognition as a female IT industry leader is well-deserved. She demonstrates authentic leadership, fearlessly attacking business challenges head-on and inspiring everyone around her to be better. She genuinely cares about our clients and about making the world a safer place.
Technology wasn’t Petgrave’s original career path. Her career began with a placement in the US army as an X-ray technician. After her military service concluded, Petgrave studied radiology at Los Angeles Community College, while simultaneously working at Litton Aero products. Her entry into the aerospace industry was also her first step on a 25-year career journey in technology. Litton Aero eventually transferred Petgrave to Canada (lucky us!) where she worked as a contract’s administrator on the Tribal Class Update and Modernization Program for the Canadian government destroyer fleet. Afterward, she entered manufacturing as a manufacturing planner, walking the line between engineering and production.
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
-John F. Kennedy
A firm believer in perpetual personal growth, Priscilla attended Ryerson University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and York University, earning a diploma in Business Marketing. Priscilla dove headfirst back into technology in marketing and then in management, and now refocusing her career on sales.
“When I joined my first sales company, I recall I was there for a couple of days, and I approached my boss and said, ‘What do we make?'” Pricilla reminisces. “He said to me, ‘What do you mean, what do we make?’ I said, ‘Well, I don’t see anything being built here,’ and he says, ‘Well, we build solutions,’ I said, ‘Okay, solutions? Well, what does that involve?’ He gave me a lesson on what that involved, and one of those lessons was what the channel really meant. From that day on, I understood and respected what the channel brought to the table.” Now, it’s fitting that the IT channel is recognizing what she brings to the table.
Priscilla is a vital part of Team ISA.
Over the next 25 years, Priscilla never strayed far from cutting-edge technology, joining team ISA and the world of cybersecurity a little over one year ago. The cybersecurity industry is male-dominated. Cybersecurity Ventures state that women constitute only 20 per cent of the cybersecurity workforce, up from a mere 11 per cent in 2013. There’s a significant underrepresentation of women working in this field, and that needs to change. So, recognition of women, like Priscilla, who’ve been trailblazers is essential.
“ISA benefits from a diversity of perspectives and is proud to have an inclusive corporate culture, where everyone is respected, listened to, and celebrated. ISA is stronger for having Priscilla,” says Kevin Dawson, President and CEO of ISA. “This recognition is important, and we’re really proud to say she’s part of our team.”
Congratulations, Priscilla, well-earned!
Priscilla to help her celebrate.