Tina GravelMay 18, 2021
Tamara Prazak Honored as Rising Star in Cloud Girls “Women to Watch” Awards
Appgate's national channel director receives prestigious industry honor
Tamara Prazak, our national channel director, has been named a Rising Star in the sixth annual Cloud Girls Rising Awards. Tamara, who has more than 20 years of experience in technology, was honored as an "up-and-comer” for her initiative in advancing cloud and next-generation technology solutions for her organization, customers and the industry.
Since joining Appgate, Tamara has worked diligently to empower partners to guide their customers through a Zero Trust journey, enabling modern secure access controls for today’s hybrid IT. Under unprecedented pandemic circumstances, she's enabled our partners to help clients increase their security posture with Appgate SDP, a leading Zero Trust Network Access solution. She encouraged them to talk about security in terms of least-privilege network access, which is the foundation of Zero Trust. Additionally, she has been an advocate for viewing cloud marketplaces as a sales avenue that could expedite time-to-revenue with customers who are already buying through the AWS marketplace.
One of Tamara’s key initiatives in 2020 was the development of the TNT Video Series, which provides channel partners with the resources they need to demystify key security concepts and provides them with the tools to approach security conversations with their clients. Ultimately, over the past year, she helped increase her territory's channel pipeline growth by a factor of four and contributed to company-wide year-over-year growth of 120 percent.
Throughout her career Tamara has served as a mentor to women in the workplace and in the channel. She participates in the Alliance of Channel Women, Women in Cybersecurity and Women of Appgate and works closely with our interns and newly onboarded employees to ensure they have a strong support system.
The Cloud Girls Rising Awards are presented by Cloud Girls, a not-for-profit female Next-Gen Tech Think Tank. The Cloud Girls Rising award was created to honor women in the telecom and IT channel who have demonstrated innovation, solution-orientation, and thought leadership in the cloud space, as well as to inspire more women to step forward and follow their example.
Women eligible for Cloud Girls awards are in sales, marketing or engineering roles at a channel partner organization — agent, VARs, MSPs or suppliers. The winners were chosen by a judging panel of Cloud Girls representatives from applications submitted online from February 9 to March 15, 2021. The winners were awarded trophies and a one-year complimentary membership in Cloud Girls.