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Jasmine Lombardi: Stevie Award for Women in Business | OpenView Blog

Intronis VP of Partner Success Jasmine Lombardi Awarded Silver Stevie for Female Executive of the Year

Much attention has been paid to the frustratingly persistent gender gap in the startup and tech world this year. Some of the most memorable news — from Tinder’s alleged harassment of former VP Whitney Wolfe to “GamerGate” and the shockingly ugly threats against female game developers and critics — serve as stark indicators of the divide and reminders of how far we still have to go to bridge it.

While it’s incredibly important for us to focus on those stories and have a dialog around them, I also think it’s important to share some of the spotlight on the positive examples of women in the tech industry who are achieving great accomplishments and leading the way for others to follow in their footsteps. That’s why I was so excited to see Jasmine Lombardi, VP of Partner Success at OpenView portfolio company Intronis, recognized for her exceptional leadership with one of the top honors at the 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

I reached out to Jasmine to get her thoughts on the award and what it means to her. Here’s what she had to say:

What makes the Stevie Awards special, specifically in the IT space?

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business recognizes women for their achievements in the organization they founded or run. In an industry traditionally dominated by males, this award provides an endorsement to all females in the IT industry that they can truly make a difference. There is a growing trend of girls not studying or working on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). The Stevie Award helps promote the message that girls and women can contribute and advance just as much or more than males in the IT industry.

What does winning the award mean to you, personally?

Personally, this award has a lot of significance to me. I grew up in Singapore in a small village back in the 1960s, when it was a third world country. It was beyond my imagination that one day I would be in the Big Apple receiving an award that’s so prestigious worldwide. I thought I would only ever see New York City on my small black and white TV!

This goes to show that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and work hard to achieve your goals. It gives true meaning to the small wooden sign I’ve carried with me all throughout my working career. It says, “Never, never, never give up!”

What advice would you give to other women looking to move into executive/leadership positions in the IT space?

Many women believe they can’t have both a career and a family. I believe that a work/life balance is possible if you believe in yourself, be confident, have integrity, work hard, and stay focused. Always look for opportunities to improve yourself and keep up with industry trends. It’s important to network with people in the IT industry. I’ve also learned the importance of having a mentor who can advise, coach, and be your champion. Most importantly, stay healthy, eat right, and take time off to exercise!

Congratulations to Jasmine and her team at Intronis. To hear more from her, watch the video below: