Women in Technology -- Victoria Keeshan
This year, we've kicked off a Women in Technology blog series focusing on some fantastic women in leadership roles here at the Sage Intacct office of Sage. These women come from all walks of life, and are mentors, moms, bosses, and even beekeepers. Their stories and wisdom inspired me, and I trust you’ll find the same.
This latest profile is on Victoria Keeshan, Director of Partner Enablement at Sage Intacct. Here’s what she had to share…
Brittany Benson: Could you tell me about your role here at Sage Intacct, Victoria?
Victoria Keeshan: Of course! I am the Director of Partner Enablement here at Sage Intacct. My role is to on-board new partners and guide them on how to work with the partner enablement team to get assistance when it comes to implementation and product and discuss with them the key documents needed when implementing. Our partner enablement team coaches them on the product and project management.
I also work with partners who have been here for a long time and need assistance on product or process questions and anything else. So, it could be a new partner, or our larger existing partners who have needs.
I do all of that remotely in the northeast and Connecticut. I have two project managers on my team that report to me. I’ve been on the channel side, for about five years now.
Brittany: And can you tell me about your path into this role, specifically at Sage Intacct and how you got involved in the technology space?
Victoria: One of my first jobs was working for a manufacturing company team where we implemented an onsite ERP system. When I was working there, I got the experience of working with that product. Then, I became a consultant for a consulting company, where I worked for many years. During that time, I had a colleague that moved to Sage Intacct and encouraged me to apply here.
I ended up working here at Sage Intacct in professional services where I was a project manager on the implementation side and moved to the channel about five years ago when it was expanding.
So now, when I speak to these partners who come from onsite, on-premise ERP systems, I know that aspect really well because I experienced it for a long time. And it helps a lot because people know that you understand the difficulties of transitioning into the SaaS world. That’s why we try to educate them on this, since onsite, on-premise software is different from the SaaS models.
This is an amazing example of how flexible Sage Intacct is. These two topics are both very different interests, but if there’s a new role you want to switch into, they’re very supportive of that for you. And that was exemplified when one of the VPs, Derek Taylor, thought I’d be a good fit for the channel. Here I still am today, loving the channel.
Brittany: It’s great that you’re able to work in a very open, understanding environment. Throughout the transitions in your career, was there any female that inspired you?
Victoria: Of the many inspiring women of my past, the one that stands out is my former boss in my first job out of school. Working in the manufacturing industry, this woman was surrounded by a group of men. My boss was that one woman. She was confident, smart, and well-respected. She didn’t care that she was the only woman but focused on the fact that she enjoyed what she did and that really showed. She had a busy role and a young family. Regardless if she was busy at home, or busy at work, she always came in very happy with a smile on her face.
What I also admired was that she was an easy person to talk to. You could come to her for advice on work but also any other areas. Our team worked well together and even created great memories, and I honestly believe that was due to how she managed such camaraderie within the team.
Even though I was right out of school, she really encouraged me to think beyond the job I had and what I could do next. She was very encouraging, really approachable, and confident in all the things you’d want your manager to be.
Brittany: That’s truly wonderful to have such an understanding and approachable leader to work with. Taking all the inspiration and advice you’ve gotten through your journey, is there anything you’d tell your younger self?
Victoria: I think when you’re young, you don’t take advantage of things. If I had to go back, I would have taken more time to travel between the end of college and getting my first job because once you start working, it’s hard to allocate a copious amount of time off.
Right now, my kids are still in school but when they get to and out of college, I’m going to encourage them to take as much time to travel because you can’t go back. You get so caught up in work and what you could do professionally that you don’t have time for your interests. Because you either travel during whenever you can get time off, or you travel for six months or more when you don’t have obligations.
And it’s not only an experience, but you learn a lot with it.
Brittany: Now, branching out, what advice would you share with women that are early on in their career and eager to pursue technology?
Victoria: The first thing I would say is trying to figure out where you want to go. Then, find a way to take the experience you’ve gotten from your degree and apply it to that job. The first job you get may not be a perfect fit, but if it’s in the area that you’re interested in, you can take it and make it your own. Always do the best job you can because your job won’t go unnoticed. So, do the best you can for your first job, because nothing is permanent, and that job may lead you to the next job that might be the perfect fit. Also, always find a way to make that job better and be open to learn from others. There’s a lot to learn from different people in different areas with different experiences.
I think one thing people forget is how to treat each other. You never know when you’re going to cross paths with someone again. I’ve crossed paths with so many people that I never thought I would see, work with or interact with again. It’s honestly a small world out there, and if you do a good job and treat people well, it’s only going to benefit you in the long run. Just try to really focus on making that job your own and being successful in that job.
Brittany: And what would you say is the best part about your job?
Victoria: I love being able to deal with different people in different areas. Aside from talking to my team members every day, which we do remotely on Teams or the phone, I could talk to anyone: customer support, customer success, channel executives, product management, and even several different partners that day. So, the fact that I get to deal with so many different areas of the company and groups in the channel, and the fact that every day is different, is what I really like most.
Brittany: Do you have a vision for the future?
Victoria: I love working at Sage Intacct and see myself staying here. I’m hoping to continue to grow on the channel and believe there’s a lot of opportunities on this side of the business that I can continue to utilize my experience with. It’s wonderful that Sage Intacct enables its employees to always try and learn new things!
Brittany: We talked a little bit about travel, but besides that, are there any other off-work passions that you have interests in?
Victoria: Spending time with family and friends is important. I also like volunteering in my free time. I love that Sage Intacct actually promotes and supports that I volunteer with my church and local community center.
For me, work is great. But I also think it’s important to have a life outside of it. So, I try to make sure I take time to enjoy things outside of work, even things like the book club I’m in, golf lessons I’m taking, or when I get to teach CCD for my local church.
We also joined a local country club and I have been enjoying it there! I knew a couple women that were in the golf clinic and even corralled some people to join with me. And it’s been such an enjoyable experience since we’re all on the same boat of wanting to have outside activities and learning something new. And what’s even more enjoyable is that everybody stays afterward to have drinks and socialize.
But that’s where I think people need to spend some time outside of work and enjoy the little things. Work is great and it’s good to have. But I always tell my kids that you have to have something else outside of school. You have to have something else that’s your own.
To check out the other blogs in Sage’s Women in Tech blog series, view:
- Women in Technology -- Melody Williams
- Women in Technology -- Stephanie Kleber
- Women in Technology -- Carmen Cooper
- Women in Technology -- Stefanie Maragna
- Women in Technology -- Amy Platt
- Women in Technology -- Aravinda Gollapudi
- Women in Technology -- Meg Deering
- Women in Technology – Wanda Pansky
- Women in Technology -- Nancy Sperry
- Women in Technology -- Kathy Lord
- Women in Technology -- Nancy Rivas
- Women in Technology -- Tina Wang
- Women in Technology -- Susan Vincent
- Women in Technology -- Eileen Wiens
Brittany Benson is the Senior Corporate Communications Manager at Sage Intacct.