Finding balance as a working mom has always been challenging. At one point or another during working motherhood, you may have had to make tough decisions, whether it be taking a break in your career to focus on raising your children or focusing on a work project that will set you up for a promotion.
Heather Nordin, Senior Manager of Services - Product and Partner Management organization (PPM) at CDW, is no stranger at navigating her career and motherhood, and credits the company’s many resources and training programs for helping her advance her career as a working mom.
In a recent interview with Fairygodboss, Nordin, gave us a closer look at the career path that led her to her senior position, and how CDW’s development opportunities have been instrumental in her continued growth as a working mom. Keep reading for her insights.
While Nordin’s been in her recent role for close to two years, her career at CDW started fourteen years ago as an Account Manager in the small business segment. Nordin shares she was originally hesitant to join the company because she “didn’t know anything about technology coming out of college” but CDW turned out to be the best career move she’s ever made.
CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. One of their main values is to create an inclusive culture where employees feel supported and empowered. It’s no surprise that CDW was voted Best Companies for Women on Fairygodboss, and that four of their offices won “best places to work” awards!
Wife, mother of two, and current grad school student, Nordin’s schedule is anything but idle, but she has always prioritized her professional development and set herself up for future success. “At 25, I didn’t have a network built up or a LinkedIn profile to help me land a job quickly. Since then, I learned to always be prepared with a resume — and to keep building my network.”
Whilst she’s been laid off from two companies in her career, Nordin’s commitment to herself helped her face every challenge head on and use it as a learning experience. Determined to be the expert in her field, Nordin took on different roles within the industry that helped her develop her knowledge of technology and services. After challenging herself in different roles, Nordin decided it was time to return to CDW. Since then, Nordin continues to praise the company’s support system, especially from the leadership team for her success, “Our CEO, Chris Leahy, is such a great role model for women,” she says. “I wanted to come back to CDW because it’s a great company to work for — the people, the career mobility and the leadership team”.
When asked about the benefits and programs available to coworkers at CDW that have contributed to her success, Nordin shares the mentorship and wellness programs, leadership coaching opportunities and the supportive work environment of coworkers. In fact, Nordin leads one of CDW’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs), called BRAVE (Business Resource Alliance Valuing Equality), for LGBTQ coworkers and calls it a “rewarding experience.”
Nordin encourages women job seekers who are looking to build a career to join CDW for its diverse, fast-pace, open-minded environment that values family and work-life balance, and to take advantage of all the benefits the company has to offer.