CallRail Chief Revenue Officer Mary Pat Donnellon was recognized Thursday as a finalist in the
Woman of the Year in Technology Awards in Atlanta. The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of Georgia’s top female executives in technology fields.
Mary Pat’s career has taken her from her start as a systems engineer and project manager to the C-suite, with successful tenures raising children, leading nonprofits and building marketing organizations in between.
Mary Pat joined the CallRail team as chief marketing officer in April 2018, and shortly thereafter added sales to her purview, when she was promoted to chief revenue officer. She has contributed greatly to CallRail’s continued growth and success, leading the development and expansion of her teams and the market launch of new verticals and products.
Inside and outside of work, Mary Pat is committed to mentoring women and helping them grow into positions of greater influence and responsibility. In her current and prior roles, she has mentored, coached, and promoted dozens of women to assume more influence in the workplace. For the last five years, she has been an active mentor to female MBA students at the College of Charleston, and she takes pride in being frequently asked to share career advice informally with her extended family and friends.
When asked what we need to do to get more women and girls in technology, Mary Pat shares, “We need to invite them in! Because women are underrepresented in the industry today, girls and women might not see themselves as a natural fit for technology and for leadership roles in our industry. We need to ask them to join us. We should absolutely do this in early career recruiting and hiring by seeking out and encouraging women to apply for open positions. But perhaps more importantly, we need to ask women around us to apply and we need to consider them for the open management and leadership roles in our workplaces.”
According to Girls Who Code, 74 percent of young girls express interest in STEM fields but only 26 percent of computing jobs are held by women. Women in Technology (WIT) has worked to change that over the last 25 years by empowering and educating women and girls about opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Through sharing the stories of successful professional women in STEAM, WIT educates middle and high school girls, and young women in college on the exciting paths their careers can take them.
“This is really significant for CallRail, to see the first female on our leadership team earning such recognition,” said Whitney Bennett, CallRail Vice President of Talent & Culture. “Mary Pat has been fully embraced as a powerful leader, filling big gaps in the company and always willing to push things forward.
“It’s important for the females at CallRail to see someone like Mary Pat represented at the top, so they feel the ambition to lead as she does. And from a bigger perspective, I think this recognition breaks a lot of stereotypes about what women can do after they have children, as a big part of Mary Pat’s story is how she has thrived in her career after taking several years off to help raise her children.”
As the technology sector navigates an obvious diversity and inclusion problem, it’s extremely important to CallRail to have a woman like Mary Pat at the leadership table, where many bigger conversations take place. We believe we’re better when we have diversity at all levels of the company, including the top.
Congratulations, Mary Pat!