Charting a Path to the C-Suite with Eugina Jordan of Telecom Infra Venture

Charting a Path to the C-Suite with Eugina Jordan of Telecom Infra Venture

Quite a lot of workplaces aren’t designed for ladies, particularly within the tech trade. However that doesn’t imply ladies in tech can’t chart their approach into the C-suite and obtain success. That is the message that Eugina Jordan, CMO of Telecom Infra Venture, needs different ladies in tech to listen to. She is obsessed with serving to them notice their full potential within the trade, very like she did. Eugina is an inspiration to any girl who’s aspiring to make a reputation for themselves in tech. Except for being an government, she can also be a sought-after speaker, telecom author, and inventor holding 12 patents. Take part as she offers us her blueprint to success in charting a path to the C-suite as a lady in tech.

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Charting a Path to the C-Suite with Eugina Jordan of Telecom Infra Venture

Thanks for becoming a member of me on the present. We’re going to speak about the way to break into the C-Suite. We’re going to be talking particularly to ladies in tech and telecom, however I consider that everybody can profit from this episode. I’d like to introduce you to our visitor. I’m very excited to have Eugina Jordan. She is the CMO of Telecom Infra Venture, also referred to as TIP. She is a sought-after speaker and telecom author contributing to publications like RCR Wi-fi, The Quick Mode, Growing Telecoms, and lots of others.

She’s additionally an inventor holding twelve patents that embody 5G and Open RAN. Her ardour is to assist different ladies in tech notice their full potential. Actually, she has a brand new guide that’s going to be launched in Could 2023. It’s superior. I learn an important profit. You’ll find it irresistible. It’s a management improvement guide referred to as UNLIMITED: The 17 Confirmed Legal guidelines for Success in a Office That Was Not Designed for You. She additionally gained the excellent achievement Variety in Tech GLOMO Award by GSMA on the Cellular World Congress in 2023. She was a founding member of the Boston chapter of CHIEF, a corporation for ladies within the C-Suite.

Eugina, thanks for becoming a member of me.

Thanks a lot for having me. 

I need to know all concerning the path that led you to the place you might be. I do know it might most likely take hours to get you right here, however give us some highlights.

My journey began in communist Russia in 1970. The way in which I used to be raised and introduced up was, “Preserve your head down. Work laborious. Don’t stand out. Don’t speak about your accomplishments.” I needed to break plenty of my upbringing, values, and people triggers once I moved out of Russia. I’m endlessly grateful to my mother. She was a single mother, elevating me and my sister in communist Russia. The one factor she believed in is that her daughters deserved a greater life than she had. She scraped sufficient cash to ship me and my sister to Canada.

All my life and all my achievements are as a result of I at all times needed to make her proud. I’m who I’m due to her. She taught me resilience and braveness, and she or he made me consider in myself. I’m the CMO although I used to be not born within the States. I don’t have a Advertising diploma. I’ve a Grasp’s in Educating and a pc undergrad from Canada. It’s as a result of I knew that if I labored laborious, performed honest, always realized, negotiated, and believed in myself, I might be something I need to be.

That’s so true. That’s a phenomenal story. I really feel the identical approach about my mom as properly, in order that touched me. Inform me about your function and what you’re doing.

Let me provide you with some suggestions from the TIP CMO. TIP is Telecom Infra Venture. It’s an trade group with one mission solely, which is to carry open and disaggregated innovation to the market and speed up innovation in telecom. We’re a neighborhood. We consider within the energy of the neighborhood. In our neighborhood, we have now cell operators, distributors, and system integrators.

What we do is collectively develop roadmaps, open and desegregated, and options for RAM, Transport, and Wi-Fi. After we develop the roadmaps as a neighborhood, we take a look at and validate them by way of TIP. We then present these blueprints to cell operators. By deploying TIP-developed options, they know it may be deployed in real-life. Our most profitable deployments are in openRAM and Open Transport. If we use an analogy, we’re a matchmaker. We’re like for telecom options. I really like as a result of that’s how I met my husband a number of years in the past.

That’s nice. It does work.

Telecom Infra Venture works as for open and disaggregated. 

I do know that you’ve got such a ardour for ladies in tech and progress. Though we’d prefer it to be totally different, there’s nonetheless a disparity there. I do know that there aren’t sufficient ladies in C-Suite roles, particularly in tech and telecom. What would you say are the roadblocks for ladies on their technique to the C-Suite?

You’re proper. If we have a look at information in telecom, 35% of ladies are coming into telecom. As we progress to the C-Suite, we solely have 12% of feminine illustration within the telecom C-Suite. Why will we lose that 23%? Why don’t they make it to the C-Suite? I personally consider the primary roadblock is ourselves. If somebody advised me a few years in the past once I began within the trade as a receptionist that I can’t be CMO or Chief Advertising Officer due to not having this or being from sure background or gender, I’d have a look at them and ask them the query, “Why not me?” The largest barrier is us ladies not believing in ourselves and never asking that query.

Thirty-five of those that enter telecom are ladies. As we progress to the C-suite, we solely have 12% of feminine illustration. Why will we lose that 23%? The principle roadblock is ourselves.

I really like that as a result of so many occasions, we’ll ask ourselves, “Why me?” As a substitute, ask a unique query, “Why not me?” It’s so highly effective. Within the guide, you speak about navigating the system. What does this imply?

In ’95, I moved from Russia to Canada. In 2000, I moved right here. I used to be searching for a job after 9/11 in 2001 when there have been no jobs. I didn’t know {that a} system existed or Company America existed. I used to be coming from a unique tradition, so I didn’t know that the system was developed by White males for White males.

After I entered the system, I consider that if I labored laborious, I might turn into something. That is what I used to be taught at school and by my mother in Russia and Canada. Working laborious on this system, although you may be sensible at what you do, will not be sufficient. You’ll want to have two issues. One in every of them is you have to have a mentor and a sponsor, and there are variations between them. A mentor is somebody that may show you how to notice your full potential. A sponsor is somebody primarily based in your laborious work or fireplace within the stomach that they see provides you with the chance. That’s primary, having assist within the system inside the system.

Quantity two is realizing that this technique is like matter. Bozoma Saint John is the very well-known CMO of Nike and Uber. She has this idea of matter in a molecular. It’s when molecular enter matter. When Eugina enters a system, a company surroundings, and telecom, the system will change me, but additionally, Eugina will change the system.

It’s realizing that it’s not forgetting who you might be. It’s not adjusting and feeding into the system. Rising within the system and staying offensive to who you might be is what’s going to make you profitable within the system. These two issues, the mentors and sponsors, being offensive to who you might be and keen to problem the system will carry new concepts. Be your self. 

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Telecom Infra Venture: Rising within the system and staying offensive to who you might be is what’s going to make you profitable within the system.


Let’s dig into these just a little bit. Let’s speak about mentors and sponsors first. I need to make clear this distinction. Additionally, how will we discover a sponsor, and the way will we maximize that relationship?

It is extremely laborious for ladies to seek out sponsors solely as a result of on the highest layer, the bulk are males. I gave you the quantity. It’s 12%, so 88% of males within the C-Suite. Sadly, there’s a bias. Males usually would sponsor or mentor somebody that appears like them or somebody that reminds them of being younger, in faculty, and bold. If a lady needs to discover a sponsor that may assist her get attention-grabbing initiatives or new alternatives, she must earn it.

Let me inform you a narrative about how I used to be sponsored right into a advertising place. The yr was 2007. I used to be divorced. I used to be a single mother or father. I used to be working as an government assistant to the chief of employees managing the board of administrators. I used to be good at what I did and I loved it, however I noticed there was no progress. I used to be 36 at the moment, and I needed to develop.

I came upon that there was a gap for a advertising supervisor. I needed that job as a result of I knew as soon as the chance is given, I’m going to excel. It was January 2007. I walked into my boss’ workplace who was the CEO of that firm and requested him for an inside switch. It was scary. I keep in mind I didn’t know what to anticipate. I used to be holding my breath as I used to be asking for the switch.

I keep in mind him getting up from his desk, heading to me as a result of I used to be standing in entrance of him, giving me an enormous hug, and saying, “I’m going to overlook you, however I can’t forestall you from rising.” Why did he sponsor me into a brand new function? Why did he give me this chance? It was as a result of for the six years prior, I earned it. I earned his belief. I labored very laborious. He knew primarily based on my work historical past and my accomplishments that I’d succeed within the new function.

Once we ask somebody to be our sponsor, would that be acceptable?

It’s acceptable. You’ll be able to go to an individual that you just don’t know. There are three steps to figuring out a sponsor. A sponsor is somebody usually in your group that may give you that chance or an attention-grabbing mission. Mentors will be outdoors of your group, however sponsors are usually inside your group. Figuring out these key folks that may give you these alternatives is step primary.

Step quantity two is asking for a gathering and having an trustworthy dialog with that particular person about your ambition and progress. You’re asking how one can assist them. It’s not asking for a promotion straight away as a result of in some circumstances, they may not even know who you might be and what you do. You’re asking how one can assist them and proving your self. When you proved your self, it’s asking for these alternatives, initiatives, or promotions. That will be step three. 

I need to return to authenticity since you talked about this earlier. That is such a strong matter, particularly for ladies. You speak about within the guide being genuine at work. You mentioned by no means apologize for being your self. There have been occasions even in my very own life once I felt like I needed to act otherwise or be somebody totally different in sure conditions. How will we be our full selves, however on the identical time, have our eye on these profession objectives and make all of that work?

The way in which I see it’s if I don’t inform my full story or I don’t management my narrative about myself, then another person will. Authenticity comes from accepting each a part of our story. Ursula Burns, the primary Black CEO, wrote an exquisite guide, The place You Are Is Not Who You Are. “Who you might be will not be the place you might be,” is among the quotes from that guide. Being genuine is realizing that each one elements of your story are what made you you. It’s accepting that you just won’t have had an ideal childhood or gone to the proper faculty, however you continue to deserve a spot on the desk.

Authenticity comes from accepting each a part of your story. In case you don’t management your narrative about your self, then another person will.

Bringing your complete self to work is bringing all these elements of the story. For instance, I’m a Russian immigrant. I used to be a single mother. I’m not an engineer. I’ve a pc undergrad. All these items of this story make me. By sharing that story initially of conversations or sharing it on digital channels, I permit folks to see who I’m as a human.

That’s so true. The older I get, I’ve realized this lesson. I’d like to see ladies studying this at a youthful age. You will be you. Be all the things that you’re. Let go of the disgrace or something that’s holding you again from being you. I respect that dialog.

You mentioned disgrace, there’s a Brené Brown speak Listening to Disgrace. It’s probably the greatest TED Talks which might be on the market. You’re proper. The rationale we don’t carry our full selves to work is that we’re afraid we’re going to be judged. We’re like, “They’re going to guage me as a result of I grew up poor. I didn’t go to the perfect faculty.” Authenticity is realizing that all of us have damaged locations or weak locations. It’s utilizing your weak self to show your genuine self, being brave, and telling all elements of your story. 

How will we overcome Imposter syndrome?

That’s certainly one of my legal guidelines. It’s the Regulation of Accomplishment. As ladies, we’re underrepresented. Particularly within the tradition I grew up in, the Russian tradition, we don’t really feel comfy or we really feel it’s impolite to speak about our accomplishments. Realizing that we’ve achieved lots helps struggle the Imposter syndrome. I’d recommend to folks which might be studying to take a chunk of paper and write down all their accomplishments. In case you run out of paper, roll it round and preserve writing. I guess there are such a lot of accomplishments which might be going to be written on that piece of paper.

The one technique to shut that Imposter syndrome up is to vary the way in which we predict. As people, we will change our thought processes. As a substitute of claiming, “I shouldn’t apply for this job as a result of I solely have 80% of the {qualifications},” we should always say, “This job is so excellent for me as a result of I’ve 80% of what they’re searching for. I solely must study 20%. That could be a piece of cake.”

It’s a notion shift. You talked about self-promotion. I do know that lots of people have challenges with self-promotion and private branding. These are buzzwords, and we all know we have now to do it to be able to get to that subsequent degree. Will we ever turn into comfy with self-promotion or do we have to get on the market and do it? Are you able to additionally tackle with that how introverts can self-promote and community? I do know you mentioned that in your guide.

I’d say get out and do it. If you’re not speaking about your accomplishments, another person will. I can once more inform a narrative from once I was laid off in June 2022. I had a really robust digital model on LinkedIn. I’ve constructed a big community in telecom and throughout government ladies within the US and globally. After I acquired laid off, I posted on the LinkedIn platform that I used to be laid off but additionally a whole bunch of different proficient individuals are laid off, I requested for assist and other people helped. They despatched jobs our approach. They created particular activity forces for these folks. Me having a powerful private model helped different folks get jobs. It was by no means a self-promotion. It was a service to folks like me. 

I really feel the identical approach. I mentor folks as properly. After I’m teaching, I’ll say, “Make it larger than you as a result of when it’s all about you, it could really feel uncomfortable. If you make it larger than you as a service to different folks, then it takes on a unique life.”

It’s a service to folks such as you. It’s a service to your organization since you having a digital model on LinkedIn or in several publications, webinars, occasions, or talking promotes them as properly. It offers your organization visibility. It’s additionally a service to your organization. Reframing it this manner as a service to others will assist to have a look at this not as a self-promotion, however as a service.

It’s the identical with networking. Your different query was about how introverts can community. The way in which I have a look at networking as a service once I community is I need to find out about one other human. Earlier than this present, I used to be having lunch with a LinkedIn buddy. She reached out and provided to exit and have lunch. I went and acquired to know one other human. In case you look from that standpoint that you’re studying one thing attention-grabbing about one other human, it’s not as troublesome to community as a result of it’s human.

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Telecom Infra Venture: In case you have a look at networking from the standpoint that you’re studying one thing attention-grabbing about one other human, then it’s not as troublesome to community.


One other space that we regularly discover discomfort in is negotiation. It might be negotiating for the following degree. I don’t know if we really feel assured right here and educated right here. I’ve so many ladies that may name me they usually’ll say, “I must get a increase or ask for one thing. I’ve acquired this new job. I must get this explicit factor. What do I do?” What are your ideas on the artwork of negotiation? How will we get higher at it? 

There are three steps once more. The 1st step, at all times negotiate. If we don’t negotiate early on in our profession, information reveals we’re leaving about $1 million on the desk all through our profession. It’s a million causes for everybody to barter. Quantity two, while you negotiate, don’t negotiate for cash. Negotiate for entry to conferences, courses, teaching, flexibility, time, and extra. Negotiate for what is going to make your life complete and that you’ll take pleasure in your profession. Don’t at all times negotiate on cash. Have a look at the general bundle. It’s not the monetary bundle, however the bundle that may feed your life. Quantity three, keep in mind step primary. All the time negotiate. 

That’s nice. We have a tendency to attach the negotiation with our self-worth, after which it turns into emotional. You speak about the way to take the feelings out of it. That may be troublesome at occasions. How will we do this?

It’s very attention-grabbing that you just’re bringing that up. In my guide, I speak about how males would do it. When ladies or different underrepresented teams like immigrants like me fail. For instance, we at all times go do soul looking out. Males don’t. They at all times ask for a 2nd, third, and 4th probability. Why not use the perfect practices of the folks that construct the system?

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What do males do? They at all times negotiate as a result of it really works. It’s a part of the system. It’s a part of the method. Negotiation will not be going to spoil any relationship. As ladies, we at all times suppose, “If I’m going and negotiate, I would damage the sentiments. If they are saying no, they’re going to suppose this manner about me.” Self-promotion and negotiation are anticipated. By not negotiating, we’re doing a disservice to ourselves. Girls, go on the market and negotiate. 

We wish that $1 million that’s left on the desk. Don’t depart that there. The one factor I discovered so attention-grabbing in your guide is one thing you name Perfecting Your Craft. There was this quote that I beloved, which is, “You have to immerse your self in your work. You must fall in love together with your work. You have to dedicate your life to mastering your ability. That’s the key of success.” What’s this concept round perfecting your craft? I do know we need to study all various kinds of issues. We wish our fingers on totally different initiatives. Lots of people don’t keep on the job longer than a yr and a half. Speak about perfecting your craft.

I wouldn’t be in right here if I didn’t excellent my craft as a marketer. Like a very good wine or scotch, it takes time, studying, and persistence. My husband is a scotch drinker. He at all times tells me it takes time from 10 to fifteen years. Any work by da Vinci and Michelangelo take time. Perfecting your craft is predicated on time. It’s a minimum of 10,000 hours. It’s primarily based on ardour as a result of you have to really feel obsessed with it. In case you don’t really feel obsessed with it, then possibly it’s time to go elsewhere.

I do know it’s foolish, however I’m obsessed with open and desegregated. I wouldn’t have written 70 articles about it throughout COVID if I didn’t really feel passionate concerning the innovation. The final one along with investing time and fervour is to be open to studying, listening to podcasts, studying, speaking to folks, and determining the place that may take you sooner or later as properly.

I really like this as a result of I’m a really passionate particular person. I by no means picked one ability, one trade, or one factor to do. I did it for 20 to 30 years. I’ve been concerned in so many various issues which have led me to the place I’m. I really like this as a result of it’s this concept round mastering your ability. It’s all the things I’ve carried out regardless that it’s all totally different. There’s one widespread thread with our ardour, and if we grasp that, then that’s the ticket to our success. Would you say that’s true? 

Sure. Success and happiness. There’s no redo in life. It’s not like if you’re sad at your job or in your private life, magically in 70 or 80 years, you’re going to have one other life. There is no such thing as a redo. We have to discover ardour in our private {and professional} lives. Don’t accept something however ardour, love, and happiness. That can result in success.

There is no such thing as a redo in life. Don’t accept something lower than ardour, love, and happiness. That can result in success.

In certainly one of my favourite songs, the lyrics say, “Don’t accept something lower than all the things.”

Don’t be afraid to be an underdog as a result of the film that gained many Oscars was an underdog film. All these actors and actresses have been underdogs. Do you. Discover your ardour and accept all the things.

I really like this dialog. I need to speak about particular takeaways or a step. In your view, what is step one to take or a step that we will take if the C-Suite is our final objective?

It’s one phrase. Plan. You’ll want to create a plan. It must be on paper. It must be with the milestones. It must be with aims. You’ll want to observe your self as a result of in case you don’t put it on paper, then you aren’t going to carry your self accountable. Holding your self accountable is vital. For instance, I create my plan in December of every yr throughout Christmas week. I create a plan throughout all my function as a result of I’m an expert. I’m a chief advertising officer. I’m additionally an creator and obsessed with ladies and know-how. I’m additionally a mother. I’ve a highschool senior. I’m a spouse. I’ve an prolonged household. I’ve mates. You’ll want to plan your profession the way in which that additionally, you will have a life.

It’s about being intentional. You must be intentional. You’ll be able to’t let it unfold.

Sadly, nobody goes to provide you something. You must work for all the things. Please work on step objectives for your self. A lot of you which might be studying are very profitable at what you do as a result of you could have objectives, aims, and KPIs. You measure and modify. Why don’t you apply the identical precept to your profession? You create a plan, milestones, and KPIs. As together with your work, turn into intentional together with your profession planning as properly.

We will finish it proper there. That’s properly mentioned. That’s superb recommendation. Initially, the place can we purchase your guide? I do know it will likely be launched on Could twenty third, 2023. Additionally, if we need to join with you, how will we do this?

LinkedIn is my jam. I’m on LinkedIn @EuginaJordan. I’m the one Eugina Jordan on LinkedIn. You’ll be able to pre-order the guide on There’s a pre-order button. Thanks very a lot to your assist as a result of as an trade and a neighborhood, collectively, we will change the face of management.

You’re so proper. Thanks for who you might be and all you do for this trade and for ladies. We want extra folks on the earth such as you. Thanks for coming to the present.

Thanks a lot for having me.

You are taking care.


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About Eugina Jordan

5TT Eugina Jordan | Telecom Infra Project

Eugina, a feminine Govt and an immigrant began her telecom profession as a secretary and now has turn into the CMO of the distinguished trade group Telecom Infra Venture (TIP).

She is a well-sought-after speaker at many know-how and telecom occasions and webinars. She is a widely known telecom author contributing to publications like “RCR Wi-fi,” “The Quick Mode,” “Growing Telecoms” and lots of others.

She can also be an inventor, holding 12 patents that embody 5G and Open RAN.

Her ardour is to assist different ladies in tech notice their full potential by way of mentorships, neighborhood engagement, and workshops. Her management improvement guide “UNLIMITED: The 17 confirmed legal guidelines for achievement in a office not designed for you” can be launched in Could 2023.

She gained the excellent achievement “Variety in Tech” GLOMO Award by GSMA at Cellular World Congress 2023.

She was a founding member of the Boston chapter of CHIEF, a corporation for ladies within the C-Suite, to strengthen their management, enlarge their affect, pave the way in which to carry others, cross-pollinate energy throughout industries, and impact change from the highest down.

Ms. Jordan resides in Massachusetts together with her husband, teenage son, and three rescue canines. Ms. Jordan has a Grasp’s in Educating from Moscow Pedagogical College and studied laptop undergrad at CDI Faculty in Toronto, Canada.