Women in E-Commerce
Practical sensibility: At the risk of offending some of the truly great male leaders in e-commerce, being an e-commerce manager is a lot like being a mom. It's not that e-commerce teams are comprised of people who act like children, but that female leaders are often skilled at coordinating diverse teams and making sure that everyone is pulling in the same direction.
Although it's an admittedly gross generalization, women are more patient when it comes to listening to the thoughts and opinions of others in an organization. In some cases, their empathy and ability to listen enables women to discover information that wouldn't normally be uncovered — an advantage that's clearly contributed to the success of many women in top e-commerce positions.
Finally, it's important to note that e-commerce offers abundant opportunities for both men and women. In the third-party logistics field, career-minded individuals have the chance to see some of the world's most successful retail operations in action. Whether they're working on the fulfillment side or in some other aspect of the industry, many rising female leaders are attracted to e-commerce simply because it's an energetic field with opportunities for professional growth and development.
Maria is CEO and co-founder of Dotcom Distribution, where she has played an integral role in developing and defining all aspects of the operation, including sales and marketing, operations, finance and IT. Her strategic leadership helps the Board and senior management to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans, and policies. Maria has developed the systemic and procedural infrastructure necessary to provide timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the Board, senior executives and clients in performing their responsibilities. Maria holds a CPA. Prior to founding Dotcom, she began her career as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen and was the CFO of GoodTimes Home Video.