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The door closed to the unique, invitation-only luncheon. The room was full of a number of the area’s prime individuals in enterprise and authorities. An Alabama Energy president, CEOs of main corporations, prime army minds, the leaders of Montgomery’s tech push.

All of them had been women.

Anna Buckalew, the brand new president of the Montgomery Space Chamber of Commerce, identified that the Chamber was as soon as often known as “the Males Of Montgomery.”

“Did they ever discover that (acronym) was ‘MOM’?” laughed speaker Lauren Knausenberger. “Now we’ve got a room stuffed with superior women.

“In all probability lots of you can arise and provides a keynote or give recommendation to this room and we’d all be studying one thing.”

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Lauren Knausenberger, Director of Our on-line world Innovation for the U.S. Air Drive, chats with native feminine enterprise leaders at a luncheon in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday August 27, 2019.  (Photograph: Mickey Welsh / Advertiser)

Knausenberger is a tech investor and consulting agency founder who now serves as director of our on-line world innovation for the Air Drive. She’s there to hurry up adoption of latest applied sciences and construct partnerships between private and non-private teams.

She praised downtown Montgomery’s innovation hub MGMWerx for its push towards an identical aim and inspired these within the room Tuesday — lots of whom are embracing change within the non-public sector right here — to get entangled with it. Knausenberger famous she had no expertise with the Division of Protection earlier than becoming a member of the Air Drive and stated that turned out to be one among her best weapons.

“I didn’t care what hadn’t labored earlier than,” she stated. “I didn’t care that, I don’t know, I’d piss that man off if I strive one thing new. Fairly frankly, I didn’t know to be afraid of that man.”

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Knausenberger was one of many keynote audio system later within the day on the Air Drive Info Know-how & Cyberpower convention and was scheduled to be a part of a panel Wednesday on women in STEM. The presence of feminine leaders is turning into extra valued as the thought of what makes a pacesetter efficient modifications with the occasions, she stated.

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Lauren Knausenberger, Director of Our on-line world Innovation for the U.S. Air Drive, speaks to a gaggle of native feminine enterprise leaders at a luncheon in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday August 27, 2019.  (Photograph: Mickey Welsh / Advertiser)

Lengthy-prized management qualities like command, management and authority aren’t as efficient anymore, significantly within the tech world. As a substitute, essentially the most profitable leaders share qualities like efficient collaboration, empathy and relationship-building — qualities she stated are extra typically related to women.

She recalled being requested to talk at a government-led lean startup convention and realizing the entire panel occurred to be feminine. “It wasn’t a women’s panel. That’s simply who’s main innovation within the Division of Protection and the intelligence group.”

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On the identical time, tech advances appear to be selecting up velocity. Knausenberger drives an electrical automobile that connects to photo voltaic panels on her roof. And he or she’s now a believer that, with the assistance of developments from the non-public sector, people will set foot on Mars inside her lifetime.

A few of her fellow leaders within the crowd shared recommendation for the way to hold issues transferring. Be assured, construct networks, don’t take no for a primary reply.

Knausenberger stated she goes to “the Supergirl pose” for a confidence enhance, then put her arms on her hips and stood tall in entrance of the gang. “And you realize what? I really feel fairly superb proper now. I can do something. We’re gonna go to Mars.”

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Charisse Stoke, Govt Director of TechMGM, speaks to a gaggle of native feminine enterprise leaders at a luncheon in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday August 27, 2019.  (Photograph: Mickey Welsh / Advertiser)

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Anna Buckalew, President and CEO of the Montgomery Space Chamber of Commerce, welcomes a gaggle of native feminine enterprise leaders at a luncheon in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday August 27, 2019.  (Photograph: Mickey Welsh / Advertiser)

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