The SaaS Report’s Top Women Leaders in SaaS of 2018

October 30, 2018

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The SaaS Report (“TSR” and now The Software Report) is pleased to announce The Top Women Leaders in SaaS of 2018. Today, more than ever, it is important that we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women in SaaS, software and the broader technology field. By shining a light on these leaders we can help inspire and encourage today’s younger generation of women to aim high and achieve.

Our awards list is comprised of women who were selected based on the detailed nomination submissions we received from each leader’s respective company and industry colleagues. TSR received over 3,500 nominations on behalf of hundreds of women leaders. Leadership was assessed across a number of key areas including integrity, intelligence, drive, company culture, and company growth, among other areas.

We congratulate each of the awardees of the Top Women Leaders in SaaS of 2018 and give special thanks to our sponsor Cisco for being a proud supporter of women in technology.


7. Allison Pickens
Chief Operating Officer

Allison joined Gainsight's executive team when the company had less than $5 million in revenue in early 2014. By 2017, Gainsight was named No. 102 on the annual Inc. 5000 list, a ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Gainsight achieved 3-year sales growth of 3843% and now has 500 employees around the world. Allison helped build Gainsight’s post-sales functions, including a global team of more than 150 team members across customer success management, professional services, support, business operations, customer marketing, value consulting, and customer engineering.

Allison started her career in management consulting for Fortune 500 companies while at Boston Consulting Group and later worked in private equity investing at Bain Capital. At both companies, she helped organizations drive change and scale teams. Allison has a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University, as well as an MBA from Stanford University. She also serves as a Board Director at SaaS company eCompliance and serves as an Advisor to the venture capital fund Bowery Capital.