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Dataprise VP of Human Resources Marissa Withers Honored on 2023 Channel Futures DE&I 101 List

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ROCKVILLE, MD, Sept. 28, 2023 — Marissa Withers, Dataprise’s Vice President of Human Resources, is among the honorees on the third annual Channel Futures DE&I 101 list. The list recognizes individuals from a wide spectrum of multicultural backgrounds who are driving diversity, equity and inclusion in the communications and technology channel through their words, actions and leadership. 

Marissa spearheaded a formal DEI Program at Dataprise focused on implementing a strategy designed to create a workplace that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. This consisted of establishing a DEI Committee, forming Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), creating key partnerships, and expanding talent acquisition strategies to attract a more diverse applicant pool. These efforts have contributed to improved diversity in leadership and to an increased mix of employees from minority populations across the organization.  Marissa continues to be a champion for Dataprise’s DEI efforts and is intently focused on evolving our DEI Program and its associated initiatives to drive DEI forward. 

“Our people represent our largest investment and our most valuable asset,” stated Marissa Withers, VP of Human Resources, Dataprise. “We believe in attracting the best talent, empowering employees to reach their full potential, and fostering a positive, welcoming, and inclusive environment where they can thrive. We work hard to cultivate a culture where everyone can bring their full and authentic selves to work each day. Having a variety of experience and perspectives makes us stronger – as individuals and as an organization.” 

Channel Futures DEI Marissa Withers
Channel Futures DEI Marissa Withers

The Channel Futures DE&I 101 list was created to spotlight the efforts of dedicated and determined individuals working to eliminate discrimination in the industry. Many of these individuals work behind the scenes and too often their efforts go unacknowledged. 

“DE&I work requires levels of dedication and determination that many people do not possess,” said Kelly Danziger, general manager, Informa Tech Channels. “But as anyone on this list can tell you, the work is as rewarding as it is hard. We are pleased to be able to recognize these individuals and, hopefully, amplify their efforts.” 

“DE&I is alive and well in the channel,” said Robert DeMarzo, vice president of content, Informa Tech Channels. “This year we received more nominations than ever before and learned of some remarkable achievements that should be celebrated.” 

Nominations for the DE&I 101 list were solicited on the Channel Futures website and through social media. Between April 12 and July 14, individuals could nominate themselves or others for the list. Applications were open to managers, leaders and individual contributors. All submissions were reviewed by members of the Channel Futures editorial team with input from advisory board members.  

About Dataprise 

Founded in 1995, Dataprise believes that technology should enable our clients to be the absolute best at what they do. This commitment to client success is why Dataprise is recognized as the premier strategic managed service and security partner to strategic CIOs and IT leaders across the United States. Dataprise delivers best-in-class managed cybersecurity, disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), managed infrastructure, cloud, and managed end-user services that transform business, enhance user experiences, and eliminate risks.     

Dataprise has offices across the United States, employs 500+ of the industry’s best and brightest, and supports more than 2,000 clients.   

About Channel Futures   

Channel Futures, a media and events destination for the information and communication technologies (ICT) channel community, is part of Informa Tech. It provides information, perspective and connection for the entire channel ecosystem, including solution providers (SPs), managed service providers (MSPs), managed security service providers (MSSPs), cloud service providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs) and distributors, technology solutions brokerages, subagents and agents, as well as leading technology vendor partners and communication providers.   

 Channel Futures’ properties include many awards programs such as the Channel Futures MSP 501, a list of the most influential and fastest-growing providers of managed services in the technology industry; Channel Partners events, which deliver unparalleled in-person events including Channel Partners Conference & Expo, Channel Futures Leadership Summit, Women’s Leadership Summit, the MSP Summit and Channel Partners Europe; and a DEI Community Group, our initiative to educate, support and promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the ICT channel industry. Channel Futures is where the world meets the channel; we are leading Channel Partners forward. More information is available at  

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