2022 WiFA Spotlight Series – Ha Hocart
In March 2020, WiFA launched the spotlight series to celebrate both women and men who are leaders, change makers and advocates to support outstanding women making an impact to their respective areas, while pushing the industry forward by addressing gender and ethnic diversity, equality and inclusion. WWT's Ha Hocart was recently included in the Spotlight Series.
2022 WiFA Spotlight Series: Today we would like to introduce Ha Hocart, Regional Account Executive, World Wide Technology, who shares with WiFA who she admires, her experience with mentors, how she promotes diversity and gender equality, and much more.
Tell us about your background and the journey to your current position and organization.
I was born on the tropical island of Hainan in China and was sent alone to school in Hong Kong as a 7-year-old, while the rest of my family were waiting for their immigration visas to come through. My father was splitting his time between the two places, and I was living with friends of the family who I had never met -- this early away from home experience contributed to my fierce independence. I had always wanted to go see the world and my dream came true when I won a scholarship to UWC Atlantic College in Wales. I am fortunate to have enjoyed a very rich social life with people from many different backgrounds which led to my passion and interest in D&I. UWC was ahead of its time as D&I was something that is staged, taught, practiced, and experienced early in school life and was very much at the heart of the UWC ethos and movement.
Professionally I have had a varied career journey with different roles in banking and startups. Currently I work in global Sales at World Wide Technology (WWT), a privately held company and one of the largest technology solutions providers. I love owning and building my business as well as customer relationships. What attracted me to this career is the company culture and its focus on D&I, which is closely aligned to my personal values. The world of technology is evolving rapidly – there is never a dull moment and there is so much to learn on a daily basis. I cover the Asia region for Global Financials customers, what gives me satisfaction from being an integral part of a global team delivering a consistent experience and outcome to our customers.
Please tell us how you or someone in your life that you admire provided hope or healing to the family or community.
I thought about this question long and hard and my husband is that someone in my life that does exactly this, he is a role model to our three daughters. He is a person with the highest level of integrity and has had many achievements in his life but would be willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the family and to support me in my career pursuits. He demonstrates key values to our children firsthand through his actions and life choices. In business he advises some of the most senior executives, and then gives his time to young entrepreneurs who are starting out, to guide their learning and building their companies. His support has helped small businesses become sustainable, and he is very generous with his time and resources.