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Bluebird Network Celebrates National Women’s Equality Day

Join Bluebird Network in celebrating National Women’s Equality Day! On this day, the United States Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women full and equal voting rights in 1920. Every year on August 26, we commemorate this right with National Women’s Equality Day.  

HISTORY – National Women’s History Alliance 

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day”. The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, and other activities. 


Women have made great strides toward equality, but there is still work to be done. Women from all over are continuously working to pave the way for generations of women to come. In the telecommunications and technology industries, specifically, there is a wide gender gap that many women and allies are trying to close. Bluebird Network strives to close that gap within our company. At the time this article was written, the Bluebird workforce being 24% female and with 33% of the sales team also being female. 

Bluebird Network is proud to highlight some of the astounding women in our company – women who have dedicated their careers to the telecom and tech industry to help underserved communities get access to reliable connectivity across the Midwest. We hope you will join us in celebrating these accomplished women: 

Sue Schaefer, Director of Business Development    

Sue Schaefer, recently announced as one of Capacity’s 20 Women to Watch, has been the Director of Business Development at Bluebird Network since 2013. She has over 32 years in the telecommunications industry, including serving as the Chief Operating Officer at Mobile Symmetry, a 19-year tenure at Sprint, and co-founding and growing three start-up businesses. Schaefer is an Alumni Innovator within the Pipeline Entrepreneurs Group, served on the American Diabetes Association Board of Directors, and on the Trusted Advisor Board of the Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter for Abused and Battered Women. 


Carla Cooper, Chief Financial Officer

Carla Cooper has been Chief Financial Officer at Bluebird Network since October 2019. Cooper plays a key role in the strategic direction of Bluebird Network along with overseeing all aspects of finance. She is a versatile leader bringing 3 decades of experience with various industries and believes in the concept of “Achieving Results on Purpose”, a process of supporting the vision, values and culture that leads to success. She previously served Fidelity Communications Co. as it’s VP of Finance/CFO and Director of Regulatory Accounting. She provided oversight to finance, revenue planning and was part of a dynamic team that provided strategic direction to Fidelity. In 1996, Cooper founded Cooper and Associates CPA, a public accounting firm rendering various business and individual tax, accounting, financial and estate planning services. She received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and holds a current CPA License in the State of Missouri. She is a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and the AICPA. She also serves on the Board of Directors of EMPAQ Group Inc. and Sullivan Educational Foundation. Cooper enjoys the outdoors, her dogs, horses and various sports. 

Rachel Kroeger, Enterprise Account Manager

Rachel Kroeger has been an Enterprise Account Manager at Bluebird Network since January 2021. She has over 16 years of experience  in the sales industry. Kroeger is involved in her church, as a volunteer leader for Awana’s, and volunteers for the Quad Cities Youth Conference.



Shirette Stockdall, Marketing Analyst

Shirette Stockdall is the Marketing Analyst at Bluebird Network, and with a decade of experience, she’s become a jill of all trades within the marketing world. She’s been a Social Media Coordinator, Copywriter, Content Editor, Video Producer, Radio Deejay, Audio Engineer, Graphic Designer, Photographer, and Marketing Manager. In her previous role, Shirette spearheaded the company’s outreach program, leading to an abundance of donations for Harvester’s Food Bank and Toys for Tots. While at Bluebird Network, she has played a supporting role in all marketing efforts, including but not limited to, the adoption and training of employees on new sales software, the implementation and creative design of the company’s email marketing efforts, and creating the company’s social media strategy. In addition to these efforts, Shirette leads Bluebird Network’s creative branding efforts and is most proud of writing the submission that won Bluebird Network ChannelVision’s Visionary Spotlight Award for Rural and Underserved Connectivity in June 2021.

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