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Frances Tasker
Senior Director of Sales at SmartSense by Digi International

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"Creating A Culture of Empowerment"

Frances Tasker, Senior Director of Sales, is an enthusiastic and dynamic SmartSense by Digi team member. She has a remarkable ability to bring together diverse opinions and find solutions that satisfy everyone involved. Her collaborative approach helps unify her colleagues' varied backgrounds and experiences, inspiring growth and empowering her team to achieve impactful results. Frances has an incredible knack for simplifying the technology retailers rely upon to solve complex problems encountered in daily operational challenges. Her ability to connect operations problems to technology solutions and communicate where their intersection creates business value enables retail leaders to discover and implement new efficiencies for their enterprise.

Frances creates a culture of empowerment and espouses the notion of mentoring her replacements. Empowerment in the workplace is an increasingly important component of company culture, especially in today's distributed and hybrid workplaces. Frances understands that empowered employees are more engaged and motivated and contribute to a culture of innovation, collaboration, and high performance. She empowers employees by fostering a supportive, inclusive workplace that helps them take ownership and make decisions. She also understands that the teams can achieve even more by giving employees her trust and the right resources. Building an empowering culture that encourages growth and recognizes individual achievements increases employee satisfaction and productivity.

The pioneering leader stays a step ahead in understanding what is needed by retailers to operate at the highest level and shares that knowledge to empower others. Frances recognizes the value of supporting others to perform their best, benefiting the organization, and ensuring customers' success. She helps her team members develop a vision for their ideal versions of themselves. The job of a leader is not to blaze the path alone but to coach and build others up to create confident, strong members who are fearless in voicing their recommendations and sharing their experience and individual expertise.

"I never stop trying to improve and believe that success is fleeting, and personal growth requires constant tending. A fan of Stephen King, I often cite the character Andy Dufresne from Shawshank Redemption—get busy livin' or get busy dying," says Frances, who was inspired daily by her mother, Joyce, who worked tirelessly raising her and three older brothers. Joyce worked in retail to help support the family while striving to provide a loving environment. Frances has always remembered where she has come from while on the path to where she is going. Armed with this brilliant mindset, Frances is taking the company to new heights.

Since 1985, Digi International Inc. (Digi) has been a pioneer in wireless communication, forging the future for connected devices and responding to the needs of the people and enterprises that use them. Before the Internet of Things, the company built M2M and IoT devices, adapted to evolving network standards, and optimized data communications around the most advanced protocols and emerging technologies.

From radio frequency modems to gateways, cellular routers, networking devices, embedded system-on-modules (SOM), and single-board computers (SBCs), Digi's solutions have continually grown to serve the full breadth of applications across the IoT landscape.

Today, their IoT offering includes sensor-based solutions, a sophisticated platform for remotely monitoring device deployments of any size, anywhere, and professional design, implementation, and certification teams to help clients carry out their vision, no matter how large or small.

The SmartSense team is committed to creatively solving customer challenges, pursuing breakthrough innovation, and building a world where condition monitoring improves products, organizations, and lives. SmartSense helps connect technology to enhance food safety and safe conditions for medications and vaccines while improving employee experience and operational efficiency.

SmartSense and the Digi management team believe in an organizational culture that represents the world around them. The organization is committed to diversifying all facets from leadership through all levels and business units. Diversity is perceived as a strength in capturing ideas and input from the world in which we live. It is an honor to say that 91% of healthcare companies rely on SmartSense technology to keep communities safe.

"For the future, the sky is the limit. We are on the forefront of IoT technology and the successes past and present are beyond exciting. I am looking forward to growing with the company as we expand and evolve," says Frances. "SmartSense by Digi is constantly diversifying, hiring, and promoting women within the organization. The company remains focused on ensuring food safety, protecting medications and vaccines, enhancing condition monitoring, and automating compliance with innovative IoT and prescriptive analytics capabilities."


SmartSense by Digi International


Frances Tasker
Senior Director of Sales
SmartSense by Digi International


SmartSense delivers data-driven IoT solutions for food safety, facilities monitoring, and supply chain visibility, by providing actionable insight.

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