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  • Eric Escobar: Collaboration is key. [Pen tester]
  • Principal consultant and pen tester at Secureworks, Eric Escobar, shares his career path translating his childhood favorite Legos to civil engineering and pivoting to cybersecurity. Eric was always headed toward engineering and got both his bachelor and master degrees in civil engineering. Upon breaking into a network with a friend, he was bitten by the cybersecurity bug. Making the switch to the red team and basically becoming a bankrobber for hire, Eric tests the security of many companies' networks. He feels that curiosity is an essential trait for cybersecurity and collaboration is key as no one person knows everything. He advises those interested in cybersecurity to just start. We thank Eric for sharing his story with us.

    Sunday, May 15, 2022
  • Amanda Fennell: There's a cyber warrior in all of us [Information]
  • Chief security officer and chief information officer at Relativity, Amanda Fennell shares her story from archeology to cybersecurity. She shares the path that lead her towards becoming an archeologist and how it turned out not being exactly what she expected. She then shares how she got into the cyber business and how her past has impacted what she's doing now. She describes how she would like to be remembered in the cyber world, she says "I do hope that I left things better than I found them, not just the security of a product or a company, but I believe strongly that every person has a little cyber warrior inside of them." We thank Amanda for sharing her story.

    Sunday, May 08, 2022
  • Jon DiMaggio: Two roads diverged. [Strategy]
  • Chief security strategist from Analyst1, Jon DiMaggio shares his story on how he grew to become a part of the cybersecurity world. He describes different jobs that paved the way to the knowledge he has in the industry right now, and he even shares about an experience that led him to a path that split and which decision he would make, would be crucial in his career. He explains which way he ended up going and how a critical part of his career helped to determine that path. He says "there's two paths when you have that happen, you can either let it defeat you, or you know, you come back swinging." We thank Jon for sharing his story.

    Sunday, May 01, 2022
  • Danielle Jablanski: Finding the path to success [Strategy]
  • Operational technology cybersecurity strategist from Nozomi Networks, Danielle Jablanski shares her story of building a target map to end up where she is today. She shares how she started in college and how different paths in life got her to be on the target of success where she is today. She says " you build out that kind of target of where you want to be, and understand that getting to that point might mean doing things you don't enjoy for a number of years, but figuring that out is another way to get to that target without having like a clear bullseye" She goes on to explain how this target map is helping her to create real change and ultimately makes an impact. We thank Danielle for sharing her story.

    Sunday, April 24, 2022
  • Satya Gupta: Rising to your contribution. [CTO]
  • Co-founder and CTO of Virsec, Satya Gupta shares his story of how he has over 25 years of expertise in embedded systems, network security and systems architecture. He also talks about how a colleague of his told him something that resinated with him, he said " that was really a remarkable statement that I heard from that person. You rise to the point where you can actually contribute." He also discusses how he got into the startup atmosphere and how different scenarios in his life helped to lead him to the successful man he has become in the cyber community. We thank Satya for sharing his story.

    Sunday, April 17, 2022
  • Chenxi Wang: Overcoming the obstacle of fear. [Venture Capital]
  • Founder and general partner of Rain Capital, Chenxi shares her story and how she conquered and got over the obstacle of fear to reach her goals in life. " I realized a lot of times my obstacle is my own fear rather than a real obstacle" Wang states, she also shares her story of breaking glass ceilings as a female founder and working in the field of cybersecurity. She hopes to be remembered for being a kind person and developing her own venture fund, as she shares her story to the top, she states what she does and how she got to be where she is today. We thank Chenxi for sharing her story.

    Sunday, April 10, 2022
  • Michael DeBolt: From acting to cyber. [Intelligence]
  • Chief intelligence officer at Intel 471, Michael shares his story where he started as an actor and quickly changed over to intelligence and what the transition was like for him. Michael grew up wanting to be an actor and even was able to land some acting jobs, after going into the Marine Corps he decided to leave acting behind and start a new path in his journey. He says looking for a purpose really helped to shape him, saying "looking back on it, I feel like my life purpose has really been all about kind of this relentless pursuit of justice" and how the risks in his life has helped to right the wrongs of the world. We thank Michael for sharing his story.

    Sunday, April 03, 2022
  • Arti Lalwani: Supporting and being the change. [Risk Management]
  • Risk Management and Privacy Knowledge Leader at A-LIGN, Arti Lalwani shares her story from finance to risk management and how she made the transition. Arti started her career in finance after graduating with a finance degree. Quickly learning the field was not for her, she decided to dip her toes into the tech world. She credits her mentors for helping her and said "they were able to push me up and get me there faster than I even thought." Arti says that she would like to be a part, and hopes to be apart, of the change where women are supporting women in the field. We thank Arti for sharing her story.

    Sunday, March 27, 2022

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