The Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management, and Privacy (EWF) hosted the inaugural EWF Cybersecurity Women on Capitol Hill Public Private Symposium on May 16, 2017. This historic gathering of 125 women cybersecurity executives was the first ever of its kind. EWF cybersecurity executives shared their expertise as well as established a platform for ongoing collaboration. What will now be an annual event, the bipartisan symposium was a brave and necessary first step to bring qualified cybersecurity executives to government highlighting the amazing untapped female cybersecurity talent that exists.
EWF delegates gathered in the spectacular U.S. Capitol Congressional Auditorium and participated in presentations from industry thought leaders and senior Congressional staff members including the Senate Armed Services and House Homeland Security Committees. The afternoon was spent with over 20 personal bipartisan meetings with members of Congress and their staff. The day concluded with the presentation of the EWF Leadership Award to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee who sponsored the event.
“The EWF and its members understand the under-representation and under-utilization of female talent is a critical business issue and a hindrance to the development of world-class cybersecurity programs, resilient companies, and the overall safety and protection of our great country,” said Joyce Brocaglia, EWF Founder, and CEO of Alta Associates. “The EWF acknowledges and supports the tremendous role that women play in solving complex cybersecurity challenges.”
In Joyce Brocaglia’s opening remarks, she details why the EWF has spent the past 15 years dedicated to engaging, developing and advancing women leaders in cybersecurity. To view her opening remarks click HERE.
The EWF Cybersecurity Women on Capitol Hill Public Private Symposium consisted of a live hack demo, panels on current IoT challenges and the role of cybersecurity in protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure. Presentations were given from a diverse group of EWF members and Congressional staff to showcase female cybersecurity expertise.
· Angela Messer, EVP, Booz Allen Hamilton
· Lillie Coney, Policy Director to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
· Wafaa Mamilli, CISO, Eli Lily
· Samantha Clark, Deputy General Counsel, Senate Committee on Armed Services
· Marene Allison, CISO, Johnson & Johnson
· Rhonda MacLean, former CISO, Bank of America, Boeing & Barclays Bank
· Lynn Terwoerds, Executive Director, EWF
· Yolonda Smith, Director of Product Management, Pwnie Express
The Executive Women’s Forum is an inimitable collection of talent, experience, and perspectives. The organization is a force multiplier of its member’s actions. The response to the inaugural EWF Capitol Hill event was tremendous – a fact that the EWF attributes to being at the nexus of women, cybersecurity, diversity and workforce development. The EWF plans to continue to act as a conduit between government and industry leaders by hosting the annual Cybersecurity Women on Capitol Hill day and offering programs and events that empower and inspire women leaders in cybersecurity for many years to come.
To view live recordings from the event click HERE
About the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy:
Founded in 2002, the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF) is the largest member organization dedicated to engaging, advancing and developing women leaders in Cybersecurity, IT Risk Management, Governance Risk & Compliance and Privacy. The EWF serves emerging leaders as well as the most prominent and influential women in our field by facilitating programs and events throughout the year, including a National Conference, regional meetings, leadership development and mentorship programs as well as interaction with global thought leaders through an online community. For more information, visit our website.
Mary Wei, Manager of Member Engagement, Executive Women’s Forum
Email address: mary(at)ewf-usa(dot)com
Melissa Rojas, Digital Marketing Specialist, Executive Women’s Forum
Email address: melissa(at)ewf-usa(dot)com
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