Throughout my career in Tech, there were three keys that helped me overcome considerable barriers:
Belief that I could figure anything out
Strong shoulders of people who encouraged and supported me
Resilience to get up at least one more time than I stumbled or fell
People are often impressed that I was a C-level executive in Tech. The truth is, being 98% right-brained, Tech and Math were not my strong suits. My passion as a child was designing Barbie™️ doll dresses. In fact, my learning style was so visual and kinesthetic that the only way I could pass my classes was to translate complex concepts into images my brain could process and to draw them out while standing up at a white board (ok, in 5th grade I used crayons and paper.)
Eventually, I learned to use both my creative side and my technical training to solve tough analytical problems for the cybersecurity industry. I am honored to have served iconic brands like SRI International, Bank of America, AT&T Wireless, Microsoft and Russell Investments in top cybersecurity and leadership roles. My core competencies are to be the strong shoulders on which you stand, and to share with you the skills that will ensure you perform in your chosen field at a level you may not have believed was possible.
When I realized that professionals are struggling so much that many are receiving prescription medications to help them meet their performance expectations at work, I was shocked. When I saw the stampede of women leaving Tech I got busy.
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