Founder of the Executive Women's Forum and CEO of Alta Associates
For over three decades Joyce has dedicated her career to building world-class diverse teams and advancing women in Cybersecurity. In 1986 Joyce founded Alta Associates, the leading executive search firm specializing in cybersecurity and IT Risk. In 2002 she founded the EWF which today is the largest member organization serving emerging leaders as well as the most prominent and influential female executives in their field. Joyce is fiercely dedicated to increasing opportunity, access, and representation for all women of every race, religion, sexual orientation and seniority in our industry. Joyce’s reputation in the industry and extensive trusted network has enabled her to create influential and impactful relationships with Corporate leaders, Universities, and the Government to affect positive change for all cybersecurity professionals.
Division Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division
Jeffrey McLeod serves as the director for the NGA Center for Best Practice’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, where he directs research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development. The division, under McLeod, is working on a number of key issues relevant to governors’ efforts to develop and support the implementation of policy, including cybersecurity, prescription drug abuse, public safety broadband, sentencing and corrections, homeland security, justice information-sharing and public health preparedness.
Prior to joining NGA, McLeod worked as an attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and taught middle school in Phoenix, Arizona.
McLeod holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, a J.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology from the University of Michigan.
Jeffrey originally hails from Michigan.
Senior Manager, Systems Enginering at VMware
As Senior Manager of Systems Engineering at VMware, Claudia Castellanos leads a team of Cloud Management Specialist Engineers across Government, Education, and Healthcare, nationwide.
In that role, she is responsible for aligning product and technology strategy, delivering secure, compliant, policy-based hybrid cloud solutions for customers, ensuring speed to mission, speed to innovation, and protection of data and trust.
Claudia Castellanos is a results-driven change agent, specialized in building and growing diverse, high-performing teams. She has 15 years of industry experience and has run consulting and delivery practices, as well as served in the trenches on the operations and server delivery teams. She is focused on bringing mission-impacting use cases to life, through technical solutions and IT outcomes.
CEO and Founder, Radius Advisory Group
Betsy Freeman is the CEO and Founder of the Radius Advisory Group, LLC, a Management Consultancy focused on cybersecurity and cyberspace issues of national importance. Radius is home to the Cyber Exchange (CyEx®), an eco-system of select business partners, teaming together to resolve cyber challenges that are beyond resolution by a single organization. This co-innovation model leverages Exchange Partner subject matter experts to develop Use Cases, enabling clients to “test and learn” from potential technical, business and governance solutions. The near-term approach provides clients with a low cost, low risk opportunity to gather critical problem solving insight before investing valuable resources in long-term cyber solutions.
Prior to establishing the new firm, Betsy was the Vice President for Regional Operations, Ascolta, LLC, an emerging data analytics company, based in Herndon, Virginia. There she began development of a cyber portfolio and leveraged data analytics and business intelligence to fuel efforts in a rapidly growing cyber market.
Betsy was previously the Department of Defense (DoD) Deputy, CIO for Business Process and Systems Review, where she initiated the creation of a data analytics function to provide more transparency on Information Technology (IT) costs and potential efficiencies across the DoD. She also served in the Executive Office of the Secretary of Defense where she was a member of the Defense Efficiencies Task Force (EFT) under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
Freeman’s industry experience includes PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she held concurrent positions as Chief of Staff for the Americas Utility Industry Practice and Senior Director for Marketing and Business Development. As a U.S. Air Force active duty officer, she also served as Media Relations Strategist and Public Affairs Advisor to USAF Deputy, Chief of Staff for Operations and the Air Force General Counsel during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Jane Friedland Holland
Chief Security Officer, Nic Inc.
Jayne Friedland Holland is the Chief Security Officer and serves as an executive officer at NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV), the nation’s leading provider of digital government services and payment processing for more than 5,500 federal, state, and local government agencies. She is an industry expert on government cyber-security and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance and has published several articles on the topics of security trends, building effective security management programs and incident response. As a certified PCI Internal Security Assessor and practicing attorney, Ms. Holland provides valuable perspectives on organizations’ challenges in protecting their customer’s sensitive information. She also serves as a key resource for state Chief Information Security Officers and works closely with law enforcement to identify and respond to common threats and to support the effort to bring actors targeting government websites to justice.
President, Apogee Strategic Partners
Karen Jackson is the president of Apogee Strategic Partners, a Virginia consultancy helping companies and organizations address their most daunting challenges in cyber security, autonomous systems, and smart communities. Ms. Jackson formerly served as the Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth.She also served as the Commonwealth’s Deputy Secretary of Technology and Vice President of Broadband Programs for the Center for Innovative Technology.
Ms. Jackson served as a senior advisor to Governor McAuliffe on technology matters including innovation, data analytics, telecommunications, cybersecurity, unmanned systems and smart communities. She was also responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth’s IT infrastructure.
As Secretary, she was responsible for policy and legislative initiatives as well as developing programs to facilitate innovation, entrepreneurship, technology development, and adoption.
Ms. Jackson has been actively engaged in the federal policy initiatives including the development of the National Broadband Plan. She received a 2009 IP3 award from Public Knowledge for her work in information policy, and was named to Government Technology's 2010 list of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers. In 2015, she was named to The Governing Institute Women in Government Leadership Program Class, and in 2016 was named as one of State Scoops’ GoldenGov State Executives of the Year. In 2017, Ms. Jackson was named as one of State Scoop’s Top Women in Technology and she and Governor Terry McAuliffe were jointly recognized as 2017 Difference Makers in Cyber Security by the SANS Institute. Her office also received an excellence in Government award from the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council.
Ms. Jackson serves on a number of Boards including the Advisory Board of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech and the Board of Directors for Sweet Briar College.
She holds a bachelor’s of science in business management from Christopher Newport University and a master's of business administration from The College of William and Mary.
Sally Kenyon Grant
Vice President, Point3 Security
Sally is Vice President at Point3 Security, a premier cybersecurity company whose leadership served with the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Point3 specializes in training cyber warriors in sophisticated threat hunting. Her work in Washington, D.C. is focused on creating National Security policy and advocating for cybersecurity workforce development. Previously, Sally served as Director of Cybersecurity at Comtech Telecommunications Corp. and was a senior Congressional and White House Liaison for the Maryland Department of Commerce serving with Governor O'Malley's CyberMaryland Leadership Team. Sally’s government relations career expands over 25 years, serving in both the Obama and Clinton White House, Congresswoman Claudine Schneider’s Washington Office, and with the IT and Cybersecurity firm, The Ventura Group. Sally holds volunteer and leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Working Group for Certifications & Training, the Executive Women's Forum (EWF) for Information Security and IT Risk and supports the Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy, Cyber Patriot and GenCyber programs.
V.P., Public Policy & Government Affairs, Americas, Google Inc.
As Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Susan leads Google’s policy and government relations work in North and South America. Prior to joining Google, Susan was a member of Congress, lobbyist and public affairs executive. While in Congress, Susan was elected by her colleagues to Republican Majority Leadership, making her the highest-ranking woman in the Congress. As a member of the House Budget Committee, she was at the forefront of producing Congress’ first balanced budget in 29 years. She got her start in politics as the Minority Leader of the New York City Council.
Principal, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory
Emily is a Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory principal and leader of the Secure practice in Cyber Risk Services at Deloitte & Touche LLP. The Secure practice helps clients establish controls and processes around their most sensitive assets, balancing the need to reduce risk, while also helping to enable productivity, business growth, and cost optimization objectives. Services within the Secure practice include Enterprise Application Integrity, Identity and Access Management, and Privacy and Data Protection solutions. Prior to this role, Emily led the Resilient practice for Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory Cyber Risk Services focused on cyber incident readiness, response, and recovery. She has served a range of clients in the areas of technology risk management, data protection, data breach management, and technology resilience, most recently focused on the financial services and federal sectors.
Major General Joanne F. Sheridan
Assistant Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard
Major General Joanne F. Sheridan is currently the Assistant Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard. She serves as the principal military advisor to The Adjutant General of the State of Louisiana and is responsible for assisting in the deployment and coordination of programs, policies, and plans for the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard.
General Sheridan graduated from Leesville High School in Leesville, Louisiana and attended Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. General Sheridan received her commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in May 1983.
General Sheridan began her military career on active duty from February 1984 through September 1988. Her first duty assignment was in the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Polk, Louisiana where she served as the Assistant G-1, Plans and Policies. She was assigned to various personnel and administrative positions during her three-year tour. Following that assignment, General Sheridan served as the Assistant Operations Officer in the 5thU.S. Army Recruiting Battalion in Jackson, Mississippi.
General Sheridan was appointed in the Louisiana Army National Guard in October 1988. She served as the Assistant S-1, Headquarters Detachment Commander, and S-1 in the 61st Troop Command; the Education Services Officer, Deputy Director of Military Personnel, Deputy Director of Information Management, Deputy Chief of Staff, Director of Personnel – J1, and Vice Chief of the Joint Staff in the Joint Force Headquarters-Louisiana; Commander, 415th Military Intelligence Battalion and Commander, 199th Regiment (Regional Training Institute). Her most recent assignment was the Assistant Adjutant General, Louisiana Army National Guard.
General Sheridan deployed in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 where she served as the Director of the Project Management Office on the Task Force to Improve Business and Stability Operations in Iraq.
General Sheridan’s military education includes the Adjutant General Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Staff Services School, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College where she received her Master of Strategic Studies degree.
General Sheridan is the daughter of Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Joe S. Fernald and the late Marion Colbeth Voita. General Sheridan and her husband Mark reside in New Orleans, Louisiana. They have two sons, Patrick and Daniel.
Chief Security Officer, Delaware Department of Technology and Information
Elayne Starkey is the Chief Security Officer in Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information (DTI), responsible for Delaware’s enterprise-wide cyber security, disaster recovery, and continuity of operations programs. Elayne is the Chair of the Delaware Information Security Officer Team and member of the Governor’s Homeland Security Council. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and a Distinguished Alumni from James Madison University. She was honored as one of 10 most Influential People in Government Information Security, a State Scoop 2017 Top Women in Technology, and has testified before the US Senate on cybersecurity.
Prior to joining DTI, she was the Chief Information Officer for the Delaware Department of Public Safety. She was named the Public Safety Employee of the Year in 2000 and served on the Governor’s Information Services Task Force that created DTI.
Elayne has private sector software engineering experience at Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York and Perdue Farms Inc. in Salisbury, Maryland. Elayne holds a BS degree in computer science, math, and business administration from James Madison University and a MS degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology with concentrations in Software Engineering and Data Communications. Elayne is a lifelong volunteer mentor, and is passionate about encouraging young women to pursue careers in science, technology, and math (STEM).
Executive Director, Executive Women's Forum
Lynn joined the Executive Women's Forum in 2016. As the Executive Director, Lynn reports to the CEO and Founder of the EWF. Lynn has overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, expansion, and execution of the EWF mission. The Executive Director, in conjunction with the CEO and staff, develops core programs, operations, and business plans.
State Chief Information Risk Officer, Virginia
Maria joined the Department of Information Technology in January 2015 as the State’s first Chief Information Risk Officer, reporting to the State Chief Information Officer. This new position was established as part of the state’s efforts to bring information risk management capabilities in line with industry standards.
In her role, Maria is responsible for developing an integrated statewide framework to manage information risk, including operations, security, and data protection.
Maria comes to DIT with decades of IT security experience. She began her career with 20 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as the Cyber Security Chief for the Marine Corps. Her previous roles include serving as the Iraq Theater of Operations Certification Authority. She also served as a Senior Security Engineer for SecureInfo and Senior Security Architect and Program Manager for the Imperatis Corporation in Virginia.
Maria holds a Master’s of Science in Information Technology from the University of Maryland, University College - Adelphi.
SVP, Chief Information Security Officer and Product Security, GE Power
Teresa is the global CISO and product security leader for GE Power, a $36B business with ~75,000 employees across 150+ countries. GE Power is a world leader in power generation, transmission and distribution including gas/steam and combined cycle plants, distributed power, nuclear energy, and digital offerings. She is responsible for strategic vision and leadership of security operations and intelligence, application/system security, product security, security architecture (cloud, 3rd parties, additive manufacturing), controllership & governance and digital security including commercial cyber. She holds a Top-Secret government clearance.
Teresa has 20 years of experience in information technology and cyber security in a global top 10 fortune 500 business. She has held positions in GE Aviation leading the cyber security architecture and solutions team, the ERP Quality leader for GE Energy, the Product Lifecycle Manager supporting engineering operations, the Energy and Oil & Gas Build Leader responsible for the implementation of large-scale CIO projects and a Black Belt for the Energy business.
Teresa holds a Master of Science degree in Statistics and a Bachelor of Science in Math/Physics from the State University of New York, Albany. Her external activities include; ballet instructor/choreographer, Krav Maga, supporting animal rescue and visiting with family/friends.