NextExec podcast is a forum to discuss diverse and current topics within the context of information security, risk management, privacy, and women in IT. Some of the topics we will explore include Cyber Crimes, Work Life Balance, Communicating with Impact, Book Reviews, etc. It is sponsored by the Rising Leaders Forum, a task force of the Executive Women's Forum (EWF). The views expressed during this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the EWF.
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Season 2 Episode 2: Wise Women: A Chat with Chandra McMahon
In this episode Chandra McMahon, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Verizon, speaks on her career journey and insights she learned along the way. She touches on key decisions, hurdles, and the role of mentor-ship for building a successful career. She also shares her thoughts on the challenges women in technology face, and advice on navigating the industry.
Guest: Chandra McMahon
Chandra McMahon is a Senor Vice President and CISO for Verizon. She is responsible for setting information security strategy, policy, standards, architectures, and processes. She and her team work with an across Verizon’s business units to protect its customers and its leading network. Prior to joining Verizon, Chandra help leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Lockheed Martin, including serving as the company’s CISO and most recently as Vice President of Commercial Markets. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech, as well as Masters Degree in Engineering Science from Penn State University.
Host: Audrey Gonzalez
Audrey Gonzalez is an Information Technology Analyst in the Ignite Digital Leadership Program at the World Renewable Energy Company NextEra Energy. In her role she rotates between various IT assignments with leadership and technical training along the way. Her diverse assignments have included IT communications and employee programs, cybersecurity strategic projects and process and improvements, automated database testing, and cybersecurity phishing awareness. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters degree in International Business and a Bachelors degree in Business Management. She also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Season 2 Episode 1: Wise Women: A Chat with Meredith Harper
In this episode Meredith Harper, CISO, discusses her career journey and pivotal roles on her path to CISO. Meredith speaks about her passions that have led her to where she is today and what drives her to keep challenging herself. She also shares tips on how she has navigated new roles and organizations to be successful as a leader. Tune in for an insightful discussion!
Guest: Meredith Harper, CISO
Meredith Harper serves as vice president and chief information security officer at Eli Lilly and Company. She is responsible for the company’s global information security program.
Prior to joining Lilly in 2018 as senior director, deputy chief information security officer, Meredith served as chief information privacy and security officer at Henry Ford Health System, where she had ultimate responsibility for the protection of Henry Ford’s provider, insurance, retail and research businesses.
Meredith is an active member of the Health Care Compliance Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She holds dual certifications in healthcare compliance and privacy. She is certified as a HealthCare Information Security & Privacy Practitioner through the International Information System Security Certification Consortium Inc. and a Certified Information Security Manager through the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
She earned a master’s degree in health services administration and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from the University of Detroit Mercy. She also earned a master’s of jurisprudence in health law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Meredith serves on several advisory boards in support of empowering women and minorities to embark upon careers in technology, especially in information security. She has also served her community for 28 years through her Diamond Life membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Host: Betsy Hackl
Betsy Hackl is a Senior Associate Information Security Assessor at Eli Lilly and Company. During her time at Lilly, Betsy was instrumental in creating the Information Security Third Party Risk Management program to combat one of Lilly’s top risks, “Insecure Third Parties”. In this role, Betsy works with business stakeholders to identify the highest risk Third Parties working with Lilly and determine the actions necessary to ensure our data and connections are secure. In addition to assessing third parties, Betsy also works on Merger, Acquisition and Divestiture deals, and is in the process of standing up an on-going monitoring program to continually monitoring third party organizations post-assessment. Prior to arriving to Lilly Betsy was a Senior Auditor at EY where she led the IT component of several SOX audits and created numerous SOC2 reports. She holds certifications in CISSP, CISA, GCED, GISP and CTPRP.
Episode 7 - Insider Threat - The Devil you know...
In this episode, Candice Camp, who leads the insider threat program at GE corporate, and her colleague Katie Kennedy discuss the world of insider threat detection and prevention. This talk focuses on the range of insider threats, differences between technical and growing cases of non-technical threats, and the key steps companies should take when creating their own insider threat program.
Candice has developed a robust and bleeding edge Insider Threat program. She has developed the strategic vision for Insider Threat and has developed it as a product protecting 300,000 employees and 1.22 Billion in revenue. Her passion for the protection of intellectual property has led her to be a thought leader in the space, base-lining with industry peers, leading industry task forces and most importantly, developing a talented team of investigators. Candice works toward providing visibility, opportunity and education of women in the community in her volunteer work with RVATech’s annual Women’s Conference, and GE Women’s Network. She personally mentors many women in IT, providing career guidance and challenging women to increase their technical skills.
Katie is responsible for driving the vision, strategy and execution of GE Aviation’s Insider Threat and Data Protection program. Under her leadership, GE Aviation stood up its first ever cross-functional Insider Threat Task Force designed to detect, investigate and mitigate risk for the company. Katie has previously led organizations such as the GE Women’s Network Detroit Hub and is dedicated to building a pipeline of women in IT through mentor-ship and career guidance.
Guest: Katie Kennedy, Director – Cyber Security, Insider Threat, GE
Host:Candice Camp, Senior Director of Insider Threat, GE
Episode 6 - Wise Women - A Chat with Avani Desai
In this episode, our host Kristen sits down with Avani to discuss the plans that you make for your life, and what it turns out to be in reality. They discuss mom guilt, hardships experienced by family, and how making sacrifices and lending a helping hand can influence the life of generations to come.
Guest: Avani Desai, President at Schellman & Company, LLC
Host: Kristen Wilbur, Senior Manager at Schellman & Company LLC
Episode 5 - Wise Women - A Chat with Michelle Pittsenbarger
In this episode, our host Jillian sits down with Michelle Pittsenbarger to chat about her experiences in her career, what has brought her to where she is today, and important tips for ladies coming up through the ranks.
Guest: Michelle Pittsenbarger, Director of Continuity and Crisis Management
Host: Jillian Bendt, Specialist, IT Application Development
Episode 4 - Wise Women: A Chat with Julie Hamilton
This episode kicks of our mini-series called Wise Women where we will sit down with influential women in Tech, Privacy, and Risk to talk about their biggest successes, failures, words of wisdom, and everything in between. The episodes will air sporadically throughout the season.
In this episode host Ashley McArthur sits down for a chat with Julie Hamilton about her experiences in upper management, routines that make her more centered and productive, and bits of wisdom that have helped her along her career journey.
Guest: Julie Hamilton, Managing Director, Healthcare Provider Regulatory and Operational Risk - Deloitte Advisory
Host: Ashley McArthur, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Advisory
Episode 3 - Keeping it Real about Artificial Intelligence
In this episode, our guest Preeti breaks down Artificial Intelligence by exploring where it started and where it is going.
Guest Speaker: Preeti Ravindra is an applied researcher at IBM passionate about formulating and developing practical applications incorporating cutting-edge technology to enhance security products and solutions in a constantly evolving threat landscape. She innovates in the cognitive security space through rapid prototyping.
Preeti started her career as a software developer in security with Cisco Systems. Her interest in security led her to pursue a Masters in Information Networking with a cybersecurity concentration from Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating, she transitioned to an applied research role at IBM where she is currently the tech lead for Watson for Cybersecurity in providing technical expertise to artificial intelligence projects for security.
During her spare time, she gives back to the community by creating awareness about the latest technology across universities and to the general public through her speaking engagements. She also champions women in cybersecurity initiatives both within IBM and outside of IBM.
Host: Kristen Wilbur, Senior Manager at Schellman & Company LLC
Episode 2 - Cannabis Tech - Its High Time We Focus on Privacy and Security
In this episode, we take a look at some of the often overlooked concerns with the cannabis industry - the privacy and security of data. Many people don't realize the amount of data that is gleaned in the Cannabis industry, including extensive employee files (periodic background checks, names, addresses, ssn, etc.), consumer data (license numbers, name, addresses, medical information, etc.), and proprietary corporate information (growing strategies, financials, partners, seed to sale data, etc.). So lets start paying more attention to Cannabis Tech!
Guest Speakers: Marina is a Privacy Associate at Aleada Consulting, where she advises clients on privacy and data protection issues. Prior to joining Aleada, Marina worked as a cannabis attorney where she developed innovative solutions for clients in the emerging commercial cannabis industry.
Lauren is a Principal at Schellman & Company LLC. At Schellman, Lauren specializes in IT compliance and attestations with more than 15 years of audit and compliance experience. Through the various audits performed, Lauren has evaluated risks and controls for a number of industries including financial services, manufacturing, marketing, distribution and service-based organizations, and now- Cannabis Tech!
Host: Kristen, Senior Manager at Schellman & Company LLC
Episode 1 - Uber Data Breach
In this NextExec episode, Jillian and Brooke explore the Uber Data Breach. A special thanks to Matt Hickman for the music played during the special guest interview.