Women in Cyber Security-2019

Get the inside story on how to launch and navigate a rewarding career in the male-dominated cyber security field. On the first day of the Cyber Security Summit, women experts in the field will lead discussions on career navigation, strategies and challenges followed by a special networking luncheon.

The Women in Cyber Security session is included in the VIP All Access Pass or can be purchased as a special half-day session ticket.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To learn about available sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Churchill at 763-548-1306 or jennifer.churchill@eventshows.com.


9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. — The many (and sometimes hidden) roads and paths to and within cyber. The panel will outline common misconceptions about which skill sets are essential in the cyber field. Panelists will share their stories on how they entered in the cyber field and varying career paths, twists and turns they have taken to advance toward career “chi.” 

Moderator: Elizabeth Stevens, Past President/Executive Board Member, InfraGard MN Alliance; Panelists: Betty Elliott, Partner & Chief Information Security Officer, Mercer; Judy Hatchett, VP, Information Security & CISO, Fairview Health Services Information Technology; Melissa Seebeck, General Manager, Information Security Risk, Delta Air Lines

10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. — Career Goals for everyone! CISOs, Entrepreneurs and Everything in Between. This panel will showcase various leaders, from CISOs to entrepreneurs to independent consultants and other key roles within the cyber industry, to share strategies for expanding leadership acumen, stretching boundaries, establishing networking pipelines, and breaking down barriers to step into the next phase(s) of your career journey. 

Moderator: Stefanie Horvath, Brigadier General, Director of Joint Staff, JFHQ-MN; Executive Director Enterprise Services, MNARG; Minnesota IT Services; Panelists: Sahar Ismail, CEO, Legacy Armour; Milinda Rambel Stone, Vice President & CISO, Provation Medical

10:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m. — Being a woman in Cyber isn’t always a breeze. Hear from Cyber leaders as they share their stories and strategies. This panel will focus on common pitfalls, challenges and the unconscious (or deliberate) bias women face in the cyber security industry. Women on this panel will share stories and strategies to overcome obstacles, including the prevalent “bro culture”, to advance their careers, find satisfaction and frankly know when it’s time to walk away for another opportunity. 

Moderator: Tina Meeker, Director of Information Security Governance, Shutterfly, Inc.; Panelists: Jill Allison, Advisory CISO, Kudelski Security, Inc., Sarah Engstrom, CISO & VP of IT Security, Productivity and Privacy, CHS, Inc.; Christine Stevenson, Sales Engineer, Verodin

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. — Women in Cyber Security Networking Lunch. State Senator Melissa Wicklund (DFL-Bloomington) will speak at this special networking event for women attending the Summit.