An ITSP column and podcast series with Selena Templeton
We all know about the lack of diversity in the technology industry. These days everybody is talking about diversity and inclusion, but who is actually walking the talk?
It pains me that we are still having (or avoiding) the same conversations and struggles around equality that we did in the 1960s and the 1920s and the 1860s. We are now officially out of ignorant excuses and unreasonable reasons for not making the cybersecurity and tech industries as diverse as the world is.
The statistics show that different backgrounds and perspectives not only lead to a happier workplace and better world, but to greater results. Beyond gender, race, age, sexual orientation and neurodiversity, a diverse group of people is the best solution for solving problems.
And since ALL kinds of people use technology, ALL kinds of people should be involved in the building, programming, hiring and securing of this technology. If you can’t be inclusive because it’s the right thing to do, at least be inclusive for better business ROI. You don’t think hackers and other cyber criminals are tiptoeing around diversity, do you?
The mission of Diverse IT is to take a direct and more solution-oriented approach by providing a safe platform for this cause. Through conversational interviews with a wide range of industry folks, I aim to give a voice to the thoughts, ongoing efforts and inspirations of all our guests – and turn the diversity clock forward!
If you have an inspiring story to tell, I want to hear from you. You might be the next awesome guest on ITSPmagazine’s Diverse IT podcast!
- Selena Templeton
Diverse IT Chronicles
Suzanne Hall of PWC Discusses the Challenges of Engaging and Retaining a Diverse Workforce
Technology and Cybersecurity Leader at Price Waterhouse Cooper Suzanne Hall sat down with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton [DIVERSEIT] during the last Black Hat Conference to chat about how PWC is tackling the issue of diversity and inclusion.
Tune in to hear PWC’s in-house diversity programs and best practices, the challenges of engaging and retaining a diverse workforce, and one or two concrete steps that any organization can take to create a diverse team and company culture.
Neil Barnett, Microsoft and Marian Merritt, NICE Shatter the Myths around Cybersecurity and Autism
Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring at Microsoft, and Marian Merritt, Lead for Industry Engagement at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, chat with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about cybersecurity and autism. Tune in to hear about Microsoft’s Autism Hiring Program and their inclusive, non-traditional interview process for autistic job candidates, which skills make autistic people ideal for certain jobs in IT or cybersecurity, and what to expect in the October 18th NICE webinar on cybersecurity and autism.
Fmr VP Manbassador at Haas School of Business Patrick Ford chats w/ ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton
Former VP Manbassador at Haas School of Business Patrick Ford chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for her Diverse IT podcast about his role in creating male education programs around gender equity at the school. Tune in to hear what exactly a Manbassador does, how they help educate men on gender equity with “Guy Talk” sessions, the reactions he gets when handing out the Gender Equity Guide, and some easy ways that schools or companies can educate men on gender equality.
Marti Skold-Jordan and Selena Templeton discuss GSK's Science in the Summer, a STEM program for kids
Manager of U.S. Partnerships at GSK Marti Skold-Jordan chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about keeping young girls and minorities interested and engaged in STEM. Tune in to hear about importance of diversity in STEM and why it’s crucial to interest kids by middle school, GSK’s free national program Science in the Summer that’s for all children but especially targets young girls and monitories from underserved communities, and how parents can keep kids engaged in STEM.
CyberSN’s Deidre Diamond On Why She Kept the “Babe” in Her Non-Profit Organization #BrainBabe
Founder of CyberSN Deidre Diamond sat down with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton at Black Hat to discuss how her staffing company is transforming the job search for cyber professionals. Tune in to hear why communication and social skills are critical to creating a productive and profitable environment, how she started and funded her own company, and how she aims to change tech conferences with her non-profit Brainbabe.org.
The value of storytelling to raise awareness and acceptance of diversity in the workplace
Dr. Uma Gupta, professor, professor of business, STEM expert and highly-sought after motivational speaker, chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for her Diverse IT podcast about what organizations should do after they check the box for their new diversity hire.
Tune in to learn why simply hiring someone from a diverse background doesn't earn you an award, how cultural contributions can benefit businesses, and several simple examples that workplaces can put into practice to keep the diverse talent they’ve hired.
Advize Health’s Jeanmarie Loria chats w/ Selena Templeton about health records, fraud, and diversity
Advize Health Managing Director Jeanmarie Loria chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about their E/M Calculator, a free tool which is revolutionizing medical record auditing and billing for the healthcare industry. Tune in to hear about this software application that can be used by any healthcare worker regardless of coding experience or budget, how it prevents both error and fraud, how Advize Health achieves a 92% female employee rate, and what auditing and yoga have to do with each other.
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Prof. Stefano Zanero (Politecnico di Milano) Tells ITSPmagazine Why Just NOT REJECTING Someone Isn’t Enough When It Comes to Inclusion
Stefano Zanero, Associate Professor in the Computer Engineering Department at Politecnico Milano, sat down with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton to discuss Queercon at Black Hat. Tune in to hear about the largest social network of LGBT hackers from around the world, the importance of having professional role models who “look” like you, the difference between European and American hacking conferences when it comes to minorities and women, and why just not rejecting someone isn’t enough when it comes to inclusion.
Selena Templeton, discusses DIVERSE IT with Rami Essaid - Co-founder & CEO - Distil Networks
Tune in to hear about Distil Network’s new Women Forward in Technology Scholarship Program, how the U.S. travel ban has impacted Rami personally, his company and the cyber industry, the importance of three white male leaders constantly challenging each other to create a diverse and inclusive organization, and how to tackle an unconscious bias that you aren’t aware of – in humans and AI.
Niloo Howe of RSA Talks to Diverse IT About Why We Should Embrace Being Uncomfortable
Selena Templeton, host of Diverse IT, caught up with Niloo Howe, Chief Strategy Officer of RSA, at Black Hat USA 2017 to discuss why a diversity of perspectives is required for innovation. Tune in to hear how different perspectives and experiences drive better top- and bottom-line outcomes, why we should embrace being uncomfortable rather than making the safe choice, why the hell no one knows that Hedy Lamarr wrote the base patent for CDMA technology for secure communications, and steps you can take to bring more diversity to your company.
Angela Messer Discusses the Importance of Putting Measureable Diversity Programs in Place
Following her live panel during Black Hat USA 2017, Booz Allen Hamilton EVP (plus talent champion and innovation officer!) Angela Messer, sat down with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton, host of Diverse IT, to chat about how her company is tackling diversity and inclusion. Tune in to hear her thoughts and experience on being the “SheEO” speaker at a STEM high school, how their CEO walks the talk by being one of 200 members of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, why diversity is about so much more than just building a diverse workforce, and the importance of putting concrete programs, with goals, metrics and outcomes, in place.
Mischel Kwon, Founder and CEO of MKA Cyber, talks about diversity scholarships with Selena Templeton
Cybersecurity Diversity Foundation and WGU (Western Governors University) co-hosted a lively reception at Black Hat USA 2017 on Tuesday evening to share an exciting announcement: they are partnering up to offer two full master’s degrees in cybersecurity. ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton, host of the Diverse IT podcast, managed to snag CDF Founder Mischel Kwon, who is also Founder and CEO of MKA Cyber, to expand upon this great news. CDF’s mission is to support educational and workplace diversity in the field of cybersecurity. Listen to this 4-minute podcast for more information and how to apply.
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Sherrell Dorsey shares her story of creating ThePLUG and inspiring others in the field of technology
ThePLUG Founder and CEO Sherrell Dorsey chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton, host of the Diverse IT podcast about creating the only daily tech newsletter that covers black founders, startups, investors and technologists in tech news. Tune in to hear about how her mom encouraged her to attend a coding and internship program at the age of 14, the catalyst that led her to finally create ThePLUG, how she inspires and supports African Americans and women, and how her own experience as a tech writer has motivated her to change the tech narrative for people of color.
Kenesa Ahmad describes what it's like being an introvert in the security and privacy industry
WISP co-founder and Aleada Consulting partner, Kenesa Ahmad, chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about being an introvert in the security and privacy industry. Tune in to hear how an introvert keeps from getting overwhelmed in networking situations, how being an introvert has both helped and hindered her in her career, and which elements of the working world she would adapt for introverts.
How an AI-powered application can get rid of unconscious bias in the workplace
Joonko Co-founder and CEO Ilit Raz chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about her AI-powered application that gets rid of unconscious bias in the workplace. Unlike other tools like Textio or Blendoor that weed out unconscious bias in the recruiting and hiring stage, Joonko tackles the issue of maintaining diverse talent by using machine learning on the job to identify unconscious bias in real time. Tune in to hear what inspired Ilit to create this tool, how she came up with the name, and the obstacles of using AI and machine learning to improve diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Uma Gupta talks about diversity from a neurological point of view
Dr. Uma Gupta, professor, STEM expert and highly-sought-after motivational speaker, chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about diversity from a neurological point of view. Tune in to hear how human nature and its influence on our personal and professional lives directly impacts our belief about other people, why the conversation about diversity needs to change before the lack of diversity can actually change, and the importance of getting dressed in reverse order.
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Sandra Lambert chats with Selena Templeton about founding ISSA in the early ‘80s.
Lambert & Associates, LLC, CEO and ISSA Co-founder Sandra Lambert chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about how she and her co-founder began ISSA (International Securities Services Association) in the early ‘80s.
Debra Farber shares her views on why privacy and security have remained so separate
Orinoco.io Founder & CEO/CPO Debra Farber chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about why privacy and security have remained so separate and upcoming trends we can expect to see. Tune in to hear her discuss the relevance of privacy by design, why privacy enjoys gender parity while security has remained a traditional old boys’ club, what will happen when they converge, as she believes they will within 5-10 years, and whether the upcoming GDPR regulation is affecting her business.
ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton sits down with Randy Bergman, President of RNB Communications, at the 9th annual ISSA-LA conference. As a communications expert and former journalist, Randy discusses the importance of diverse experiences, cultures and messaging when it comes to communicating effectively at a wide scope of businesses. She shares how she designs customized communications for every client based on their company culture, industry lingo and specific needs, how diversity makes your listener actually hear what you are saying, and how her journalism background helps her take complex information and distill it down to nuggets of info that can be understood by anyone.
Shea McHugh shares her experiences of not facing gender inequality in the tech industry
Fresh off the Women In Security panel at the ISSA-LA Summit, Shea McHugh chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton about her unique experience of not experiencing gender discrimination in the tech industry. As the only security analyst at Intermax Networks, she can also boast that 100% of her security team is female. Shea discusses why her company manages to attract such a diverse and talented team, the positive and negative aspects of the hiring process, and the most common question she gets asked about getting into the security field.
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