Mission Critical with Karen Worstell


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Mission Critical is about the challenges in cyber and how the cyber community can thrive and “stay in the game” in the face of them.

I’m Karen Worstell, former CEO of a Silicon Valley startup and CISO for companies like AT&T Wireless, Microsoft and Russell Investments. I’m committed to fostering a work environment that creates peak performance, through inclusion, creativity, productivity and innovation and helping technology pros find the freedom and joy in their chosen profession that rocks their world.

I know from experience that all those things come from a workplace with high expectations and a sense of belonging—and we need a lot of help with that right now!

At the heart of this series of podcasts are the values I have learned to hold most dear: Justice, Compassion, Leadership and Allyship.  

These values come from my own journey; from my own story—the day I realized that I HAD to change the way I saw the world and worked with people if I wanted to succeed. From that point on, I consumed books and interviews by authors who spoke about personal development, professionalism, and relationships. When I took my three year sabbatical for the chaplaincy, I added the skills of empathy and "body intelligence" to the mix. Along the way I’ve met incredible people who love to share their expertise in the service of others - in other words, practicing allyship.  

That’s what this is all about.


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Each week we will have our chats on topics like the ones below, and hear from corporate guests and subject matter experts to give you the resource — your pocket “how to thrive” guide — to staying in the cyber career you love. 

We’ll cover themes like:

HOW TO REALLY BELIEVE IN YOUR FUTURE SUCCESS

LET GO OF THE SMALL STUFF


FEELING THE BURN(OUT?) - WHAT TO DO NOW

SETTING GREAT GOALS THAT GET YOU THE RESULTS YOU WANT


COMMIT TO CURIOSITY OVER CERTAINTY

MAINTAIN A JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE


LEARN OVER-THE-HORIZON VISION

COMMIT TO PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION


PRACTICE UNRELENTING ALLYSHIP

PURSUE RADICAL ACCEPTANCE OF WHAT "IS"


YOUR BODY REALLY DOES KEEP SCORE

OWN YOUR CHOICES


CHOOSING GRACE in the FACE OF ADVERSITY


ITSPmagazine is, and will always be, a free publication.

Our mission is to raise awareness for cybersecurity by making it understandable, accessible, and part of everyone’s everyday life.

Become a Mission Critical sponsor