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Women Who Cyber brings together a diverse group of aspiring and thriving cybersecurity professionals for dynamic and interactive events where they can network with peers, establish meaningful mentoring relationships, share knowledge, and enjoy unique experiences.
You’ll learn from, and be inspired by, our panel of influential women as they discuss how they broke through the glass ceiling and continue to pave the way for women to lead and excel in the industry. They’ll also discuss the unique challenges women face, as well as the importance of diversity and gender equality in the workplace.
Learn and be inspired as our panel of influential women discuss:
After the discussion, we’ll indulge in a wine tasting to celebrate the day with some light bites and networking with panelists and other amazing industry personnel.
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Jennifer Rice is a Senior Account Manager at Proofpoint on the Central Named Healthcare team focused on developing trusted advisor relationships with her customers to help reduce their risk profile and meet business objectives. Jennifer is also on the leadership team of Proofpoint’s internal Women@Proofpoint Employee Inclusion Group (EIG) working to build community, expand knowledge and increase opportunities for women. Prior to her current position, Jennifer worked in the partner channel community for over 20 years and is an active board member of a regional non-profit, Women in Technology Wisconsin.
Sarah Engstrom is chief information security officer for CHS, a leading global agribusiness and the largest farmer-owned cooperative in the United States. She leads the CHS information security, data privacy and employee productivity programs to generate a more secure and productive workforce. The goals for those programs are to arm CHS employees against the latest cyber security threats, identify technology and business process improvements to better secure CHS information assets and improve employee satisfaction through IT services and technology offerings. Engstrom joined CHS in December 2015. Prior to that, she worked for Target for 13 years, first in the Information Technology department before transitioning into Information Security. She has a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Connecticut and maintains a security certification as a CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Sarah prioritizes pay-it-forward opportunities to mentor youth interested in careers in corporate or Information Technology environments and is actively engaged in the Twin Cities chapter of Genesys Works. She also serves on non-profit organization boards, including MnTech and CIOs Against Cancer. Sarah enjoys traveling and staying active in her personal life and lives in South Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Judy Hatchett is the VP and Chief Information Security Officer at Surescripts. She sets the vision, develops plans and oversees the execution of Surescripts' Enterprise Information and Physical Security, Business Continuity and Risk Management Programs to ensure comprehensive, high-quality and effective risk and information security management in support of business goals. With 15 years in cybersecurity, she has held leadership roles overseeing global teams for governance, cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance and identity management in multiple critical industry verticals (manufacturing, retail and healthcare industries). Judy is currently the President of the Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) MN affiliate, an EHNAC Commissioner, and advisory board member. She earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational studies from Bethel University and holds a Masters in Security Technologies from the University of Minnesota School of Science.
Dané Smiley is the Vice President of Information Security, leading Information Security Governance, Risk and Compliance at Ameriprise Financial. Dané has over 35 years of experience in Information Technology, with an over 25+ year focus and expertise in Information Security including identity and access management, application security, and governance risk and compliance. Dané previously worked at Carlson Wagonlit Travel as the Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance as well as the Interim CISO for 17 months. Prior to Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Dané held multiple security positions while at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN. Dané is a Certified Information Systems’ Security Professional (CISSP) since June 2004 and is COBIT and LEAN certified.
Ginger Whitesell joined Proofpoint as a Cyber Threat Intelligence Specialist on the Proofpoint Threat Intelligence Services (PTIS) team in September 2022. Before becoming immersed in cyber security, Ginger's career path included a variety of experiences, including conducting research on myriad human rights issues, teaching English and tutoring North Korean defectors on a Fulbright in South Korea, and managing corporate partnerships at Girl Scouts. Ginger holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and degrees in Marketing and Sustainability from Arizona State University. In her current role, Ginger enjoys leveraging her interests in geopolitics, conducting research, and speaking with customers to explore the threat landscape.