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  • June 23, 2021

Women In Cyber

Benchmark Corp and Palo Alto Networks present you with a Leadership Panel with C-suite executives from the security arena! This event is about supporting women in cyber, especially engineers, product managers, and digital marketers, to learn from each other at diversity-focused companies.
Kelley Irwin, CIO at the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) was the moderator for this panel discussion. Her guests include Michele Mullen, Director General at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, and Jeannette Lee Heung, Director at Palo Alto Networks. These women are positively impacting the technology industry as senior executives with their technology experience and their superb business skills. They successfully made their way to the top over the years, and will share knowledge and experience they have gained with you.

Speakers

Mallika Kumar
Marketing lead, Benchmark Corp

Mallika is a multi-talented and passionate marketing consultant with an impressive track record as a strategic transformational leader who delivers elegant solutions from vision to execution to increase revenue, organizational effectiveness, and profitability.

Mallika is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business, York University (Master of Science: Marketing & Strategy), where she was the editor of the Future of Marketing at Flipboard. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree and Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing from the University of Delhi. She has developed integrated marketing strategies for 4+ years for global clients, leveraging targeted offline, online, PR, social media & multi-channel marketing. She has delivered exceptional results by co-creating breakthrough data-driven research analysis and strategies for clients such as Del Monte, Canada Dry, Dhgate.com, Kruger, and many more. She is so excited to be a young woman contributor-innovator in tech, doing her part to show the impact women can make as equal collaborators in the vital ‘high tech for higher gains’ field. She is honored to work with industry thought leaders like Luc Villeneuve, Kam Sabouri and their impressive teams who serve Benchmark’s roster of partners & blue-chip clients.

In “life beyond work,” Mallika is an avid reader and a basketball enthusiast.

Kelley Irwin
CIO, Electrical Safety Authority

Kelley Irwin is a senior technology executive who has led teams as small as five and as large as eight hundred. She is a CIO by experience, a martial arts black belt by training, and an optimist by nature.

She is currently Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) focused on evolving the digital and cyber mandates for business value. She is value-driven, leading with a strong sense of responsibility to create positive change.

Kelley started her technology career 30 years ago as a developer and has CIO experience at TD Bank, Sun Life Financial, and Economical & Sonnet Insurance. She is passionate about the power of technology and the positive impact it enables on a large and small scale.

Kelley is an active supporter of women in tech through mentoring, coaching, blogging, and speaking events. She launched a book in October 2020 about women in tech with her co-author Debra Christmas titled “Please Stay”. The book recognizes 21 talented women in tech, and provides tips on how to survive and thrive

Jeanette Lee Heung
Director, Prisma Cloud Global Channel, Palo Alto

As a proven Sales Leader in the IT industry, Jeannette strives to create effective, innovative solutions to achieve on-target, revenue-enhancing results through strategizing sales, marketing, and business development processes and approaches. Jeannette started her career in the IT industry with a Regional VAR, SaltSpring Software, as a Sales Rep. Her career progressed with Saltspring such that she became a Field Sales Rep, a Regional Sales Manager and ultimately, after an acquisition by Compucom was promoted into a National Sales Director role.

Since that time and over the past 20 years, Jeannette has worked with boutique VAR and Services Partners in sales, solution development, and channel roles both as an individual contributor and as a leader. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, she was with NetApp initially as a Channel Manager and subsequently as a Commercial sales leader. Jeannette has now been with Palo Alto Networks for almost 5 years in which she started as a Regional Sales Manager, was promoted to the National Channel Leadership role 3 years ago, and has just been promoted to a Director role for our Prisma Cloud World Wide Channel.

Michele Mullen
Director General, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Michèle is the Director General of Partnerships and Risk Mitigation at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. The Partnerships and Risk Mitigation directorate is responsible for providing IT security advice, guidance and services to Canadian critical infrastructure organizations and for advancing collaborative relationships with private industry to strengthen cyber security practices in Canada.

She was previously the Executive Director of the Canadian Committee on National Security Systems (CCNSS) and External Compliance. The Canadian Committee on National Security Systems ensures that CSE’s IT Security authorities are executed and complied with externally across the Government of Canada as well as managing and implementing the risk and compliance framework for Canada’s National Security Systems.

Agenda

1:00 PM EST

FAST FACTS
  • What are the stats?
  • Trend over the past 10 years
  • 1:25 PM EST

    THE CHALLENGE
  • Discuss the cybersecurity gender gap/ gender imbalance
  • Challenges for women trying to break into this field
  • Why women are deterred (this field is male-dominated)?
  • 1:45 PM EST

    LOOKING FORWARD
  • Actions –  Initiatives to attract and retain more women
  • Motivation – Talk about real-life success stories of women in cyber
  • Advice – for women joining this career path
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