Cyber Careers for Women in STEM +
As a senior leader in a cybersecurity organization, there is a LOT that Ginger Wierzbanowski can’t talk about publicly. But don’t worry… there’s still much for us to discuss in our April 22 TARATALK on cybersecurity careers for women in STEM+. Ginger is the newly-retired vice president of intelligence solutions at Northrop Grumman and is poised to discuss what life is like for STEM+ women in the cyber world, its evolution, and some ongoing challenges. “I think our companies need to evolve and change,” she told Gotara CEO and Founder D Sangeeta in a pre-TARATALK chat. “We need to attract diverse talent and that means there’s plenty of amazing opportunities.” Ginger grew up in a Tlingit Indian village on Prince of Wales Island, in Alaska, and that experience informed her passion for promoting diversity for women interested in cybersecurity careers. “A part of my childhood was the realization of being on the outside, part of the other,” she says. “I get a lot of women who aren’t technical but want to be in leadership roles of technical people,” she says. “They think that they can’t do it. And when they see me, they tell me, ‘I’m so glad you’re there because I want to do what you’re doing.'” So, how did Ginger—who has a BA and an MA in Russian studies—get into this world? That journey includes meeting a burly Russian who urged her to learn the Russian language, a 20-year stint in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer and three+ years as a legislative assistant with the Department of Defense. How you can get into this world will be the basis for this TARATALK on April 22. Register today!