Throughout college, I found that my favorite part of my programming assignments was presenting and speaking to others about my work, so I started looking for similar career opportunities as I neared graduation.
My first job out of school was in consulting, which introduced me to Information Security. I started as an ethical hacker, learning how to break things. Over time, I became more interested in helping to fix them and realized that I wanted to be part of the solutions I was developing and to see them put into practice.
I’ve appreciated the light touch management style that SIG espouses. It’s allowed me to identify issues, invest a few cycles in trying to resolve them, and test different solutions out; that’s encouraged here. I’ve also really liked that I’ve been able to work directly with stakeholders and managers who are empowered to make immediate decisions. I think that’s helped me to be even more effective in my role.
I really try to keep these two parts of myself separate, which is helped by the fact that I have twins and only two hands! In all seriousness, I’ve never felt like I “had” to log on at night after leaving work. So much of what I do has a longer arc, so I’m able to prioritize. If something critical comes up, I handle it. Outside of that, when I’m with my family, I’m able to be present with them.
When I left my prior employer, I realized that I didn’t see many women in upper management with kids so it was difficult to find mentors who wanted what I did. At SIG, our CIO, her leadership team, and employees across firm are able to be very present in their kids’ lives and I’ve loved seeing that top down support to have a great career and a life outside of work.
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