Women in Cyber Security

Monday, October 28, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Get the inside story on how to launch and navigate a rewarding career in the male-dominated cyber security field. On the first day of the Cyber Security Summit, Monday, Oct. 28, women experts in the field will lead discussions on career navigation, strategies and challenges followed by a special networking luncheon.

The Women in Cyber Security sessions is included in the VIP All Access Pass or can be purchased for only $129 as a special Half-day session ticket. View the Summit Agenda for full biography information and programming details.


9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. — The many (and sometimes hidden) roads and paths to and within cyber. The panel will outline common misconceptions about which skill sets are essential in the cyber field. Panelists will share their stories on how they entered in the cyber field and varying career paths, twists and turns they have taken to advance toward career “chi.”

Moderator: Elizabeth Stevens, Past President/Executive Board Member, InfraGard MN Alliance; Panelists: Betty Elliott, Partner & Chief Information Security Officer, Mercer; Judy Hatchett, VP, Information Security & CISO, Fairview Health Services Information Technology; Melissa Seebeck, General Manager, Information Security Risk, Delta Air Lines

10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. — Career Goals for everyone! CISOs, Entrepreneurs and Everything in Between. This panel will showcase various leaders, from CISOs to entrepreneurs to independent consultants and other key roles within the cyber industry, to share strategies for expanding leadership acumen, stretching boundaries, establishing networking pipelines, and breaking down barriers to step into the next phase(s) of your career journey.

Moderator: Stefanie Horvath, Brigadier General, Director of Joint Staff, JFHQ-MN; Executive Director Enterprise Services, MNARG; Minnesota IT Services; Panelists: Sahar Ismail, CEO, Legacy Armour; Milinda Rambel Stone, Vice President & CISO, Provation Medical

10:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m. — Being a woman in Cyber isn’t always a breeze. Hear from Cyber leaders as they share their stories and strategies. This panel will focus on common pitfalls, challenges and the unconscious (or deliberate) bias women face in the cyber security industry. Women on this panel will share stories and strategies to overcome obstacles, including the prevalent “bro culture”, to advance their careers, find satisfaction and frankly know when it’s time to walk away for another opportunity.

Moderator: Tina Meeker, Director of Information Security Governance, Shutterfly, Inc.; Panelists: Jill Allison, Advisory CISO, Kudelski Security, Inc., Sarah Engstrom, CISO & VP of IT Security, Productivity and Privacy, CHS, Inc.; Christine Stevenson, Sales Engineer, Verodin

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. — Women in Cyber Security Networking Lunch. State Senator Melissa Wicklund (DFL-Bloomington) will speak at this special networking event for women attending the Summit.



To learn about available sponsorship opportunities, contact our representatives.

Companies (A-M) – Jennifer Churchill at 763-548-1306 or jennifer.churchill@eventshows.com
Companies (N-Z) – Stephen Burk at 763-548-1303 or stephen.burk@eventshows.com

2019 Committee – Thank You Content Contributors

Jill Allison, Advisory CISO, Kudelski Security, Inc. 
Brenda Bjerke; Senior Director, Information Security, Target 
Jen Czaplewski, Director, Product Security, Target 
Loren Dealy Mahler, President, Dealy Mahler Strategies 
Chrysa Freeman, Security Awareness Program Manager Security Mindedness, Code 42 
Barb Fugate, EVP/CIO/CISO, United Bankers’ Bank 
Sam Grosby, Principal Enterprise Information Security Engineer, Wells Fargo 
Jadee Hanson, CISO, Vice President of Information Systems, Code 42 
Judy Hatchett, VP, Information Security & CISO, Fairview Health Services Information Technology 
Stefanie Horvath, Brigadier General, Director of Joint Staff, JFHQ-MN; Executive Director Enterprise Services, MNARG; Minnesota IT Services
Eileen Manning, Executive Producer and Co-Creator, Cyber Security Summit  
Emily Marier, Director, IT Infrastructure, Slumberland Furniture 
Tina Meeker, Director of Information Security GRC, Shutterfly, Inc., COMMITTEE CHAIR 
Allison Miller, Vice President, Global Enterprise Information Risk Management, Optum 
Melissa Seebeck, General Manager, Information Security Risk, Delta Airlines 
Catharine Trebnick, Vice President, Senior Research Analyst, Dougherty & Company LLC 
Lee Ann Villella, Sr. Account Executive, FRSecure 
Kathy Washenberger, Director Information Security/GRC, Deluxe Corp. 
Kristi Yauch, Cyber Security Director, TCF Bank