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Women in Cyber: Reimagine

Women in Cyber: REIMAGINE


  • Kirsten Davies, CISO, the Estee Lauder Companies
  • Theresa Payton, CEO, Foratlice Solutions; former White House CIO, best selling author
  • Teena Piccione, Managing Director for Telecommunications and Entertainment, Google

About The Event

COVID-19 has required us to reimagine everything – how we work, play, connect with family and friends, and much more. We need to reimagine what all of these fundamental activities – activities that define us – will look once it’s safe to return to the office.

In the meantime, how do CISOs measure the impact the coronavirus has had on our lives and our jobs? How has working from home affected an organization’s ability to protect its employees, customers, and intellectual property? How has it challenged employers and employees to address stress, mental health, and a work/life balance? How has it impacted every woman’s ability to fight for a “seat at the table?”

Join us as top female cybersecurity leaders discuss the challenges they’ve faced during the pandemic and how they’re applying lessons learned to cybersecurity, work, the economy, families, mental health, and more.

Key takeaways:

  • Reimagine security contributing revenue to your organization
  • Reimagine security pivoting to focus on enablement so the business emerges stronger post pandemic
  • Reimagine working from home where a work/life balance is achievable and sustainable
  • Reimagine a more expansive CISO role in a post-pandemic world
  • Reimagine earning (or keeping) a seat at the table, driving real change in your business and career
  • Reimagine the infosec career to be more inclusive and empowering of minorities like women and people of color

About the Speakers

Lena SmartKirsten Davies is SVP & CISO for The Estee Lauder Companies (ELC). She brings to her role a unique blend of leadership, business acumen, and information security and technology experience from working and living on four continents. She is a proven leader in guiding largescale global transformations focused on cyber and information security, technology, business process, and organizational transformation.

Previous to ELC, Kirsten was the Group Chief Security Officer for Barclays Africa/ABSA, where she was tapped to build and run the unique, end to end security function which included cybersecurity, information security, fraud, analytics, and physical security across the continent. Prior to Barclays, she served in two capacities at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), both as Vice President and Deputy CISO, and as Vice President for Enterprise Security Strategy, leading one of four worldwide, strategic customer-facing areas for HPE.

Theresa PaytonTheresa Payton is Founder, President & CEO at Foratlice Solutions, a boutique cybersecurity and intelligence services company listed in the Global Cybersecurity Top 500 and the “Hottest 150 Global Companies in Cybersecurity” by Cybercrime Magazine. At Fortalice, Theresa and her colleagues provide services tailored to meet the unique security needs and requirements of public, private and non-profit organizations.

Prior to Foratlice, Theresa was the first female CIO for the White House under the George W. Bush administration where she administered the IT enterprise for the President and 3,000 staff members. She also starred as the Deputy Commander of Intelligence on the CBS TV series, Hunted. She’s a frequent guest on national and international news outlets and is one of “100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime.” Lastly, her book “Manipulated,” is the #1 Hottest New Release for “Campaigns and Elections” on

Lena SmartTeena Piccione is Managing Director for Telecommunications and Entertainment at Google. She is a highly regarded enterprise IT executive with considerable experience helping the world’s largest companies modernize their technology infrastructure. Prior to  joining Google, Teena was Global CIO & EVP at RTI International where she charted the course for digital innovation and managed a global IT team that served 6,000 employees in 75 countries. Previously, she was SVP of Enterprise Technology at Fidelity Investments, and before that she was AVP of Big Data, AI and Cyber Security at AT&T.

As a senior female executive in a male-dominated industry, Teena is dedicated to breaking through barriers for women in STEM. She founded the TriSTEM 2020 initiative to make the Raleigh-Durham, NC area a destination for female STEM professionals and forge new pathways for women and girls. She is a frequent speaker on big data, cloud, cybersecurity, STEM, and diversity.

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