Lean In: A C-Level Perspective from Women in Technology

Time: March 24, 2014 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Peter/Wright/McKenna Rooms, University Center


Women at INI (WINI) is invigorating Spring 2014 with a series of talks inspired by Lean In, the best-selling book by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

"Lean In: A C-Level Perspective from Women in Technology" is a leadership discussion that will take place on Monday, March 24. In this rare opportunity, INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis will moderate a panel of distinguished executives in information security, privacy and risk management.

Join us to interact with these leaders, engage in the conversation, and hear their stories as they share personal and professional perspectives on the assent to a senior-level role. Follow the topic using #CMULeanin on Twitter.

This event is open to the campus community! The event will also be broadcast to the Silicon Valley Campus in Room 109/100 (1:00-2:00 p.m. PDT).

Light refreshments will be provided. Registration for this event is recommended but not required.

Please register online at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/n5worjq.


Dena Haritos Tsamitis

Michelle DennedyDena Haritos Tsamitis (director since 2004, associate director 2002-2004) heads the Information Networking Institute (INI), an interdisciplinary department within Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering. She oversees graduate programs in information networking, information security, mobility and software management. Under her leadership, the INI has offered global programs, as well as bicoastal programs in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Campus. Tsamitis is a founding director of CyLab for education, training and outreach and serves as the principal investigator on three federally funded grants in information assurance. She has received the 2012 Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate Student and Junior Faculty Mentoring, honors from The European Art Center, and the 2008 Women of Influence award from Alta Associates and CSO Magazine. Full bio

Panelist Bios:

Michelle Dennedy

Michelle DennedyDennedy currently serves as Chief Privacy Officer to McAfee, an Intel Company. She is responsible to creating a privacy practice that is focused on quality and excellence in McAfee's policies, products, procedures and governance efforts. Her team is a staunch supporter of McAfee's outreach efforts to educate and protect children, families and communities in the Digital Age.

Before coming to McAfee, Dennedy founded The iDennedy Project, a consulting and advisory company specializing in privacy and security sensitive organizations. She is also a founder and editor in chief of a new media site—TheIdentityProject.com—that was started as an advocacy and education site, currently focused on the growing crime of Child ID theft.

Dennedy was the Vice President for Security & Privacy Solutions for the Oracle Corporation. Her team worked closely with customers to enable them to proceed with the confidence that information is protected and accelerated as an asset. Before the Oracle acquisition of Sun, Dennedy was Chief Data Governance Officer within the Cloud Computing division at Sun Microsystems, Inc. She worked closely with Sun's business, technical and legal teams to create to the best data governance policies and processes possible for cloud computing to build trust for cloud environments through vendor transparency. Dennedy also served as Sun's Chief Privacy Officer where she was responsible for the development and implementation of Sun's data privacy policies and practices, working across Sun's business groups to drive the company's continued data privacy excellence.

Dennedy has a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BS degree with university honors from The Ohio State University. In 2009, she was awarded the Goodwin Procter-IAPP Vanguard award for lifetime achievement and the EWF – CSO Magazine Woman of Influence award for work in the privacy and security fields. In 2012, she was honored by the National Diversity Council as one of California's Most Powerful and Influential Women.

Joyce Brocaglia

Joyce BrocagliaJoyce Brocaglia is the President and CEO of Alta Associates, Inc. Founded in 1986 Alta Associates is widely acknowledged as the leading search firm in IT Risk Management, Information Security and Privacy. Having successfully partnered with global enterprises for 20 years, Alta has built world class IT Risk and Information Security organizations.

Brocaglia is sought after for her deep knowledge of market conditions, business intelligence and ability to create industry alliances. With 20 years of experience acting as a strategic advisor to her clients, she has gained the trust and respect of the industry's most influential executives.

In September of 2003 Information Security Magazine honored Brocaglia with a "Women of Vision" award naming her one of the 25 most influential women in the information security industry. In 2003, Brocaglia also founded the Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Privacy and Risk Management; a ground breaking event for women executives in the information security industry to exchange ideas and best practices. www.infosecuritywomen.com

In 2005 Brocaglia authored The Information Security Officer: A New Role for New Threats in Larstans's The Black Book on Corporate Security. In 2006 Brocaglia and the Executive Women's Forum partnered with Carnegie Mellon to create scholarships for outstanding women to enroll in CMU's Information Networking Institute.

Brocaglia is the career advisor of CSO Magazine. She is author of the monthly "Career Corner" column for the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Journal. She is on the board of advisors for the ISSA and International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2). Brocaglia has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Network World, Network Computing, Information Security Magazine, Redmondmag.com and CSO Magazine. Brocaglia is a speaker at industry events regarding career matters and emerging roles within the information technology and security community. Brocaglia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Montclair State University and is Certified Public Accountant.

Holly Ridgeway

Holly RidgewayHolly Ridgeway is chief information security officer for the PNC Financial Services Group. In this role, Ridgeway leads the company's information security efforts with responsibility for PNC's overall information security assessment, testing and vulnerability programs.

Ridgeway, who joined PNC in September 2012, has 15 years of leadership experience in the federal government as an IT and cybersecurity professional, most recently as the deputy chief information security officer for the Department of Justice. In this role, she was responsible for leading the activities, detection, monitoring, incident response, reporting and security services of the 24 x 7 Department of Justice Security Operations Center and the FBI's intelligence community. She is credited with developing and implementing a highly successful real-time situational awareness program and successfully leading several large incident response efforts.

Ridgeway holds an MS in Computer Systems Management and MS Certificate in Information Assurance from the University of Maryland University College, where she is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Information Systems Management and Information Assurance in the School of Undergraduate Studies. She also holds certifications for PMP (Project Management Professional), CISSP (Certified Information Security Systems Professional), COTR (Certified Contracting Technical Representative) and is a member of the AFCEA International Cyber Security Board.