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Diversity and Inclusion in Technology 2020

August 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


ISACA GWDC is proud to host its Diversity and Inclusion in Technology 2020 panel on August 6th.  Attendees of ISACA GWDC's Diversity and Inclusion in Technology 2020 panel will understand how diversity and inclusion contributes to effective IT governance and addressing operational risks surrounding IT organizations.

Who Should Attend

Risk Management professionals, IT Auditors, Cybersecurity professionals, students or anyone interested in learning more about diversity can improve IT operations

In order to receive CPE credits, participants must respond to all questions in Zoom. Failure to respond to questions in may result in the attendee not being granted CPE credits. Zoom display names must reconcile with the Cvent registration. Participants are responsible to configuring their Zoom application prior to the event. Phone participants will not be entitled to CPE credits.


Attendees will hear stories from diverse leaders on how they achieved their successful careers and insights on how to foster a more diverse and inclusive workplace. 



Jermaine Stanley

Vice President, ISACA Greater Washington DC Chapter


Jermaine Stanley is a Cybersecurity, IT Risk Advisory leader with more than 25 years of experience working with Financial Services, Technology, Insurance, Non-Profit, and Government organizations. A strong leader who is passionate about mentoring, has a reputation for building teams, and attracting top IT Risk Advisory and Cybersecurity talent.  Currently, Jermaine serves as a Security & Compliance SME for Proofpoint.  Mr. Stanley is the Vice President of ISACA Greater Washington (GWDC) DC Chapter, one of the oldest chapters and is currently ISACA’s largest chapter. He also is a Board member of One in Tech, an ISACA Foundation; whose mission is, "To create a healthy digital world that is safe, secure, and accessible for all, through building understanding, growing and diversifying the workforce, and increasing access and affordability of resources to professionals and organizations.”  In previous roles, Jermaine has published white papers, participated in and moderated panel discussions on Cybersecurity and Cloud computing. Mr. Stanley holds a Master’s in Software Engineering, a BS in Electrical Engineering, and the CISA certification.

Wanda Jones-Heath

Wanda Jones-Heath

Chief Information Security Officer, United States Air Force


Wanda Jones-Heath is the Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Information Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Security of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. She leads a division comprised of military, civilian and contractor personnel responsible for developing Air Force Cybersecurity policy and strategy for more than 5,000 Air Force Information Technology systems. She also manages the Air Force’s transition to the Risk Management Framework and provides oversight for the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act laws. Ms. Jones-Heath manages oversight for the protect portfolio including operating system lifecycle management and capabilities for the Comply to Connect program. She delivers cryptographic modernization across the Air Force, implementing the enterprise-wide cross domain solution and cryptographic information technology standards.  

Ms. Jones-Heath graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1990 with a degree in Computer Science. She began her Civil Service career as a Palace Acquire Intern as an Information Systems Specialist in various functional areas. She moved to Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, in 1993. There she held positions responsible for policy and guidance for security and network systems. Prior to arriving at the Headquarters Air Force staff, Ms. Jones-Heath was the Program Manager, Defense Information Systems Agency. Ms. Jones-Heath led the effort to establish a DoD Mobile capability to include infrastructure. Her joint experience includes working in various positions at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Jennifer Franks

Jennifer Franks

Assistant Director, Government Accountability Office’s Information Technology and Cybersecurity


Jennifer R. Franks is an Assistant Director in GAO’s Information Technology and Cybersecurity team. She leads audit teams that perform agency-specific reviews in the areas of cybersecurity, and IT management and operations. Her work primarily focuses on emerging cybersecurity issues and assessing an agency’s ability to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of its sensitive data and computing infrastructure. Her multi-disciplinary teams actively review agencies’ computer security vulnerabilities across their enterprise-wide computing environment by assessing program management compliance and technical controls recommended for the agencies to follow in accordance with federal guidance and leading practices. Ms. Franks has led reviews at the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Veterans
Affairs, Office of Personnel Management, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Department of Agriculture, among others. Further, at GAO, she is a certified adjunct faculty member and facilitates Diversity, Equity & Inclusion courses, such as—Navigating Unwritten Rules; The Power of the Unconscious Bias; Open-Minded & Mindfulness; Recognizing Ageism in the Workplace; and Workplace Civility. Ms. Franks received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Hampton University, and a M.S. in Information Security Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.


Marcus East

Technical Director, Google's Office of the CTO


Marcus East Marcus East is a Technical Director in Google’s Office of the CTO, the mission of which is to foster collaborative innovation between Google and its largest customers around the world.  Prior to joining Google, Marcus was EVP & CTO at National Geographic, where he was responsible for transforming the organization’s product and technology divisions to help bring the brand into the digital age. This included leading the company’s migration into the cloud, building a new technology platform called CHIP, and delivering a number of new consumer-facing digital products including the award-winning National Geographic Mobile App. He led the project that moved National Geographic’s iconic photography archive to Google Cloud, protecting it for generations to come and opening new possibilities for the organization’s use of AI and Machine Learning.  Marcus describes himself as a creative technologist and has spent half of his career working in technology companies building world-class technology (Apple & IBM) and the other half in major brands using that technology to solve problems for consumers (including Comic Relief, Marks and Spencer and National Geographic).

Dr. Sandra Cruz-Pol

Dr. Sandra Cruz-Pol

Program Director, National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center Program


Dr. Cruz-Pol received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University working with passive and active satellite sensors studying atmospheric gases and the sea surface emissivity. During her stay at NSF she was selected as the Federal Liaison for the U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Radio Science (URSI). At NSF she's a Program Director for the Engineering Research Center (ERC) program and the ERC International Center-to-Centre (C2C) Liaison.   She received the NASA Faculty Award for Research in 2002. Dr. Cruz-Pol is a Senior member of the IEEE. She was the Associate Editor for University Affairs for the IEEE GRSS Newsletter for 5 years.

Renee Small

Renee Small

Founder, Cyber Human Capital


Renee is the #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of Magnetic Hiring: Your Company's Secret Weapon to Attracting Top Cyber Security Talent & the CEO of an award-winning cyber human capital strategies company. She received the Stevie Award for 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year.  I'm the contributing editor for CISOMag, EC-Council's magazine targeted to CIOs, CTOs, and CISOs & the contributing editor for CyberCapital.us, Northern Virginia Technology Council's cyber security focused micro-site. 

Theresa Terry

Theresa Terry

Branch Chief, United States Air Force Enterprise Support Division


Theresa Terry is the business advisor for the Secretary of the Air Force’s Secretariat Staff as a Branch Chief for the Air Force District of Washington contracting, and acting Division Chief. She briefs and advises senior leaders on procurement actions, status, and source selections.  She manages a portfolio valued at over $2.4 billion with the valued estimated to climb to $5.5 billion by fiscal year 2020. She is a passionate about finding new and better ways to help meet the Air Force mission through rapid and innovative contracting approaches.


Daryl Peek

Head of Federal Strategic Partnerships, Google


Darryl E. Peek II is a thought leader who has spent over 15 years providing executive leadership to government organizations and possesses a well-proven set of proficiencies in the areas of acquisitions, digital transformation, cybersecurity, and business operations. In his current role as the Head of Federal Strategic Partnerships, Mr. Peek leads a team to manage partnerships with Federal Systems Integrators to implement innovative devices, technologies and platforms to public sector departments and agencies - leveraging his combined expertise in legislation, policy, and emerging technology to provide guidance and recommendations to federal civilian agencies on strategic priorities and enterprise technology investments. Mr. Peek's previous roles include Strategy and Business Development Executive with Salesforce Global Public Sector, Director of Digital Innovation and Solutions at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer and has been recognized for his accomplishments in supporting the federal civilian, foreign affairs, defense mission, and intelligence communities. Mr. Peek received his master’s degree in systems engineering from Penn State University and bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Salma Kaul

Information Security and Compliance Lead, Small Business Administration Office of the Chief Financial Officer


Salma Kaul is the Information System Security Officer for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and is responsible for the security posture of SBA’s Financial Systems. In addition, she serves as a Senior Cybersecurity consultant for the Department of Defense’s TMIP-J program. She has over 20 years of experience in Cybersecurity, Risk Management and Auditing of Information Systems specializing in network and infrastructures.

Ms. Kaul graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity from UMGC and is certified in Computer Forensics from George Mason University. In addition, she holds several Security-specific industry certifications such as the CISSP, CEH, and CISM. She is an active member of the Washington Metropolitan area chapters of ISACA, ISC2, and Toastmasters International. She is a mentor with the SBA’s Mentorship Program as well as several outside non-profit organizations.

As an immigrant woman of color, Ms. Kaul is uniquely positioned at an interstice of society where the compounding factors of her race, gender, and immigrant status have often created additional barriers to leadership positions. Despite this, Ms. Kaul has successfully navigated the information security field. As a result of her personal experiences, Ms. Kaul is very passionate about diversifying the information security field to include people from different backgrounds. It is her sincerest belief that diversity and inclusion will only improve the information security field.


Special Instructions

Not Applicable




Earn up to 2 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits in the area of Specialized Knowledge. In order to receive CPE credits, participants must respond to all questions in Zoom. Failure to respond to questions in may result in the attendee not being granted CPE credits. Zoom display names must reconcile with the Cvent registration. Participants are responsible to configuring their Zoom application prior to the event. Phone participants will not be entitled to CPE credits. The ISACA® GWDC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: http://www.learningmarket.org.

CPE Distribution and Evaluation Survey

CPE's will be distributed via e-mail along with the event evaluation survey after the completion of the event. Attendees must be present for the full event to receive full CPE credit.

CPE-Related Details

  • Prerequisites and Advance Preparation: N/A
  • Program Knowledge Level: N/A
  • Delivery Method: Online / Virtual


August 6, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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