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Women in Technology – Diversity and Challenges Conference

March 14, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT

GWDC Member - $105, Other ISACA Member - $135, Non-ISACA Member: $150


The attendees of this conference will have an opportunity to hear dynamic speakers and engage in meaningful discourse on thought leadership, innovation, opportunities and challenges surrounding women in today’s tech workforce.


1. Managing For Value in Multi-Supplier Environment - Annette Gibbs-Skervin

Many organizations face the challenge of managing multiple suppliers including: inconsistent service quality, missed timelines, poor deliverable quality, and budget overruns. As Information Technology leaders try to lower their operational and project costs, they must also improve the customer experience and demonstrate business value. This presentation outlines the way Strategic Sourcing can support the end-to-end improvement of service and product outcomes, with a focus on Managed Services. Join us and learn how to successfully drive value from your supplier relationships!

2. Stop Looking for the Purple Squirrel: What's Wrong With Today's Cybersecurity Hiring Practices - Marcelle Lee

Employers can't find people to hire and candidates can't get past various barriers to entry. In this talk I will explore some different approaches for employers to take to in the search for cybersecurity employees.

3. Mindfulness and Managing Stress - Alka Dhillon

Three things every Successful Leader and person with a high OM Factor covets: Dating, Real Estate, and Getting Naked. Join Alka Dhillon as she gives you plug and play tools to navigate stress and your response to it, as well as embolden yourself with the power to impact your life in a profound way and achieve your success and well-being.

4. The Evolution of Cyber Warfare: Defending Against Persistent and Ever-evolving Threats - Ellen Sundra

The concept of deploying multiple layers of security controls throughout IT systems was just the first step in the evolution of cyber warfare. Organizations have become equipped with a broad portfolio of tool sets often providing a false sense of security, and requiring humans to relay information between the tools. In this session, we explore the market dynamics and challenges of layered security, and the importance of complete visibility and automation.

5. TED Talk  - Kimberly Ellison-Taylor

Lunch time special - you will hear from Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, Immediate Past Chairman of the American Institute of CPAs and a Global Strategy Leader in Oracle's Cloud Business Group as she discusses the intersection of technology and finance and lessons learned in her career journey.

6. Career Paths to Leadership, Emerging Cyber Risks, and Attracting and Retaining Top Talents in a Competitive Market Panel Discussion - Terry Grafenatine

Join us for a panel discussion as ISACA’s Immediate Past International Chair of the Board, Terry Grafenstine, moderates what’s sure to be a lively discussion with women leaders from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE), and the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) as they discuss their paths to leadership in a male-dominated industry, their thoughts on emerging cyber risks, their experiences in attracting and retaining top talent in a competitive market, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.


  • Ramatu (Abdullah) Kamara
  • Kimberly Figel Benoit
  • Myrah Lee

7. Cybersecurity Workforce of the Future - Diverse in Many Ways - Rebecca Tyler

Twenty-first century forces—including technology, market trends, and demographics—are changing and reshaping jobs in the workplace. The need to address the future of work is accelerating, increasing the need to effectively anticipate ever-evolving risks. This presentation will focus on the intersection of cybersecurity risks and the diversity of the work that will be done, the workplace in which it will be accomplished, and the workforce that will be leveraged in the future.

8. Challenges of Building a Technology Infrastructure and Security Culture in a Small Non-Profit - Karen Torres

A case study look at the unique challenges most small non-profit organizations face when building sustainable and secure technology solutions to meet their business needs with limited resources.


Who should attend?

  • Any professional in the Information Security / Assurance industry, including IT auditors, IT consultants, and general IT professionals with exposure to or looking to get exposure to cybersecurity initiatives.
  • Anyone that is already or anyone interested in getting involved with the ISACA CSX program.




Annette Gibbs-Skervin, PhD

Director, Enterprise Technology Strategy & Innovation, Grant Thornton LLP

Annette brings to her clients a reputation as a trusted advisor to business, Information Technology (IT) and procurement executives in the commercial and public sectors. As a global leader and consultant, she helps clients gain access to supplier innovation and drive quality outcomes for IT programs and projects. She is an IT business transformation expert focused on delivering bottom-line improvements through IT organizational “right-sourcing” (outsourcing/insourcing) strategy; IT contract development, selection & negotiation; Service Integration & Management (SIAM); Supplier Performance Management; Service Lifecycle Management (ITIL); License Asset investment and risk management, Category Management; and Contract Value Realization and Management. Her work in this area has generated millions of dollars in savings, while simultaneously driving operational efficiencies and program results across global organizations.

In addition to working as a consultant for several years in this area, Annette has had several operational leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble developing and successfully implementing IT and sourcing strategies. Most recently, as a former strategic sourcing SES (Senior Executive Service) at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Annette had accountability for a $3.1 Billion annual budget and drove changes to sourcing governance, supplier management, and value-driven outcomes. She has a proven track record as a global executive, leading teams facing challenging business situations to deliver outcomes that exceed client expectations.



Marcelle Lee

CEO and Founding Partner, Fractal Security Group, LLC

Marcelle Lee is a threat researcher with WhiteOps, an adjunct professor in digital forensics and network security, and she also provides security consulting and training services through her company, Fractal Security Group, LLC.  She specializes in network traffic analysis, malware analysis, phishing, and threat hunting. She is involved with many industry organizations, working groups, and boards, including the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, the NIST Cyber Competitions Working Group, and the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland Advisory Board.  She also both builds and participates in cyber competitions, and shares her work through her Github site,

Marcelle has earned the CSX-P, CISSP, GCFA, GCIA, GCIH, GPEN, GISF, GSEC, GCCC, C|EH, CCNA, Security+, Network+, and ACE industry certifications. She holds four degrees, including a master’s degree in cybersecurity. She has received the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Women in Tech (WIT) Award and the Volunteer of the Year award from the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu. Marcelle frequently presents at conferences and training events, and is an active volunteer in the cybersecurity community.



Alka Dhillon

Founder and CEO, Technalink

Alka Dhillon is the founder and CEO of Technalink, one of the leading companies in the Washington Metropolitan area providing Information Technology and Management Consulting services to both government and commercial clients. She is a Conscious Leadership expert and an International Speaker. She received the 2012 BRAVA! Women Business Achievement Award; the Top 100 Women Leaders in STEM award; the Top 100 CEO’s in STEM award, the 2013 Locally Grown honor from Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Agency. She is also the recent recipient of the Global Technology and Innovation Leaders Award of the Decade presented by the Women’s Economic Forum. She holds B.A. degrees in economics and Spanish from the University of Virginia. She contributes to The Huffington Post and blogs and offers OM Factor related merchandise and advice at



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Ellen Sundra

VP Systems Engineering, ForeScout Technologies Inc

With more than 20 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry, Ellen leads the Americas System Engineering team for ForeScout Technologies. Together, Ellen and her team are responsible for designing customized security solutions for Commercial and Public Sector customers. Prior to joining ForeScout, Ellen was a network architect and security advisor with iPass, UUNet and WorldCom. Ellen earned a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from Rollins College and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).



Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, CISA

Global Strategy Leader, Oracle

Kimberly is the global strategy leader for Oracle. Successful business executive with impressive achievements in highly competitive organizations and industries. Strategic, financial and technical leadership across diverse services, products and technologies. Demonstrated leadership and qualifications include operational management, team building, problem solving and critical decision-making. Results-driven with unfailing bottom line achievement.




Managing Director, Risk and Financial Advisory, Deloitte

Terry is a leader in the international cybersecurity audit profession.  She has over twenty-five years in executive leadership; leading change; developing high performing teams; managing innovation; and bringing strategic foresight to leaders at highest levels of public trust.  Terry is currently a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Risk and Financial Advisory practice where she delivers IT audit, risk, and governance advisory services to senior leaders in both the government and commercial sectors. Prior to joining Deloitte, Terry served for eight years as the Inspector General of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she designed, managed, and delivered audit and investigative services, including a comprehensive cyber assurance program.  Through her leadership roles as ISACA’s Global Chair, as a member of the AICPA board of directors, and as a founding member of the IIA’s American Center for Government Auditing, Terry has helped to advance the information technology, governance, internal auditing, and accounting professions and speaks globally on cyber security, internal auditing, leadership, and risk.  She has received numerous awards and accolades, including FedScoop’s “Golden Gov Federal Executive of the Year,” the Greater Washington DC Society of CPAs “Government CPA Leader of the Year”, the NY Metropolitan ISACA Chapter’s “Joseph J Wasserman Cyber and Governance Leader of the Year,” and ISACAs “Common Body of Knowledge” and “Best International Conference Speaker of the Year” awards. 


Ramatu (Abdullah) Kamara, CPA, CGFM

Audit Readiness Unit Chief, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Ramatu (Abdullah) Kamara is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager with more than 18 years experience serving federal, commercial, and public accounting sectors. Ms. Kamara’s experience includes accounting, audit readiness, internal control and risk assessments, financial statement audits,  financial management consulting and financial reporting.  Ms. Kamara currently works for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as the Audit Readiness Unit Chief within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Her job entails working with various program offices to develop/improve and sustain diverse processes with good internal controls.  She led successful audit remediation activities at ICE that resulted in a downgrade of the material weakness in Budgetary Resources Management in the ICE Statement of Assurance in FY 2018. She directed and collaborated with ICE program offices to improve and enhance the ICE Remediation/Audit Readiness program which directly impacts the Department’s ability to maintain an unqualified audit opinion. As a result, received the FY2016 ICE Director’s Core Value Award to honor an ICE employee who exemplifies initiative and excellence in public service, productivity, performance, compliance, and best practices. Her continuous dedication has  led to ICE’s contribution to sustain a clean opinion on the DHS consolidated financial statement audits during her tenure. Ms. Kamara graduated from University of Maryland, College Park, where she obtained her B.S. in Accounting. She will obtain her Certificate of Leadership at the Brookings Institute upon completion of the 2018/19 DHS Executive Leadership Program.



Kimberly Figel Benoit, CPA, CISA, CFE

Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Technology, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General

Ms. Benoit is an executive with audit and investigative experience within the federal government. She is an expert in identifying ways that government institutions can use technology to promote efficiency, increase public accountability, and identify fraud, waste, and abuse. She currently is the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Technology at the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General where she is responsible for various technology-related investigative and audit functions. She previously worked as the Director of Performance, Financial Audits, and Investigations at the U.S. House of Representatives.  She holds an undergraduate degree and minor in Leadership Studies from Marietta College and a master’s degree from Ohio University. 

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Myrah Lee, CPA,CIA,CFE

Chief, Internal Audit, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Myrah Lee is a Chief of Internal Audit at FBI implementing standard internal audit practices that improve automation, standardization, consistency, and quality. Previously, Myrah worked as a  Chief of Financial Reporting and as a Financial Analyst doing federal governmental accounting and forensic accounting. Currently she is working on CISA wanting to become an IS auditor.

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Rebecca Tyler

Principal, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte

Rebecca Tyler, CISA, CISSP, is a Principal in Risk and Financial Advisory’s Cyber Risk Services practice with over 17 years of experience specializing in IT strategy and governance – including enterprise cybersecurity strategy planning and execution, information security governance, audit readiness and remediation, as well as IT risk management framework development and implementation. During her time at Deloitte, she has served clients across various industries in both the Commercial and Federal practices. Rebecca now primarily serves clients in the Federal Health Sector. Rebecca also supports Risk and Financial Advisory’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and serves as the Leadership Development and Advancement Leader.


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Karen Torres

President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington DC

Karen Torres joined Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington DC in April 2012 as President and CEO. Hired as a change agent, under her leadership the chapter has experienced significant growth, increasing programs by 150%, operating budget by 183%, and annual number of children and families served by 240%. Through its three core programs: Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, RMHCDC serves more than 8,000 children and their families annually.



Special Instructions

ISACA Members from Other Chapters: You will need to bring your ISACA Membership Card to the event to verify your ISACA Membership.

Presentations: Conference presentations will be included in the registrants' final event-related email message containing the CPE certificate and evaluation survey when permission is received from the presenter and their organization. In some cases, permission is not received.

Requests for Assistance: If you require assistance for an audio, visual, or other disability, please contact the Programs Director to discuss your needs, as soon as possible.  We need as much advance notice as possible to determine whether requests can be accommodated. Thank You.

If your organization is interested in being an event sponsor, please take a look at the five (5) various event sponsorship packages and click this sponsorship link to become a sponsor.

CPE Information

Earn up to 7 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits in the area of Specialized Knowledge. 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:

CPE Distribution and Evaluation Survey

CPE's will be distributed via e-mail along with the event evaluation survey up to seven (7) business days after the completion of the event. Attendees must be present the full day to receive full CPE credit.

CPE-Related Details

  • Prerequisites and Advance Preparation: N/A
  • Program Knowledge Level: N/A
  • Delivery Method: Live in person event




GWDC Members: $105

Other ISACA Members: $135

Non-Members: $150

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March 14, 2019
8:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT
GWDC Member - $105, Other ISACA Member - $135, Non-ISACA Member: $150
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