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Women in Technology 2020 Conference (Postponed)

March 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT

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

***This event has been postponed to a future date that is still TBD. For more information, please read see our COVID-19 update.***


The ISACA GWDC is proud to host our Women in Technology 2020 conference on March 19th. Even though opportunities in the technology and cyberspace continue to grow, the United States Department of Labor estimates two-thirds of 1.1 million computing-related jobs by 2024 may be unfilled. Despite immense opportunities in technology sciences, according to the National Center for Women and Technology, only 19 percent of 2016 computer and information sciences bachelor's degree recipients were female. Attendees of ISACA GWDC's Women in Technology 2020 conference will hear insights from thought leadership on innovation, opportunities and challenges surrounding women in today’s tech workforce.

To prepare for the ISACA GWDC Women in Technology 2020 conference, please review the following resources:

  1. ISACA Tech Workforce 2020: The Age and Gender Perception Gap
  2. ISACA Podcast - Making Strides in Tech Workplace Culture
  3. ISACA SheLeadsTech Blog

The ISACA GWDC Board of Directors and Officers would like to give a big “Thank You” to RSM and FHLBanks for being an Event Sponsor for the Women in Technology 2020 conference!



Inclusion of Women in the Fourth Industrial Revolution - Presented by Sonia Bashir Kabir

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) gives us an incredible opportunity to unite. To unite as human beings. A chance to unite against automation.  The reality is, it is not just about men losing roles to women or vice versa, but humans losing roles to automation.  However, in order to unite as human beings, we need to first address the challenge of women being left behind.  Inclusion of women is a joint responsibility with men and exclusion has joint risks.


It Takes Courage (and a little work) to “Be Yourself” - Presented by Jina Etienne

Synopsis: I used to think that to win clients I needed to convince everyone how I as just like, just as good as, all the other CPAs.  Then it hit me, I’m not like everyone else. While the output is the same (a completed tax return), my thinking, process, approach, and style were different.  It took some trial and error, but I learned how to relax and be myself. There is no shortage of seminars, books, blogs and YouTube videos on why it is important to “just be yourself” – but it’s hard to do, especially at work.  It’s a mix of skills, attributes and qualities that come naturally to some but not to all. Fortunately, it can be learned, and even leveraged as a marketplace differentiator.

In her session, Jina will talk candidly about her 26-year career in public accounting and how she learned to elevate her business – and her client’s businesses – above the crowd by being herself. She’ll share stories and lessons that helped her understand the importance and value of authenticity, curiosity and individuality, and how she fueled it to grow her personal brand. In addition, she’ll explore how to help you tap into the power of your authenticity to amplify your presence and leadership style.


Tech for Good: A Puppy Story - Presented by Jennifer Combs

It takes a special kind of puppy to become a guide dog, as well as a lot of non-profit money and volunteer time. Learn how the Guiding Eyes For the Blind organization is harnessing technology to fine-tune the process and target resources on the most promising puppies - leading to better outcomes and more guide dogs available for life-changing partnerships with the visually impaired. Stop by our table in the sponsor area to meet some of the wonderful puppies in the program!


Advancing Your Career in Technology - Presented by Naomi Klamen

Companies with more women board directors outperform others by 53%, yet women and minorities only occupy 31% of the board seats within the Fortune 500. As a result, women and underrepresented groups need to be their own advocates. Inspired by Google's #IAmRemarkable campaign – an initiative that empowers women and minorities to celebrate their workplace achievements – this session will teach attendees the importance of self-promotion in their careers, offering tools to practice the skill in their day-to-day roles. We must challenge the social perception around self-promotion and arm women with the necessary skills to be their own biggest proponents.


Incident Response with Back Doors & Breaches - Presented by Teresa Allison

Come to this interactive session to learn how to teach Incident Response with Backdoors & Breaches, an Incident Response Card Game, created by Black Hills Information Security and Active Countermeasures. Backdoors & Breaches contains 52 unique cards to help you conduct incident response tabletop exercises and learn attack tactics, tools, and methods. The session will open with going over the rules of the game, next there will be a question and answer period, and then the participants will divide into teams to play the game. After the games end we will reconvene to discuss lessons learned and how we can use the game to better teach incident response in our workplaces and the community.


Agency Modernization Involves More than Technology Upgrades - Presented by Gauri Kayande

Modernization is a complex activity that involves a lot of change and potential disruption. Successfully modernizing a system implies not only tackling and overcoming technology challenges, but also the political, organizational and cultural challenges.  In fact, modernizations often fail not due to the lack of the right technology, but due to the inability to resolve these non-technical challenges.  In this discussion, we will present REI’s Mindful Modernization approach to resolve these challenges for successful modernization.



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 interested in getting involved with the ISACA CSX program.
  • Anyone looking to expand the diversity of their technology workforce
  • ISACA SheLeadsTech or Women in Technology 2020 Ambassadors




Katie Arrington

Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition ASD(A) for Cyber

As the cyber lead and programmatic analytic advisor for strategic cyber programs, Ms. Arrington is responsible for conducting analysis within the major defense acquisition program portfolio and across the Department of Defense. This cross functional analysis will ensure transparency within the acquisition strategy, interoperability between enterprise networks, and compliance strategies for cyber initiatives. She also meets with key Cyber personnel (across both DoD and Federal Agencies) as well as legislators to ensure that changes made in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are supportive in reaching the goals of decreased spending and increased compliance with current and future standards. The final focal point will be on protecting the Department’s intellectual property/data and securing our weapon systems and critical infrastructure.  Before assuming her position in OUSD(A&S), Ms. Arrington had an extensive career as a legislator and senior cyber executive. Ms. Arrington was a candidate for South Carolina US House of Representative 2018 and a South Carolina State Representative for 2 terms.

Sonia Bashir Kabir is presenting on Inclusion of Women in the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the ISACA GWDC Women in Technology 2020 conference.

Sonia Bashir Kabir

Ignite Impact Ventures; General Partner UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development; Governing Council Member

Sonia Bashir Kabir, a Female Tech Venture Capitalist, began her career as a Tech Corporate Professional and her journey led her to become a Tech Entrepreneur, an Angel Investor and a Philanthropist. She is the Founder & Chairman of SBK Tech Ventures, the first women-led impact VC for tech start ups in in South Asia. She has co-founded and invested in 25 startups that support the digital development of rural areas in different fields, ranging from FinTech and LegalTech to AgriTech and E-Commerce.  Sonia serves on various boards for different non-profits, institutions and development organizations. She is the Founder and Chairman of SBK Foundation, a non-profit which has established technology hubs in each of the 64 districts in Bangladesh to connect citizens in rural areas to crucial digital services, such as healthcare, legal, and financial services.  Sonia relocated to Bangladesh and served as the Country Director for Dell, Director Business Development for New Markets in South East Asia in Microsoft and Chief Operating Officer for Aamra Technologies.


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. She worked in active remote sensing at UMass for her Masters degree. Her Bachelors degree is from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM). All three degrees were obtained with the Suma Cum Laude distinction. She joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UPRM in 1991. 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.


Marianne Roth

Chief Risk Officer; Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Marianne Roth is the first Chief Risk Officer for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and manages its Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program. Recently, Marianne received the Theodore Roosevelt Leadership in Government Award in the “Visionary” category for her work in implementing ERM at CFPB.  Prior to CFPB, Marianne served as the Branch Manager for ERM at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  She oversaw all ERM activities at TSA and led the agency’s efforts to significantly mature its ERM program.  Marianne was the Director of the DHS Efficiency Review in the Office of the Secretary, Department of Homeland Security. She has worked for various consulting firms including BearingPoint and Booz Allen Hamilton where she led many complex process improvement engagements for diverse Federal clients.  Marianne holds a MA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a BA in Government from Franklin and Marshall College.

Naomi Klamen is presenting on Advancing Your Career in Technology at the ISACA GWDC Women in Technology 2020 conference.

Naomi Klamen

Cloud Engineer; Google

Naomi is a successful cloud platform specialist with a 30-year record of aligning key business initiatives with cutting-edge technology solutions. In her current role, she manages a team of Solution Engineers focused on financial services. Naomi has been the lead architect on multiple transformational opportunities helping sales teams consistently over achieve revenue targets by growing footprint and a strong pipeline in the large accounts. She is a trusted partner to sales leaders as well as CIOs/CTOs at strategic customers. Naomi directly works with customers throughout the Sales Cycle focusing on Cloud, Integration and Data Analytics technologies.

Jina Etienne is presenting on It Takes Courage (and a little work) to “Be Yourself” at the ISACA GWDC Women in Technology 2020 conference

Jina Etienne

Founder & Principal Consultant; Etienne Consulting

Jina is an author and speaker on leadership, diversity & inclusion, small firm operations & practice management and tax ethics. She has created, developed and delivered a variety of keynotes, conference sessions, webinars and other training, as well as facilitated meetings, retreats and workshops – all designed to be engaging, practical, immediately applicable to real-world situations. Jina is a story-teller and draws from her unique background and mix of work experiences to offer examples and share insights. She speaks candidly about her experiences, sharing the lessons that helped her understand the importance and value of authenticity, curiosity and individuality, and how she fueled it to grow her personal brand.

Teresa Allison is presenting on Incident Response with Back Doors & Breaches at the ISACA GWDC Women in Technology 2020 conference.

Teresa Allison

VP of Programs & Events, ISSA DC Chapter

Teresa is an IT Consultant with over 18 years of experience in the field of information technology consulting. She provides cybersecurity policy, risk, governance, compliance support to Federal CIOs and CISOs for multi-million dollar federal information technology programs. Teresa assisted a global strategy consulting firm in implementing IT security and privacy policies to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Teresa is a certified IT professional who currently holds the CISSP, CGEIT, CISA, CCSK, Security+, PMP, CSM, ITIL and Lean Six Sigma certifications. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College with a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management and a minor in Management of Information Systems. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Xavier University. She currently serves as a volunteer for the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu which encourages women to pursue careers in Cybersecurity. She also coordinates higher education outreach programs for the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a member of the Higher Education Partnerships committee.

Jeanette Duncan

Chief Information Officer, Air Force Office of Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller

Jeanette M. Duncan, a member of the Senior Executive Services, is the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C.  In this capacity she provides executive leadership and direction, broad technical knowledge, skill and experience on all technology, innovation and financial transformation matters.  Ms. Duncan also ensures development of enterprise operational and system architecture; sets standards, integrates enterprise-wide information technology projects; and advocates for resources required to support innovation and transformation of financial management systems across the Air Force and in support of the Defense Enterprise Account Management (DEAMS) system to support the warfighter.  Additionally, she supports the principal adviser to the Assistant Secretary and the Air Force senior staff on all issues involving the amended Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and related financial management reforms.


Marianne Meins

President, Onclave Networks

Marianne Meins currently serves as president at Onclave Networks, Inc. With more than twenty-five years of executive leadership experience in building and growing cyber-focused businesses in federal government and private sector commercial entities. She has significant technical expertise and leadership experience in cyber and critical infrastructure protection (CIP) research and development serving intelligence, defense and homeland security missions. Marianne has spent much of her career developing innovative solutions and taking them from their federally focused origins into the commercial market. The most recent examples include, Onclave’s Secure IoT® Platform, Parsons’ domain6™ Cyber-CIP Platform, Haystax’ Insider Threat Platform, Digital Sandbox’ Public Safety Cloud and Agilex’ Phanero™ Advanced Analytics Platform. Ms. Meins advises cyber educators and entrepreneurs by serving on the Board of Trustees for Capitol Technology University, the Board of Directors for Global Centurion and the Board of Advisors for George Mason University’s Serious Game Institute.  She also serves on several industry groups including Washington Exec’s Cyber Council and the Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG).


Nirali Chawla

Director; KPMG

Nirali is a director in KPMG’s Federal Advisory Services practice with more than 19 years of experience providing a wide range of services to private and public sector clients including financial and information technology audit services, information assurance and security services, and establishing entity-wide internal audit and security programs. Nirali is the co-author of NIST Special Publication 800-137, Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM) for Federal Information Systems and Organizations, and has substantial experience in: security control/risk assessments (includes information systems security reviews), security policy assessments/development, threat and vulnerability assessment efforts, insider threat/social engineering assessments, robotic process automation and implementation of role-based access control across enterprise and cloud environments.

Gauri Kayande is presenting on Agency Modernization Involves More than Technology Upgrades at the ISACA GWDC Women in Technology 2020 conference.

Gauri Kayande

Senior Project Manager; REI Systems

Gauri Kayande is a senior Project Manager at REI Systems and has successfully managed multiple project portfolios. She has a proven track record in IT Modernization projects and considers her success driven by her agility to align project strategy to business goals though effective change management strategy. Gauri has a history of success in major enterprise and public-sector organizations, with experience managing multimillion-dollar projects for multiple government agencies, as well as initiatives for Fortune 500 clients like Chevron Corporation.


April Nadeau

Senior Vice President; Sentar, Inc.

April Nadeau currently serves as Senior Vice President at Sentar, a certified WOSB with over three decades of R&D experience, where she focuses on NIWC PAC and LANT, as well as the Navy, Marine Corps and Health IT both CONUS and OCONUS. April has been with Sentar since 2013 and sits on the company’s Leadership Board. Her day-to-day activities include Business Development, Capture, Management and Leadership within the organization. On a daily basis, April interacts with NIWC CORs, BFMs, as well as IPT leads to ensure that Sentar is continuously exceeding the goals of the Customer Mission. April has been instrumental in leading and guiding proposal development efforts, R&D concept development, and contract execution efforts within the Information Warfare arena.  April’s Business Unit has been directly responsible for creating and fielding offensive and defensive technologies for the IC, participating in cyber warfare events and cyber war games, and detecting and mitigating APTs.


Michelle Sipe Exaros

National Sales Manager; Lutron Electronics

Michelle Sipe Exaros is the National Sales Manager for Government sales at Lutron Electronics.  She holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and joined Lutron in 2008.  Starting her career in the Services Department, she worked with end user clients on providing post-occupancy service support through service contracts, software maintenance agreements, and customized training programs.  Since 2014 she has been working with Government clients to assist with lighting control design and energy-saving recommendations to meet the latest federal agency design requirements, as well as assist with control system cybersecurity remediation.  She actively calls on all levels of the federal government with a focus on Dept of Defense, GSA, and Dept of State.

Jennifer Combs is presenting on Tech for Good: A Puppy Story at the ISACA GWDC Women in Technology 2020 conference.

Jennifer Combs

Managing Director; Accenture Federal Services and Puppy Raiser; Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Jennifer Combs is a Managing Directory for Accenture Federal Services and a Puppy Raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization.


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.

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Cancellation: If you are unable to attend this event, you can cancel your registration. To receive a refund, all cancellations must be received by March 17, 2020.  A $15 cancellation fee is charged.

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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.

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


March 19, 2020
8:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT
GWDC Member - $105, Other ISACA Member $135, Non-ISACA Member: $150
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