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Growing in Cyber -- Panel Discussion

  • 20 October 2020
  • 18:30
  • Center for American Progress (CAP) (W.DC)

Growing in Cyber Panel
Moderator - Leslie Taylor

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Tuesday, October 20 2020 at 6:30 pm

Center for American Progress (CAP)

1333 H St. NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005

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Ms. Leslie Taylor, Talent Acquisition Recruiting Leader at ICF will moderate a panel of early career professionals and career changers who are currently working in cybersecurity. The panelists will discuss their early careers, how they made the choice to work in Cyber, how they obtained their first job within Cyber, the training and education programs that they pursued to prepare for their current positions, and the work experience that they have gained on the job. They will each share their advice to individuals who want to learn how to launch a career in Cyber as well as those who want to learn how to grow their Cyber careers over time.


Speaker bios

Leslie Taylor is a Talent Acquisition Recruiting Leader at ICF with a focus on Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure. Leslie Taylor has more than 15 years of experience in IT, cleared and cybersecurity recruiting. Her passion is recruiting top talent to meet the needs of the business. Leslie is a member of Leadership Fairfax and has a Master’s degree in Human Resources.

Leslie speaks regularly to local groups, colleges, military career transition groups and conferences. She is an active member in several professional associations and leverages participation in a variety of IT/Cyber, university/college, association and military career fairs and networking events. Leslie primarily recruits for opportunities on a national scale.

Leslie also manages the Military Recruiting and sourcing strategy to attract and hire veterans and military candidates from all IT services for the Cyber Industry. She has continue to created Military recruiting pipelines while leveraging partnerships with military, social media and Military hiring websites. Conduct screenings of applicants to ensure qualified for positions including tracking and participating in local military events.


leslie hamilton

Ms. Leslie Hamilton is an Associate Cyber Security Information Assurance Analyst/ISSO with Northrop Grumman in the Enterprise Services Sector on the Collateral side.  Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, she worked at the Pentagon with the Airforce as an IT Journeyman. Ms. Hamilton is new to the Information Security Technology field and focused on growing her career in cybersecurity. Ms. Hamilton has a degree from Nyack College in Organizational Management and will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Cyber Security.

ShivaniKarikarShivani Karikar is a Security Engineer SME at Aurotech working on a CMS project using the ACT process. She focuses on areas like vulnerability assessment, cloud security, pentesting, risk analysis, and project management. Shivani has a Master's degree in Information Systems along with security certifications like CompTIA Security+ and Certified Ethical Hacker. She has a diverse background that consists of business management, app development, and IT training. Shivani has won an NY Hackathon and several CTF events. Her passion is to specialize in Cryptology. Shivani occasionally speaks at events to share her knowledge, experience, and tips in order to encourage more women to join the cybersecurity industry. She also loves to volunteer and enjoys hobbies like solving puzzles, biking and playing drums.

RoncsEtame EseRoncs Etame-Ese is currently a student at Marymount University, and an NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service recipient. He will be completing his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Marymount University in May 2020 and is working towards obtaining his Masters degree. He's been working in the field of cyber for approximately three years, as a cybersecurity analyst for a cloud security consulting firm. He's participated in numerous programs such as NASA's Community College Aeropsace Scholars at Johnson Space Center, in addition to being a 2018 DHS Secretary's Honors Student Volunteer at the U.S. Coast Guard. Roncs is continually active in the community, participating in panels and volunteering in outreach events through the ISACA Greater Washington DC Chapter and the Marymount ISACA Student Group.

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