COMMUNITY TRACK | Oct. 11 • 11:00 am • Room 24–25

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From Lawyer to Cybercrime Fighter: How I Learned to Reinvent Myself

Shelley Westman, Southeast Region Cybersecurity Leader, EY

Cybersecurity has a huge skills gap and is an area where you can put other skills to work. This field is not a purely technical field; we need people with good analytical skills, communication skills, and people who can turn technical speak into business speak for the client. Shelley Westman shares her unique career path from law into the field of cybersecurity as well as lessons she learned along the way.

  • What you think you want may not be what you ultimately want. Don’t be afraid to course correct.
  • Say yes and learn the job later…try new things and take on new responsibilities.
  • There will be times in your life where you feel as if everything is falling apart. The only choice is to move forward one step at a time.
  • Everyone has something going on in their life. Don’t let that define who you are.

Come see why it is never too late to reinvent yourself and choose cyber (or another STEM field) as your career path.

About Shelley Westman

Shelley Westman is currently the Southeast Region Cybersecurity Leader at EY, focusing in cybersecurity. She joined EY in September 2017 as the Southeast Region Demand Leader for Cyber Security. Shelley spent 18 years at IBM in a wide variety of roles. Shelley’s last role at IBM was Vice President Operations & Strategic Initiatives, IBM Security. Shelley focused on overall operations as well as key transformational projects and strategic initiatives across IBM Security. As part of this role, Shelley also led University Programs for IBM Security and was involved in several IBM boards and committees on hiring and skills. Shelley was the founder of “WISE” – Women in Security Excelling, an IBM group devoted to advancing women in cybersecurity. In February 2016, Shelley was appointed to a three-year term on the National Academies Board of Higher Education & Workforce. Shelley is a 2018 finalist for the Editor’s Choice Award from Women in IT Awards. Shelley is also a 2016 Honoree of 40 Over 40: 40 women who are making an impact in their field. Additionally, Shelley was named a 2016 Executive Women’s Forum Women of Influence Award in the category of Security Corporate Practitioner. Shelley is a frequent public speaker, having been interviewed by CNBC, “Huffington Post Live,” Fox News NY, and Reuters and featured in Fortune, Forbes, and Tech Republic.