From Surviving to Thriving as an "Only" in IT Leadership
Information technology needs more diversity among its leaders and role models to inspire future generations of under-represented groups to pursue this profession and bring their varied experiences to inspire better problem-solving and innovation. Evolving into a leader involves much more than being put in a leadership role, acquiring new skills and adapting one’s style. It involves a fundamental identity shift. In a profession built upon ever-evolving technology, the susceptibility to imposter syndrome is already high. The internalization of leadership can be particularly challenging then to those who feel added scrutiny as an “only” in the group, who must also find personal resilience to navigate conflicting mindsets that support biases about expected behaviors and performance. This workshop empowers attendees to emerge as confident leaders by promoting awareness of self-limiting habits and nurturing an authentic leadership identity that aligns with your personal values and advances organizational goals.
Participants will develop skills to:
• Challenge negative self-talk using a set of rational questions to focus on evidence, competencies and strengths
• Comfortably promote your achievements and skills in a manner that reflects your personal values
• Leverage a few existing or new connections in your professional network to advance an organizational or personal goal
Sandy Silk is the Director of Information Security Education and Consulting at Harvard University, Founder of Cyber Risk and Resilience Consulting, and co-chair of the SIM Women group within SIM Boston. At Harvard, she leads a team that consult with researchers, faculty, and departments on security risks and controls for the data, technology, and vendors they use within projects. Sandy is involved in several Women in Technology (WIT) organizations and seeks opportunities to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion for under-represented populations within the IT profession. Sandy’s prior information security career included positions with Fidelity Investments, Bose Corporation, and Wellington Management Company.
5:00-6:00 Arrival/registration, networking, and light refreshments (cash bar)
7:00-7:30 Wrap-up and additional networking