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Join us at our next Career Conversations session. Career Conversations gives WSC members the opportunity to connect with career professionals. We'll discuss topics such as "What made them decide on IT or Cyber Security?, "What were some of their work/life challenges?" , "What skills and education do they see as essential to success?"

Whether you are an experienced professional or just contemplating a future in Cyber Security, WSC's Career Conversations allows you to have a conversation with women making a difference. Join us and share in Career Conversations!

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This month we have Dr. Margaret Leary joining us. Dr. Margaret Leary, CISSP, CIPP/G, CRISC, is a Professor of IT/Cybersecurity at Northern Virginia Community College. She serves as the Director, Curriculum of the National CyberWatch Center and has been a member of the NCC Leadership Team for the past 8 years. In addition to her academic and curriculum experience, Dr. Leary is a working cybersecurity practitioner with more than 25 years experience in the IT sector - the past 12 spent in senior level cybersecurity positions in the D.C. Metro region. She presently consults as a Senior Security Advisor with Camber Corporation, providing security consultation and risk/security assessment services to civilian and military agencies.

Other related "extra curricular" activities include having served as an Advisory Board Member of Microsoft's Official Academic Curriculum (MOAC), and past member of ANSI-BBB Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel, and ACM Working Groups. Dr. Leary has contributed to several published papers on issues with transferability between two- and four-year institutions, identity theft, and cloud security. She is presently leading a National task force of faculty at two- and four-year institutions focused on mapping college/university and CyberWatch model curriculum to the NICE Framework.

Dr. Leary will provide guidance on cybersecurity from an academic perspective (difference between computer science and IT and where Cybersecurity is housed); answer academic questions; address how they can leverage the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to perform a gap analysis and seek out needed KSAs, adding school work to a resume, and much more!

Lisa Foreman, Founder and CEO of the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu will moderate discussions.

These sessions will be available online only for now and will be recorded and available on

Send your questions ahead of time to [masked], Subject: CC Question. We'll rotate between live attendees and pre-sent questions. If you don't want your name mentioned, just say so.