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Welcome to the first issue of Creating Connections for 2021. I'm a planner. At the beginning of each year, I think about the plans I am making both professionally and personally and start to chart out how I'd like to get to the marks that we as a leadership team at the CyberWire set or I set for myself. Those marks could be goals I hope the CyberWire can achieve in terms of audience, attendees or even launches of new podcasts. Personally, I am not a resolution maker. I don't keep to them, so why set myself up for that disappointment? If you are one who can set those resolutions and keep that new or changed habit going, I'm in awe of you. As we all know from living through 2020 and its myriad of challenges and changes, all of the planning in the world can't guarantee success and we will need to stay (or become) flexible so we can pivot to rise to those challenges while still chasing those goals.
We are looking forward to a year of growth here at the CyberWire. January 19th is actually the 5th anniversary of the CyberWire Daily Podcast's public launch. Since then, we've launched a dozen new podcasts and several new newsletters including this one! We have a new podcast coming that our team describes below. The first episode will be a good one if you are thinking of pivoting to a new position in 2021. Please consider tuning in and sharing it with colleagues and friends in the industry.
I hope 2021 gives you the opportunities you desire to fulfill your plans, dreams, resolutions, you name it. Go for that position you've had your eye on, take on a new certification, start a local chapter of a group that means so much to you, volunteer to be a mentor to share your experiences and expertise with a younger version of yourself. Need a little inspiration on the mentoring option? Check out the CyberWire's Career Notes podcasts and listen to the professionals we feature as we ask all of our interviewees for the advice they'd give to those interested in entering our industry. They give great ideas on how you can make a difference. Feeling like you'd like to share your career journey with our audience? Add that to the list of marks you'd like to make for 2021 and email us. We are happy to talk more with you about it. In fact, our team welcomes your ideas for podcast interviews, thought leadership pieces for this newsletter such as Marcelle Lee's story below, research you've done, and maybe even things we haven't thought about. Send us your ideas.
A final note: The CyberWire team is always interested in your safety and to that end, and with a little fun in mind, we created our Anti-Malwear line. Anti-Malwear is personal security that keeps away the bad, and does a little good. Our latest piece of Anti-Malwear are masks to protect you and keep the bad out. In honor of the Daily Podcast's 5th anniversary, the first five readers who share our latest issue on social media and encourage followers to check it out and subscribe will get your own personal piece of Anti-Malwear. Just email the link to your post along with your mailing address to get your mask.
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