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It's my favorite day of the year: GivingTuesday. Of all of the hype around the holiday season, I find GivingTuesday to be a true gift. It is time to slow down, take stock of what is important to myself personally and professionally, and take some action for others. Make a difference. This year is no different.
For those unfamiliar, "GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. GivingTuesday was born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity."
Personally, we have always gathered as a family from the time our children were small and collectively talked about ways to help others, including our family philanthropy. We wanted to lead by example and instill a tradition of giving in our daughters. Our extended family would assemble all of the cousins together at family Chanukah parties and the kids would advocate for their favorite organizations to receive a portion of their collective donation allotment. It was fun for the adults to watch the kids discuss and finally vote on where the money went. We called it sharing our light with others (went along with our Chanukah theme). While they cannot always be in the same room as they are now all young adults with other commitments, the cousins still share their favorite charities with one another and encourage giving. Everyone can make a difference. That's why I love GivingTuesday.
Professionally, I am so excited to share a pay-it-forward type of offering to you, our women in cybersecurity community, today. I am giving 10 free 1-year subscriptions to our CyberWire Pro, two each to five members of our audience. CyberWire Pro, or CWPro, offers exclusive podcasts, briefings, articles, and events. You have access to ad-free versions of our public podcasts, and our popular Quarterly Analyst Calls which are live webcasts discussing critical events of the last 90 days. Why would one person need two memberships? Well, there's the catch. You knew there had to be one. Each recipient must pay it forward and give the second membership to a student pursuing a cybersecurity education. Interested? Please email me and if you are one the first five to do so, the memberships are yours!
I hope you all find a way to make a difference today and everyday. As a woman in the cybersecurity industry, I know that you do! Cheers!
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