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I love this time of year when the world starts blooming again. My daffodils share their bright yellow bonnets and our fruit trees fill their recently bare branches with their pink, white and purple blossoms. I always feel so refreshed in the spring and now, as it sort of, kind of, feels like we are starting to emerge from the darkness of the global pandemic, I am feeling ready to begin reconnecting. I looked around for some inspiration on this concept and found this quote by Brené Brown that, to me, encapsulates connection and how I feel about the connections that women in cybersecurity have brought to my life.
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brené Brown
Women in cybersecurity are a different breed from women in general. Trust me on this, I attended a women's college as an undergraduate. That was just the beginning of my journey in various communities of women, but I have never felt a stronger connection than I do with women in our industry. Women in cyber do make other women feel seen, heard and valued. I see it time and again. We definitely are strengthened when we are connected.
Just last month, I was able to reconnect with some real super women in cyber at an event in real life! The CyberWire held a live podcast session at the Hack the Port 2022 event and it was exciting, wonderful and frankly a bit scary seeing people in person again. Our team was greeted on our flight down by women in cyber. We met many new connections at the conference including Roya Gordon from Nozomi Networks before she joined Dave Bittner on stage as part of our podcast session. Attending the Imagine dinner, we were able to connect even further with some greats in our community and solidify our connections.
Now, I am looking forward to the RSA Conference in San Francisco in early June. How about you? Are you attending RSAC in person? Would anyone like to meet up for a coffee? I'd love to host some women in cybersecurity for a morning pick-me-up before a long day of conference events. Drop me an email and let me know. I'd love to hear from you and reconnect!
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