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I hope everyone's summer is going well, and you are staying healthy. I am fully looking toward the fall these days. It could be due to the extreme heat spell we've been experiencing in the mid-Atlantic, or the fact that I am in planning mode for the return of the CyberWire's Women in Cybersecurity reception on the evening of October 20, 2022 at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, after a 2-year pause due to the pandemic. I hope you are considering attending the event. You can learn more and request an invitation on our event site.
With the event in mind and while reading over Jenn Reed's contributed piece for this month's issue, I started thinking about bridging communities. Our event is primarily a networking event where we hope to "create connections" by assembling a guest list that represents the full spectrum of women in the cybersecurity community from women seeking cybersecurity careers and mentors to those technical and business professionals who are shaping the future of the industry. In that way, we hope to achieve our goal to inspire women to continue to overcome the challenges of cybersecurity and create the momentum necessary to bring more women into the field. We are trying to build bridges into and across our community.
Another way we've aspired to bridge communities since the event started in 2014 is to involve the art community by commissioning a piece for the event created by a regional artist that identifies as a woman. I come from the nonprofit world and always have an eye on giving back. By commissioning the art, giving the artist a cash award along with an opportunity to share their work with the audience they created it for, and having everyone take home a signed print of that piece checks many boxes of giving back for me and connects the art community to the cybersecurity in a unique way. We've had artists in past years who were physicists, mathematicians, biologists — so many connections to so many other communities. Some have been afraid of speaking in front of a group and unveiling their work only to have those fears dashed by the warmth in the room and the support and praise from the group in attendance. It means so much to me that we can bring those communities together. I hope you will join me in giving back and finding ways to create connections in places where you'd never think they could go together. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and I hope to see you in October!
Are you planning to attend our event? What are you looking forward to? Is it networking, meeting a mentor or mentee, hearing from the panel, getting a print of the event's art? We’d love to hear from you. Tweet us your favorites to @thecyberwire and use the hashtags #womenincyber and #cyberwomenconnect.