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May 19, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Amelia Ghidotti


Lisa O'Connell


ISSA International is partnering with various organizations to find new ways to address the CyberSecurity talent shortage. Today's session will highlight four particular organizations that will provide ISSA members and guests with the resources if they were looking into any of these types of programs.


Betty Burke – COO/Secretary, ISSA International

Betty currently serves on the ISSA International Board of Directors and is a past President of the MN-ISSA chapter.  Betty has over twenty years’ experience in Information Technology and Information Security in positions of progressive responsibility and technical expertise. She has worked on information security planning, developing and delivering security programs. She is respected as a decision-maker and creative problem solver with demonstrated ability to achieve desired results while maintaining effective team cooperation. She has worked with several security regulations and standards including HIPAA, ISO17799, COBIT, Payment Card Industry Standard, NIST Standards and IRS Publication 1075. Betty is CISSP and CISA certified.

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Krishnan Chellakarai – Founder and Chairman, NextGen

Krishnan Chellakarai is the Chief Information Security Officer at Gilead Sciences located in Foster City, California. He has over 30 years of experience in Information Security across various industries and close to 17 years in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry. Mr. Chellakarai has been the CISO at Gilead for 8 years and he is responsible for Cyber Security strategies, architecture, engineering and cyber security operations. Prior to Gilead, Krishnan has worked as the Chief Security Architect at Roche/Genentech for 9 years and had a similar role in various organizations including Stanford Hospital, CNA Trust, Reuters America, and ABN Amro.

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Lawrence Wagner – CEO, Spark Mindset

Lawrence Wagner is an eight-year Army veteran who also is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Spark Mindset. Lawrence has over twenty years of information technology experience, military background, cybersecurity, project management, high-tech business, diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and human design thinking. Lawrence has a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Colorado Technical University. He also received leadership training from Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program, Center for Creative Leadership Community Leadership Program, a certificate for Social Sector Leadership from UC Berkeley, and currently serves on the Colorado Workforce Development Council, where he is the Sector Partnership Chair. Now living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and is a huge Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Cleveland Browns fan.

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Katie Adams – Sr Director, Safal Partners

Katie is Senior Director at Safal Partners, a national technical assistance leader in education and workforce. She is U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)-recognized subject matter expert in apprenticeship, having developed and helping lead and provide technical assistance on nearly $40 million in USDOL and National Science Foundation contract and grant-funded programs over the past 11 years. Her work has focused on advancing industry-driven adult and youth apprenticeship programs aligned with secondary and post-secondary academic programs and integrated with the public workforce system to meet critical occupational needs across several sectors. Her work has directly supported registration of more than 2,500 new apprentices with a focus on historically underserved populations including women, minorities, Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Thomas Dawkins – VP Government & Education, Robert Half International

Thomas has work in the Education and Workforce Development space for over the past 8 year. At Robert Half, Thomas a the Vice President responsible for their education vertical and is a Sr. Advisor for their Apprenticeship and Workforce Innovation efforts.

Prior to Robert Half, Thomas worked for 22 years at Microsoft where he started one of the first IT apprenticeship with the Dept. of Labor in 2015. He was a co- founder and the education architect of the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy, where they help transitioning service member move from their military careers to careers in IT in a four month programs.

Thomas has also worked with the Dept. of Defense on their SkillBridge and MilGears programs helping further the education and workforce readiness of our active duty service members. He has also advised the Dept. of Labor’s Job Corps programs in their development of IT Career Paths for several of their Job Corps sites.
Thomas is not a strangers to ISSA or (ISC)2 as a part of his Microsoft career, Thomas was a Sr. Product Manager in the Trustworthy Computing team and led the creation and development of the Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT). He has published several times in our ISSA Journal.

See Thomas Dawkins‘s full profile.

ISSA Webinars and Conference series cover all the continuing education credits to maintain your cyber security certifications. (CPEs, CEUs, ECE, etc). Each hour is equal to one continuing education credit. Certificates of completion are available upon request after completion. For instructions, click here.

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