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Date and Time

October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Event Category

Web Conference


Irene Fisher


Lisa O'Connell



In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, the intersection of neurodiversity and cybersecurity is an emerging frontier that promises to revolutionize the way we think about securing our digital future. Join us for an enlightening panel discussion, titled “Unlocking the Neurodiverse Advantage: Cybersecurity Beyond the Spectrum,” where we bring together a diverse group of experts to explore the untapped potential within the realm of neurodiversity and its profound impact on the world of cybersecurity.

Our esteemed panelists include:

Mark Meulemans, Director of Cloud Solutions Architecture at VMware, will share his insights on how neurodiverse individuals are contributing to innovative cybersecurity solutions that go beyond the conventional spectrum.

Amber Buening, Senior Vice President and Security Outreach Director at Huntington, will provide a unique perspective on how organizations can harness the strengths of neurodiverse individuals to enhance their security practices and outreach initiatives.

Alexandra McCoy, a Site Reliability Engineer at VMware, will discuss her firsthand experiences as a neurodiverse professional in the tech industry, shedding light on the invaluable contributions she and others like her are making to cybersecurity.

Nathan Chung, a Neurodiversity Evangelist, will lend his expertise in advocating for neurodiversity inclusion and explain why fostering a neurodiverse workforce is not just an ethical imperative but also a strategic advantage in the world of cybersecurity.

Together, our panelists will delve into the ways neurodiversity is revolutionizing cybersecurity practices, driving innovation, and creating more inclusive and resilient digital environments. Don't miss this opportunity to gain fresh insights and discover the transformative power of neurodiversity in the cybersecurity landscape. Join us as we navigate “Cybersecurity Beyond the Spectrum” and unlock the potential of a more diverse and secure future.


Laura Harder – Cloud Solutions Architect Technical Strategist, VMware

Laura Harder is an experienced cyber-security leader with over 22 years of military service and 19 years in the private sector. Currently a Cloud Solutions Technical Strategist at VMware, she has served as a cybersecurity director at multiple companies. An ISSA Fellow, she serves on ISSA International board of directors, leads the Northern Colorado ISSA chapter, and is part of the Women in Security Small Interest group. She holds multiple Information Technology certifications, including CISSP, CompTIA Security +, Project +, Scrum Agile, and Microsoft certifications.

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Mark Meulemans – Director of Cloud Solutions Architecture, VMware

Mark Meulemans is a seasoned cloud solutions architect with over 15 years of experience delivering network, security, and cloud computing solutions for a diverse range of customers and industries. His career has focused on enabling customers to be successful with new technologies and solutions, which is a result of his passions for novel thinking and developing others. Mark leads the Cloud Solution Architecture team for VMware’s hyperscaler platforms in the Americas, supporting VMware Cloud solutions in partnership with Microsoft, Google, and Oracle. Mark has spent the past several years as a champion for mental health awareness, striving to enable himself and others to be better allies and supporters of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Alexandra McCoy – Site Reliability Engineer, VMware

Alexandra McCoy is an SRE Engineer at VMware. She is passionate about Cloud Native, Open Source, and Reliability Engineering communities. Although VMware is home, she was introduced to the Cloud industry while in IBM – Public Sector and then transitioned into IBM Cloud. She later gained additional hybrid cloud experience at Diamanti, focusing on E2E product support for their on-prem Kubernetes based appliance, utilized for its storage and networking virtualization capabilities. She is excited about the industry's direction and hopes to contribute in a way that only helps improve the cloud space.

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Nathan Chung – Neurodiversity Evangelist

My name is Nathan Chung I am a Top 50 Global Neurodiversity Evangelist. I am a multi-award winner: 2022 DEI Champion Award from United Cybersecurity Alliance 2022 Sponsor Award from Women in Cloud 2020 Male Ally of the Year Award from Inteligenca I am an accessibility and disability champion I am openly Neurodivergent with diagnosis in ADHD, Autism, and Complex PTSD I run the NeuroSec podcast that is at the intersection between Neurodiversity and Cybersecurity I write articles about Neurodiversity and Cybersecurity in my NeuroSec newsletter I have done conference talks about Neurodiversity at UWIC (Uniting Women in Cyber), the United Nations, and more I have organized events for the past 2-3 years to shine a spotlight on amazing women who are both Neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ I am a Cloud Security Architect specializing in Azure I have worked in IT and Cybersecurity for 25 years at many amazing organizations such as Microsoft, EY, Lockheed Martin, Supreme Court of the United States, Office of the Governor State of Hawai’i, Honolulu Police Department, and more I have 21 certifications including CISSP, CISM, CCSP, MCSE, and more I have two master’s degrees I am on the SANS advisory board

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Amber Buening – Senior Vice President and Security Outreach Director, The Huntington National Bank

Amber Buening is the Security Outreach Director, SVP at Huntington Bank. In this capacity, her team works alongside Fraud, Risk, Physical Security, and Cybersecurity to protect the bank and its customers by raising awareness of security threats and best practices to protect against these threats.
Amber is also responsible for fostering partnerships with community, industry, and governmental organizations to raise security awareness and collaboration.
Before joining Huntington, Amber worked for 12 years at The Ohio State University where she served most recently as the Associate Director of Disaster Recovery and Security Outreach. In previous roles at Ohio State, Amber served on the leadership teams of the Information Security (NIST) Framework, Multi-Factor Authentication, and Digital Flagship enterprise projects.

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