By: SheLeadsTech | February 13, 2019

Smita Totade, Ph.D., CISA, CRISC, CISM, CGEIT, is a freelance arbitrator and trainer with over 35 years of diverse experience in all aspects of information systems including research, consulting and training in IT, IS audit, IT governance and business continuity management. Totade is no stranger to holding leadership roles, but she had to overcome resistance to her pursuing these roles throughout her career. Totade previously held roles as professor and chief information officer (CIO) at the National Insurance Academy, assistant director at the Central Institute of Road Transport, and director at Sun Hi-Tech Management Development and Research Institute. Totade has volunteered and served on various committees at ISACA® and within the ISACA...

By: SheLeadsTech | January 16, 2019

Retaining professionals in all industries can be a challenge. Jane Whitgift, CISM, MBCS, provides her insight on how to retain technology professionals, especially women, in the workforce. Jane Whitgift is a cybersecurity professional with more than 30 years of experience in IT and 15 years specializing in IT security. She is the owner and principal consultant with Whitgift Security, which she founded in 2013. Her previous experience includes work as a chief information security officer (CISO) with global accountabilities for IT security risk and implementing programs to improve security roles at FTSE 100 companies. She has remained part of the technology industry as she’s adapted to life changes, such as motherhood, and shares experiences ...

By: SheLeadsTech | January 16, 2019

The 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) will take place from 11-22 March 2019. This yearly event allows the CSW, a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to meet to create global policy to support and empower women and girls. 


Each year the CSW brings UN member states, UN entities and civil society organizations together to collaborate and agree on a conclusion surrounding a theme. At CSW 62, the theme was challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. This year’s theme is social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. All member st...

By: SheLeadsTech | December 12, 2018

A Few Minutes With Gail Coury, CISA, CISM, CISSP, Vice President and General Manager at f5 Networks


Networking is a critical aspect of any professional career. Gail Coury, CISA, CISM, CISSP, vice president and general manager at f5 Networks, provides guidance on her experience with networking and how you can and must make it a part of your professional life. Coury has more than 20 years of experience in information security infrastructure systems and network management, security technical consulting, information systems auditing, and programming. She has worked in industries including software and hardware technology, airline reservation systems, insurance, banking and retail. Coury is the former chief information security officer for People...

By: SheLeadsTech | December 12, 2018

By Tara Wisniewski, Senior Vice President of Global Affairs at ISACA® and SheLeadsTech Program Lead


The SheLeadsTech program has progressed from pilot (Connecting Women Leaders in Technology) to program launch in 2 years’ time. The next big step for SheLeadsTech is to stretch beyond the borders of ISACA. In the coming year and in the future, we will look to increase our efforts to reach a broader audience with new research, increased advocacy and working in partnerships with organizations such as AnitaB.org.

The program serves many women with very different backgrounds, but we all share a purpose. Our SheLeadsTech community believes advocating women in technology is an important issue and one where we can bring about substantive change. It is...

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