Diverse IT

An ITSP column and podcast series with Selena Templeton

[Formerly Equal Respect]

"We all know about the lack of diversity in the technology industry. Lately, everybody’s been talking about it, but who is actually walking the talk?"

Tune in randomly. 
The schedule of this series is unpredictable, yet well worth it, just like the host. 


On our Diverse IT podcast, you'll find a wide variety of IT and InfoSec professionals sharing their experience, knowledge and, most importantly, inspiration to help truly advance diversity in cybersecurity and technology.

Our belief is that since people of all races, ages, genders, sexual orientations and neurodiversities use technology, the same diversity should be involved in the building, programming, hiring and securing of said technology. The stats show that different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives lead to a happier workplace, stronger industry and better world.

The mission of our Diverse IT podcast is to take a direct and more solution-oriented approach by providing a safe platform for this cause. Through conversational interviews, we aim to give a voice to the thoughts, ongoing efforts and victories of all our guests – because knowledge precedes improvement.

Though Selena Templeton, Dr. Chenxi Wang and the ITSPmagazine team started this column as 'Equal Respect,' which focused on women in cybersecurity, we have been expanding into the many areas of diversity, not to mention the many formats such as podcasting on which to present it, that our readers and contributors want to take us.

If you have an inspiring story to tell, we want to hear it on ITSPmagazine’s Diverse IT podcast!



Kenesa Ahmad describes what it's like being an introvert in the security and privacy industry

WISP co-founder and Aleada Consulting partner, Kenesa Ahmad, chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about being an introvert in the security and privacy industry. Tune in to hear how an introvert keeps from getting overwhelmed in networking situations, how being an introvert has both helped and hindered her in her career, and which elements of the working world she would adapt for introverts.


How an AI-powered application can get rid of unconscious bias in the workplace

Joonko Co-founder and CEO Ilit Raz chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about her AI-powered application that gets rid of unconscious bias in the workplace. Unlike other tools like Textio or Blendoor that weed out unconscious bias in the recruiting and hiring stage, Joonko tackles the issue of maintaining diverse talent by using machine learning on the job to identify unconscious bias in real time. Tune in to hear what inspired Ilit to create this tool, how she came up with the name, and the obstacles of using AI and machine learning to improve diversity and inclusion.


Dr. Uma Gupta talks about diversity from a neurological point of view

Dr. Uma Gupta, professor, STEM expert and highly-sought-after motivational speaker, chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about diversity from a neurological point of view. Tune in to hear how human nature and its influence on our personal and professional lives directly impacts our belief about other people, why the conversation about diversity needs to change before the lack of diversity can actually change, and the importance of getting dressed in reverse order.


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Sandra Lambert chats with Selena Templeton about founding ISSA in the early ‘80s.

Lambert & Associates, LLC, CEO and ISSA Co-founder Sandra Lambert chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about how she and her co-founder began ISSA (International Securities Services Association) in the early ‘80s.


Debra Farber shares her views on why privacy and security have remained so separate

Orinoco.io Founder & CEO/CPO Debra Farber chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about why privacy and security have remained so separate and upcoming trends we can expect to see. Tune in to hear her discuss the relevance of privacy by design, why privacy enjoys gender parity while security has remained a traditional old boys’ club, what will happen when they converge, as she believes they will within 5-10 years, and whether the upcoming GDPR regulation is affecting her business.


Do you know the importance of diverse experiences, cultures and messaging?

A Diverse IT Podcast, recorded during ISSA Los Angeles Summit 9

ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton sits down with Randy Bergman, President of RNB Communications, at the 9th annual ISSA-LA conference. As a communications expert and former journalist, Randy discusses the importance of diverse experiences, cultures and messaging when it comes to communicating effectively at a wide scope of businesses. She shares how she designs customized communications for every client based on their company culture, industry lingo and specific needs, how diversity makes your listener actually hear what you are saying, and how her journalism background helps her take complex information and distill it down to nuggets of info that can be understood by anyone.


Shea McHugh shares her experiences of not facing gender inequality in the tech industry

Fresh off the Women In Security panel at the ISSA-LA Summit, Shea McHugh chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton about her unique experience of not experiencing gender discrimination in the tech industry. As the only security analyst at Intermax Networks, she can also boast that 100% of her security team is female. Shea discusses why her company manages to attract such a diverse and talented team, the positive and negative aspects of the hiring process, and the most common question she gets asked about getting into the security field.

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