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?"


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!

Marti Skold-Jordan and Selena Templeton discuss GSK's Science in the Summer, a STEM program for kids

Manager of U.S. Partnerships at GSK Marti Skold-Jordan chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about keeping young girls and minorities interested and engaged in STEM. Tune in to hear about importance of diversity in STEM and why it’s crucial to interest kids by middle school, GSK’s free national program Science in the Summer that’s for all children but especially targets young girls and monitories from underserved communities, and how parents can keep kids engaged in STEM.

Neil Barnett, Microsoft and Marian Merritt, NICE Shatter the Myths around Cybersecurity and Autism

Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring at Microsoft, and Marian Merritt, Lead for Industry Engagement at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, chat with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about cybersecurity and autism. Tune in to hear about Microsoft’s Autism Hiring Program and their inclusive, non-traditional interview process for autistic job candidates, which skills make autistic people ideal for certain jobs in IT or cybersecurity, and what to expect in the October 18th NICE webinar on cybersecurity and autism.

CyberSN’s Deidre Diamond On Why She Kept the “Babe” in Her Non-Profit Organization #BrainBabe

Founder of CyberSN Deidre Diamond sat down with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton at Black Hat to discuss how her staffing company is transforming the job search for cyber professionals. Tune in to hear why communication and social skills are critical to creating a productive and profitable environment, how she started and funded her own company, and how she aims to change tech conferences with her non-profit Brainbabe.org.

The value of storytelling to raise awareness and acceptance of diversity in the workplace

Dr. Uma Gupta, professor, professor of business, STEM expert and highly-sought after motivational speaker, chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for her Diverse IT podcast about what organizations should do after they check the box for their new diversity hire.

Tune in to learn why simply hiring someone from a diverse background doesn't earn you an award, how cultural contributions can benefit businesses, and several simple examples that workplaces can put into practice to keep the diverse talent they’ve hired.

Advize Health’s Jeanmarie Loria chats w/ Selena Templeton about health records, fraud, and diversity

Advize Health Managing Director Jeanmarie Loria chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about their E/M Calculator, a free tool which is revolutionizing medical record auditing and billing for the healthcare industry. Tune in to hear about this software application that can be used by any healthcare worker regardless of coding experience or budget, how it prevents both error and fraud, how Advize Health achieves a 92% female employee rate, and what auditing and yoga have to do with each other.

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Prof. Stefano Zanero (Politecnico di Milano) Tells ITSPmagazine Why Just NOT REJECTING Someone Isn’t Enough When It Comes to Inclusion

Stefano Zanero, Associate Professor in the Computer Engineering Department at Politecnico Milano, sat down with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton to discuss Queercon at Black Hat. Tune in to hear about the largest social network of LGBT hackers from around the world, the importance of having professional role models who “look” like you, the difference between European and American hacking conferences when it comes to minorities and women, and why just not rejecting someone isn’t enough when it comes to inclusion.

Selena Templeton, discusses DIVERSE IT with Rami Essaid - Co-founder & CEO - Distil Networks

Co-founder and CEO of Distil Networks Rami Essaid sat down with Selena Templeton, host of Diverse IT, at Black Hat 2017 in Las Vegas to discuss how it takes a village to tackle diversity.

Tune in to hear about Distil Network’s new Women Forward in Technology Scholarship Program, how the U.S. travel ban has impacted Rami personally, his company and the cyber industry, the importance of three white male leaders constantly challenging each other to create a diverse and inclusive organization, and how to tackle an unconscious bias that you aren’t aware of – in humans and AI.

Niloo Howe of RSA Talks to Diverse IT About Why We Should Embrace Being Uncomfortable

Selena Templeton, host of Diverse IT, caught up with Niloo Howe, Chief Strategy Officer of RSA, at Black Hat USA 2017 to discuss why a diversity of perspectives is required for innovation. Tune in to hear how different perspectives and experiences drive better top- and bottom-line outcomes, why we should embrace being uncomfortable rather than making the safe choice, why the hell no one knows that Hedy Lamarr wrote the base patent for CDMA technology for secure communications, and steps you can take to bring more diversity to your company.

Angela Messer Discusses the Importance of Putting Measureable Diversity Programs in Place

Following her live panel during Black Hat USA 2017, Booz Allen Hamilton EVP (plus talent champion and innovation officer!) Angela Messer, sat down with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton, host of Diverse IT, to chat about how her company is tackling diversity and inclusion. Tune in to hear her thoughts and experience on being the “SheEO” speaker at a STEM high school, how their CEO walks the talk by being one of 200 members of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, why diversity is about so much more than just building a diverse workforce, and the importance of putting concrete programs, with goals, metrics and outcomes, in place.

Mischel Kwon, Founder and CEO of MKA Cyber, talks about diversity scholarships with Selena Templeton

Cybersecurity Diversity Foundation and WGU (Western Governors University) co-hosted a lively reception at Black Hat USA 2017 on Tuesday evening to share an exciting announcement: they are partnering up to offer two full master’s degrees in cybersecurity. ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton, host of the Diverse IT podcast, managed to snag CDF Founder Mischel Kwon, who is also Founder and CEO of MKA Cyber, to expand upon this great news. CDF’s mission is to support educational and workplace diversity in the field of cybersecurity. Listen to this 4-minute podcast for more information and how to apply.

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Sherrell Dorsey shares her story of creating ThePLUG and inspiring others in the field of technology

ThePLUG Founder and CEO Sherrell Dorsey chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton, host of the Diverse IT podcast about creating the only daily tech newsletter that covers black founders, startups, investors and technologists in tech news. Tune in to hear about how her mom encouraged her to attend a coding and internship program at the age of 14, the catalyst that led her to finally create ThePLUG, how she inspires and supports African Americans and women, and how her own experience as a tech writer has motivated her to change the tech narrative for people of color.

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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