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Whether you're new to the industry or a seasoned professional, we invite you to join us for a two-day summit designed to help you refresh your skills, mindset, and career. Our expert-led labs and workshops cover a range of topics, from entry-level cybersecurity and privacy essentials to advanced techniques and strategies. No matter where you are in your career, you'll find valuable insights and practical skills that can help you succeed.




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Speaker Lineup

Talya C. Parker


Engineer Lead (Privacy & Security)



Talya C. Parker is a highly accomplished Privacy and Security Engineer at Google, with over 10 years of experience in the fields of Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Risk Management. She is an expert in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) and has worked with some of the top corporations in the world, including Deloitte, Nike, and the Georgia Technology Research Institute (GTRI).

Talya is a graduate of the esteemed Florida A&M University and holds a Masters in Cybersecurity from Brown University. Throughout her career, Talya has led cross-functional efforts to mitigate security and privacy risks, implement compliance strategies, and ensure regulatory requirements are met. Her expertise has enabled her to successfully manage complex projects across multiple industries.

In addition to her professional work, Talya is also the Founder of the BGiC Foundation, which stands for Black Girls in Cyber. The organization is focused on promoting diversity and inclusivity in cybersecurity, privacy, and STEM fields for women of color. BGiC provides cybersecurity and privacy career training, mentorship, networking, and job placement services to empower black women globally and bridge the gender and racial gap in tech. Through her foundation, Talya is committed to creating a brighter future for black women worldwide.

Talya has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the industry and has been featured as a speaker at various conferences, panels, and round tables, including the White House OCND, the National Security Agency (NSA), CISA's Cyber Security Summit, Black Women in STEM Conference, Multiple SANS events, Blacks in Technology, Junior Achievement (Florida), and the RSA Conference. She has also been a guest on multiple podcasts, where she shares her passion for growing the pipeline of women in cybersecurity, privacy, and STEM fields.

Pam Lindemoen


CISO at Cisco


Pam Lindemoen is a CISO Advisor in Cisco’s Security Organization. She is an Information Security executive leader with over 25 years of experience within the IT industry. Pam joined Cisco From Anthem, Inc. (currently Elevance Health) where she held the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer role. While at Anthem, she was considered a bold and strategic thinker who envisioned and delivered a world-class Enterprise Information Security strategy, including the Steering Committee with cross-functional business and technology membership. Pam was also a key advisor to the litigation process and full program development during and after an unprecedented cyber-attack. The foundation for her success was built upon her innate ability to faster business partnerships and support all stakeholder needs.

Prior to Anthem, Pam had significant success leading business and software development, IT Operations, program improvements and direct sales. In her executive leadership positions, she has played pivotal roles in the development of innovative products and services for key accounts and developed IT solution strategies that led to multibillion dollar contracts with global vendors and customers.

Not allowing her intrinsic drive and commitment to stop with success in running business, Pam is dedicated to the encouragement of women in business and IT. Pam serves on the boards of the National Cybersecurity Alliance, Tampa Bay Tech, and was appointed as a Senior Fellow for Cyber Florida: The Florida Center for Cybersecurity. She cohosts a podcast: Do We Belong Here? (In the Cyber World) which is dedicated to proving that everyone belongs in cybersecurity.

Minda Harts


Bestselling Author

The Memo & Right Within


Minda Harts is the bestselling and award-winning author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table as well as Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace, and her first YA book, You Are More Than Magic. She is a highly sought-after speaker and thought-leader, frequently presenting on the topics of advancing women of color, leadership, diversity, and management at companies like Nike, Google, JP Morgan, Aspen Ideas Festival, Dreamforce, The Atlantic Festival, Forbes Inclusion in The Workplace, and DraftKings to name a few. Minda is an assistant professor of public service at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company.

In 2020, Minda was named by LinkedIn as the #1 Top Voice for Equity in the Workplace. In 2022, She was named by Business Insider as one the the top 100 People Transforming Business. She has a weekly career podcast for women of color, titled Secure the Seat.

Tanneasha Gordon


Principal at Deloitte


Tanneasha Gordon is a multifaceted cyber leader with more than 15 years of experience advising large global organizations on strategy, privacy, content compliance, data governance, and data security. As a trusted advisor to her clients, she’s usually in the trenches with senior leaders advising on complex compliance transformations that involves redefining governance models, rearchitecting products and platforms, revamping policies, revising controls, and redesigning operating models.

Tanneasha primarily focuses on the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) industry and specializes in platform companies, AdTech, and digital reality. She is a forward-thinking technologist who keeps a pulse on emerging trends and technologies in TMT to help organizations anticipate and navigate disruption, threats, and opportunities to their business models and product roadmaps. Tanneasha is also go-to-leader, in times of crises and change - directing companies in interpreting requirements, assessing readiness, pivoting product strategies, and implementing leading solutions.

Tanneasha has been featured in natural media outlets including AdAge and is a highly sought after speaker and NAFA Women of Excellence award recipient. She is a principal at Deloitte & Touche LLP and a self-proclaimed sci-fi junky, avid traveler and recovering fitness fanatic.

Dr. Mona Lisa Pinkney


Mona Lisa boasts an impressive track record with over 25 years dedicated to the Cybersecurity and technology domains. She has worked both nationally and internationally, primarily focusing on information security governance, risk assessment, compliance, and engagement management. Her leadership approach is firmly grounded in principles of integrity, equity, and transparency.

A pivotal role Mona Lisa undertook was as a co-founder of Nike's Black Employees in Technology Network. This position showcases her unwavering commitment to leveraging her influence to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion within professional settings. She is particularly enthusiastic about closing the gap between technology and diversity, achieved through mentorship and sponsorship initiatives that empower underrepresented individuals aspiring to venture into the technology sector.

Within Nike, Mona Lisa maintains active participation in Global Technology’s DEI Council. Beyond the company, she holds the distinction of being a founding member of Black Women in STEM 2.0 and contributes to the Equity Advocacy Committee of Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS). In addition, she serves on the Trustee Board at Florida Memorial University, where she chairs the Business & Fiscal Affairs Committee and the Technology Committee. Notably, this university stands as the sole HBCU in South Florida.

Mona Lisa's dedication to continuous learning is evident through her attainment of four degrees and four certifications. Her passion extends to supporting others pursuing educational avenues and certifications within the realm of technology. In a bid to give back to her community, she provides college scholarships to students graduating from her hometown high school. Furthermore, she established an Endowment Fund aimed at aiding underrepresented groups within the College of Engineering at her Alma Mater, North Carolina State University.

Currently, Mona Lisa's influence extends to board memberships at Florida Memorial University, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Talk Tech Association. Her academic journey includes a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech, a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University, and a Doctorate from the University of Maryland.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Mona Lisa finds enjoyment in running. She proudly holds the title of a finisher of the 777 World Marathon Challenge and recently gained membership in the Intercontinental Marathon Club.

Jarrell Oshodi


Chief Privacy Officer at CDC


Jarell Oshodi is a licensed attorney, Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) with more than 12 years of experience helping government agencies in privacy and data governance roles. She has worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and currently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the Deputy Chief Privacy Officer. She is the Privacy Curriculum Director for Black Girls in Cyber where she helps women become Certified Information Privacy Technologists (CIPTs) and get jobs in the privacy field. She has also served as a keynote speaker, provided privacy awareness workshops and training modules for fortune 500 companies. She has used her expertise over the years to develop a proprietary privacy framework that teaches data privacy best practices within global organizations.

Her trainings and workshops help companies enhance privacy compliance, build trust, and create a competitive edge. Her e-learning modules have helped create thousands of privacy champions around the world. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Hampton University where she graduated magna cum laude and was honored as a 40 under 40 alumna. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University. She is a proud New Orleans native living right outside Atlanta with her husband and 2 boys.

Tashya Denose


Security Program Manager at Meta


Tashya Denose isn’t just a cybersecurity professional; she’s a passionate enthusiast with a unique mission. Her fervor lies in empowering women in the field and reshaping the landscape

of cybersecurity through a lens of empathy.

As a dedicated board member of Black Girls In Cyber, Tashya is on a mission to drive positive change in the lives of black women by equipping them with the resources needed to transition into cyber and privacy roles, ultimately transforming their socioeconomic status. Adding to her impactful initiatives, Tashya hosts a thought-provoking monthly podcast titled, Do We Belong Here. Through this podcast, she delves into the human aspects of cybersecurity,

with a special focus on diversity. Produced in collaboration with Cyber Florida, the podcast

paints a vivid picture of the multifaceted world of cybersecurity, revealing its deeply human


Tashya’s professional journey is equally impressive. With a dynamic background spanning the

public and private sectors, she has proven her mettle in various capacities. From contributing

her expertise to DoD networks and the Intelligence community in the public sector, to holding

pivotal roles at esteemed institutions like Capital One, Google, and now Meta’s Reality Labs in

the private sector.

Her professional repertoire spans an array of roles, including control testing, assessments,

vulnerability management (notably leading the program at the Pentagon), and incident

response. It’s this versatility that sets Tashya apart, showcasing her ability to excel across the

cybersecurity spectrum.

In an industry often dominated by technology, Tashya Denose stands as a beacon of change,

emphasizing the importance of emotional intelligence and empathy in cybersecurity. Her

dedication to amplifying the voices of underrepresented individuals and her ability to bridge the

gap between technical excellence and human understanding make her a true trailblazer in the


Jumoke Dada

Technology & Cybersecurity Consultant, Signature RED, LLC &

National Community Director,

The Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics