The cyber workforce shortage is still a major headline. The estimates are as much as a 65% growth is needed to meet staffing needs.
The talent gap affects every company and industry. It presents both challenges and opportunities– providing a variety of roles and opportunities.
It is a misconception that jobs are automatic if you have a college degree and certifications. The fact is that it may take the average college graduate three to six months to secure employment after graduation. Planning and preparation are just as important to give you that much needed competitive edge.
Our panel will share their key thoughts on building relevant skills and experiences that will make you valuable to any organization.
Rotate among different tables and topics to superspeed your career with our career experts. Career topic samples are below or suggest your own! Multiple tables will be available for a topic – Limited space is available.
- Resume Reviews – Tips and tricks for 2022 (& beyond)!
- Interview Tips – What’s the difference between virtual and in-person?
- Value of Professional Associations – Can they advance your career or save it?
- Certifications – Which one or all of them – Can they help you get the job?
- Do’s and Don’ts – Questions for potential employers
- Job Talks – What would your speech be in an Elevator?
- Suggest another topic
Vice President, Cybersecurity & IT Compliance
Southern California Edison
Brian Barrios is vice president of Cybersecurity and IT Compliance at Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. He leads the company’s enterprise cybersecurity strategy, including advanced threat identification, protection, outreach and response capabilities. He also oversees SCE’s cybersecurity risk mitigation strategies and manages information technology compliance and business continuity planning efforts.
Most recently, Barrios was executive director of IT Security for Southern Company, where he was responsible for protecting the company from cyber compromises across its portfolio.
Previously, Barrios worked for the not-for-profit MITRE Corporation, where he led the nation’s first and only national lab dedicated to cybersecurity, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His work there included the creation of the first eight NIST Special Publication 1800 series documents, Cybersecurity Practice Guides, targeted to various industries, including multiple guides dedicated to electric utilities.
Barrios formerly led an organization embedded in the FBI’s Cyber Division, specializing in cyber counterintelligence matters. In this role, he established the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, coordinated numerous large-scale incident response teams, created a security operations center and led the technical aspects of multiple global takedowns.
Earlier in his career, Barrios worked at AOL as postmaster within its Mail Operations, which specifically focused on anti-spamming efforts.
Barrios earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Clemson University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Senior Vice President, Program Leader, Apprenticeship and Workforce Innovation
Robert Half Government
Jorge Marquez is the Southern California-based senior vice president for Robert Half Government specializing in the delivery of consulting and talent solutions with federal, state, and local government agency clients and government contracting partners. Jorge also is the Program Leader for Robert Half’s Apprenticeship and Workforce Innovation (AWI) solution which goal is to develop a skilled, diverse, and inclusive professional workforce through apprenticeships launching in Southern California in the areas of cybersecurity and accounting expanding nationwide into additional professional roles.
Jorge began his career with Robert Half as a division director for Robert Half Management Resources in La Jolla and was quickly promoted to metro market manager for the Westwood and City of Industry offices. Subsequently, he was promoted to a vice president supporting enterprise/client solutions driving global collaboration projects and solutions across Robert Half and Protiviti. In addition, Jorge has over 15 years of advisory experience in assurance, tax, consulting, and business development in the Southern California market, including extensive experience cultivating executive-level relationships. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of California Riverside and obtained his CPA license more than 10 years ago.
Additionally, Jorge is a proud founding member of Somos Familia, one of Robert Half’s six new Employee Network Groups created to amplify Hispanic and LatinX perspectives while creating networks, community, and growth opportunities for those employees. As a resident of Los Angeles, Jorge sits on the County Workforce Development Board, which services approximately 4 million residents, 57 of the 88 cities and approximately 150 unincorporated communities within the County. Jorge serves on the Advisory Boards for both the Transformative Leadership in Disruptive Times program at the University of California, Riverside Extension, and the Institute for Next Level Leadership.
Olukemi Sawyerr, PhD
AVP Academic Innovation
Cal Poly Pomona
Olukemi Sawyerr, Ph.D., is the Inaugural associate vice president for Academic Innovation at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). She provides strategic direction and administrative oversight to the Office of Academic Innovation, which curates opportunities for experiential learning, discovery, and innovation for the Cal Poly Pomona community through the Career Center, Center for Community Engagement, Kellogg Honors College, Innovation Incubator, Office of Undergraduate Research, Student Innovation Idea Labs, and the Learn Through Discovery Initiative which aims to provide every Cal Poly Pomona student a least one signature polytechnic experience (PolyX). Dr. Sawyerr is leading the development and implementation of a career and professional readiness model to prepare Cal Poly Pomona students for the future of work and human and civic engagement.
She is the Principal Investigator on CPP INVESTS, a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) HSI Improving Undergraduate STEM Education grant, and the CPP NSF I-Corps site grant. She has also served as PI on multiple grants aimed at supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the Pomona Valley Region.
Previous to this role, she served as the inaugural director of the Student Innovation Idea Lab (iLab), creating the infrastructure to engender and support student creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She has overseen the creation of innovative learning spaces on campus and founded multiple innovative programs including programs in partnership with NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. Her curricular innovations have garnered her national and international attention, including invited presentations at the Thematic University-Business Forum: Breaking Boundaries for Future Careers sponsored by the European Commission, and at the International Forum on Industry and Education sponsored by the Center for Schooling Development Programme in China. Her current research interests focus on entrepreneurship education and its impact in higher education. Her research has appeared in multiple peer-reviewed journals and she has presented her work at national and international academic and professional conferences.
Dr. Sawyerr received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Business Administration and MBA from Texas Woman’s University. She is a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in the Management and Human Resources Department in the College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona.
Carol K. Gonzales, Ph.D
AVP IT Security & Compliance / CISO
Cal Poly Pomona
Carol Gonzales currently serves as Cal Poly Pomona’s AVP for IT Security & Compliance and Chief Information Security Officer. She has over 30 years of experience in cybersecurity, audit, project management, and IT service operations within government, higher education, and financial service sectors. At Cal Poly Pomona, Carol is responsible for the information security and compliance management strategy and programs including the adoption of campus IT policies and procedures, IT auditing and risk management projects, as well as accessible technology and services for persons with disabilities. Carol also serves as an adjunct professor for Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Computer Information Systems department.
Carol is an active member of ISACA since 1996 and currently serves as the Los Angeles Chapter’s Vice President. She has also facilitated and presented at the ISACA LA Spring Conference and CISA review sessions.
Carol has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in IS Auditing from Cal Poly Pomona. She earned her doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in Information Systems and Technology. Carol is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), and has the ITILv3 (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) certification.
Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Registration Starts at 5:00 PM
Location: Kellogg West Conference Center at Cal Poly Pomona
CPE: Up to 3 CPEs
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