Harper College

Women in Tech

Find Your Path to a Career in Emerging Technologies

Friday, March 8, 2024 – International Women’s Day!
Harper College, Wojcik Conference Center

  • Open to high school students in Harper’s district and current Harper students.

Calling all young women who are creative, clever and curious!

  • Only 27% of professional computer jobs in the U.S. are held by women. Your knowledge and strong, positive mindset are needed to change and shape our global community. 
  • Learn from powerful women leaders in tech, including keynote speaker Susan V. Peediyakkal, CEO of Corsaire and former information security operations manager for NASA.  
  • Discover why the world needs people like you to become technology professionals and develop solutions that make a difference. 

Equity in the technology workforce is vital to sustainability and innovation in the digital landscape. Did you know…

  • Job growth in technology is expected to grow by 30% in the next decade.
  • By 2031, 4.2 million computing-related job openings are expected in the U.S. By some estimates, the U.S. will be able to fill only 25% of new computing jobs based on the current rates of degree completion in this field.

Event Agenda

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.: Registration check-in and continental breakfast
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.: Welcome and introduction

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.: Keynote speaker

10:15 – 11 a.m.: Panel of IT women leaders/Q&A

11 – 11:15 a.m.: Break

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Round table activity

12 p.m.: Lunch and round table report out

1 p.m.: Event closing remarks and networking

Meet the Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Susan V. Peediyakkal
CEO, Corsaire

Portrait of Susan V. PeediyakkalSusan has an impressive career in leading cybersecurity information security (infosec) teams and overseeing threat intelligence. Most recently, Susan was the Infosec Operations Manager at NASA, managing a team of 18 direct reports including IT security engineers and specialists responsible for securing NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and providing leadership in the areas of vulnerability management, incident response, intelligence and forensics.



Qiana Nelson

CDW, Sales Director - Small Business Academy and Residency

Joanna Lindquist

IntelliGuards, Director of Consulting

Shannon Maloney

Global Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Consultant

Marisol Wieckhorst

Cybersecurity Vulnerability Specialist, DevSecOps

Aria Langer

Morningstar, Information Security Engineer
Women in Cybersecurity (Chicago), Board Member

Veronica Eskra

Adobe, Solution Architect Lead
Digital Transformation Consultant 

Questions about Women in Tech?

Contact Martha at emergingtech@harpercollege.edu

Last Updated: 2/6/24