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Celebrating Women's History Month: Recognizing the Leadership and Contributions of Women

Celebrating Women's History Month: Recognizing the Leadership and Contributions of Women

As we celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the Women of SBS by asking them a few questions:

  1. What advice would you give to your younger self?
  2. Who has inspired you?
  3. What does a career in cybersecurity mean to you, and what did your path look like? 


Let's see what they had to say!

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Advice: Take Chances!

Don't wait to take chances because the best things in your life will come from the craziest leaps of faith you take!


 Advice: Be the Change!


Be the change you want to see in the world, as it starts with you! The world can be rough, and is not afraid to knock you down a time or two so believe in who you are, and be confident.. Always seek to understand, as judgement gets you nowhere.


Advice: Try New Things! 


Don’t bypass an opportunity because you think you are too young or don’t have all of the experience. There’s something to be said for a willingness to learn and the ambition to try new things – these things lead to success. The great’s in history didn’t all start at the top.


Advice: It's About the Journey!


I would say that it truly is about the journey, not the destination. Sometimes the twists and turns and even failures turn out to be the best things! And be kind along the way - people remember that.


Advice: You Are Good Enough!


You are good enough!  Take the leap of faith!"  


 Advice: Be Bold!


I would tell myself to be kinder to myself and be bold. Take the leap and don't be worried about failing because that is the beauty of growing into who you are meant to be.



Advice: Don't Be Afraid! 

I would say, don't be afraid to take risks. Keep a sensible head on your shoulders, but remember the scariest jumps can take you the farthest. Oh, also, INVEST IN APPLE AND GOOGLE!



Advice: Don't Compare Yourself to Others!

The advice I would give my younger self would be to not compare myself to others. I wish I could tell myself to focus only on me and to take my journey only one day at a time.



Advice: Enjoy The Small Things!

Live everyday like it’s your last! Enjoy the small things, work hard, and remember kindness always wins.



Advice: Love Yourself!

My advice to my younger self: Try to be just as nice and loving to yourself as you try to be to everyone else around you.



Advice: Excel at Emotional Intelligence

Learn how to excel at emotional intelligence, it will increase your ability to succeed at interpersonal relationships, self evaluation and professional maturity.  Those three characteristics will play a major role in your happiness and professional success. 


Who has inspired you?

As part of our celebration, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the vital role that women have played and continue to play in shaping our world. From technology trailblazers and gender equality advocates to Navy Admirals, learn a little about the women who have inspired us (click the image to enlarge):


Inspirational Women in History

Ada Lovelace    

Ruth Bader Ginsburg



Inspirational Women of Today

The Girl Banker

Ashley Podhradsky


What does a career in cybersecurity mean to you, and what did your path look like?

Breaking Barriers: Women in Cybersecurity

Webinar - Breaking Barriers: Women in Cybersecurity Roundtable
Thursday, March 30  |  2:00 - 2:30 CT
Free webinar

Join us for a thought-provoking and insightful discussion on the topic of women in cybersecurity. Our panel of experienced and successful women in the field will share their personal journeys and insights on breaking barriers and navigating challenges in the cybersecurity industry.

We will explore the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the field, the benefits of having more women in cybersecurity, and the strategies and resources available for women to succeed in this dynamic and rapidly evolving industry.

Whether you are a student, professional, or simply interested in learning more about cybersecurity and gender equity, this webinar will provide valuable insights and inspiration for breaking barriers and advancing your career in cybersecurity. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with leading experts and be part of the conversation on women in cybersecurity.


Honey Shelton, CEO | SBS CyberSecurity


  • Dr. Arica Kulm, Director of Digital Forensic Services, DigForCE Lab | Dakota State University
  • Kelley Hesse, Information Security Consultant | SBS CyberSecurity
  • Christy Thomas, Senior IT Auditor/Regional Director | SBS CyberSecurity
  • Toni Meyer, Product Manager | SBS CyberSecurity
  • Brenda Boyer, HR Manager | SBS CyberSecurity

Hacker Hour webinars are a series of free webinars hosted by SBS CyberSecurity. Unlike paid webinars, Hacker Hours are aimed to meet on a monthly basis to discuss cybersecurity issues and trends in an open format. Attendees are encouraged to join the conversation and get their questions answered. SBS will also offer products and services to help financial institutions with these specific issues.

Posted: Monday, March 6, 2023
Categories: Blog