Tue, May 25, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
As we brought together a diversity of knowledgeable advisors on these issues, we highlighted the critical topics and challenges that must be addressed, along with a compilation of resources. The challenges are many and varied, from difficulties in filling cybersecurity jobs, to gender pay disparities, to why women veterans may struggle in transitioning to a civilian environment, as well as seeking and finding meaningful employment.
The aim of the conference was to help women veterans:
In addition to the one-day working conference, Closing the Gap includes a robust set of resources:
View the conference resources here.
The Department of Defense awarded a grant to The George Washington University Centers for Cyber Security and Privacy Research (CSPRI) and Women in Engineering (WiE), in order to address these challenges.
The organizers assembled an Advisory Board to assist with topic focus, speaker selection, and ways to produce meaningful actions both during the conference and beyond. A video compilation of Women Veterans' Voices highlighted a range of challenges and pathways that women take in transitioning from military service to a technical, and in some cases, cybersecurity, career in the civilian workforce.
The Closing the Gap Conference that took place on May 25 was an interactive conversation amongst industry, academia, military and intermediary organization representatives, as well as women veterans. To join the conversation as act upon insights and recommendations from the conference discussions, please submit your application below.
The day-long virtual conference, planned for May 25, 2021, began by setting the stage through a video compilation of women veteran describing their experience and perspectives on the subject of transitioning from the military to the cybersecurity civilian workforce.
The four-part agenda brought together stakeholders to engage in an interactive conversation. Each part begins with a "Fireside Chat" with distinguished experts, after which conference attendees will join Breakout Rooms to discuss the topics. Once reassembled in general session, the Breakout Room leaders will summarize conclusions for general discussion.
Part 1: Challenges from a Woman's Perspective
Part 2: Transition from Military to Non-Military
Part 3: Cybersecurity Pathways
Part 4: Organizing for the Future
The Conference is jointly organized by the GW Centers for Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) and Women in Engineering (WiE). Advisors with expertise in veterans' affairs, the military, cybersecurity and academia are assisting with the development of Conference programming and resources.
Shelly Heller, PhD
Director, GW SEAS Center for Women in Engineering (WiE), GW
Costis Toregas, PhD
Director, GW Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI), GW
Assistant Director, GW SEAS Center for Women in Engineering (WiE)
Student Communications & Marketing Specialist III, GW
Carly Jordan, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology