ABOUT WinS MENTORS.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER.
Why do people do stuff for free? Let me tell you how I got to this point to create a Women in Security Mentors (WINSMentors.com) association. If you didn’t know, mentoring and help others has been around for centuries. The origins of mentoring can be traced back to ancient Greek mythology. When Odysseus went to fight in the Trojan War, he put his trusted friend, Mentor, in charge of his son, Telemachus.
In 2018 I had an opportunity to mentor seven amazing women, four through a formal mentor program I design and launched for a professional security organization. Three of the women I met in passing at industry conferences who were interested in a career in Cyber Security and didn’t know where to start. They wanted to know how to study to pass security certifications, what books to buy, videos to watch, securing a job in the industry, as well as the soft skills needed.
After a great “feel good” year of helping others I wanted to extend my reach to help other girls and women in cyber security and potentially other STEM fields. I feel that it is my calling to grab someone by the hand and pull them up, and help them succeed on their journey. I’m passionate about what I do and I love my job. I want to encourage you to have the same confidence, energy, and I want you to feel the same way I do.
They call helping others “paying it forward”. What better way to contribute, but to give back by sharing your knowledge. That’s what we do here. That’s the reason why we WIN at WINS Mentors.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER.
Dr. Cheryl Cooper was raised in the heart of Kansas City, MO and like many teens, faced challenges living in the inner city. To escape, she enlisted in the Navy and began her career in the Telecommunications and Security as Radio Technical Control man, serving in the Navy for 8 years. She is currently employed with a major telecommunications company, and provides her own consulting services. She brings unique experience from instructional to practical experience, and discusses the latest technologies to address security needs. Dr. Cooper’s mission is to provide education, security awareness, and security risks assessments and remediation for all people, and users of computers that are connected to the Internet.
I’m proud to announce I’ve been selected as WiSTEMM Champion winner for the 6th Annual Central Exchange STEMMy Awards on September 19. 🎉Join me and the other honorees as we celebrate Kansas City’s women in STEMM. CXStemmys.com