Today is International Women’s Day, and given FireEye’s leadership in supporting and celebrating the role of women in technology, it’s no surprise that our team is well represented at events around the world this month.
FireEye has three executives keynoting and leading discussions as part of International Women’s Day in events in Mexico, India and Southern California.
Julie Cullivan, EVP Business Operations and CIO, is in India this week, where she was part of an International Women’s Day FireEye event at our Bangalore facility focused on career challenges faced by women in today’s networked world. After addressing the group, Julie joined a panel discussion that offered perspectives on women in technology and specifically on opportunities for women in India.
Alexa King, EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, is headed to Southern California this Friday to present the keynote at an Accenture International Women’s Day event. In her talk, Alexa will focus on her leadership journey, as well as FireEye’s track record of empowering women in senior management positions, in the C-suite and on the board. Alexa says she hopes to highlight “how even a fairly technophobic girl like me can make it at disruptive technology companies.”
And finally, I will be in Guadalajara, Mexico, next week to speak to the members of the country’s start-up community. Mexico has a budding tech scene that includes major companies and a large and fast-growing group of start-ups. My talk will focus on my work as EVP of Global Human Resources for FireEye, the company and personal growth I’ve experienced, my leadership journey and lessons learned, and the importance of a company culture that encourages young women to aspire to a career in leadership. I’ll also be highlighting our management’s track record in support of women in leadership at FireEye.
FireEye has a long-standing commitment to women in technology. FireEye founded the Milpitas Women in Technology and Security (WiTS) chapter in 2013, and two years later we established a new chapter on the East Coast. The FireEye India team that celebrated with Julie this week has a budding WiTS chapter led by Ramya Parashar, Director, Business Application Services, and Thelma Picardo, Director, Admin Services & Ops – India.
Our WiTS chapters actively encourage more women to enter and flourish in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). To learn more about WiTS or to be part of their initiatives, email WiTS-EastCoast@FireEye.com or WiTS-WestCoast@FireEye.com.
Another reflection of our leadership in this area is the women of FireEye who have been honored by industry groups worldwide for their work, including Julie and Alexa, as well as Kara Wilson, our EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Kate Patterson, our VP of Investor Relations, Vijaya Kaza, our SVP of Cloud Products and Engineering, and Tiffany Jones, our VP of iSIGHT Partners & Enablement.
And we’d be remiss if we failed to commend the women in the FireEye trenches who make our success as a company possible. We have several women leaders on our Endpoint Security engineering team who have been critical in our development of a better endpoint solution, and there are many more incredible women across FireEye who help us find and stop evil every day.
We are proud of all of the women who work at FireEye, our WiTS efforts, and now our involvement in this month’s International Women’s Day events. Our support for women is another way we’re helping to make FireEye not only a great cyber security company, but a truly great company overall.