Christina's Open Road
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Vice President of Technology and Information Risk
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- At the age of ten, she visited a friend who owned an Apple computer and a dot matrix printer.
- Her own family couldn’t afford their own computer, so she was transfixed; she didn’t want to play outside, she just wanted to print banners.
- When she was in high school, she started doing information technology (IT) support work and troubleshooting; her natural curiosity meant that she learned scripts quickly.
- In college, she decided to completely immerse herself in the field, simultaneously taking a network administration program, earning Microsoft certifications, and doing IT work full-time.
- Says once her door into tech had been opened, it was simply a matter of navigating the path she wanted to take.
- Along that path, an opportunity in cybersecurity arose; at the time, the field wasn’t as popular as it is now.
- However, she brought a willingness to learn new things and a fresh perspective to the role, which is why she thinks she was chosen for the job.
- To encourage more perspectives like hers in the tech world, she co-founded WOC in Tech Chat, a supportive community for women of color working in technology.