Session: Accelerating the Movement of Diversity and Inclusion in One Datacenter at time
Separating from the military where I was in a diversified environment to being hired as either the first woman, only woman, or the only minority in multiple tech departments in the private sector came with challenges that I had to overcome as I advanced in my Cyber Security career journey. Lets discuss these challenges, how I had to mentally overcome, and the new challenges I had to overcome when I opened my corporation.
- Technology is always changing, continue to educate yourself.
- Networking is key to success. The people you meet the one opportunities you will be presented with.
- Success is Easy. Everyone says that their success would have came easier if they could do it again in a different way. Learn their "different way" so it would be easier for you. .
- Pivoting in a different direction to meet your goal does not make you a "Quitter". There are multiple ways to meet your goal.
Chelsea Pierre is the Founder and CEO of Pierre TechHeads and Blerds Leading Technology, also known as BLT. She incorporated Blerds Leading Technology in June 2020. As Founder and CEO, Chelsea is focused on accelerating the movement of diversity and inclusion in one datacenter at a time by providing resources, scholarships, and other avenues for the
underrepresented in the IT field to excel in their career. Prior to opening BLT, Chelsea Pierre was a Cyber Network Engineer for the Department of Defense. Alongside her career, she has motivated multiple IT professionals by developing curriculum and teaching at military installations for service members attending technical school as a cyber defense analyst and through e-learning platforms, like Cybrary. Chelsea has inspired others from behind the podium of multiple tech conferences, such as Black is Tech and WITI, and have affiliated herself with multiple tech organizations and nonprofits, to include once holding the position of Chapter President for Blacks in Technology Central Florida. Chelsea Pierre is a disabled Air Force Veteran whom holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Computer Science with a concentration in Leadership Studies and an Associate of Arts in Military Studies from Troy University, an Executive MBA from Auburn University with a certificate in Cyber Security Management, and is currently attending Auburn University for her Master’s in Information Systems Management, where she is the Vice President of the Graduate Student Council. She is married with two twins girls.