Alumni Identity Talks

Join IST alumni as they share their diverse experiences and perspectives gained through their educational and professional journeys. Learn from the challenges and opportunities faced by these individuals from underrepresented backgrounds as they navigated the college experience and work to advance their careers and grow their professional networks. This event aims to inspire an open dialogue for students and alumni, and provide unique viewpoints to help all attendees be better prepared to thrive in diverse professional and personal communities.

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Maria Cody '14
CSIRT Manager, Salesforce

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Pedro Huerta '08
Digital Expert, McKinsey & Co.

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Krista Krebs '15
Product Strategist & Designer, UPMC Enterprises

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Ankur Sheth '04
Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting

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Adam Stavely '14
Engineer in Residence

About the Panelists

Maria Cody is the Government Cloud CSIRT Manager at Salesforce and is based in Northern Virginia. She has worked in Incident Response, Tech Audit, Forensic Investigations, and Threat Intelligence for Johnson & Johnson, Comcast and Salesforce. Maria is passionate about Latinx in Tech, Women in Tech and work life balance.

Pedro Huerta is a Digital Expert with McKinsey & Company based in Lima, Peru, he supports organizations in various industries through digital transformations, helping organizations adopt new agile ways of working, deliver digital products and transform organizational structures, culture and processes. Prior to McKinsey, Pedro worked for Verizon where he led the agile transformation of the Cloud & Data Center organization as part of Verizon Enterprise Services. Prior to that he had multiple roles with General Electric leading and managing technology projects. Pedro was born and raised in Peru, moved to the US in 2003 and joined Penn State in 2004 where he majored in Information Science & Technology with a Minor in Engineering Leadership.  While at Penn State he was highly involved in IST including the IST interest house, Pro Expo, Student Government and with Latino organizations on campus, Pedro also developed an interest in global cultures including learning Portuguese and Chinese, studying abroad in Shanghai and participating in a program collaborating with Hungary students to help cooperatives in Morocco.

Krista Krebs is a product strategist and designer with seven years of leadership experience across product, design, and engineering. She has led and influenced multimillion-dollar products in various industries, including eCommerce and healthcare. With proficiency in multiple product disciplines, she excels at managing the entire product lifecycle—from product roadmapping to delivery. She’s Founder of That’s Valid, an apparel brand on a mission to fight against mental health stigma, and is a company of one at Krista Krebs Co, her digital product consulting business. Her sweet spot is advising companies on mobile app product strategies and designs that deliver quantifiable results.

Ankur Sheth is a senior technology and cybersecurity professional based in New York working across a variety of competencies and industries for almost 20 years serving his clients in successfully mitigating potential cyber threats. Ankur possesses an extensive knowledge of cybersecurity risk controls, processes, and technologies, and continues to assist clients with projects ranging from strategy to implementation. He has worked with clients across multiple industries ranging from financial services to consumer products to help them strategize, analyze, plan, architect, design, implement, and support cybersecurity related controls and systems. Ankur utilizes his extensive education and experience along with his business and security knowledge to deploy leading practices across all security aspects within enterprises. Additionally, Ankur has worked with his multi-national clients at a global level across North and South America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Ankur holds his MBA, CISSP, and CISM certifications in addition to his BS from PSU.

Adam Stavely graduated from the College of IST in 2014 with Bachelors of Science in Information Sciences and Technology and minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He is completing a Master’s degree in Information Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Stavely has worked for the Federal Government since graduating where he currently serves as the Engineer in Residence at one of the government’s innovation hubs. In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and nights in with his boyfriend.

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Prerana Dalal '08
Senior Product Manager, Huge

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Caitlin Doyle Weiss '12
Director of Core Technology GRC, GlaxoSmithKline

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Brianna Malcolmson '11
Principal Security Engineer, Atlassian

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Tammara (Tammy) Ross '11
Project Delivery Manager, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

About the Panelists

Prerana Dalal is a Senior Product Manager at Huge, a user-centric digital agency where she helps companies transform into trusted parts of people’s lives by creating digital products, services, and brands that people love. She previously worked at Bloomberg and Deloitte. Prerana lives and works in Washington, D.C. She is a self-proclaimed foodie, enjoys watching Bravo shows, and in her nonexistent free time, she likes to write, dreaming of one day publishing a book of short stories.

Caitlin Doyle Weiss graduated from the College of IST in 2012. During her time at IST, Caitlin interned with the CIA and was Vice President of Women in IST, President of Gamma Tau Phi, and a founding member of IST Diplomats. After Penn State, she joined Deloitte Consulting as a Business Technology Consultant. After 5 years with Deloitte, she joined Slalom consulting to work locally in Philadelphia. In 2018, Caitlin joined GSK as a Risk and Compliance Manager and was promoted to Director of Core Technology Risk and Compliance earlier this year. Currently, Caitlin oversees the secure and compliance implementation of all of GSK’s globally used technology.

Brianna Malcolmson is an information security professional and advisor with over ten years of experience transforming the security posture of cloud-based companies. Most recently, she founded the Red Team at Atlassian where she helped drive foundational change to secure its over 100,000 customers. She is a graduate of Penn State University’s Security and Risk Analysis program where she specialized in Information and Cyber Security.

Tammy Ross from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was an IST major and former President of Women in IST. She helped bring the TEDxPSU conference to campus and worked to increase the presence of women and underrepresented minorities within the College of IST. Tammy now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and works for Deloitte Consulting. Her current project is with a member of the Department of Justice. There, she serves as a system administrator for a BI Reporting Platform which helps them make data-driven decisions daily. In her free time, she enjoys coaching girls’ basketball at the AAU and high school levels.

Cierra Freeman ’12
Project Manager, Confluence

Corey J. Lee ’12
Enterprise Security Executive for U.S. Education, Microsoft Corporation

Ka’Lee Strawbridge '18
Threat & Vulnerability Management Analyst, Lowe's Companies, Inc.

About the Panelists

Cierra Freeman has seven years of experience managing projects across the financial and technology sectors. As a graduate of the IST and Community, Environment, and Development programs, she leveraged her academic experience to grow as a forensic technology consultant at PwC and later transitioned to project management to further her deep knowledge within software development. Today, Cierra works as a Project Manager at Confluence, a fund administration software company, and volunteers with Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, a local community development non-profit.

Corey Lee was born and raised in Hopewell, Virginia. He started his Penn State journey as a Bunton-Waller Fellow in the fall of 2007. After his first semester, he decided to change his major from Criminology to Security and Risk Analysis and join the College of IST. During his time at Penn State, Corey studied abroad in both Argentina and China while also serving as a member of the SRA club. He became a Schreyer Gateway Scholar and wrote an honors thesis titled “Cybercrime: Analysis of Offending Patterns and Offender Characteristics with Special Emphasis on Women." Corey graduated with a B.S in SRA and a minor in International Studies in 2012. Corey now works at Microsoft Corporation as the Enterprise Security Executive for U.S. Education.

Ka’Lee Strawbridge-Moten was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, serving as a Threat and Vulnerability Management Analyst at Lowe's Companies, Inc. His work focuses primarily on vulnerability remediation for internal/external PCI regulatory compliance, on-premises infrastructure threat reduction, and vulnerability metrics and reporting. Ka’Lee has worked on projects that include ensuring consumer privacy as well as reducing risks of internal threats by means of streamlining Identity and Access Management Processes. While at Penn State, Ka'Lee was a member of W.O.R.D.S, TheLion 90.7 FM, and the Residential Computing Team.