Irving-based cybersecurity company Trend Micro strengthened its commitment to underrepresented people at last week’s AWS re:Invent conference. Now, it plans to more than double the yearly time and budget investments in lowering skills and diversity gaps in cybersecurity.
“With a female CEO and an employee base spread almost equally across the eastern and western hemispheres, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to Trend Micro,” said Leah MacMillan, chief marketing officer for Trend Micro, in a statement. “Success for our industry is not simply equal representation in a conference room; we encourage an environment that listens to and encourages diverse and unique thought from every single person.”
At AWS re:Invent, Trend Micro co-sponsored, along with Accenture, the We Power Tech events focused on building a diverse, inclusive, and accessible technological future with sessions, networking, and social activities for a global network of underrepresented technologists.
Conference sessions included “We Power Tech: Shifting to an Abundance Mindset” during which Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen was a part of a panel discussion on elevating the “woman’s club” of female C-Suite technologists hosted by Teresa Carlson. Trend Micro execs Leah MacMillan and Wendy Moore provided opening and closing remarks for the panel.
For the “Innovating for Everyone: Mechanisms to Build Inclusive Cultures and Products” panel, Sanjay Mehta, senior vice president of Alliances for Trend Micro, and Kelly McGill, head of Culture and Inclusion at AWS, spoke on how organizations can build and sustain inclusive cultures and gave attendees the opportunity to discuss their own programs while learning from industry peers through interactive workshops.
Trend Micro also announced it’s increasing its annual Girls in Tech sponsorship with a global cybersecurity classroom program planned for 2020. The curriculum will be accessible to women of all ages, backgrounds, and geographic locations and provide the virtual ability to learn and enhance cybersecurity skills.
Through its Girls in Tech connection, Trend Micro is again sponsoring members of the program from around the world to attend this year’s AWS re:Invent.
Trend Micro has more than 6,000 employees in over 50 countries.
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