Achievement Unlocked: NetApp INSIGHT Speaker (Panel)

“Sorry I can’t. Next year, though.” This pretty much was my fear-based response when Mark Carlton (@mcarlton1983) asked if I wanted to join the panel of the A-Team Birds of a Feather (BOF) session at NetApp INSIGHT in 2018. Props to Paula Silva (@paula_maria) for being much braver than me.

Fast forward to this year, when Mark asked again, I had to say “yes.” I’m a woman of my word, right?  So, here it is:

However, this year is more terrifying in many more ways. My self-imposed sabbatical has brought challenges like learning to de-couple my identity from a job. Registering for conferences where I need to list my job title and company now conjures dread. What do I list?  Also, networking, never a personal strength, awakens insecurity when I awkwardly explain that I’m doing some freelance writing while I figure out where to go next.

Can I let you in on another secret?  I have no freaking clue about where I want to end up next.

Does anyone know where I can find some clarity? Any chance that there is a session for that?!

Becky Elliott

After dropping out of a liberal arts college that focused on reading and discussing the “Great Books”, Becky Elliott found her way to a career in IT. For 20+ years, she has held a number of roles in Dev and Ops, and the area in between the two. In working for organizations in which poor security practices can cost lives, she’s an ardent believer in integrating security through the entire design process. Becky holds a number of industry certifications including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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