WiAC '12: Uncharted Paths / Leslie Lambert

Hey! I’m at the USENIX Women in Advanced Computing 2012 Summit and will be blogging the talks today. You can view more of my posts about this conference under the wiac12 category on this blog. Uncharted Paths Speaker: Leslie Lambert, Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, Juniper Networks In her opening talk, Leslie walked us through her “uncharted” career path and demonstrated a common pattern in her professional development – she discovered some discipline or technology of interest, either went back to school or somehow got training in it, and switched career paths or roles to try out the new discipline. Her main messages were that you should never stop learning and you don’t need to choose between two ORs – you can AND your interests. Since Leslie was very young she was treated as a “smart kid.” One thing parents told her all along: “You can be anything you want to be!” They were very non-specific, so she tried to figure out what she actually wanted to do. For her in her early years, 7th grade (middle school) was a big fork in the road. This was when she and her classamtes started tracking into different classes in …