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Lean In and Take the Opportunity!

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

On the news, we regularly hear about companies and individuals being hacked. How do you actually stop a hacker? Believe it or not, you employ ANOTHER hacker! Our guest is a “white hat” ethical hacker who helps protect companies from any system compromises and stolen data.

Nicole Darden Ford is a Global Chief Information Security Officer. Her job is important for company competitiveness, growth, and innovation. She uses technology to stay up-to-date on what hackers are doing so she can keep ahead of them. If you’re interested in learning more about cybersecurity and leadership, then this interview is for you!

Leadership is attainable for everyone. As Nicole says, “Sometimes, it takes a very special person to see something in you that you don’t see.” Nicole was in the fourth grade when a teacher saw something in her. This teacher encouraged Nicole to discover her gifts and talents. This sparked confidence in Nicole and was a defining moment in her life. She learned to take chances and to value herself. Now, Nicole encourages others to do the same. “When you love yourself, you build confidence!” Team GLAM and Nicole hope that after watching this interview, you will feel more confident to take chances and to embrace your unique superpowers!

More about Nicole Darden Ford

Nicole has held senior leadership positions in technology for the U.S. federal government, U.S. military, as well as Fortune 100 and 500 companies. As a Global Chief Information Security Officer, she provides safety and protection for systems as well as information. Nicole teaches us that when you are authentically you, you will be successful. She encourages us to reflect on the women who have influenced and inspired us as we discover self-love and truly embrace it!

Interview host: Stephanie Luna-Lopez

Stephanie is one of the Operations Specialists at GLAM. She started out as a GLAM Mentor at our live events in 2018. Stephanie enjoys mentoring and advising people. She believes that helping others achieve their goals is one of the greatest gifts. She also loves to cook, as well as spend time with her family and friends.

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If you have any questions or comments, please email Team GLAM at We would love your feedback!

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