Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80SPRING 2017 | CompTIAWorld 21 don’t always think it’s a good idea to get girls involved,” Pound said. Moving the needle on women in the industry is one of the platforms she plans to advance as CompTIA’s Member of the Year. Pound is actively involved in CompTIA’s Make Tech Her Story initiative and regularly blogs about diversity issues like unconscious bias in technology. “Sometimes people say, ‘You’re unfairly promoting women.’ It’s not that women are better than men, it’s about a level playing field with a diverse workforce,” she said. Pound will also focus on global IT needs, like increased cybersecurity threats and workforce development. “Skills and workforce development is just a huge issue that people are really struggling with,” she said. “We’re convincing people that IT’s the place to be.” “Initiatives like CompTIA’s Creating IT Futures are going to open up the pathway to children to careers into tech,” she said. The Internet of Things is also a huge opportunity, “but not many people in the MSP world over here know how they can leverage it.” In the UK, the hot topic of the moment is incoming data protection regulations, considered onerous from a cybersecurity perspective. “There’s not a lot of clarity about what companies should do to secure themselves against cyber-attack and to mitigate risks,” Pound said, noting that the UK government has been criticized for not doing enough to tackle cybersecurity. “Hopefully that will light the fire.” Pound’s experience through work and CompTIA aligns nicely with her inclination to educate. She frequently gives talks to students about the possibilities in tech, to women about breaking the glass ceiling, and to industry members about workforce development, cybersecurity and IT issues in the UK as an Apple vendor member and CompTIA educator. On any given day, Pound could be advising, exploring or educating anywhere in the world. In the last seven weeks, she’s had her passport stamped in Paris, Prague, Wales, Chicago and Amsterdam. It’s a long way from her early career, running the helpdesk for a software house before remote access. “Everything you did was over the phone or you had to get in the car and drive,” she remembered with a laugh. “It was soul destroying to get call after call after call, and no thanks because the software shouldn’t have gone wrong in the first place.” “Sometimes people say, ‘You’re unfairly promoting women.’ It’s not that women are better than men, it’s about a level playing field with a diverse workforce,” Pound said.