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Juliet Okafor

Fortress Information Security
VP of Global Business Development
Development/Fundraising Chairwoman & Co-Chair of Strategic Advisory BoardJuliet “Jules” Okafor is currently the Co-Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board and Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Committee, for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals. She is currently also the VP of Global Business Development for Fortress Information Security, third-party risk architects and cyber workforce experts for Fortune 500, Global 2000 and enterprises within industries designated as “critical infrastructure” (Utilities, energy, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, aviation).

As the first female Co-Chair for ICMCP, Jules leads strategic planning and roadmap development for large strategic initiatives and community outreach designed to bridge the gap in diversity within the cybersecurity industry. In this role, she spends much of her time listening to some of the obstacles experienced by colleagues and members, then identifying opportunities via programs, tools and processes that ICMCP can match and leverage to expand diversity programs and inclusion activities within enterprises, government agencies and academic institutions across the globe. Her passion for problem-solving and love for finding solutions to complex challenges drives all avenues of her work and will help to steer the direction of ICMCP as it continues to grow and become the number one destination for best-in-class women, underrepresented minorities and veterans within the cybersecurity industry.

At the University of Massachusetts – Amherst (UMass Amherst), as Secretary for Diversity Issues, a position designed specifically for her, Jules became and has remained the first and only African-American woman to ever hold that honor. During her tenure, she bore the name “Mr. Okafor” and worked diligently alongside the Student Body President and Vice President to identify ways to better engage African-American and Latino students on campus and address repeated concerns of unfair treatment by Campus Police and disproportionately low enrollment and graduation rates by minority students.

Jules graduated Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (B.A. Communication), Cum Laude from Fordham University (M.A. Public Communication and Media Studies) and received her Juris Doctor from Temple University – Beasley School of Law. She has participated in several Sales Executive Programs and is a sponsor partner of the Executive Women’s Forum’s Annual Conference, member of Women in Technology and member of the National Association of Professional Women.