Women in Cybersecurity

Join us for an engaging and informative panel where experts in cybersecurity and technology share their stories and provide tips for women pursuing careers in these mission-critical fields. Joining the discussion will be Ms. Teri Takai, Venture Partner & Chair, State CIO and Council, and Ms. Lydia Payne-Johnson, JD, CIPP, GW Director of IT Security, Information Management, and Risk.

The event will be moderated by Nicole Mintz, Director of CPS Career Services, and Lynn McKnight, Senior Recruitment & Enrollment Specialist.


Sponsored by GW's Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management Master's Degree Program


About Teri Takai: 

Teri TakaiTeri Takai is the Vice President of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. She worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning.   From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors.  

A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense, the first woman appointed to this role. She then served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is a member of several industry advisory boards.

Teri has won numerous awards including Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, the Women in Defense Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.


About Lydia Payne-Johnson:

Lydia Payne-JohnsonLydia Payne-Johnson is the Director of IT Security, Identity Management and Cybersecurity Risk at The George Washington University.  In this role, Lydia is responsible for leading her teams’ service delivery, including alignment with the university’s digital transformation strategy.  In addition, she is leading the development of GW IT’s cybersecurity risk-management program.  She is a dynamic, multi-talented executive with more than 35 years’ experience in regulatory compliance, risk, information security, data management, and consumer marketing across financial services, health information management, and higher education.  She’s a published subject matter expert, noted industry panelist, speaker and mentor. She’s an exceptional communicator and a culture change agent.

An effective leader, Lydia has been a Chief Privacy Officer and successfully led teams at Freddie Mac, Morgan Stanley, PwC, Verispan and CIT Group. She designed and led implementation of privacy and cybersecurity policies, standards, risk and controls frameworks, and data classification schema, risk monitoring measures, data loss prevention, incident response, as well as privacy impact and third-party assessments.  In addition, Lydia is adept at forging partnerships across businesses, IT and service lines.

Early in her career, Lydia was Senior Vice-President and Global Advertising Director with Dean Witter Reynolds Inc.  At Dean Witter, she was the primary driver overseeing creative processes for the firm’s highly successful, and globally recognizable media campaigns.

Lydia has a J.D. from New York Law School, where she is an Adjunct Professor and teaches Information Privacy Law.  She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), certified in GIAC Law of Data Security & Investigations (GLEG) and a Certified Change Practitioner. Lydia is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program of the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business, KPMG’s Executive Leadership Institute for Women and the Securities Industry Institute of the Wharton School of Business.