We recently sat down with Baan to talk about her interest in relaunching the local chapter and why promoting women in tech in the D.C. area is so important to her. Read the Q&A to learn more.
Q: Why is it important to have women in the tech industry?
Q. Why do you think a GIT chapter will be successful in the D.C. area?
Given the large population of the area coupled with several colleges and universities (Virginia Tech, Howard University, George Mason University, American University) multiple government agencies and a large private tech sector, a GIT chapter makes perfect sense to foster GIT’s charter and mission.
Q. What are the biggest needs in your community and how will creating a GIT chapter help facilitate change?
Q. What inspired you to apply for the position of Managing Director and what impact do you hope to achieve in your local community?
Q. Tell me about your current work. What have you found most satisfying? Most frustrating?
I am currently founder and president of TalaTek, a cybersecurity firm that provides solutions to the public and private sectors. I am no stranger to being in the minority (11 percent of all cyber workers are female). Since 2006, I have paved my own way in tech as the leader of my own company so that I can be both a mother and a business woman seeking the hard-to-achieve balance between work and home. It has been incredibly satisfying to build a business and to watch it grow and to support my team and mentor them to achieve their goals. My frustrations generally come from setting a very high bar and sometimes not hitting my own targets for excellence. I also find it difficult to persuade clients on the best ways to protect data; there is a reluctance to try new, better approaches especially those grounded in the principles of risk management.