Heather Ricciuto is Global Leader of IBM Security’s Academic Outreach Program, partnering with educational and research institutions around the globe to develop top cybersecurity talent and close the skills gap. Her passions include workforce diversity, the advancement of women, volunteering and continuous learning.Heather is the co-leader of IBM’s Women in Security Excelling (WISE) Business Resource Group. With over 900 members, WISE aims to bring awareness and change to the cybersecurity gender gap through education, events and youth outreach. She is particularly passionate about inspiring our youth to aspire to careers in STEM, and about driving awareness around the cybersecurity skills and gender gaps. She is a proud Co-Founder of IBMCyberDay4Girls, a program designed to build cybersecurity awareness amongst middle school girls.Heather strives to inspire others by sharing her passion for leadership and learning. She believes that if we are not learning, we are not growing.