Fall WoA Event

Fireside Chat with the “Women of Ascend”

The Greater Washington “Women of Ascend” (WoA) program is excited to host a fireside chat with leading professionals in the Cyber and Information Technology space. We invite to you hear from female executives with broad experience in the government and intelligence industries as they share the ways they have been able to promote themselves in their careers that you may be able to apply immediately to yours. There is limited seating, so don’t miss this invaluable opportunity!



Date: Thursday, September 20th

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Accenture Cyber Lab – 1201 Wilson Blvd (map)

RSVP: Email Misun Chang (by Sept 18th)

Questions? Email Event lead Misun Chang, or WoA program lead, Anna Kim


Ms. Malek Ben Salem is currently a Research & Development manager with Accenture Technology Labs in Washington D.C., responsible for defining and executing the lab’s cyber security research agenda and developing funding sources for research projects. She is cyber security innovator and thought leader recognized through the award of several DARPA-funded research projects and patents and the publication of numerous peer-reviewed articles.


Ms. Shelly Hartsook is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk practice focusing on cybersecurity transformation for the Federal Government. She has over 14 years of experience delivering programs to address new challenges around cybersecurity and identity management. Ms. Hartsook’s experience has focused on cyber policy, strategy, architecture and design, business process analysis and reengineering, and program deployment.



Executive from the Central Intelligence Agency




Ms. Denise Lew is a Specialist Leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Government and Public Service Human Capital Organizational Transformation offering. She supports projects primarily for the Military Health System, focusing on healthcare quality, patient safety, performance improvement, and strategy projects as a subject matter expert. She spent 26 years in the United States Air Force as a healthcare administrator.

What is WoA? The WoA program, launched in 2017, is designed to help Pan-Asian female professionals address common challenges as they advance their careers within their respective organizations. This program provides guidance and advice on issues that matter to the hearts and minds of Pan Asian female professionals, as well as tools and techniques to strengthen key attributes that will help them achieve their career aspirations. While this program is designed for women, it is highly encourage that men attend to gain perspective and insight on best ways to support Pan-Asian women in the workplace.





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