Loilette Loderick, a Sr. IA and Web Application Engineer for NetCentrics, recently presented the keynote address at the 2017 National Conference on Girls’ Education in Kingston, Jamaica. The conference theme, “Seeing Tomorrow: Thriving in a Cyber World” was designed to allow attendees the opportunity to engage in discussions around cybersecurity from a social perspective – from the long-term implications of participation on various social media platforms, to the ways attendees can leverage the training and certification programs available online.
This year, more than 1,500 young women, ages 12 to 18, teachers, and parents attended the conference, which focused not only on cyber, but addressed issues concerning mental wellness, how to detect signs of mental distress, online activities that may trigger some of these distresses, and provided tips on helping adolescent girls with these issues.
Loilette was asked to be the keynote speaker this year not only because of her cyber expertise, but also because of the journey that she’s taken to get where she is today. Having overcome a number of challenges in both her personal life as well as her career, Loilette has the experience and empathy necessary to motivate and empower young women and to help them pursue a future in cybersecurity and reach their full potential.
Loilette’s speech was so well-received that she was invited to appear on the popular Jamaican morning show, CVM at Sunrise, and to speak at the Vector Institute of Technology, the pioneer in delivering training to Computer Technicians in Jamaica when it first introduced certificate courses in 1992. Loilette spoke about the shortage of skilled cyber professionals in the U.S. and shared her personal story of growth and challenges in her cyber career. “Cyber is a rewarding field, but it’s very difficult,” she said. “And you will fail sometimes, but it’s not about how many times you fall. It’s about how many times you get back up again.” Loilette encouraged the youth to take whatever skills they already have and build on them, embracing challenges and mistakes, and learning from them.
Loilette exemplifies NetCentrics’ core values – engaging and applying thoughtful leadership to improve the quality of life. Her dedication to educating and helping youth can have a significant impact on the leaders of tomorrow.
To learn more about the National Conference on Girls’ Education, visit https://www.facebook.com/girlseducationjamaica or to learn more about the Vector Institute of Technology, visit https://www.vti.edu.jm.