Martha McKeen

Martha McKeen – CBA

Go Girl Topic: Careers in Cyber Security and a Live Hacking Demonstration (co presenting with Zoe Petroulias and Renae Schilg)

Currently working as a Cyber Outreach Portfolio Manager at Commonwealth Bank, Martha is an experienced project manager with experience in IT Security and Delivery, academia and research. Since 2009, Martha has cultivated her project management, stakeholder management, research, communication and leadership skills. Her expertise includes portfolio management across the Digital Protection Group’s Cyber Outreach Program with a particular emphasis on driving the Cyber Skills development stream of work, financial and resource management, data analysis, report writing and strategic communications.
Martha’s cross-industry experience in Australia includes CBA, Cancer Institute NSW, Chief Entertainment and in Canada, the University of Ottawa and Bruyère Research Institute. Martha’s current role as Cyber Security Portfolio Manager draws on her diverse skillset and experience. Martha is responsible for managing five distinct streams of work; Cyber Skills Development, Corporate Outreach, Staff Awareness, Community Awareness and Policy Influence.
Martha collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team to drive forward Cyber Outreach streams of work and plays a key leadership role in Cyber Skills development where she connects with potential cyber talent and supports the development of strategic partnerships with Universities to support and build a sustainable pipeline of cyber talent. Project and stakeholder management are paramount to success in this role and Martha constantly engages and supports internal and external stakeholders who are key to Cyber Outreach’s success. Martha thrives in a challenging and diverse work environment where the only thing constant is change.
Outside of work, Martha enjoys cooking and entertaining with her foodie friends. She is also a passionate yogi (vinyasa is her favourite), runner and cyclist and generally loves to be outside! In a former life she was a competitive equestrian and always takes the opportunity to be around horses if she can. She also spends a significant amount of time with her dog Maddie who she brought over from Canada and who is overwhelmingly regarded as the most well traveled mutt in the southern hemisphere.

What is the most awesome thing about having a career in tech for you?
Working in a constantly working sector with an incredibly diverse set of people with different backgrounds and skillsets

As a child, did you dream of a career in tech?
No, I wanted to be a teacher and didn’t discover tech until I was in my late 20s!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done, both personally and professionally?
Moving to Australia in 2013 from Canada was a huge step for me both personally and professionally.

Why are you passionate about diversity in technology?
It has been proven that diverse teams are more productive and high performing. I belive diversity is crucial to ensuring success

What would your advice be to your 15 year old self?
Remember that while ambition is good, you must also embrace the present and get the most out of each experience