Onyx Point was a finalist for the 2020 MD Cybersecurity Awards’ Cybersecurity Diversity Award. We did not win but had a great time at the online ceremony. One of the things that struck me the most was the sense of community at the event. Although it was only a few presenters and an online chat, one could tell that people knew and were comfortable with each other based on sincere congratulations, silly jokes, and creative acceptance speeches.
As a believer in diversity and inclusion, it touched me how open and inclusive the local Cybersecurity community is. I am part of the local DevOps community and feel that this community is also incredibly inclusive and diverse. This feeling of community is also important within our company, and I am hoping this is helping with Onyx Point’s attempt to continue improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Early in February, one of our co-workers gave us an opportunity to work with a group of young women in middle school interested in STEM. A few of us got together with the young women, and with the guidance of one of our own homegrown middle-schoolers, we selected a resource and a project to do. The middle-schoolers even went as far as to help us think up some hashtags for the event (#girlsdotech #girlsrule #supergirltech). After Onyx Point, LLC. agreed to supply us a room and some snacks, we advertised, planned some more, and rehearsed until the event happened. It was a huge success!
Judy has been a software engineer for over thirty-five years, and has been at Onyx Point since 2015. Jessica interviews her to talk about current technology, innovation, and being a woman in tech.
There are so many technology companies today! In fact, you might say every company is now some kind of tech company given how much they rely on technology to function. So when I looked up one day this summer and realized I had been with the same organization for 7 years I wanted to take a deeper look into “why”. Why in this highly marketable industry would someone stay with one organization for 7 years?!
In July, I was very fortunate to be in beautiful Vancouver to attend the Design & Content Conference hosted by Republic of Quality. I’ve never been to such a large design conference before and I was super excited to connect with other designers and see the diversity of speakers and talks. I was not disappointed – I was so inspired by all the fantastic talks and the new friends I made. I gained so much to bring back to my work at Onyx Point, LLC.