November 15, 2013 | Academics
On November 7, Marisa Viveros, Vice President, Cyber Security Innovation at IBM, gave a presentation to the college community, focusing much of her talk to students interested in IT careers. She first discussed the challenges of growing up and attending college in Chile before moving to southern California to work as a consultant while completing her Master’s degree in computer science at UCLA.
She then gave an overview of her highly successful 21-year career at IBM, where she has assumed positions of increasing responsibility and global reach. Ms. Viveros explained how she has taken advantage of opportunities at IBM by entering new areas of development and learning additional skills to become a more effective executive.
Ms. Viveros attributes her professional success to mentoring others, serving on academic and advisory boards, presenting research at technical conferences and publishing in professional periodicals. She is also responsible for creating education and research programs that foster stronger collaborations among academic institutions, government organizations and IBM to enhance cyber and information security knowledge and to address the technical skills shortage. She admitted that she is “always studying something interesting to be valuable to myself, my company and the community.”