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WiCyS George Washington University Student Chapter | GW’s Fireside Chat with Women in Homeland Security

March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Please join us for a special webinar celebrating Women in Homeland Security.

During the fireside chat, our distinguished panelists will provide unique insights on the roles women play in both homeland security and cybersecurity, the diverse opportunities available to women to contribute to their organization’s missions, and how women can prepare for and succeed in both of these fields.


Cynthia Strand leads the Global Intelligence Strategy at, the world’s leading natural language processing and generation startup. She joined after retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency with 35 years as a Senior Executive. Notable assignments include Deputy Assistant Director of CIA for Global Issues, Executive Fellow at In-Q-Tel, and Director of the Office of Integrated Missions. Most of her career was spent in the Directorate of Science and Technology where she led creation of mission collection capabilities and established the George Methlie School for Technical Intelligence Officers. She received the Presidential Rank Award, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the CIA Director’s Award, and several Meritorious Unit Citations.

Kathleen Harasek has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and retired as a Captain with the U.S. Park Police in Washington, D.C., where she was the Commander of the Patrol District responsible for security and law enforcement services for the Monuments, Memorials and National Mall. Kathleen was involved in the implementation of several significant events, including Presidential Inaugurations and demonstrations. She is currently the Chief of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, which is responsible for over 8,000 EMS and Rescue calls within the 911 system in Loudoun County, VA and an Independent Contractor with the Federal Government. In addition to serving as an Adjunct Faculty member at GW, Kathleen is an EMS Instructor and is Chair of Loudoun County’s Emergency Medical Services Operations Committee.

Former Rear Admiral Danelle Barrett served as Director of Current Operations at U.S. Cyber Command, and as the Navy Cyber Security Division Director and Deputy Chief Information Officer on the Chief of Naval Operations staff. In her last position in the U.S. Navy, she led the Navy’s strategic development and execution of digital and cyber security efforts, enterprise information technology improvements and cloud policy and governance for 700K personnel across a global network. An innovator, she implemented visionary digital transformation to modernize with unprecedented speed, significantly improving Navy Information Warfare capabilities. Her numerous operational assignments included deployments to Iraq, on an aircraft carrier in support of operations in Afghanistan and to Haiti providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief after the 2010 earthquake.

Maria Berliner, Professor of Intelligence and Strategic Analysis, GW’s Homeland Security Master of Professional Studies Program, is recognized as a subject-matter expert on risks and threats to the United States, its government, and its private industry, in Latin America’s volatile operational environment. She is also known for her analyses on the Middle East and China in Latin America. She is a Professor of Intelligence and Strategic Analysis; Political Violence and Terrorism; Inter-Agency Cooperation; and, Managing Strategic Change at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Professor Berliner is also an Invitational Instructor on Strategic and Tactical Security Threats/Latin America at various USAF installations.

Elaine Lammert, Moderator; Program Director, Homeland Security Master’s of Professional Studies

Jeff Delinski, Program Director, Homeland Security Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program

Connie Uthoff, Associate Program Director, Master’s of Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management