On October 6, 2022, Stephanie Benoit-Kurtz, MBA, Lead Cybersecurity Faculty at University of Phoenix’s College of Business and Information Technology, took part in a Women in Technology breakfast event as a keynote speaker.
The event took place at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas as part of the Trace3 Evolve Technology Conference 2022. Women in Technology is part of an ongoing series of Trace3 events that supports women in the tech industry who strive for personal and professional progression.
Celebrating Women in Technology
The event brought together female technology leaders to discuss the future of their industry, network and showcase their leadership skills and achievements.
Attendees enjoyed a special presentation from Benoit-Kurtz and heard from other successful women in the information technology field. These women shared invaluable professional experiences and insights.
Trace3 describes its Evolve keynote speakers as “influential, leading IT professionals that offer real-world insights on how to implement technology and dynamic IT business solutions.”
Benoit-Kurtz said that she was “excited to be a part of the Evolve two-day leadership conference showcasing amazing women in the industry” and described the chance to speak at the event as “a great honor.”
She added that she valued “the opportunity to empower our attendees to create better workplaces now and in the future.”
Benoit-Kurtz is a cybersecurity specialist who teaches Business and Information Technology students at University of Phoenix. She encourages students to become learners for life and continually works to enhance their educational experiences.
Benoit-Kurtz also works with Trace3 as a principal security consultant, assisting the company with offering IT solutions and services to leading global organizations. She collaborates with executive-level management teams on security policies and procedures and provides solutions-based consultations.
Aside from her roles with the University and Trace3, Benoit-Kurtz mentors disadvantaged youth through organizations like Westcare, IT Works, and ISACA.
Experience and Awards
Benoit-Kurtz has more than 30 years of experience working in security and innovation for both small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and Fortune 500 companies. She holds a BS and MBA from University of Phoenix.
The cybersecurity specialist is currently a doctoral candidate at Capella University for the Doctorate in Information Technology with a focus on Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. She has made Capella University’s prestigious President’s List, an award that recognizes academic excellence, for four consecutive quarters.
Benoit-Kurtz holds many certifications including CCISO, CRISC, CCSA, CSCS, CGEIT, CDPSE, CHP, CBRM, and SPOC. In recent years, she has won several awards including Tech Impact Community Member of the Year (2020) and University of Phoenix Faculty of the Year (2019-2020).
Supporting the Next Generation of Female Technology Leaders
Benoit-Kurtz was also a keynote speaker at a Trace3 Women in Technology event last summer. The event took place in Newport Coast, California on August 11, 2022. Female leaders in the technology sector gathered for a dinner and a networking session followed by a presentation from Benoit-Kurtz and a panel discussion.
Through speaking at these special events, Benoit-Kurtz hopes to support upcoming generations of women to find success in the technology and cybersecurity industry.
She said, “There have been times when it has been difficult to work as an emerging leader in the industry, but I believe it is important for there to be diversity in the workplace now and in the future, creating an environment where everyone can showcase their talents, grow the industry, and find success.”
She often appears in the media as a leader in the cybersecurity sector and continues to promote women in technology.
University of Phoenix’s Online Technology Degrees
In her work as a faculty member at University of Phoenix’s College of Business and Information Technology, Benoit-Kurtz helps students understand the ever-evolving and rapidly shifting world of IT.
The University’s online technology degrees help students prepare for careers in cutting-edge industries. Students pursue specialized studies in subjects like cybersecurity, computer science, information technology, software development and cyber network defense.
Many of the University’s technology programs align with industry-recognized certification exams such as those available from the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council). These programs help students learn the most up-to-date skills currently used in the industry.
The University offers a range of technology courses including:
- Introduction to Computer Applications & Systems
- Intro to Software Engineering
- Fundamentals of Business Systems Development
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix continually innovates to further the educational outcomes of adult and nontraditional learners and aids students in navigating degree programs and careers suited to their interests. The University has more than 100 degree programs that align with over 300 in-demand career paths, including cybersecurity, nursing and business. Thanks to flexible start dates, online classes and diverse scholarship opportunities, it’s possible for anyone to earn the degree they desire. Moreover, the University’s Career Services for Life® commitment provides active students and graduates the resources needed to be prepared when entering the workforce for no additional charge. These career services include career guidance, resume and interview support, and networking and education opportunities. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.