Aparna Rayasam

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Speaker Bio

A recognized leader in the application security and enterprise software industries, Aparna has 20+ years of experience at industry leaders – Akamai, Oracle and Adobe – where she steered the evolution of products and R&D, architected new market categories in security, managed large acquisition and integration efforts, and led cross functional engineering and product teams. She is energized by integrating customer empathy into the product development cycle and mentoring, and is on the board at TeleSign.

Aparna holds a Bachelor of Science from Bangalore University and completed executive education courses at MIT.

Speaker Sessions


The Only Constant Is Change: Embracing An Era of Change and Adaptability

30 mins
  • Track - new-frontiers
  • Diversity Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical
  • Aparna Rayasam

    SVP Products

    Palo Alto Network

In this session, Aparna will share personal stories of how she has navigated the male-dominated industry of cybersecurity and the key leadership principles she attributes to her success.

The Why: According to the Aspen Digital Tech Policy hub’s latest report, women comprise only 24% of the cybersecurity workforce, with only a small fraction making up executive roles. This is a first-hand testimonial from a woman who has successfully beat the odds to become Chief Product Officer of a $2B cybersecurity company.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to identify your breakthrough opportunities and take the right risks.
  • The importance of embracing a change mindset.
  • Overcoming the challenges of being a minority within a minority of a male-dominated field.

This session is for you if…

  • You aspire to lead a large engineering organization.
  • You have a technical background.
  • You work in the hi-tech industry.

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