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MiC LEAD Communicators™

Ever felt stuck? Frustrated seeing others being promoted before you? Don’t know what you can do to get that promotion?

As minorities and women there are some things that we may never get exposed to as we try to ascend to the highest levels in our cybersecurity careers. There are times that our experiences, whether societal or cultural, are just different and may put us at a disadvantage. Add to that the limited opportunities for true leadership development and training it is no wonder we remain behind when it comes to management opportunities. We don't quite know the rules and do not have the right tools to become people leaders. 

The MiC LEAD Communicators™ course is designed to address the gap from building your career to becoming a people leader or in the MiC terminology, moving from a MiC Builder™ to a MiC Communicator™. MiC Communicators™ are focused on developing the appropriate skills required for promotion and leading cybersecurity teams. 

The transition from individual contributor to people leader can be a challenge for any professional but especially a potentially introverted cybersecurity professional. Our profession is filled with a paranoid sense that you must know every technical requirement to be competitive, which of course breeds insecurity. Cybersecurity professionals can feed that insecurity by feeling they need to attain more education, certifications, etc. In other words, you feel you will be promoted based on your own effort and can maximize results based on your own talent.

Unfortunately, if you focus on the technical side only, you may not learn the required skills to lead people. The difference between an individual contributor and a people leader is this concept of control. You've achieved a certain level of success by doing things your way. A people leader must resist the urge to tell someone on their team “what” to do or orchestrate “how” they do it based on what they would do under similar circumstance. Leaning an allowing your team to deliver in a way that is different from “your way” builds trust, and trust is paramount when leading a team. 

This is where the MiC LEAD Communicators™ course steps in, it is designed for the individual contributor to get to know the different skills it takes to lead a team. The MiC LEAD Communicators™ course is a six (6) month, 40-hour program that not only helps an individual explore and get to know themselves as a leader but also develops leadership skills necessary for advancement in their careers.

Courses take place on Saturday, twice a month, from 10am-1pm ET. Start date will be provided upon acceptance. 

Leaders are chosen for the program based on various factors which may include the diversity of the applicants, time spent in their current role, time spent at their current level as well as what is outlined below.

Commitment

  • Live training modules will be held virtually twice a month, on Saturday, for three hours (10am-1pm ET), for six (6) months

  • Leaders will be required to attend and participate in all sessions

  • Sessions WILL NOT be recorded. Alumni graduates will have access to subsequent MiC LEAD Communicators™ courses and can attend a session that they missed

  • Leaders that miss 3 sessions, or 9 total hours of training will be removed from the cohort and not allowed to reapply to the MiC LEAD Communicators™ course for one full calendar year

  • Leaders will be asked to pay a $200 refundable deposit upon acceptance to the course and prior to the first class. The deposit will be returned upon graduation. Leaders that voluntarily leave the course or are removed for non-attendance forfeit their deposit

  • Additional one-hour ad-hoc sessions with industry leaders (TBD)

Application Requirements

  • Five (5) or more years of experience in a cybersecurity role

  • Current resume showing relevant experience

  • Application must include a minimum two (2) page essay describing your own career journey, what your goals are for the program and where you feel you need improvement (part of the selection criteria) 

Pricing and Discounts

  • $200 refundable deposit upon acceptance. Deposit will be returned upon graduation.

  • Non-members receive a one (1) year annual membership to MiC ($249 value) 

  

The MiC LEAD Communicators™ course is sponsored by:

 

 

Take that next step and become a next generation cybersecurity people leader! 

Applications are open for our January and June 2023 Sessions

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