Lisa Heckler, CISSP VP, Information Security & Privacy, CareSource
1. What was your first job?
Delivering sub sandwiches out of a locally owned shop on roller skates in downtown Cincinnati
2. Did you always want to work in IT?
I was what we now call “a stem kid”. I loved math in particular and had planned to go into engineering but was unsure what discipline. Then I took my first computer programming class at Ohio State during my Freshman year and knew that’s what I wanted to do.
3. What’s the best career advice you ever received?
Not sure it was as much career advice as “life” advice – “Be a lifelong learner”. I come from a family that loves to read and discuss new ideas. If you love to learn you will be sure to stay relevant. Along with that, “try new things” (usually said to me by my mom in the context of eating, but it works well for career too), “listen more than you speak” which might actually be the key to success in all aspects of life, and one of my favorite quotes attributed to Mark Twain, “continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection”.