Chelsea A. Pierre is a full-time Cyber Network Defender (CND Engineer) for the Department of Defense and an online technical instructor who motivates and mentor’s young information technology professionals about the various opportunities to excel in the IT world. After spending nearly a decade working as a female minority in the IT field for various sectors such as; active duty Air Force, trauma hospitals, state departments, automotive plants, the Department of Defense, and help desk call centers, Chelsea knows what truly drives a upcoming and veteran professional to overcome bias obstacles and career hurdles –and it is not giving up when encountering challenges. However, it is having self-encouragement and self-motivation to be able to face any deterrents that will attempt to hinder one’s drive for success.
Chelsea has gained many followers seeking mentorship on social media, such as LinkedIn, and has been selected to teach online training courses on Cybrary, Pluralsight, and Udemy. Her own passion for teaching and mentoring young professionals has not only allowed her to experience a full time career, but to encountered the privilege of being selected to speak on Inclusion and Diversity as a panelist for Black Tech Alabama and to lead a cyber security workshop for 2020 Vision: Future of Tech Conference, coming June 2020. While becoming a technical inspiration to everyone she encounters, in both professional and educational environments, she challenges the status quo by becoming active within the community by joining city tech organizations such as Emerge Montgomery Leadership, HackMGM, and several entrepreneur and professional cyber security meetup organizations in Tampa, Florida, where she currently resides. Chelsea next endeavor is to open an tech education-based business that supports IT professionals of all levels to be able to gain skills and certifications of their career path of choice. The company Pierre’s TechHeads will advertise to open on March 2021.
Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science from Troy University or Montgomery, where she was voted SGA president in 2014.