July 27, 2020 11:30 am



CEO Panel

CEO Panel: Addressing Challenges of Employee Engagement, IT Infrastructure, and Information Security

COVID-19 introduced what many are describing as the new normal, that has introduced unique challenges for organizations across the world. Join your fellow Des Moines ISSA members as we hear from a panel of distinguished CEOs from across Iowa on how they are addressing and responding to the changes within their respective organizations. Some of the challenges that CEOs had to balance ranged from employee engagement, to infrastructure changes, maintaining (and is some cases enhancing) their cyber and information security programs. Listen in as we here about the short term and long term challenges and success stories that the pandemic presented our panelists.


Panel Bios:

David Nelson, CISSP – Founder and CEO of Pratum

Dave is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with over 25 years of cybersecurity and technology experience. He is a Fellow with the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and has led cybersecurity and technology organizations in both the public and private sector.

In 2008, Dave founded Pratum, which was one of the first pure play information security companies in the Midwest. With the mission of solving information security challenges based on risk, not fear, Dave built the Pratum team to provide organizations with objective assistance in addressing their cybersecurity challenges. Today Pratum is considered a leader in vCISO and security operation center services with clients across the nation.

In his free time, Dave enjoys classic cars and spending time outdoors with his family. He lives in Ankeny, Iowa with his wife and four children.


Beth Trejo – CEO and Founder of Chatterkick

Beth Trejo is the leader, mentor, torchbearer, innovator, founder and CEO of Chatterkick. As a trailblazing entrepreneur, Beth loves to take risks and starting Chatterkick in 2012 was her biggest one yet. Defying the odds of successful female-founded start-ups, Beth not only prevailed, she grew her company with a predominantly female staff. Beth started her social media agency with a lot of goals in mind, like redefining how businesses connect with people and providing a human connection in the digital world. But she also had a deliberate goal to advance the role of women in the tech industry and enhance the potential of Siouxland women in order to create real change in the community.

Beth locally mentors women and non-profits because she believes that high tech offers a fulfilling and unique career – and she launched a podcast in order to connect female leaders across the state of Iowa. She incorporates her passion for the digital landscape and social media into nearly every role she has known, from her craft as an entrepreneur and local business advocate to her calling as a wife and mom of two tech-savvy kids. She is kind, she is generous and she is a force.


Kate Washut – Founding Partner and CEO of Far Reach

Kate Washut is a founding partner of Far Reach, a Cedar Falls-based software consulting and development company that uses teamwork and technology to solve business problems for growth-oriented, innovative companies. After spending nearly a decade as developers in a corporate IT environment, Kate and her partners decided life outside a cubicle was more to their liking and set out to bring something new to the Cedar Valley tech scene. Her day-to-day focus is on building a cohesive team and creating an environment that allows them to do great work. She is an active advocate for the growth of the tech sector in the Cedar Valley and serves on the boards of the Technology Association of Iowa to.

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