Emily BeeneyEmily Beeney is a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, leading the Information Security Incident Management and Investigations analytics mission to detect potentially malicious Insiders within Morgan Stanley’s network. ​

As Co-Chair of Morgan Stanley Glasgow’s Women in Technology Network, Emily defines and delivers the Firm’s diversity strategy at a local level. ​

She is a passionate STEM ambassador, and through partnerships with local schools and universities, charities and government bodies she promotes STEM careers through multiple channels – from running code clubs to supporting teachers with curriculum changes.​ Emily is active in the Scottish Women in Technology ecosystem, founding the Women in Cyber Scotland meetups in 2020 and bringing the Ladies Hacking Society to Scotland in 2021 as chapter lead.

She started her career working for the Home Office Scientific Development Branch and moved into the private sector in 2011 when she joined Morgan Stanley’s Insider Threat team as a forensic investigator. ​

Emily has been externally recognised in the technology industry as 2019’s Outstanding Woman in Cyber at the Scottish Cyber awards, and as a 2020 TechWomen100 winner.

On a typical workday, how do you start your day and how does it end?

Since lockdown most days start the same way, whether that’s a workday or not! I get a rude awakening at about 6am by my two cats who demand breakfast every 5 minutes until I get up and feed them, and then take my lockdown puppy for a socially distanced walk with other owners in the estate. This has been a great way to get to know new people and has kept me sane during the pandemic. After heading back home, I check my emails, say good morning to my team and plan out what I need to get done for the day.

I am fortunate to have enough space in my house that I was able to set up a separate room as my office and when it’s time to logoff I can close the door to the office and take the puppy for a walk.  This has helped create a divide between work life and personal life and has helped with transitioning between the two over the last year.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

When I started my career, I had only one measure of success, and that was to work on interesting and innovative technologies which would enable me to keep learning and remain passionate about technology.  It wasn’t until the last couple of years that I started to think more about career goals and progression and plan a roadmap for how I would get there.  Having a plan has definitely made me more focused, and I wish I had done it sooner.

What do you love about working for Morgan Stanley?

The culture at Morgan Stanley is a key factor in keeping me here, along with the ability to work with cutting edge technologies on innovative projects.  Senior management actively encourage giving back and supporting community engagement projects. As co-chair of the Morgan Stanley Women in Technology network, gender diversity is a topic which I am passionate about, and I love that I am afforded the opportunity to work with local schools and youth groups to promote STEM careers and to encourage more young females to pursue technology.

Have you faced any challenges along the way and if so, how did you overcome these challenges?

I think everyone experiences challenges and setbacks in their career, whether it is not getting the job offer or promotion you wanted or needing a second attempt at a certification.  My philosophy has always been to see these challenges as learning opportunities and to take away as many positives from the experience as I can. Sure, it is disappointing, but I embrace that I did my best with the knowledge and information I had at that time and take forward the experience to better inform future decisions and actions.

Have you benefited from coaching, mentoring or the sponsorship of others?

I have never formally had a mentor, coach or sponsor, but there are many people throughout my career who have filled these roles for me unofficially.  There is an interesting piece of research by TrustSphere I read recently which shows employees strongest internal relationships broken out by gender; and when compared to men, female employee networks comprise of significantly smaller number of more senior connections. This really highlighted the importance to me of making sure that I pay into those more senior relationships to ensure that the ones I do have are able to provide the sponsorship, mentorship and coaching roles when needed.

Do you believe in the power of networking? If so, where do you network?

Networking is such a powerful tool when it comes to progressing in your chosen field and embracing this can make a significant difference to your career trajectory.  When people first meet me they assume that I am an outgoing person who enjoys networking and speaking with new people, when in reality it is a skill that I have had to work really hard at and I still have to push myself outside my comfort zone regularly. Internally, at Morgan Stanley, I attend as many ‘meet the team’ and round table sessions as my calendar will allow and try to make time in my personal schedule for social work events. Externally, I attend, host and present at local meet ups and conferences (such as  the Ladies of Glasgow Hacking Society, Women in Cyber Scotland and Cyber Scotland Week) and dedicate time to maintaining my professional network through LinkedIn.

What advice would you give to those who aspire to a career in tech?

Do it! Traditionally, when we think about careers in technology, we automatically go to the developer stereotype – but this really isn’t the reality.  There are so many different roles within the technology industry that you don’t need to stay in one type of role indefinitely.  Many of the skills required to work in technology are transferable – if you embrace new opportunities which enable you to broaden your skills, you will quickly find yourself with a diverse and valuable skillset.

What does the future hold for you?

I am very excited to have just started a new role within Morgan Stanley focussing on the build out of a new function within the Information Security Incident Management and Investigations team. My new role provides me with the opportunity for cross-functional networking with new areas of the Firm, broadens my scope of responsibility and provides me with the platform to demonstrate and refine my management and leadership skills across a global team.  I am looking forward to pushing myself to develop and enhance my skills, and excited to see how I grow through this new opportunity and what doors will open to me in the future as a result of this experience.

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Given the circumstances, the team at WeAreTechWomen had to do things a little differently with our awards this year.

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