Catherine Traini, a Guidehouse experienced associate in cybersecurity solutions, has participated in SK Day, also known as Sonia Kovalevsky Day, for the past two years at her alma matter Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. SK Day celebrates Sonia Kovalevsky, the first woman to ever obtain a doctorate in math, who made noteworthy contributions in analysis and differential equations. Colleges and universities around the world host SK Day to encourage young women to study math and pursue a career in STEM.
As a part of Hood College’s SK Day, Catherine sat on the career panel, which highlighted four women who all hold degrees in mathematics, and how each of them leverage their degrees in their careers. She shared her experience transitioning from math to cybersecurity. She spoke to a room of high school girls about how her degree in math has given her clout and confidence in meetings where she frequently is the youngest person, and generally only female, in the room.
Catherine has even successfully convinced both of her younger sisters to pursue a degree in math! This year, SK Day was particularly special for Catherine because she participated with her mother (also an alumnus of Hood) and one of her sisters (a current student at Hood).