This episode we welcome Rita Gurevich, CEO and founder of Sphere Technology Solutions. She talks about what it’s like to start her own company, why it is important to know your assets when setting policy, and what skills and experiences set applicants apart when they look to hire. Plus, she has plenty of data governance strategies to chat about.
0:00 – Intro
2:47 – Origin story
4:51 – The creation of Sphere
7:14 – Working solo at Sphere
9:12 – What would you change going back?
10:30 – Pricing your business activities
12:36 – Average day as a CEO
13:32 – Favorite parts of the job
14:50 – What is data governance?
17:40 – Factors driving data growth
19:28 – First steps to form data strategy
22:07 – Data governance best practices
23:40 – Time frame to get a master inventory
25:17 – What does good data governance do
26:12 – Skills I need for data governance and management
27:47 – Importance of collaboration and mentorship
30:26 – Skills and experiences for Sphere candidates
32:48 – Tips to get into cybersecurity work
34:06 – Outro
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As the CEO and Founder of Sphere, Rita Gurevich is charged with leading the strategic growth of the organization in providing business critical governance, security and compliance solutions to customers spanning multiple geographic locations and industry verticals.
Gurevich founded Sphere after gaining a massive amount of experience in a short time period during the Lehman bankruptcy, the economic downturn of 2008, and the enhanced regulatory environment that dominated the industry. Being in a unique position from this experience, Gurevich founded Sphere as a single contributor, and worked strategically to grow the company into the entity it is today.
Gurevich is the recipient of multiple honors and awards including recognition from her Entrepreneurial skills from Ernst & Young, and SmartCEO, along with being on the 40 Under 40 list in 2017. In addition, Gurevich sits on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Technology Council.
This week’s topic is data governance strategies in 2021. As more of what we do goes online and into the cloud, and as more people need access to information, making sure that entrance points aren’t more accessible than they need to be is more important than ever. We’re going to talk about the issues around this topic, and also job strategies for people who want to do this type of work.
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