About the event
WSU School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science:
Lunch and Learn with Industry
Building a career through entrepreneurship
by Gary Steele, Proofpoint
Gary Steele will discuss his journey in entrepreneurship and describe many of the critical decisions and their tradeoffs as he built an industry leading cybersecurity company. Gary will describe his career choices, starting from his time in Pullman. He will also cover the basics about getting a business off the ground, get it funded, and how to ultimately build and scale a global tech business.
Gary Steele is founding CEO and Chairman of Proofpoint, a leading cybersecurity company with over 8,000 customers and approximately 4,000 employees globally. He grew up in Naches, Washington and graduated with a BS in Computer Science from WSU. In addition to Gary’s CEO role, Gary serves on the Board of Directors of Vonage, Upwork, Synack, and Malwarebytes.
It has been said one should never let a crisis go to waste, because it can be an opportunity to try new things that may not have been possible before. And, with the temporary transition to online learning, we have a new means for industry to connect with students at WSU.
The purpose of this speaking series is for high-tech companies to share insight with EECS students and give time for Q&A.
Example topics will include career experiences, how to succeed in industry, what to expect with your first job, interviewing advice, along with technology discussions and trends.
The series is brought to you by the WSU EECS Executive Council. We are engineers, managers, and executives that help advise the WSU EECS program so what you learn at school matches the skills and values needed for a successful career.