As the head of FOX’s cybersecurity team, Hildenbrandt developed a small-but-progressive cybersecurity program with a zero-trust architectural approach and automated incident response. She’s also part of the team engineering a blockchain project that put Fox out in front of bringing Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) into mainstream media. One of the most prominent female executives in technology, she sets a high bar for her entire team; yet, Hildenbrandt fought to remove degree requirements from tech job listings. “We knew that we were missing out on great candidates with the right aptitude and skills but without the ‘right’ credentials,” she explains. “We wanted to broaden the funnel and not put up artificial barriers to talent acquisition.”
What’s one way your company has broadened the recruiting process to ensure greater diversity?
One major initiative that I helped champion within our Tech DEI Council was to remove degree requirements from all Technology listing. We knew that we were missing out on great candidates with the right aptitude and skills but without the “right” credentials. We wanted to broaden the funnel and not put up artificial barriers to talent acquisition.
Do you have an example of male allyship that made a difference to you?
My boss, Fox CTO and President of Digital, Paul Cheesbrough! He brought me into Fox as CISO and has enabled me with opportunities ever since I joined that I didn’t necessarily believe I was ready for, but he believed I could do. From cybersecurity to video streaming engineering to now crypto and NFTs, I keep pushing myself into new domains and growth areas with Paul’s nudging and support.