Advisory Board

Alexia Idoura

Alexia Idoura is Senior Program Manager at Kudelski Security working in the Global Engineering and Development Operations group to coordinate program management.

In 2016, Alexia founded her own Idoura Coaching, after she had been working for more than 25 years with talented high-energy innovators at various stages of their careers. She has had a high-tech corporate career primarily in Engineering organizations, and she became a certified corporate coach, that allowed her to start her own company, working with both individuals and businesses.

Alexia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992.

Throughout her career she earned several certifications. Among others are her Specialization in Cybersecurity at the University System of Georgia and Advanced Corporate and Business and Personal Coaching at Corporate Coach U. Alexia completed her extensive Six Sigma Black Belt at Notre Dame College, she earned Master Certificate in Business Management from Tulane University, and she did Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at American University.

Alexia started her career an intern, writing for advertising agency, but ended up designing a relational database. That was in 1989. She jumped into the steel industry in 1990 where she worked for Davy McKee/Dravo/Comstock engineering company where she was a Training Supervisor for 4 years. During the next three years, Alexia worked as a Technical Writer, first at SEER and continuing at Imonics Corp.

She became a Manager at Seagate Technology where she managed teams of writers for two years when it was acquired by Veritas Technologies and continued to work there for another six years. After codesigning and teaching the course for the Technical Communication certification program at Duke University, she designed and cotaught the certification course for Society for Technical Communication, preceding the annual STC conference: Content Management, From Justice to Implementation.

While being involved in all this work, she was working for Symantec as a Corporate Coach, Senior Principal Program Manager and Senior Manager for 19 years, where she was a part of the Product Development Excellence group under the CTO.

Alexia coauthored several articles and books, and she speaks at conferences. In 2008, she traveled with a professional delegation as a citizen ambassador to China, visiting both businesses and universities.

During 2014–2015, she was a contributor and cocurator for IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology (A Global Fund for Women project.) She also was a mentor for the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, coaching tech women on career paths, startups, and more.

I’ve always been surrounded by STEM. My father was an engineer/HAM radio operator. I played on the floor of his radio room and I spent my time with him on weekends poking through bins of electronics at Tandy in Tokyo, where we lived at the time. After he died, when I was still a young girl, my mother could see where the future lay. She worked to get me my first computer, a Commodore 64, and signed me up for a Basic programming class. Thanks to them, I never felt anything but at home around technology — it’s always been a natural fit for me.

Alexia currently also volunteers as a coach for a middle-school Odyssey of the Mind team of homeschooled kids (OotM is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.) She is also the local scholarship chair for her area Mensa group.

Alexia has an insatiable interest in a number of eclectic areas, including the internet of things, AI and machine learning, hackathons, productivity and achievement, genealogy, and more.

Read her article Four Steps to Keep Pace with Disruptive Technology and its Impact on Risk Management.

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