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Octavia Howell

New York Life Insurance Company
Corporate Vice President
Octavia is an experienced leader who specializes in Networks, Cybersecurity, and building operationally excellent, motivated cross-functional, multi-cultural teams.  She focuses on career growth and helping everyone she encounters reach their career goals.  Octavia is not your typical leader.  She is highly technical and prides herself on understanding, solving problems, and discovering secure solutions for her business partners.  She is the founder of Augustus Redefined and currently manages a global team of analyst, operators, and engineers that span three countries at New York Life Insurance Company. Octavia believes that a security leader should mentor, motivate trust, and lead their teams to act with integrity and openness.  She often says, “A team is only as strong as their leaders and each leader casts a shadow that they will be held accountable for.”

Prior to joining New York Life Insurance Company, Octavia begin her career at Freddie Mac, in McLean, Virginia where she quickly gained a reputation as a “go to” Network Security Engineer. During her time at Freddie, she was instrumental in assisting with the end-user facing governmental programs on the Housing Reform.

Octavia received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Spelman College and holds CISSP, GISP, GCWN and GSLC GIAC certifications. Octavia is the Founder and CEO of Augustus Redefined, an organization focused on the advancement of Black Women in Cybersecurity as well as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), AnitaB.org, Inaugural Member of Tech Alpharetta Women, ISC2, ISACA, ISSA and serves as a mentor to several participants within Year-Up Greater Atlanta.

In her spare time, Octavia enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and mentoring.