Francesca LoPorto-Brandow

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Job title of nominated professional (or team name)Director, People and Culture
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)GreyCastle Security
Company size (employees)10 to 49
Headquarters RegionNorth America

In 3 bullets, summarize why this professional or team deserves recognition:

• The data is irrefutable, hiring highly skilled cybersecurity talent is nearly impossible. There are currently 299, 335 total openings in the United States and 14,509 just in New York State. Given those odds, Francesca has met her quota by hiring 15 new employees, growing GreyCastle Security’s workforce by 83% to support GreyCastle Security’s triple-digit revenue growth.

• Francesca and her team dive deeper into recruiting efforts by focusing employee retention. To achieve this Francesca will dive into quantitative data analysis, primary research, perform executive coaching, group facilitation and leadership development.

• Francesca has revamped GreyCastle Security’s employee benefits by instituting flexible work hours, fully stocked refrigerator, paid dry cleaning, increased personal time off, professional development training, company life insurance, tuition reimbursement, summer hours, 401k and various internal competitions. GreyCastle Security was nominated Best Places to Work by the Albany Business Review in consecutive years.

Brief Overview

As Director, People and Culture for GreyCastle Security, Francesca acts as an Organizational Development (OD) liaison and executive coach to GreyCastle Security’s leadership team, and facilitate the company’s initiatives across the organization.

Francesca is bilingual in English and Italian, holds a degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management & Technology.

Francesca’s work stretches beyond just GreyCastle Security and reaches out into the community where she is currently a board member of Joseph’s House and Shelter, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region and Troy2020.

Francesca has spoken numerous industry events including coordinating the Troy 100 Forum, A More Welcoming, Inclusive and Safer Troy, Hunger in Troy and TEDxTroy City 2.0.

In 2013, Francesca was awarded the Emerging Professional Award by the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region by her colleagues for her outstanding work to better the local community.