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InfoWorld recognized Kristin Lovejoy ’88 as one of the top 25 chief technology officers for 2005.

The only woman on the list, Lovejoy, chief technology officer and chief information officer of Consul risk management, Inc., was chosen for her leadership within and outside the company. She says her role at Consul is best described as a three-legged stool with responsibilities including overseeing Consul’s strategic vision, managing support delivery operations, and monitoring the company’s internal regulations.

“It is an exciting thing being the only woman honored in a very male-dominated field, which in our world is like winning an Emmy,” she says. “Being on the list with Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer and founder of Counterpane Internet Security, is really, really exciting and of course, being on the list made my mother really proud.”

Lovejoy says she excelled in high school math and science and chose Lafayette’s liberal arts program to “flex different academic muscles.” After graduating with an English degree and working for Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.) she moved to North Carolina and rediscovered her interest in the technology field as a computer consultant.

Although her job does not directly relate to her English degree, Lovejoy says her Lafayette experience continues to benefit all aspects of her career.

“Everything that I learned represents building blocks that allowed me to build my life upon them,” she explains. “I think about Politics of Social Interaction – it was a class about how people can organize themselves around a thought. It’s courses like that which taught you about philosophy, psychology, government, and marketing. It gave me a good basis.

“I think that’s what it’s all about – the liberal arts education anchored me.”

Lovejoy held positions as vice president of security assurance services for TruSecure Corporation, whose revenue she helped increase from $3 million to $30 million in three years. As a consultant for New Horizons, the largest independent information technology training organization in the world, she trained personnel at several Fortune 500 companies and the National Security Agency. Lovejoy holds the U.S. patent for Object Oriented Risk Management Model and Methodology.

She also is involved with her local Parent Teacher Association and says that her children, Michaela and Gar, give her the most pride in her life.

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