She enjoys sharing her knowledge with others and speaks at events, podcasts, and webinars on a regular basis.
Michala, a black woman in a field dominated by white men, is dedicated to inspiring and mentoring the next generation of diverse cybersecurity professionals. She volunteers as a mentor and STEM ambassador, and she supports initiatives like #CyberFirst and WiCys (women in cybersecurity).
Many people in the cybersecurity industry, including Michala, have experienced burnout.
She talks about imposter syndrome, taking care of your mental health, and the importance of managers creating psychological safety so that these conversations occur.
As a way to heal, Michala returned to music and writing. The anthology"The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 2" includes a chapter in which Michala talks about her journey in cybersecurity, and on the "Quietly Visible" podcast, she talks openly about her life to inspire girls; when you see it, it's easier to become it.
She lives with her husband and two dogs.