University of Phoenix’s Stephanie Benoit-Kurtz Gives Keynote Talk at Women in Technology Event

On August 11, 2022, Stephanie Benoit-Kurtz, a lead cybersecurity faculty member at University of Phoenix’s College of Business and Information Technology, took part in the Women in Technology event as a keynote speaker.

The Trace3 event, which took place at The Beachcomber, a restaurant in Newport Coast, California, welcomed an exclusive community of female leaders who work in the technology industry. These leaders took part in the event to meet like-minded individuals, build relationships, partake in attendee discussions and enjoy a special presentation from Benoit-Kurtz.

After dinner and a networking session, participants enjoyed Benoit-Kurtz’s thought-provoking presentation, which Trace3 followed up with a panel discussion.

About Stephanie Benoit-Kurtz

Teaching University of Phoenix Students

Cybersecurity specialist Benoit-Kurtz works closely with University of Phoenix’s Business and Information Technology students. In this role, she helps them understand complicated strategies in the modern information technology (IT) industry and how to improve security postures.

She aims to help students become lifelong learners and consistently identifies new ways to enhance students’ learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom.

Consulting at Trace3

Aside from being a University of Phoenix instructor, Benoit-Kurtz is also the Principal Security Consultant at Trace3, which offers IT strategies, solutions and services to some of the world’s most admired companies.

Here, she works with C-suite leaders and the wider business to ensure security best practices, policies and procedures. She also offers collaborative, solutions-based consultations.

Insightful Knowledge Share

Benoit-Kurtz has over three decades of experience working in IT for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies in security, innovation and technology transformation. As a result, she has plenty of specialist knowledge with media contacts, to whom she often contributes insights into cybersecurity issues.

What’s more, Benoit-Kurtz shares her expertise with ISACA, IT Works, and Westcare, plus other organizations to help and mentor disadvantaged young people so they can earn living wages in IT careers.

Education and Awards

Benoit-Kurtz completed both her BS and MBA with University of Phoenix and is now enrolled as a doctoral candidate at Capella University for the Doctorate in Information Technology with an emphasis on Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

Aside from holding a collection of certifications (CCISO, CGEIT, CRISC, CDPSE, SPOC, CHP, CCSA, CSCS, CBRM), Benoit-Kurtz has also won four impressive awards over recent years:

  1. The President’s List at Capella University — Doctoral Program in Cybersecurity and Data Assurance (a list that she has featured on for four consecutive quarters)
  2. Academic Council for the University of Phoenix (2020-2021)
  3. Tech Impact Community Member of the Year (2020)
  4. University of Phoenix Faculty of the Year (2019-2020)

Honoring Female Leaders in the IT Industry

By speaking at the Women in Technology event, Benoit-Kurtz was able to honor female leaders in the IT industry. Speaking at the event is just one of the ways that she aims to help the next generation of cybersecurity professionals achieve success in the industry, particularly women.

“There have been times when it has been difficult to work as an emerging leader in the industry, but I believe it is important for there to be diversity in the workplace now and in the future, creating an environment where everyone can showcase their talents, grow the industry, and find success,” she said.

Since speaking at the event, Benoit-Kurtz has also given a presentation as a keynote speaker at a Women in IT breakfast event, which was part of the Trace3 Evolve Technology Conference. She gave her keynote speech on October 6, 2022 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

University of Phoenix’s Online Technology Degrees

Under the instruction of instructors like Benoit-Kurtz, University of Phoenix’s online technology degree program students prepare for careers in the fast-evolving IT space by taking industry-recognized certification exams and specializing in their chosen IT niches such as cybersecurity, information technology, data science and computer science.

Degree programs are available at all levels at the University and include courses such as Introduction to Computer Applications & Systems, Fundamentals of Business Systems Development, Systems Analysis and Design, Intro to Software Engineering and IS Auditing Processes, among many others.

Learn more about University of Phoenix’s online technology degrees.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix helps adult and nontraditional learners work toward their educational goals and navigate the degree programs that align with their ideal career paths. These career paths span from cybersecurity, nursing and business to criminal justice, education and psychology. The University’s flexible start dates, online classes and numerous scholarship opportunities make it possible for anyone to earn the degree they need, while its Career Services for Life® commitment provides active students and graduates with the resources needed to be prepared when entering the workforce for no additional charge. These resources include resume and interview support, education and networking opportunities and career guidance. Find more info at

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