Kate Cipkala

Scientific Council Advisory Board Member

Katie Cipkala leads LPL Financial’s cybersecurity executive communications, awareness and training team. Here she uses storytelling to make complex cybersecurity topics accessible to non-technical audiences starting with the people who are the critical first line of defense up to the board of directors.

Prior to joining LPL, Katie was Technical Communications Leader at Trane Technologies, where she directed global IT infrastructure and cybersecurity change management and executive communications. Although her 18-year career at Trane Technologies began in internal audit, Katie united her career interests in fraud and forensic accounting with a personal passion for travel. This led to an expatriate

assignment in Belgium to establish an international fraud & compliance investigations team and gaining work experience in 34 countries. She later moved to cybersecurity to lead the awareness program before taking on cybersecurity chief of staff responsibilities.

Katie strongly believes in encouraging the next generation of girls to pursue their dreams in STEM fields. She is an advisory council member for Project Scientist, a non-profit that provides STEM experiences and curriculum to young girls, many of which are from underserved populations.

In her spare time… well, who are we kidding – she has 3 boys, 2 dogs, and is always on a ball field.