Bettie B. Owens
President, Columbia (SC) Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Bettie is a retired Program Director of National Telecommunications Alliance, where she was responsible for managing a $25M budget for information technology (IT) programs over 5 years for the Big 7 major telecommunication companies throughout the United States. During a second career, she was a Sr. Information Security Engineer for Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading Strategy and Technology Consulting Firm, where she worked with multiple Federal government agencies to secure computer networks, information, and information systems. While supporting the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bettie was credited and received high honors for leading the agency in raising their Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) grade from a C+ to an A. In her profession, Bettie has published two articles: “FISMA: Not Just Another Acronym” EVOLVENT Magazine, Securing Business Intelligence, Spring 2004; and “The Transformation of GISRA” EVOLVENT Magazine, Securing Business Intelligence, Spring 2003.
Bettie attended Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Chicago, Illinois.
Bettie has served on numerous boards, including Big Brother Big Sister of the Greater Chicago Area. She currently serves as board member of the Levy Pearson Scholarship Fund. She is a member of the Project Management Institute and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), an International Professional Association that deals with IT governance. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
Bettie is very active in the community through multiple professional service organizations. She is a member of The Columbia (SC) Chapter of Links, Inc.; National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Columbia (SC) Chapter; and Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Epsilon Beta Chapter. Bettie is also active in her church, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Columbia.
Bettie is married to Roger Owens, and they have two adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and going to see a good movie.