Hello, thank you for stopping by – welcome to my blog and my world!
I’m Lisa Ventura, AKA “Cyber Geek Girl”, and I’ve been writing ever since I was old enough to pick up a pen and put it to paper. These days I still write, but I put my fingers to the keyboard and type away furiously!
My background is in marketing/PR and I spent seven years working with Chris Tarrant, the presenter of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” at his management company (that’s a novel in itself)! By day I am the Head of Marketing, Digital/PR & Membership for the UK Cyber Security Association, which I also founded. The UKCSA is the UK’s only dedicated trade association for individuals and companies/organisations who actively work in cyber security.
Following my involvement in Titania Ltd, a leading cyber security software development company which I ran for many years with my ex-husband, my specialist industries are marketing, PR, digital, cyber security, data, artificial intelligence, technology, events and gadgets. This is why I picked up the nickname “Cyber Geek Girl”, which is also the name of this blog.
My life hasn’t gone as I had hoped, there have been many twists and turns to it, especially in the last 4 years and particularly since I lost my much loved and much wanted son Francesco when he was born sleeping on 29th November 2013. My blog “Frankie’s Legacy: Love, Loss, Grief & Recovery” focuses on how I live every day as an “empty armed mother” – someone like me who has given birth, but who doesn’t have any living children.
I love writing poetry and short stories in my spare time and I have read my work at numerous spoken word events in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and London over the years. I also love dogs and I am the proud owner of a gorgeous German Shepherd/husky cross dog called Poppy. She is my world and my reason for living.
I’ve been through several close bereavements since losing my Frankie, and I’ve experienced all kinds of grief – grief at losing my much loved and much wanted son, grief at losing my father in law in horrific circumstances when his doctors missed the fact he was riddled with cancer, grief at losing my precious German Shepherd Curley at the age of 12 who was like family to me, grief at losing two close cousins – one to a heart attack at a relatively young age out of the blue – and grief at losing my beloved Aunty before she had even passed away from dementia. All this has given me first-hand experience of all kinds of grief and loss, but I survived it all (note I am a survivor, not a victim), and I am moving forward with my shoulders back and my head held high, and I’m still here to tell the tale! As the late great poet Maya Angelou famously said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.”
This blog is my view of the world, a window to my life, and I hope to pass on as much information as I have learned over the years to anyone who is reading it. It covers many aspects and topics that I am passionate about, and I hope it will grow and develop into a strong and informative resource going forward.
I hope you all enjoy it, please feel free to leave comments or feedback on my posts, I would love to hear from you.
Lisa Ventura – AKA Cyber Geek Girl xx