One Magical Year

Faith. Trust. Pixie Dust.



Today I got to celebrate my one year anniversary with The Walt Disney Company. It was a really rough day that got exponentially better as it went but I couldn’t seem to shake my terrible mood. My day started out with the cell phone I just got two months ago breaking and having to get going early since we had to put one car in the shop overnight.  Not a great way to start the day.

For every anniversary, there is always some sort of fanfare at work. Today was no different.  My whole team came in, cake in hand, to wish me a happy anniversary.  Emotionally, it was a very overwhelming moment for me.  I received my one year anniversary pin and was asked by my team for my most memorable moment.  As I thought back over the last 365 days, I really couldn’t pinpoint one. There were so many memorable moments this past year. I got to meet the First Lady, sing with the Candlelight Processional, perform for executives, ride attractions after closing, walk through the theme parks alone at night, lose 65 lbs, complete the Dopey Challenge and make magical moments for people on vacation. Then I thought back further.  I thought about where I was three and a half years ago and I absolutely fell apart. Three and a half years ago, I had bottomed out as low as I could be. Lost my home, couldn’t afford food, pregnant, jobless. I couldn’t contain my emotions when I thought about the long hard road my family had come back from. I thought about the loss of my dear friend and mentor Randy and how I wish I could have called him today and thanked him for everything he taught me that prepared me for the past year in the job I do now.



Weeks ago, I had attended a class where I got to reconnect with a fellow cast member that I attended my orientation with my second day on the job.  I took the opportunity to have lunch with him today and celebrate our one year mark together.  It was so great to unplug and connect face to face. We got to talk about work, about our life experiences and enjoy a delicious meal together.  It’s something I’m looking forward to doing again.

Then, I get the message that my daughter is locked out of the house. Leave work, let her in the house, go pick up my husband, son, get the car from shop and figure out dinner.  I should have run tonight. I should have skipped the cake.  But some days are harder than others.  Tomorrow will be better.

Tomorrow, I get to spend a magical morning helping out our front line staff at Magic Kingdom during our peak attendance time of the spring. It’s the boost I need after overcoming a rough day.

SpectorSoft Selected as Winner of Best of Interop 2014 Award in the Security Category

Interop Las Vegas Recognizes SpectorSoft for Advancing the Business Technology Market

SAN FRANCISCO – April 8, 2014 – Today SpectorSoft announced its selection as the winner of Best of Interop 2014 award in the Security category, recognizing SpectorSoft innovation and technological advancements. The Best of Interop winners were announced on Tuesday, April 1 at 5:30 pm in the Interop Theater on the Expo Floor during Interop Las Vegas, held from March 31 – April 4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
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“The honor of having our Spector 360 Recon be selected for a Best of Interop award confirms the need for an internal security solution that balances corporate security concerns with employee privacy considerations,” said Jason Judge, CEO, SpectorSoft. “Spector 360 Recon alerts organizations when it detects suspicious employee activities, but to protect employee privacy, only authorized personnel can view and act on the intelligence.”

SpectorSoft showcased Spector 360 Recon at Interop Las Vegas, the industry’s premier technology event designed to inform and inspire the IT community. The Best of Interop Judging Committee, comprised of 16 award-winning IT editors and analysts, reviewed nearly 130 entries and shortlisted submissions based on their significant technical impact and potential to move business technology forward.

“This was one of the best classes of Interop awards candidates that we’ve seen in the Security category in many years, but Spector 360 Recon really stuck out as the most innovative,” said Tim Wilson, editor-in-chief of Dark Reading, who has been a Best of Interop judge for eight years. “Thanks to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, there is real concern among enterprises about data leaks – but because of the crossover between work and home computing, there is also real concern about employee privacy. Spector 360 Recon addresses both of those issues.”

“We want to congratulate SpectorSoft and all Best of Interop winners for their forward-thinking approaches to improving business efficiency through tech,” said Interop General Manager Jennifer Jessup. “With so many competitive entries, our judges did much deliberating before naming category winners at the event. We were excited for attendees to be able to interact with these products and services at the expo.”

Best of Interop judges selected winners within the following nine categories:

  • Cloud
  • Data Center
  • Management
  • Mobility
  • Networking
  • Performance
  • SDN
  • Security
  • Storage

In addition to these specific category areas, there were special awards chosen onsite including: an overall Best of Interop Grand Prize, Best Startup Company and an Audience Choice Award named during the keynote on Wednesday, April 2.

About Interop

Interop is the leading independent technology conference and expo series designed to inform and inspire the world’s IT community. Part of UBM Tech’s family of global brands, Interop drives the adoption of technology, providing knowledge and insight to help IT and corporate decision-makers achieve business success. Through in-depth educational programs, workshops, real-world demonstrations and live technology implementations in its unique InteropNet program, Interop provides the forum for the most powerful innovations and solutions the industry has to offer. Interop Las Vegas is the flagship event held each spring, with Interop New York held each fall, with annual international events in India, London and Tokyo, all produced by UBM Tech and partners. For more information about these events, visit