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Theresa Payton Omnibus tickets available today at 1:30 p.m.

Technology and cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton is next for this year’s Omnibus Speaker Series at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Payton’s presentation on “How AI/ChatGPT is Shaping the Cyber Landscape” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Auer Performance Hall.

Tickets to see the first female White House chief information officer, a position she held under former President George W. Bush, will be released at 1:30 p.m. today. They are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis through the Schatzlein Box Office or PFW’s online ticketing platform. A $1.50 convenience charge is assessed per ticket for online orders, with a limit of four tickets per person.  

Drawing from her experience as a veteran cybercrime fighter and entrepreneur, Payton is a visionary in the digital world, leading as an inventor of new security designs. She currently helps organizations in both the public and private sectors protect their most valuable resources.  

Before serving in the Bush administration, Payton held executive roles in banking technology for two of the country’s top financial institutions. She went on to cofound Dark3, a cybersecurity product company, and Fortalice Solutions, a world-class cybersecurity consulting firm.

Payton has found herself on several top lists from publications such as Security magazine, Business Insider, and Award Magazine. In 2020, CISO MAG recognized Payton as Cybersecurity Crusader of the Year. She’s also been profiled in the book “100 Fascinating Women Fighting Cybercrime” and honored as the 2019 Woman Cybersecurity Leader of the Year.

Payton has written multiple industry-leading books on IT strategy and cybersecurity, including “Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth,” which the Guardian included on its list of the Top 10 Books about Cybercrime.

Payton is often interviewed by news outlets to explain complex security issues and help viewers understand how to protect their privacy.

For anyone wanting to get tickets to the show in person, box office hours are from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Tickets can also be reserved with a credit card over the phone by calling 260-481-6555 while the box office is open.

Reserved online tickets can be sent to patrons via text message or email. These digital options are helpful to avoid standing at the box office the night of the show. Tickets can also be picked up in person beginning one hour before the presentation.

The Omnibus Speaker Series at Purdue Fort Wayne is made possible in part due to the support of the English-Bonter-Mitchell Foundation, which has sponsored every season since the series launched in 1995.

For more information on the other 2023–24 speakers–and the series itself–visit