2015 - 2016 WISP Key Achievements

WISP's programming has been designed to help our membership better advance their careers, profiles, and community involvement. Our events consistently draw more than 100+ SF Bay Area women interested in privacy and security. It's a great way to make connections with your peers.  

Formalized Advisory Board / Governance

  • Developed WISP governance structure for effective administration of our programs and initiatives. To learn more about our co-founders and board members, visit our Leadership Team page.

  • Achieved official status as a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, an SF Bay Area 501(c)(3).


Launched WISP Tandems (P2P Mentorship Program)

  • Matched WISP women with tandem partners, who serve as both mentors and mentees for one another

  • Held periodic Tandem Networking meet-ups

  • To learn more, visit our Tandems page.



  • Corporate:  Optiv Security, TRUSTe, PWC, Promontory, Autodesk, and Sunera, LLC, Google, VISA, OneTrust, Security Innovation, Mozilla, Ropes and Gray LLP, VERA, Covington, Future of Privacy Forum, Prink, Wikimedia, LinkedIn, Bloomberg

  • Non-Corporate: Startup Policy Lab, Leading Women in Technology, and #EqualRespect


Held quarterly events with respected female leaders discussing relevant leadership, security and privacy topics, including: 

  • Career Workshops: "How to Look for a Job in the Bay Area", Interviewing with Impact", and "Salary Negotiation"
  • Hackathon and Lock-picking Workshop
  • Be Smart Out Loud: transforming "showing up" into seizing the moment and the day" with Fran Zone
  • Security Meets Privacy panel discussion
  • Cybersecurity Legislation: The New Information-Sharing Landscape
  • Co-Hosted lectures with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) SF Chapter KnowledgeNet
  • Panel on the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Average attendance of over 100+ women per event