About

I live in San Francisco, but my heart will always be in Toronto.  I work  as a Senior Staff Security Engineer at Slack, but am not any sort of official spokesperson for them. I completed my BSc. in Computer Science and Equity Studies at the University of Toronto. The latter major is about equity as in equality, not as in finance.

In my spare time, I’ve co-founded two hacker/makerspaces – HackLabTO in the Kensington Market area in Toronto, and a feminist space called the Seattle Attic Community Workshop in Pioneer Square, Seattle.  I’m now a member and Chief Security Officer of Double Union in San Francisco. I do a lot of public speaking, which you can read about here – though the list is very out of date. I’m a former administrator of the Geek Feminism wiki, and occasionally wrote on the Geek Feminism blog, and I was a founding advisor of the Ada Initiative.

Bio:

If you need a bio of me for a conference or whatever, here’s my current one:

Super Short:

Leigh has made an entire career out of putting out fires involving computers.

Short:

Leigh is a Security Engineer at Slack. Prior to Slack, she worked at Salesforce.comMicrosoft, and Symantec. Founder of several hackerspaces, she is currently Chief Security Officer of Double Union, a women’s hackerspace in San Francisco and advisor to several nonprofits and startups. Leigh has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto where she majored in Computer Science and Equity Studies.

Long:

Leigh is a Senior Staff Security Engineer at Slack. Prior to Slack, she worked at Salesforce.comMicrosoft, Symantec, and Bell Canada. Her career has included everything from stringing cable and building phone systems to responding to some of the most serious computer security incidents in industry history, shipping software to a billion people, and protecting infrastructure running companies’ critical business communications.

Her community and activist work includes founding the HackLabTO hackerspace in Toronto, Canada, and the first feminist hackerspace, the Seattle Attic Community Workshop, as well as advising countless others and speaking about hackerspace cultures, collaboration, and open source software. She is Chief Security Officer of Double Union, a women’s hackerspace in San Francisco. An advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM for over a decade, she is a former administrator of the Geek Feminism wiki and blog and was a founding advisor to the Ada Initiative.  She is a frequent public speaker at industry and community conferences around the world. Leigh has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto where she majored in Computer Science and Equity Studies.

Pictures:

If you need a headshot of me for whatever, here are three options:

Disclosures:

I’m a bit fussy about conflicts of interest, so if you for some reason care (ethics in gaming journalism perhaps?) I have some Slack stock through my job, as well as some index and mutual funds which mean I indirectly own stock in various other companies, and am an angel investor in the security company icebrg.

Contact info:

I tweet a lot; you can reach me on IRC as hypatia on freenode, and my email is leigh@ this domain.  My GPG key is here if you really need to encrypt something. I’ve turned off comments on this page – please email me instead.

Colophon:

After years of self-hosting WordPress, I’m now giving the hosted version a try. Let me know how you think it’s working out.

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