I live in San Francisco, but my heart will always be in Toronto.  I lead the security incident response team 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 I do a lot of public speaking, which you can read about here – though the list is a bit out of date.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.


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


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


Leigh leads the security incident response team at Slack. Prior to Slack, she worked at Salesforce.comMicrosoft, and Symantec. She has co-founded two hackerspaces, and is an 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.


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


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.


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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