Our mission is to:
Elevate, Inspire, and Support women of all races, cultures, and backgrounds through every stage of their Information Security career with Education, Collaboration, and Resources offered online and at inclusive & welcoming conferences.
It was the summer of 2015. Hackers from around the world had gathered in Las Vegas, NV for DEF CON 23. In the cafeteria tucked away in the basement of Bally’s and Paris, 9 women found themselves chatting and laughing about their experiences in the field of Information Security. They were all passionate about their challenging roles in the male-dominated field and began exchanging strategies for success in their challenging environments. It was then and there that they accepted their new mission: to create a conference for all those who identify as women/non binaries, and to help them meet the challenges that come with being a woman in Information Security with resilience, strength and determination.
The first event in 2016 began with a morning speaking track and an afternoon of lockpicking and badge soldering in a small suite at Bally’s, bringing attendees together in a collaborative, comfortable setting. Interest and attendance showed that demand for a woman-focused InfoSec conference existed.
In 2017, The Diana Initiative was formed and the conference expanded to cover almost 2 days – with speakers on the evening of the first day, as well as the entire second day. There was also a hands-on opportunity for learning about lockpicking, a Career village, and fun contests.
During the summer of 2018, The Diana Initiative conference soared in popularity. But with this incredible growth and popularity, the space still couldn’t meet the demand, as attendees were continuously turned away due to over capacity of all the suites.
For 2019, the Diana Initiative was able to hold the conference at the Westin Las Vegas, granting us enough room for multiple speaker tracks (with 59 presentations and workshops), fully expanded villages (such as Lockpicking, Career, and Soldering), and a Capture the Flag event.
This year, we are once again hosting our event at the Westin Las Vegas, ready and able to welcome all past attendees as well as plenty of new faces.
Stay up to date with our event by following us on Twitter [@dianainitiative].
We envision a future of diverse gender parity represented at all levels in the information security industry and community.
The Diana Initiative is a non-profit corporation registered in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and is exempt from tax under 501(c)(3).
EIN : 82-2173128
The Diana Initiative Inc
8465 W Sahara Avenue Suite 111-585
Las Vegas NV 89117