Kelly Thibault

Executive Director
Secure Diversity

Diversity in Open Source & Cybersecurity, We All Play a Role

Wednesday February 8th, 4:30pm-4:55pm GMT
Churchill, Ground Floor

Diversity is a common topic in the workplace, especially in tech and security. How do we create diverse organizations at all levels? There isn’t one quick answer, but we all play a part. The numbers don’t lie. At most, there are 24% (a high estimate) of women in cybersecurity roles, with the majority being in entry and mid-level positions. For open source, numbers are harder to track, but some groups have tried. It’s easy to share numbers and discuss the lack of diversity problem, but what can you actually do? Join this presentation to learn more about how to be an ally for diversity in open source and cybersecurity. We’ll talk through actionable items, share data, and dialogue about what works and how you can influence change in your organization, regardless of your job title.


Kelly Thibault (she/her) is currently the Executive Director at Secure Diversity (SD), which focuses on increasing diversity in cybersecurity. Her leadership of SD includes the Day of Shecurity conferences. Before SD, she was the Learning & Development partner for Engineering, Product, & Design at Opendoor, where she was introduced to cybersecurity and open source. Before transitioning into the tech industry, she spent nearly 12 years in higher education administration, functioning in program management, risk management, operations, events, compliance, DEI, HR, leadership, and IT support. Her love of technology and innovation was part of her desire to change industries. Kelly is the Chapter Head of Out in Tech – San Francisco. She finds professional joy in creating more equitable and inclusive environments, leading teams, building programs, creating organization, public speaking, and influencing change. She geeks out about learning something and improving efficiency and organization.