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Diversity in the C-suite and the boardroom is improving, but there is still more work to be done. Mandiant founded Elevate in 2019 to celebrate women leaders in cyber security, cultivate much needed diversity for cyber security organizations and boardrooms across the globe, and to create a place for empowered women to be inspired by empowered women.

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Our Vision

Elevate's vision is to create a community of women leaders and advocates in the cyber security industry. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and empower women leaders throughout their career journeys. 

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Elevate Keynote and Breakfast

Date: Wednesday, April 26 | 8:30 - 10:00 AM PST
Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Downtown SOMA (8-min walk from Moscone Center)

Mandiant and Elevate Executive Sponsor Erin Joe invite you to enjoy networking and breakfast while learning about the career journey of Heather Adkins, VP of Security Engineering and CISO at Google Cloud. Heather discovered an unprecedented intrusion into Google and mobilized the response in “Hacking Google,” a video series in which Heather shares the story of Google’s elite security teams in the days following the intrusion. Next, Heather will join us to reflect on her leadership during one of Google’s biggest challenges: fighting a nation state intrusion.

Elevate’s goal is to create a community of women leaders and to educate and inspire women in and aspiring to leadership and board positions across the cybersecurity industry. Heather is a leading expert in securing one of the world’s largest organizations and took lessons learned over time and events to create a more secure environment for Google and its world of customers. To do that, Heather cultivated innovation, built diverse teams, and empowered leaders. We welcome you to join us and be inspired by Heather’s story as well as by the amazing network of attendees.

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Erin Joe

Erin Joe is currently working for the Office of the CISO at Google Cloud. She was the 2nd director of the U.S. government's Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. Joe previously reached Senior Executive Service levels over cyber operations at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She served as a special agent in the FBI for nearly 25 years.

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Heather Adkins

Heather Adkins is a 20-year Google veteran and founding member of the Google Security Team. As Senior Director of Information Security, she has built a global team responsible for maintaining the safety and security of Google’s networks, systems, and applications. She has an extensive background in practical security and has worked to build and secure some of the world’s largest infrastructure. She is co-author of Building Secure and Reliable Systems (O’Reilly, 2020) and has advised numerous organizations on how to adopt modern defendable architectures.

Elevate Core Values

Inspire Leadership

Women motivating women; Elevate members who have ascended into leadership positions share their stories, journeys, and advice on shattering glass ceilings and paving the path forward for future generations of women, allies, and advocates in cyber security.


Deliver a close community of women leaders and their advocates in cyber security enabling networking and a sharing of unique experiences.


 Provide channels to connect members with professional development and industry training opportunities designed to support career advancement within the cyber security industry.


To support and promote the advancement of women in all aspects of the cyber security industry; while building a support network to fortify careers and make industry connections.

Elevate Members

Elevate Members

Executive and Board Leaders: Stay current on the latest technologies and industry trends, recharge from responsibilities, and connect with other inspiring leaders.   

Aspiring Leaders:  Advance your technical and leadership qualifications with strategic trainings, mentorship, and networking opportunities. 

Allies and Advocates: Learn and share how to further amplify women in the cyber security industry based on the experiences and perspectives shared by the exceptional women in the Elevate community. 

Elevate Network

The Elevate Network

Mandiant is pleased to be working with Athena Alliance and other top security leaders from companies committed to elevating women in cyber security

Elevate recognizes impactful women who are rising through the ranks, breaking barriers and leading major initiatives.

Mandiant and the Elevate network are committed to helping women in cyber security thrive, and to growing and educating the next generation of female leaders. 

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