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ELEVATE: A FireEye Initiative

Let’s Work Together to Empower
Women Leaders in Cyber Security

Welcome to our Elevate! community.

Read on to learn more about this important program launched by FireEye in 2019 to help elevate women in cyber security into leadership positions.

In About Elevate!, we present our mission and our team’s work. In Elevate! @ Work, you’ll find updates from our team and others who share our passion for supporting and empowering women leaders. In Elevate! Ahead, we spotlight upcoming events and activities related to this cause, and in Elevate! Archives, we share FireEye and industry resources we hope you find helpful.

In the coming months, we will be adding new features to this section, including a forum and profiles of the women of our Elevate! community. Please watch this site – and follow us on social media at #ElevateWomeninSecurity – to see the latest Elevate! news and conversations.

Finally, we would love to hear from you – and work with you to support women in cyber security leadership. Please email us at [email protected] with your questions, comments, and ideas, and sign up to receive updates from our team.

Vasu Jakkal
FireEye EVP and Chief Marketing Officer

Vasu Jakkal

About Elevate!

Launched at the FireEye Cyber Defense Summit in October 2019, Elevate! is an initiative FireEye is leading in conjunction with our company’s Women in Information Technology and Security group (WiTS), which was established in 2015. The mission of Elevate! is to continually bring together women leaders to learn, inspire, educate, and encourage one another to elevate women in security into Senior leadership and Board positions globally.

As part of this effort, FireEye offers cyber security training and mentoring for executives, and shares its expertise and resources in collaboration with other women in cyber security and board/c-suite positions and through leadership forums. FireEye is committed to working with Board members and the c-suite on cyber security training, partnering with women and men who are helping to grow and educate the next generation of cyber security leaders. Together, we will help women leaders thrive!

Elevate! @ Work

A look back at the work of our team and others who share our passion for supporting women in leadership positions.

March 2020

In conjunction with International Women’s Day, FireEye EVP and Chief Marketing Officer Vasu Jakkal posts a blog spotlighting the work of Elevate!, FireEye’s “superheroes” supporting this initiative, and the team’s plans for the future.

March 2020

March 2020

To mark International Women’s Day, FireEye launches a program encouraging FireEye leaders – women and men – to use the company’s social channels (#ElevateWomeninSecurity) to share how they embody this belief and the difference they make each and every day.

February 2020

How Women Lead hosts a webinar featuring FireEye, “An Introduction to Cybercrime for Board Members and Executives.”

January 2020

FireEye hosts a webinar, featuring Julie Castro Adams, the founder of How Women Lead. This presentation – The Board Landscape – is designed to help women understand the role and responsibilities of a corporate director and learn how to position themselves as qualified for these positions. If we missed you, please view this rich presentation.

November 2019

FireEye partners with How Women Lead for a discussion on How Women Lead in the Boardroom in San Francisco.

October 2019

FireEye discusses its continuing support for Women on Boards, a program – signed into law in California in 2018 – that requires equitable gender representation on the corporate boards in the state.

October 2019

FireEye participates in the sixth-annual CyberWire Women in Cyber reception.

October 2019

FireEye VP of Innovation Brian Contos interviews a group of women leaders for the company’s Cybersecurity Effectiveness Podcast. Guests include women executives from GE Aviation, and Ohio State University, and more (subscribe to this podcast by downloading the Cybersecurity Effectiveness Podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher).

October 2019

Elevate! launches at the FireEye Cyber Defense Summit in Washington, D.C. The team organizes two luncheon panels at CDS – one including women leaders from FireEye and other organizations, including lululemon, the City of New York, and Amazon Web Services; and a second featuring 30 midshipmen from the US Naval Academy, five Women in Security and Privacy scholars, and students/academics attending CDS.

September 2019

How Women Lead features FireEye in a cyber update for executives.

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Elevate! Ahead: A look at upcoming events and activities

March 2020

The Cybersecurity Effectiveness Podcast launches its Women in Cyber campaign in honor of Women’s History Month. Tune in every week of the month starting Monday, March 9, for a new batch of episodes featuring all-female leaders. Visit this company podcast page, Spotify, iTunes, or Stitcher to listen.


FireEye will host a webinar and training session at our Silicon Valley headquarters in 2020.

December 2019

December 2019

FireEye EVP and Chief of Business Operations Barbara Massa participates in the Microsoft Better Together Women’s Leadership Summit in San Jose, where HR leaders share their perspective on a number of issues, including the need to support a new generation of women leaders in our industry.