OWASP Women in AppSec (WIA) Committee

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The purpose of the Women in AppSec (WIA) Committee is to develop leadership, promote active membership and participation, and contributions by women in application security professional communities, globally and locally.


The scope for OWASP WIA Committee falls into the following areas:

  • Attract women to OWASP, as active members, contributors and leaders.

  • Offer opportunities for women to become engaged in AppSec and related professional communities.

  • Provide inclusive targeted application security programs for all women learners.

  • Provide inclusive training and mentorship for all interested OWASP women.

  • Provide financial support to OWASP women members through scholarships, sponsorships, and grant making.

  • Pursue fundraising, advancement and development to secure financial support for OWASP WIA activities.

  • Integrate WIA track and related activities into OWASP events at all levels. Cultivate women for community leadership, speakers for conferences, thought leadership, learning leaders, and local chapter events.

  • Collaborate with other committees and initiatives as needs present. Collaborate with local OWASP Chapters and Global OWASP leadership, including but not limited to offering advisory support to local and global OWASP leadership for WIA advancement and collaboratively building pro-WIA OWASP communities.

  • Develop other special projects and events designed to further the purpose of WIA.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 Hackathon led by Zoe Braiterman (@zbraiterman), Maria Possobom and Li-Ann Wong

DefCon 2020

Keep posted for details, in collaboration with the OWASP Outreach Committee Twitter

AppSec California 2020

  • Conference Organizers: @haral @RAGreenberg @act1vand0 @jonathanmarcil

Diversity by Design Panel

Panelists Zoe Braiterman: @zbraiterman Vandana Verma: @InfosecVandana Richard Greenberg: @RAGreenberg Kavya Pearlman: @KavyaPearlman Chris Kubecka: @SecEvangelism Lisa Jiggetts: @lisajiggetts Malia Mason


  • Sponsors: Detectify, Sqreen

[Global AppSec DC 2019]

  • Welcomed diversity scholarship recipients from @DefConOwasp

DefCon 2019

  • Twitter handles: @thejonmccoy @zbraiterman @Onenerdylady @ALL_Sec_Geek
  • 25 diversity scholarships for Global AppSec D.C. 2019

AppSec California 2019

  • Twitter handles: @InfosecVandana @zbraiterman

AppSec USA 2018

  • WIA training, led by Vandana Verma (@InfosecVandana)
  • WIA luncheon, led by @InfosecVandana and @zbraiterman

AppSec EU 2018

  • Vandana Verma (@InfosecVandana) and Jessica Robinson (@jessrobin96)


Join our ongoing global team discussion. We’re always looking for new ideas.

Attend a virtual global or in-person local meetup

Submit to speak at an upcoming webinar

OWASP Chapter Leaders / Members:

Collaborate on meetups Please direct co-hosting requests to Zoe Braiterman


In Person Events