Diverse Minds Movement

Share advice and best practices with peers and cybersecurity experts.

The Diverse Minds Movement is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment within the cybersecurity nonprofit sector. Our mission is to recognize, embrace, and harness the unique strengths and perspectives of neurodiverse individuals, while actively dismantling barriers that hinder their participation and success. Our goal is to drive innovation and secure a safer digital landscape by celebrating neurodiversity and harnessing its potential for the betterment of society. More details coming soon!

Hear from the Diverse Minds Movement Community

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PART 1: What is Neurodiversity with The Cyber Guild
PART 1: What is Neurodiversity with The Cyber Guild
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PART 2: Creating a Neuro Inclusive Workplace with The Cyber Guild
PART 2: Creating a Neuro Inclusive Workplace with The Cyber Guild
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Meet the DMM Leadership Team

Debbie Sallis
Founding Executive Director, The Cyber Guild
Elizabeth Green
Occupational Therapist and Owner, Link OT, LLC
Claudia Matteo
BID Excellence & Automation Program Manager, PMP®, PsyM, IBM
David Beabout
David Beabout
Global Chief CISO, NTT Security Holdings
Kassandra Pierre
Neurodiversity & Women's Cybersecurity Advocate and Mentor
Meghan Maneval
Meghan Maneval
Vice President of Product Strategy and Evangelism, RiskOptics

BLOGS & ARTICLES

Read our latest DMM blog posts

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Kassandra Pierre

In October, we recognize World Mental Health Day. It is an opportunity for us all to be mindful that we must do our part to create inclusive spaces where everyone can flourish and be their authentic selves, despite our differences. We must do our part to be accepting of those around us, educate ourselves, and strive to work collectively to eradicate the stigma and prejudice that keeps many people from reaching their full potential. Together we can change the narrative.  Together we can uplift diverse minds. Join the movement today. 

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Claudia Matteo - IBM

When you meet one neurodivergent person, you’ve only met one. Our characteristics and preferences can vary broadly. Respond with curiosity, dignity, and respect by meeting people where they are and supporting each individual the way the person wants to be supported whether it be terminology, privacy, accommodation, belief, identity, agency, or space. As the founder of This Is My Brave Jennifer Marshall said, “One day it won’t need to be brave to talk about mental health.  It will simply be called talking.”  Let’s talk about health (and identity) to remove the stigma around mental health and neurodiversity. 

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Elizabeth Green - Link OT, LLC

Neurodiversity relates to the natural variations in the way that people think and act. Brain differences are also viewed as normal, rather than deficits. Since we are all different from each other, we are therefore all neurodiverse. The terms “neurodivergent” or “neurodistinct” relate to individuals whose differences vary from societal norms, and who fall on the “edges of the bell curve” of human thinking.

Collaboration is the key to success

Through the power of many, the Cyber Guild tackles the challenges of cybersecurity.

The Cyber Guild supports a community of technologists, educators, employers, economic development councils, and cybersecurity evangelists aimed at making cybersecurity a part of everyday living.

The members of our communities come together to share experiences and best practices, and to empower one another to tackle the issues which impact cybersecurity.