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Diversity on display at tech conference minus 'tech bros'

Leigh Honeywell (2nd r.) and five other women in cybersecurity speak on a panel called Applied Security Engineering at OURSA, Our Security Advocates. A group of women in the security industry put together a day-long event to feature female and minority speakers, most of whom hold high-ranking positions in the field. Source: Melanie Stetson Freeman//Staff

Aanchal Gupta, director of security at Facebook, is posing a question to her panel of five experts onstage when she has to catch herself.  

“You guys are presenting ... ”

She stops. “Sorry, I’m so used to being around guys,” she says. "This is my first panel where it’s all females.”

Both the speakers and audience laugh, but everyone knew Gupta wasn’t really joking. The one-day event held here Tuesday was explicitly designed to to show that the

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