Fireside Chat in the Funder’s Corner: An Exclusive Morning with Visionary Leaders

We are delighted to announce a star-studded Fireside Chat in the Funder’s Corner, featuring thought leaders whose insights will resonate with every participant. The Funder’s Corner Fireside Chat is an exclusive opportunity to gain unique insights from leaders who have left an indelible mark on the cybersecurity landscape. This engaging session will be moderated by Kiersten Todt.

Introducing Our Esteemed Speakers

Moderator: Kiersten Todt

Guiding this Funder’s corner is Kiersten Todt, a prominent figure in cybersecurity. Kiersten’s experience, paired with her demonstrated ability to foster insightful discussions, makes her the perfect moderator to navigate this Fireside Chat and ensure an engaging and thought-provoking conversation.

Craig Newmark

A pioneer in the tech industry, Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist -the web-based platform that has fundamentally changed the classified advertising model- and a passionate advocate for leveraging technology for social good. Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the world’s 10 most-visited English language web platforms. Craig may humorously describe himself as ‘#nerdpatient0,’ attributing his success to serendipity rather than strategic planning. Yet, his vision has shaped the digital landscape, and his perspectives on cybersecurity and philanthropy promise to spark enlightening discussions. 

Maab Ibrahim

As a philanthropic portfolio manager at, Maab Ibrahim works to accelerate the progress of nonprofits advancing social justice. Maab is known for her leadership roles in technology and security, and brings a global perspective to the Fireside Chat. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity, Maab’s insights will advance a holistic conversation about the future of the industry.

Monica Ruiz

Monica Ruiz, a respected figure in cybersecurity policy, has been instrumental in shaping legislative frameworks to address evolving cyber threats. Prior to joining Microsoft, Monica was the Program Fellow for the Cyber Initiative and Special Projects at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In her work on the Cyber Initiative, she supported efforts to build a more robust cybersecurity field and improve policy-making. Her experiences at the intersection of policy and technology provide a valuable perspective that is sure to enrich our understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the field.

Ron Gula

Ron is President at Gula Tech Adventures which focuses on investing in cyber technology, cyber policy and recruiting more people to the cyber workforce. Since 2017, GTA has financed dozens of cyber start-ups and funds and supported multiple cyber nonprofits and projects. As the co-founder of Tenable Network Security, Ron Gula is a cybersecurity expert with a focus on innovation and a commitment to advancing innovative cybersecurity solutions, and he brings a unique blend of technical expertise, business acumen, and strategic insight to the table. 

Event Details

Date: February 26-27

Location: National Press Club, Washington D.C.

Don’t miss the chance to close off the first morning of the workshop with a bang, gaining inspiration and knowledge from these distinguished speakers. The Funder’s corner will take place on February 26th from 12:10 to 1:00pm ET and will be livestreamed. Sign-up for more agenda updates and to receive the livestream link here

About Common Good Cyber 

Common Good Cyber is a global initiative with the goal of identifying sustainable models for supporting groups, organizations, and individuals involved in critical cybersecurity functions for the broader Internet community.

The Internet powers our global life, but its security is not a given. To ensure a safe and lasting digital future, we need to support those tirelessly safeguarding it. From fortifying infrastructure to empowering users, join us in understanding, appreciating, and sustaining the cybersecurity efforts that keep our online world secure for all.

The Global Cyber Alliance is coordinating Common Good Cyber as part of its commitment to Cyber Civil Defense, a coalition dedicated to moving the whole of society forward in ensuring cybersecurity.

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