About Risk Salon

Risk Salon events are held monthly in the evenings at San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle tech companies. Our format is more like a round-table than a meet-up, so everyone gets to participate. We also organize the annual Deflect conference.

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Our mission is to empower risk professionals to stay ahead of bad-actors.

The Risk Salon is an invite-only gathering for people in tech who are working to manage the risks of fraud, compliance, privacy, and the many flavors of abuse. We represent a diverse mix of companies and functional areas including: operations, data science, engineering, product, and legal. We grow stronger and have fun by learning from each other, sharing stories, and above all by forging relationships!

We have honest and open discussions on what’s working and what’s not as we build the risk mitigation strategies for our companies. Importantly, no vendors are invited. As with the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker may be revealed. Learn more about these rules in our Community Policies.

Each Risk Salon has 50-60 people from about 25 companies. Diversity of members is one of our primary goals, since this is critical to bring the most innovative ideas to the table. In addition to diversity across companies and functional areas, 30% of the attendees at our last event were women. We’ve partnered with Women in Security and Privacy (WISP) to make more progress in this area.



Salon Format

  • Networking over dinner

  • 15 min talk by event host

  • 1-2 short lightning talks

  • One hour long focused discussion groups

  • Networking over drinks

Risk Salon is more like a round-table than a meet-up, so everyone participates! We eat dinner, enjoy a brief keynote talk, and hear contributed lightning talks before breaking into small groups of 8 to 10 people for lively discussions. These groups are built with machine learning to have people with similar interests but from different companies, to encourage mixing.

Before the event, everyone sends us their topics of interest and also questions for discussion. There’s plenty of time to socialize and meet new colleagues.