The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected the SIA Women in Security Forum as the recipient of the 2018 Chairman’s Award, which recognises SIA members’ diligent efforts in furthering the SIA mission and overall commitment to the association’s future. SIA will present the award at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, during ISC West.
Supporting professional development
The leaders of the forum have demonstrated outstanding engagement of SIA membership"
The SIA Women in Security Forum supports the advancement of women in the security industry through programs and opportunities for professional development, networking and thought leadership. The group – led by a dedicated committee of volunteers – was established on International Women’s Day in 2018.
“The Women in Security Forum got off to a remarkable start in its first year by quickly and effectively building the program, forming a charter and developing a strong committee,” said Scott Schafer, chairman of the SIA Board of Directors. “The leaders of the forum have demonstrated outstanding engagement of SIA membership and the security industry, planned and executed top-quality, well-attended events and advanced the mission of promoting professional development, mentorship and a path to success for women in the security industry.”
Security forum offerings
Key Women in Security Forum offerings include the SIA Progress Award, which celebrates individuals who advance opportunities and pave the way to success for women in the security industry; networking and professional growth events for women in the security industry; SECURE Perspectives, a monthly column that supports the participation of women in the security profession by highlighting successful women in the industry; and an all women-authored issue of the SIA Technology Insights journal.
It is exciting to see our efforts come to fruition during the most important security event of the year"
“The Women in Security Forum is thrilled to be recognised with the 2018 Chairman’s Award as we celebrate our first anniversary. We are working diligently to create a movement by collaborating with industry leaders – men and women – to develop programs and initiatives that empower women and influence change,” said Maureen Carlo, co-chair of the Women in Security Forum Steering Committee.
“Thank you to SIA for allowing us to embrace this opportunity; it is exciting to see our efforts come to fruition during the most important security event of the year. A talented and diverse industry will grow when we support each other – the best is yet to come!”
Networking and insights
At ISC West, members of the Women in Security Forum will participate in two panel sessions on women in security on Tuesday, April 9 – ‘being a woman business owner in the security industry is an advantage, not a disadvantage’ and ‘bridging the gender gap in the security industry’.
The Women in Security Forum will also host its annual meeting and a complimentary breakfast event on Friday, April 12, featuring networking and insights from special guest Juliette Kayyem, a national leader in America’s homeland security efforts. Kayyem previously served as President Obama’s assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor.
Diversifying leadership in security
“Over the last year, the core leadership group that makes up the Women in Security Forum has come together to create a unique opportunity to diversify the leadership voices in security as we move toward the next iteration of innovation for our industry and beyond,” said Dawne Hanks, co-chair of the Women in Security Forum Steering Committee.
Providing opportunities for fresh voices to take the lead in driving where we go"
“Providing opportunities for fresh voices to take the lead in driving where we go and how we change the world is at the heart of what we are trying to do and will drive growth for the future. I am honoured that SIA has seen fit to present the Chairman’s Award to this esteemed group of women that, together with SIA, are looking to drive actionable change to diversify and grow our industry.”
SIA’s Women in Security Forum offers programs, professional opportunities and networking and professional growth events to celebrate and advance the involvement of women in the security industry. Any employee of a SIA member company – regardless of gender – is eligible to join the forum.
The Advance 2019 will take place during ISC West on Tuesday, April 9, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. All SIA members are invited to attend. In addition to the presentation of the Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award, attendees will enjoy a high-impact presentation from Sal Mani, security systems manager for Google, on the workforce imperative of developing cross-functional skill sets to stay competitive in the security industry.
SIA will also submit five nominations to the SIA Board of Directors for ratification and present the SIA Milestone Awards, Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award, Member of the Year Award and Committee Chair of the Year Award. Attendees of The Advance will also receive complimentary lunch and have the opportunity to network with industry colleagues.