The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced, on International Women’s Day, the establishment of the SIA Women in Security Forum to support the participation of women in the security industry. Through programmes, professional development and networking events, the committee will engage members, both men and women, who share this goal.
The inaugural steering committee for the SIA Women in Security Forum includes (listed alphabetically by company):
- Elaine Palome, Axis Communications
- Chelsea Render, Bosch
- Kelly Bond, Brivo
- Vicky Lowe, Convergint Technologies
- Janet Fenner, Dahua Technology USA
- Sherida Sessa, ISC Security Events
- Dawne Hanks, Milestone Systems
- Christie Hamberis, ScanSource
- Alice DiSanto, Sharp Intellos
- Maureen Carlo, Videotec Security
It is a privilege to serve a forum keenly focused on propelling women within the security industry"
“It is an honour to serve on SIA’s new Women in Security committee as it recognises the countless women working in this industry, and our collective achievements and contributions. It also presents a great opportunity to engage, mentor and help further empower a new generation of women executives in the physical security industry,” said Dahua’s Fenner.
“It is a privilege to serve a forum keenly focused on propelling women within the security industry. Providing a venue where future female leaders can strengthen their know-how, while networking and brainstorming around future solutions with peers can only improve competency and esteem,” said Sharp’s DiSanto.
“Our success depends on the quality skill, and values of our employees. At Axis, we believe that a diverse and talented workforce is a key competitive advantage and that different backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences are important drivers of innovation. We are pleased to be taking part in this joint initiative with SIA,” said Palome of Axis Communications.
Potential goals for the forum:
- Create mentorship/sponsorship programmes to advocate for advancement and build confidence in the workplace.
- Connect women in the industry through networking events.
- Develop a recruiting programme for next generation female professionals and leaders.
- Initiate an ongoing dialogue between male and female leaders to enhance mutual understanding.
- Identify platforms that can provide visibility for women.
- Spearhead an issue that will create opportunities for women to work together and be at the forefront of a major initiative.