The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named six recipients for the 2021 SIA Women in Security Forum scholarship – a program developed by the SIA Women in Security Forum to further educational opportunities and promote advancement for the widest spectrum of people possible in the security industry. In the 2021 scholarship program – open to employees of SIA member companies and SIA student members – each honouree will be awarded $10,000 to use toward continuing education and professional development courses, conferences or webinars, SIA program offerings, repayment of student loan debt and/or other education or academic pursuits. Unique scholarship program “Through efforts like the SIA Women in Security Forum and this unique scholarship program, SIA is proud to help cultivate a diverse workforce and empower students and professionals to thrive in the security industry,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. SIA is proud to help cultivate a diverse workforce and empower students and professionals" “We congratulate the 2021 recipients of the SIA Women in Security Forum scholarship and look forward to supporting their future successes in the industry.” The winners for the 2021 SIA Women in Security Forum scholarship are: Carrie Caldwell, Technical Trainer, Axis Communications. Melanie Goldberg, Senior Intelligence Analyst, Global Rescue. Samantha Hubner, Student, Tufts University. Elizabeth Kropp, Marketing and Sales Intern, SAGE Integration. Tiffany Rojas, Human Resource Business Partner, Stanley Security. Jaya Singh, Student, University of Leicester. Security Forum scholarship honourees The 2021 SIA Women in Security Forum scholarship honourees were selected with the help of SIA’s Women in Security Forum scholarship subcommittee: Subcommittee chair Martha Entwistle, Communications Manager, Eagle Eye Networks; Rebecca Bayne, President, Bayne Consulting & Search Inc.; Kevin Friedman, President, Maize Marketing. Honourees were selected with the help of SIA’s Women in Security Forum scholarship subcommittee Dhira Gregory, Director of Marketing and Communications, National Capital Region Security Forum; Cameron Javdani, President, SoundSecure; Min Kyriannis, CEO and Co-Founder, Amyna Systems Inc.; Andrew Lanning, Co-Founder, Integrated Security Technologies; Stephanie Mayes, Vice President, Americas sales, Synectics; and Elaine Palome, Director of Human Resources, Americas, Axis Communications. Professional development goals “This year’s class of scholarship awardees is an inspiring, accomplished group of security industry professionals and students, and the SIA Women in Security Forum is thrilled to help each honouree reach their education and professional development goals through this program,” said SIA Women in Security Forum Chair Kasia Hanson. “We also thank the scholarship committee and its leadership – including chair Martha Entwistle – for their dedication to the SIA Women in Security Forum scholarship program and their diligent work in evaluating the 2021 scholarship applications.” Virtual education series The SIA Women in Security Forum offers a number of key programs and activities SIA’s Women in Security Forum works to engage all security professionals to promote, recruit and cultivate the leadership of women for a more inclusive and diversified industry. In addition to this scholarship, the SIA Women in Security Forum offers a number of key programs and activities, including the SIA Progress Award, which celebrates individuals who advance opportunities for women in the security industry; the SIA Women in Security Forum keynote event at ISC West. Volunteer efforts that give back to the community; a virtual education series; collaborative projects with other organizations that seek to empower women in the security and technology fields; sponsorship of the Women in Biometrics Awards, which recognize distinguished female leaders in the biometric identity and security industry; thought leadership and speaking opportunities; and engaging networking and professional growth events. Participation in the SIA Women in Security Forum is open to all SIA members; learn more and get involved. Recognizing industry pioneers The SIA Women in Security Forum scholarship program is made possible by the generous donations of SIA members and SIA member companies. The SIA Women in Security Forum would like to recognize the industry pioneers who have donated to the 2021 SIA Women in Security Forum scholarship program, including: Diamond Level Donors: Axis Genetec. Emerald Level Donors: BCD International. Intel. Securitas. Ruby Level Donors: Eagle Eye Networks, Inc. GSA Schedules, Inc. Integrated Security Technologies. Northland Controls. VIRSIG. Zenitel. Sapphire Level Donors: Defined Marketing. Maize Marketing. Sound Intelligence. SoundSecure.
In addition to providing the Northeast’s largest security trade show, ISC East will include free conference sessions and keynote speeches right on the show floor and several paid workshops. The Nov. 20-21 event at New York’s Javits Center will also include vendor solution sessions from Axis Communications, Hikvision and NAPCO. Wide variety of paid workshops An advantage of the International Security Conference & Exposition in New York is that much of the programming is complimentary to registered attendees, and location of the sessions on the show floor means attendees don’t have to leave the exhibition to take in a session. The paid workshops include technology sessions about cyber terminology for physical security integratorsThe paid workshops include an Active Shooter Workshop and technology sessions about cyber terminology for physical security integrators; and basic installation and configuration of video surveillance solutions. An OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol) Boot Camp Short Course will also be offered. As a smaller show, the topics of ISC East conference sessions are broader and of more general interest, rather than organized into focused “tracks” as at ISC West. Attendance at sessions can provide continuing education (CE) credits with organizations that partner with ISC East – one credit for each hour-long session. Attendees can use their Certificate of Attendance from any session to self-report their education hours to relevant industry bodies: ALOA (AEU education credits), ASIS (CPE continuing professional education credits) and NICET (CPD Continuing Professional Development points). An advantage of the International Security Conference & Exposition in New York is that much of the programming is complimentary to registered attendees Keynote sessions at the Main Stage The Main Stage will be the venue for keynote sessions delivered by Deanne Criswell, Commissioner, New York City Emergency Management (on Day 1 – Nov. 20); and Angela Stubblefield, Chief of Staff at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (on Day 2 – Nov. 21). The two SIA Education@ISC East educational theaters on the show floor will be booked up both days with a variety of interesting topics. A new session covers penetration testing for physical security, presented by Michael Glasser of Glasser Security Group. A session on LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors will be presented by Frank Bertini, UAV and Robotics Business Manager, Velodyne LiDAR. Another popular topic is Safe Cities, and FLIR will present a session on moving from secured to smart cities with intelligent, connected systems. New addition is Active Shooter Workshop The Active Shooter Workshop is a new addition to the ISC East program. It has been a popular session at ISC West for three years now. At ISC East, presenters of the workshop will be David LaRose, System Director Public Health, Lee Health; and Ben Scaglione, Director of Healthcare and Security Programming, Lowers and Associates. At the end of the workshop, an additional hour of programming will be the “Stop the Bleed/Save a Life” session presented by Jerry Wilkins, Co-Owner of Active Risk Survival. The Main Stage will be the venue for keynote sessions delivered by Deanne Criswell, Commissioner, New York City Emergency Management, and Angela Stubblefield, Chief of Staff at the Federal Aviation Administration Woman in Security event A Women in Security Forum breakfast event will be held on Nov. 21 (Thursday). It’s the second annual event and this year will focus on diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace of the future. Valerie Anderson, President of Boon Edam, will lead a discussion on “Diversity 2.0: Next Steps for Creating an Empowered Workforce”Moderator Valerie Anderson, President of Boon Edam, will lead a discussion on “Diversity 2.0: Next Steps for Creating an Empowered Workforce.” Panelists are Lisa Terry of Allied Universal, Andrew Lanning of Integrated Security Technologies, Elaine Palome of Axis Communications and Dawne Hanks of Milestone. The Women in Security event is likely to attract up to 100 attendees. SIA’s Women in Security is an active organization, with monthly meetings and a newsletter that recognizes prominent women in the security industry. “It’s really a group for both men and women,” says Mary Beth Shaughnessy, Event Director, ISC Events at Reed Exhibitions. “There are many programmes, recruiting efforts, and professional and networking opportunities. They are a robust group of people who are active in making a difference. It’s important to support women in the security industry, which is 95% male, and to develop a new generation of women to be a part of the industry’s future.” The keynote addresses at ISC East will also highlight two high-profile women.
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 programs, 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" Competitve Advantage “It is an honour to serve on SIA’s new Women in Security committee as it recognizes 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 programs to advocate for advancement and build confidence in the workplace. Connect women in the industry through networking events. Develop a recruiting program 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.
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