SIA Announces New Networking and Roundtable Series on Workforce Development

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Concurrently with the SIAThere! series of complimentary networking events, the Security Industry Association (SIA) will hold a series of roundtable discussions to explore topics related to workforce development within the security industry. The roundtables will provide a forum for industry professionals to discuss and solve workforce development challenges. Highly interactive and panel driven, the complimentary roundtable series will bring together security professionals who want the knowledge and benefits of group discussions with fellow colleagues.

The goal of the roundtable series is to provide a supportive environment where members can get ideas and direction, collaborate, solve problems and improve their workforce development techniques within their organizations.

The first roundtable in the series will occur on Thursday, Sept. 20, in New York City concurrently with SIAThere! This roundtable discussion will examine recruiting talent in the security space and new hiring trends and include a discussion of how to gain access to training for employees, acquire experienced workers and access and attract millennials and college grads.

The second roundtable discussion is expected to take place in early December and will cover the topic of negotiations, including contract negotiations, work/life balance, negotiation tactics, how to counter negotiations and avoiding conflict in the aftermath of negotiation.

What to Expect

In just one hour, you’ll:

  • Participate in interactive discussions
  • Collaborate and share insights and actionable ideas you can put to work right away
  • Receive practical takeaways and inspiration
  • Discover what your peers are working towards/working on
  • Meet and network with industry experts and peers

Event Details at a Glance

    • Date: Thursday, Sept. 20
    • Location: Casa Nonna, 310 W. 38th Street, New York, NY
    • Agenda:
      • Roundtable Discussion: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
      • SIAThere! Networking and Fellowship: 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Roundtable Speakers

  • Vicky Lowe, Regional Director, Global Accounts, Convergint Technologies (Moderator)
  • Janet Fenner, Chief Marketing Officer, Intelligent Security Systems
  • Jim Henry, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Securitas Electronic Security
  • John Nemerofsky, President, CGL Technologies
  • Elaine Palome, Vice President, Human Resources, Axis Communications

Who Can Attend?

To ensure valuable interaction and networking between our guests, the roundtable portion of this event is recommended for HR managers, education and training professionals, career advisors, recruiters and C-level executives in the security industry. If you are unable to attend the roundtable discussion, join us for a networking event directly following – open to all security industry professionals.

Make sure you come early and bring your business cards for additional casual networking and fellowship.

SIA welcomes comments in advance of each of the roundtables. To propose a topic for the workforce development roundtables or to be considered for participation as a panelist, please contact Sarah Schaffer at 301-804-4720 or

The roundtables will be open to all professionals within the security industry. Individuals wishing to attend must register for each roundtable on the SIA website.

Register for the Sept. 20 event.