Security Industry Association Announces AcceleRISE 2024 Conference Lineup

AcceleRISE 2024: Aug. 12-14 It's going to be monumental!

Hosted by SIA’s RISE community and created for young leaders in the security industry, this fun, enriching event will take place Aug. 12-14 in Washington, D.C.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the schedule, speaker lineup and program for the 2024 AcceleRISE conference, hosted by SIA’s RISE community for young professionals and emerging leaders in the security industry. This year’s AcceleRISE will take place Aug. 12-14 in Washington, D.C.

AcceleRISE is an exciting, innovative conference created specifically for young security talent and designed to ignite new thinking, strengthen leadership and sharpen business acumen. AcceleRISE tackles the issues that matter most to emerging leaders in the security industry and features a diverse array of premier learning sessions, interactive workshops and lively activities geared toward rising stars in the industry.

“SIA RISE’s AcceleRISE conference is hands down the best opportunity for young professionals to come together, learn from some of the brightest voices in our industry and create relationships that will carry them forward in their careers,” said SIA RISE Chair Dakota Bierly, business development manager at Northland Controls. “This year, we have struck a really nice balance between soft skills, like leadership development and mastering the art of networking, and technical conversations, like how blockchain will impact the future of security; however, what I look forward to most every year is the debate. Year over year, it’s amazing to see attendees walk away feeling inspired, with new ideas, new connection, and a fresh perspective on the security industry. So, whether you are a company considering sending your employees or a young professional looking to attend, I encourage you to invest in the future of our industry by showing up, being present and experiencing the impact for yourself.”   

Session topics for AcceleRISE 2024 include:

  • Shake Hands and Make Friends: A Crash Course in Networking
  • Making the Transition From Team Player to Team Leader
  • Decentralized ID: Blockchain’s Game Changer for Security Industry Applications
  • Tips From an Impatient Sales Lady
  • Selling Sustainability: A Lesson in Adaptive Leadership
  • The Influence Insider’s Playbook: Mastering the Art Without Authority
  • Authenticity vs. Business Acumen
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Fostering Inclusive Communities
  • Debate: Mobile vs. Physical Credentials
  • Customer Experience Is King in the Security Industry
  • Synergizing Product Management, Marketing and Sales: A Road Map From Concept to Customer

Plus, talks from executive leaders, an artificial intelligence group activity and more!

Outside the conference sessions, attendees will have the chance to form relationships with other young professionals and leaders, enjoy a fun networking happy hour and explore the vibrant city of Washington, D.C., through a moonlight monuments tour, kickball on the National Mall and tours of the U.S. Capitol.

Speakers for the 2024 AcceleRISE event include:

  • Angie Barnes, executive vice president of sales, NAVCO
  • Susan Bierly, owner and president, IMC Water Coolers
  • Jessica Chadwick, group product manager, Wavelynx
  • Kelly DeLeo, director of service and solutions, Axis Communications
  • Colin DePree, sales strategy, Salto Systems
  • Kevin Engelhardt, president, North America, Securitas Technology
  • Kabir Maiga, CEO, PassiveBolt
  • Lindsay Martin-Nez, CEO, BadgePass
  • Jennifer McCloskey, owner and president, Girardi Associates
  • Amy Musanti, director of sustainability, ASSA ABLOY
  • Esteban Pastor, senior product manager, ZKTeco USA
  • Rich Sefcik, director of client success, Brivo
  • Sandra Williams, vice president of operations, Boon Edam
  • Matt Winn, vice president of communications, HID Global
  • Fadil Zain, integration sales consultant, Allegion Canada

“AcceleRISE promises a conference agenda for young professionals that will deliver a unique experience for these leaders in the seat of our nation’s power center,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “The RISE Steering Committee has raised the bar even higher on this year’s event to offer premier one-of-a-kind career development and business education sessions, networking offerings, interactive workshops and fun opportunities to explore our nation’s capital.”

The 2024 AcceleRISE conference will be held at the Hotel Washington in downtown Washington, D.C. To learn more, register for the conference, book your hotel room and more, visit the AcceleRISE website.

AcceleRISE 2024 is supported by sponsors Boon Edam, ALC Consulting, Allegion, Amazon, the ASSA ABLOY Veterans Network, Axis Communications, Brivo, dormakaba, Genetec, HID, i-PRO, PSA Network, Salto Systems, Secure Access & Digital Systems, Securitas, Wavelynx, Wesco, ZBeta and ZKTeco USA.

SIA RISE is a collaborative community that fosters the careers of young professionals in the security industry. In addition to hosting AcceleRISE, the SIA RISE community offers fun in-person and virtual networking events, mentorship opportunities through the Talent Inclusion Mentorship Education (TIME) program, the 25 on the RISE Awards initiative, career growth webinars and e-learning, scholarships for use toward education and professional development and career tracks at top trade shows. RISE membership is available to all employees at SIA member companies who are young professionals under 40 or have been in the security industry for less than two years. Learn more about SIA RISE and sign up to join.

About SIA

SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,500 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels, creating open industry standards that enable integration, advancing industry professionalism through education and training, opening global market opportunities and collaborating with other like-minded organizations. As the premier sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA GovSummit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground, the security industry’s top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.