SIA Progress Award
Recognizing ADVANCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES AND SUCCESS FOR WOMEN IN THE SECURITY INDUSTRY
About the SIA Progress Award
The SIA Progress Award, presented by the Security Industry Association's Women in Security Forum, celebrates an individual who is advancing opportunities and paving the way to success for women in the security industry. Each recipient is determined based on the following criteria:
- Contributions to advancing women in the security industry within the past three years (e.g., volunteer activities and/or grassroots efforts, new programs, new company policies to promote a more diverse workforce and thought leadership)
- Promoting women’s professional growth through mentorship and/or sponsorship
- Recognitions and/or awards for related activities
- Demonstration of the highest levels of professionalism and integrity in the security industry
All nominees must be employees of SIA member companies, and each nomination must include a letter from a colleague in the security industry on why the candidate deserves the award.
2021 SIA Progress Award Recipient: Elaine Palome
SIA has named Elaine Palome – director of human resources at Axis Communications and a member of Axis’ Americas Management team – as the 2021 recipient of the SIA Progress Award. Palome has over two decades of experience in all aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition and development, performance management, diversity and inclusion and strategic planning. She is a frequent panelist, presenter and author of articles involving issues surrounding business and the changing workforce. Palome’s passion is connecting employees to the business through transformational leadership. Palome holds the Society for Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification, as well as certifications in Process Communication, Predictive Index and Conflict Dynamics, and an advanced degree in the biological sciences.
Palome is an active member of the SIA Women in Security Forum Steering Committee, and as chair of the WISF Professional Development Subcommittee, she has helped the forum develop webinars and participated in panel discussions that foster the advancement of women in security. She also serves on the WISF Scholarship Subcommittee and has raised more than $40,000 in 2021 for the program, which offers scholarships that further opportunities for SIA members, support their professional development and educational goals and help them thrive in the industry.
Previous SIA Progress Award Winners
- 2020: Andrew Lanning
- 2019: Maureen Carlo
- 2018: Eddie Reynolds