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.
2023 SIA Progress Award Recipient: Martha Entwistle
SIA has named Martha Entwistle as the 2023 recipient of the SIA Progress Award. Entwistle is senior manager, corporate communications for Eagle Eye Networks, where she leads global communications and public relations strategy and execution for the organization. She has worked in the security industry since 2005, first as a business journalist and more recently as a strategic communications and media relations professional for global security companies. Entwistle spent more than a decade reporting and writing about security industry business trends, mergers and acquisitions and technology as editor of Security Systems News (SSN). At SSN, she also directed two security technology conferences, TechSec Solutions and Cloud+.
Entwistle wrote SSN's first "Women in Security" special report in 2010, which subsequently became an annual issue, and launched a series of stories on “Women in Security Technology” about women who work in technology-specific roles. She was named to the 2022 SIA Women in Security Forum Power 100, and in 2013 she was honored by the Women's Security Council as a Woman of the Year. She serves on the SIA WISF Steering Committee and is chair of the WISF Scholarship Committee.
Previous SIA Progress Award Winners
- 2022: Kasia Hanson
- 2021: Elaine Palome
- 2020: Andrew Lanning
- 2019: Maureen Carlo
- 2018: Eddie Reynolds