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What is the Women in Security Forum?

The Security Industry Association's (SIA's) Women in Security Forum is a group for both women and men that offers programs, professional development opportunities and networking events with the goal of supporting the involvement of women in the security industry.

The mission of the forum is to engage all security professionals to promote, recruit and cultivate the leadership of women for a more inclusive and diversified industry.


Join the Women in Security Forum

Membership is free and is open to all SIA members. Not a SIA member yet? You can still join and will be subscribed to Women in Security Forum news, although you may not receive full member privileges.

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Introducing the WISF Speakers Bureau

Our newest initiative is developing a database of speakers so that industry events can draw diverse speakers. Add yourself as a speaker using our new tool or request a speaker from our database.

Key Efforts and Activities

Progress Award

Andrew Lanning - 2020 SIA Progress Award recipientThe SIA Progress Award, launched in 2018 and sponsored by the Women in Security Forum, celebrates individuals who advance opportunities and pave the way to success for women in the security industry through volunteerism, professional development and efforts that foster a diverse workforce.


SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship

SIA created the Women in Security Forum Scholarship to further opportunities for SIA members, support their professional development and educational goals and help them thrive in the industry. Each year, the program offers multiple scholarships worth at least $3,000 each for SIA student members and Women in Security Forum members to be used toward industry education and certification, academic programs and/or repayment of student loan debt.

The Can Do Challenge

WISF Can Do ChallengeThe Can Do Challenge calls upon our friends throughout the security industry and beyond to help overcome America’s unprecedented hunger issue. Our CAN DO Challenge urges each of us to personally make a difference during the holiday season.

WISF Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau is a service that helps members bring a more diverse perspective to the security industry. Add your name to the Speakers Bureau and share your expertise or request a speaker and we’ll connect you to industry experts who can speak on industry topics and D&I.

SECURE Perspectives

SIA's Women in Security Forum has introduced SECURE Perspectives, a column in partnership with Security Sales & Integration supporting the participation of women in the security profession. Each column profiles a successful woman in security, highlighting her background, perspectives on security trends and advice for women in the industry. Read this recent profile featuring Kelle Shanks, senior account executive at Convergint Technologies.

Security Systems News Women in Security Issue

In December 2019, SIA's Women in Security Forum partnered with Security Systems News on the publication's 11th annual Women in Security issue, which celebrated 14 women leaders across many facets of the industry. Learn more and explore the issue.

Women in Biometrics Awards

2020 Women in Biometrics Awards winnersThe SIA Women in Security Forum is a sponsor of the annual Women in Biometrics Awards, co-founded by SIA and SecureIDNews. This program recognizes distinguished female leaders in the biometric identity and security industry for their contributions; winners are recognized each year at SIA GovSummit.

Networking and Educational Events

Women In Security Breakfast Panel SIA is working with industry partners to develop exciting networking and professional growth events for women in the security industry. Check out SIA's event calendar, and stay tuned for additional events to come.

Get involved in WISF

If you're already a member of WISF, we want you more involved, as this is more than a group – it's a movement! As you get more involved, you can access opportunities like professional development and networking events, raise your visibility in the industry by participating in speaking engagements and leading initiatives, learn from the forum's thought leadership pieces from female security luminaries and even help grow our movement through efforts in education, charitable giving, scholarship and more.

HOw can i get involved?

Want to take the next step and influence change?

  • Join a subcommittee
    • PR and Marketing Subcommittee (Chair: Janet Fenner, member, SIA Board of Directors)
    • Membership Subcommittee (Chair: Kelly Bond)
    • Education and Outreach Subcommittee (Chair: Heidi Urban)
    • Professional Development Subcommittee (Chair: Elaine Palome)
    • Charitable Giving Subcommittee (Chair: Alice DiSanto)
    • Scholarship Subcommittee (Co-chairs: Andrew Lanning; Gloria Salmon)
    • Community Outreach Subcommittee (Chair: Kathryn Bartunek)
  • Nominate an advocate for diversity for the Progress Award
  • Attend one of our events and connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Inquire about thought leadership opportunities
  • Follow us on LinkedIn for the most current and up-to-date information

Contact Kim Landgraf for more information and to get involved.