What is the Women in Security Forum?

Established by the Security Industry Association (SIA) on International Women's Day (March 8) 2018, the SIA Women in Security Forum is a group designed to support the participation of women in the security industry. Through programs, professional development offerings and networking events, the forum engages both men and women who share this goal.

The Women in Security Forum aims to:

  • Advocate for advancement and build confidence in the workplace through mentorship and/or sponsorship programs
  • Connect women in the industry through networking events
  • Develop recruiting efforts for next-generation female professionals and leaders
  • Initiate ongoing dialogue between male and female leaders to enhance mutual understanding
  • Identify platforms that can provide visibility for women
  • Spearhead an issue that will create opportunities for women to work together and be at the forefront of a major initiative

Why Should I Get Involved?

  • Access opportunities like mentorship and/or sponsorship programs and networking events
  • Be a part of programs like the new SIA Progress Award and panel discussions on recruiting talent in the security space
  • Learn from the forum's thought leadership pieces from female security luminaries

Key Efforts and Activities

Progress Award

The 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.

The recipient of the inaugural Progress Award will be recognized at SIA Honors Night 2018 on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in New York City.  Know someone who's doing great things for women in the security industry? Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Aug. 24.  Learn more and submit a nomination today

Roundtable Series

SIA's new roundtable series will focus on careers and management. The first session on Thursday, Sept. 20 in New York City, will discuss trends, challenges and solutions for recruiting and maintaining security talent. Two featured panelists – Elaine Palome, director of human resources at Axis Communications, and Janet Fenner, chief marketing officer at Intelligent Security Systems – are members of the Women in Security Forum committee. Learn more and register to attend.

SECURE Perspectives

SIA recently partnered with Security Sales & Integration to introduce a new column to support 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 the first column featuring Christie Hamberis of ScanSource.

SIA Technology Insights

As part of the Women in Security Forum, the fall 2018 issue of SIA Technology Insights (STI) will feature entirely women-authored content. STI is a journal highlighting original, vendor-neutral content from industry experts and distilling the most current thinking for applying today's security technologies. The issue will publish in fall 2018; make sure you get the issue delivered to your inbox by subscribing today!

Networking Events

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

Join the Women in Security Forum

Membership is open to SIA members in good standing (non-members are eligible for up to 90 days).

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