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What is the SIA Women in Security Forum?

Our Mission: The Women in Security Forum supports the participation and retention of women in the security industry and provides opportunities that fosters growth and advancement. Through programs, professional development and networking opportunities, the Forum engages members, both men and women, who share this goal.

Our Vision: To engage all security professionals to promote, recruit and cultivate women’s leadership for a bolder presence within the 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 and receive invitations to our events and programs, although you may not receive full member privileges.

April 12: Don't Miss the WISF Keynote at ISC West!

Start day 3 of ISC West off right by joining WISF members for a motivating keynote featuring special guest speaker Crystal Washington, technology trends expert and one of Forbes' 50 Leading Female Futurists!

Get to Know Us

The SIA Women in Security Forum is led by an incredible group of volunteers committed to advancing opportunities for women in our industry.

Executive Committee

Meet the officers of our WISF Steering Committee

Alice DiSanto

Alice DiSanto, chair

Candice Aragon

Candice Aragon, Vice Chair

Kasia Hanson

Kasia Hanson, Past Chair

The WISF is all about opportunities to connect and volunteer. Learn about our subcommittees here – and get involved in this community!

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Congratulations 2023 WISF Scholarship Winners!

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WISF Key Efforts and Activities

2023 SIA Progress Award: Martha Entwistle, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Eagle Eye NetworksSIA Progress Award

The SIA Progress Award, launched in 2018 and sponsored by the SIA 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.

 

WISF ScholarshipSIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship

The SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship is designed to further opportunities for SIA members, support their professional development and educational goals and help them thrive in the industry. Through this new scholarship – open to SIA members and student members – each awardee receives funds to use toward continuing education and professional development courses, conferences or webinars, SIA program offerings, repayment of student loan debt and/or other academic or education programs.

 

SIA WISF Power 100SIA Women in Security Forum Power 100

The SIA WISF Power 100 is an annual initiative that showcases 100 women who are role models, leaders, innovators and influencers in the global security industry. This recognition program honors women in security who model leadership, inspire others and shape and transform the industry. Honorees are invited to attend a special Women in Security Forum event at ISC West and be recognized during the trade show.

 

Essentials 4 Job SecurityEssentials 4 Job Security Giveback

Each year, the SIA Women in Security Forum encourages those in the security industry and beyond to join us in supporting Dress for Success Southern Nevada at ISC West and helping women achieve financial independence. By supporting the Essentials 4 Job Security Giveback, WISF members personally made a difference in helping the women of southern Nevada build careers and become self-sufficient.

 

SIA Women in Biometrics Awards Winners Larisa Boyko, NEC Corporation of America; Alicia Harrison, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Casey Mayfield, IDEMIA; C. Maxine Most, Acuity Market Intelligence; Bethany Retton, FBISIA Women in Biometrics Awards

The SIA Women in Security Forum is an organizational supporter of the annual SIA Women in Biometrics Awards, a globally recognized program honoring distinguished female leaders in the biometric identity and security industry for their contributions; winners are recognized each year at SIA GovSummit.

 

Attendees smiling and hugging at Security LeadHERSecurity LeadHER Conference

Security LeadHER is a can't-miss a day-and-half event presented by ASIS International and the Security Industry Association and dedicated to the advancement of women in the global security industry. Get your tickets for our 2024 event – June 24-25 in Phoenix!

SIA Women in Security Forum AmbassadHERs

The SIA Women in Security Forum (WISF) has recruited 10 volunteers to serve as the first-ever "WISF AmbassadHERs"! Strategically located across the United States, WISF AmbassadHERs are integral in extending the relational reach and engaging our WISF members. Find details on our blog post here.

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 Rhianna Daniels of Compass.

CAN DO Challenge

The 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 by donating a “can” or “do” an act – like deliver or serve a meal. CAN DO is about alleviating hunger as part of our industry’s collective commitment to human safety and well-being.

Security Systems News Women in Security Profiles

SIA's Women in Security Forum partners with Security Systems News on recurring profiles of women in the security industry. Read the most recent profile, featuring Margie Gurwin of Content Creation Partners.

SIA Women in Security Forum - WISF Power 100Networking and Educational Events

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
  • 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 Elli Reges for more information and to get involved.