Women in Security Forum Keynote Series at ISC East

SIA WISF Keynote BREakfast, Nov. 16, Bridge Stage, ISC East

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. | The Bridge Stage, Javits Center

About the Event:

Start day 2 of ISC East 2023 right by joining SIA’s Women in Security Forum (WISF) at our Keynote Series event!

This event, open to all ISC East badge holders, will include a dynamic keynote presentation, and coffee, tea and light grab-and-go breakfast options will be served.

SIA Women in Security Forum ISC East 2023 Keynote with NYPD's Theresa Tobin

Light Pierces Through: Lessons in Leadership Through Rescue, Recovery and Reflection

Chief Theresa (Terri) Tobin was among the first New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers to respond to the catastrophic events of 9/11, witnessing the absolute devastation caused by the attacks on the Twin Towers and suffering critical injuries. She helped navigate the city's resilient recovery and learned many lessons in leadership through information sharing during times of crisis and reflective conversations with fellow NYPD officers, FDNY and other public protection agencies. In this keynote presentation, Chief Tobin will recount her lived experience, reflect on the enduring impact of 9/11 and demonstrate the importance of adaptability, resilience and determination in the face of overwhelming odds.

About the Keynote Speaker

Theresa, chief of interagency operations for the NYPD, Tobin joined the NYPD in 1983 and began her career on patrol in South Jamaica, Queens. She was promoted through the ranks to her current title of chief of interagency operations. Tobin has served as the commanding officer of the Behavioral Health Division, the Office of Collaborative Policing and Staff Services Section and as the executive officer of the 1, 10 and 13 Precincts. She earned a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in criminal justice, a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Science in sociology/social work and has been a New York State certified social worker since 1985. Tobin is also a graduate of the FBI Academy, Columbia University’s Police Management Institute and Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. During her career, Chief Tobin has received numerous honors and medals, including and the NYPD’s Medal of Valor and a Special Congressional Recognition in honor of her heroism, bravery and sacrifice during the tumultuous events of Sept. 11, 2001, when she risked her own safety to rescue several individuals during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


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