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40 under 40: Katie Greatti, associate director of learning/development, SIA

40 under 40: Katie Greatti, associate director of learning/development, SIA

40 under 40: Katie Greatti, associate director of learning and development, Security Industry Association

YARMOUTH, Maine—Katie Greatti, 32, is associate director of learning and development at Security Industry Association (SIA), the leading trade association for global security solution providers based out of Silver Spring, Md. Find out what inspired her to pursue a career in the security industry, what being a "40 under 40" winner means to her, what appeals to her about the security industry, and more. 

SSN: Describe your roles, duties, and tenure at your current job. 

Katie GreattiGREATTI: I handle education sales and customer outreach for the Learning and Development department at SIA. I manage SIA's certification programs, which includes maintenance and development of the exams and the application processes. I am also the liaison for the RISE young professionals’ community and get the pleasure of planning the annual AcceleRISE conference. This also ties into my duties with student outreach.

SSN: What inspired you to pursue a career in the security industry?

GREATTI: I wish I could say it was meant to be, but I ended up in the industry by happenstance. I was working for a different association as a certification manager and after leaving that role, there was an opening at SIA that was a wonderful fit, and here I am five years later!

SSN: What does being named a winner of SSN's 40 under 40 mean to you?

GREATTI: It was such a surprise and such an honor. To be recognized for your work outside of your own organization means so much. I am very grateful and hope to continue my work for years to come.

SSN: As a young leader, what appeals to you about the security industry?

GREATTI: The amount of opportunities in the industry. My role is unique in that I am able to assist in the career development of students and young professionals. Along that journey, I get to see the multitude of career opportunities available. We have to do a better job of spreading the word about the industry at a collegiate and high school level because the industry is ready!

SSN: With the hiring, recruitment and retention challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, how can the security industry engage young talent?

GREATTI: By becoming more aware of what the next generation wants from an employer. There is an understanding that if the job doesn't provide ample work life balance and our voices cannot be heard and appreciated, we will find an employer that is a better fit. A DE&I-centered focus is also important. We know our value and are motivated by more than just money.



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