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ASIS International announces GSX keynotes and sessions

ASIS International announces GSX keynotes and sessions

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals, announced its keynote and game changer lineup for the hybrid Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2021, taking place Sept. 27-29 in person at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and online via the GSX digital platform.

The education lineup, addressing the most pressing security challenges, kicks off with the launch of the GSX digital platform on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Complementing  the already announced 80+ session education lineup, additional keynote presentations and game changer sessions will be available simultaneously for in-person and digital “All Access” registrants during each day of the live event.

“Security professionals around the globe can benefit from the world-class GSX education taking place in Orlando this September,” said John A. Petruzzi, Jr., CPP, 2021 President, ASIS International. “While we are excited to finally reconvene—safely—in person in Orlando this September, we didn’t want our colleagues who can’t travel to miss out.” 

Wednesday, Sept. 15: GSX Preview Event Security 2030: Crossroads of Innovation and Transformation | Erik Qualman

The digital kick-off to GSX will feature Erik Qualman, a No. 1 bestselling author and sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs. His entertaining, educating, and empowering style is made possible by his revolutionary video-storytelling capability. He has addressed audiences in 55 countries.

Qualman’s GSX presentation, Security 2030: Crossroads of Innovation and Transformation, will focus on tips and tricks to help security professionals implement current and future trends to maximize their organization’s impact on the world in the next decade.

Monday, Sept. 27: How to Make Time Your Ally, Not Your Enemy | Daniel Pink

 In this provocative and entertaining presentation, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink will show that timing is a science – one we can use to make smarter decisions, enhance our productivity, and boost the performance of our organizations. Drawing on a rich trove of research from dozens of fields, Pink will share key insights ranging from the hidden pattern of our days affecting our analytic and creative capabilities, sparking motivation, inspiring project teams, restorative breaks in the modern workplace, and the rules of “synching fast and slow” to turbocharge team performance.

Tuesday Sept. 28: Breaking the Spell of High Conflict | Amanda Ripley

In this session, Breaking the Spell of High Conflict, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley will explore how people get fascinated by high conflict and share five strategies for getting out of it, based on a combination of her life experience and research into the science of conflict. She will share insights that will transform how you think about and manage conflict in your daily interactions and learn how you can turn that friction into a driving force for good.

Wednesday Sept. 29: Military & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Leading Through Uncertainty | Nadja West

According to Nadja West, the most essential quality in a great leader is empathy – where “leading is all about the team of people you lead.” This is especially true in times of crisis and uncertainty. In this presentation, she draws on more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership, crisis management, and disaster response – including leading more than 130,000 Army healthcare professionals and crafting the DOD medical response to the Ebola crisis – to provide effective leadership tactics during difficult times.

During Military & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (MLEAD), all military, law enforcement, and first responders receive free one-day admission to GSX. To learn more about MLEAD, please visit

ASIS has revealed Game Changer sessions taking place each day of the event. Game Changer sessions, which will also be broadcast live for the digital audience, provide multiple perspectives from thought leaders to help attendees stay informed about new and forward-looking strategies, maintain a competitive edge, and elevate expertise across their organizations. 

  • Monday Sept. 27 | Keeping Pace with Cyber Threats: Developing a Future Focused Risk Posture
  • Tuesday Sept. 28 | Post-Pandemic Workplace: The Mental Health and Wellness of Employees
  • Wednesday Sept. 29| From the Battle to the Board: Management Lessons from Female Military Leaders

For more information about GSX and to register, visit Qualified members of the press are invited to reach out to to receive a free All-Access registration to attend GSX 2021, whether in person or digital.


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