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SSN, SIA WISF continue partnership to promote diversity

SSN, SIA WISF continue partnership to promote diversity Women In Security Forum series will feature special profiles throughout 2023


YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News is proud to be partnering again this year with the Security Industry Association's (SIA’s) Women in Security Forum (WISF), which helped select an incredibly diverse list of security professionals (see list below) to be highlighted in special features throughout 2023.

SSN and SIA WISF began the partnership in 2021 and in 2022, expanded coverage beyond one issue with one person profiled in each issue, as well as online at

Kasia Hanson“We are thrilled to again be partnering with Security Systems News to amplify and advance Women in Security Forum initiatives, talent and opportunities in 2023,” said SIA WISF Chair Kasia Hanson, who is the global director of video, safety and security sales at Intel Corp. “We have some exciting programs planned, including the Women in Security 2023 Kickoff featuring Melanie Spring, WISF Power 100 List (nominations due by Jan. 27), the launch of the WISF Member Ambassador program, ISC West WISF Breakfast and Keynote and the inaugural Women in Security conference in Nashville in June. We have an exciting year ahead and look forward to collaborating with Security Systems News.”

Without further ado, the following list selected by SIA’s Women in Security Forum, in partnership with SSN, will be profiled in each issue of SSN in 2023:

  • Maria Castellanos, account executive, Convergint Technologies
  • Sonika Kapur, security leader for global enterprise accounts, WESCO Distribution
  • Dakota Bierly, sales and marketing manager, Northland Controls
  • Brooke Erickson, director of learning and development, PSA Security Network
  • Cindy Ponder, vice president of operations, Bates Security
  • Deanna VanHout, partner program manager, Paladin Technologies
  • Tia Eskandari, director of service, Southwest Region, Allied Universal Technology Services
  • Alana Batschelet, account manager, Integrated Security Technologies
  • Nisha Advani, strategic marketing leader, dormakaba Americas
  • Jill Bartyzal, senior business relationship manager, Pro-Tec Design
  • Alicia Dawson, lead cybersecurity scientist, Mitre
  • Destiny Mojica-Taylor, business development and marketing specialist, scDatacom

SSN is also excited to be the media sponsor/partner again this year for the second annual WISF Power 100!

“We are so excited to launch the second year of the Security Industry Association (SIA) SIA Women in Security Forum Power 100 for 2023, recognizing 100 amazing women leaders in the security industry,” Hanson said. “Any questions about nominations don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any member of our WISF Steering Committee.”

For more information on the SIA WISF, please click here



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