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Security LeadHER concludes engaging, enriching, connecting conference

Women in Security

Security LeadHER concludes engaging, enriching, connecting conference

June 28, 2024SSN Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va., and SILVER SPRING, Md.—ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA) closed out a successful second annual Security LeadHER conference, a unique event dedicated to advancing, connecting and empowering women in the security profession. The sold-out event took place June 24-25, 2024, in Phoenix, bringing together more than 400 security professionals from seven countries. Security LeadHER 2024 built on the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural...

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Beth Anderson

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Women in Security Profile: ‘Security industry needs to demonstrate genuine commitment to diversity,’ says Beth Anderson

June 26, 2024Kenneth Z. Chutchian, Contributing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Allegion’s Beth Anderson is happy to work for a company that values diversity – something she has had to overcome throughout her career in the security industry.   “Throughout my career, I have worked in several male-dominated industries, such as hardware, lumber and beer,” said Anderson, Allegion’s senior channel marketing manager, project sales. “The security industry, like many others, faces similar challenges in terms of diversity....

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Yazmina Rawji

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Women in Security Profile: ‘Diversity is needed to advance our industry,’ says Yazmina Rawji

June 5, 2024Kenneth Z. Chutchian, Contributing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Yazmina Rawji is extremely passionate about the importance of creating a more diverse security industry. “Diversity is needed to advance our industry and attract/retain the best talent,” said Rawji, the relationship manager for dormakaba Americas’ Access Automation Solutions division. “This in turn will increase engagement and trust amongst employees. Increased engagement can lead to better performance and stronger business results and profits. Diversity...

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Shawn Ruddo

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Women in Security Profile: ‘We are far from solving the diversity problem in this industry,’ says Shawn Ruddo

May 8, 2024Kenneth Z. Chutchian, Contributing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Shawn Ruddo challenges other women in the security industry to get involved with an initiative that helps support women’s growth.  “By supporting women in security, we create a wave of empowerment and opportunity,” said Ruddo, chief solutions officer for Unlimited Technology (UT), a systems integrator that provides end-to-end technology solutions with a focus on complex IT, electronic, physical and cybersecurity. “Let’s be that change.”  As...

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Sheryl Pinckney-Maas

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Women in Security Profile: Sheryl Pinckney-Maas – ‘I'm working to build partnerships and find customers’

March 27, 2024Kenneth Z. Chutchian, Contributing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Sheryl Pinckney-Maas is a straight shooter. That trait helped her get to where she is today in the security industry, a successful entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Guardian Zone, LLC, the first company to produce a crowd and public safety mobile software solution for businesses, schools and venues allowing any smartphone user to automatically connect with on-site security officials. Pinckney-Maas considers it her job to be a visionary for her company. Before Pinckney-Maas...

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Tracy Larson

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WISF feature : ‘This industry is exciting and very special,' says Tracy Larson

February 21, 2024Kenneth Z. Chutchian, Contributing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—To say that Tracy Larson has made her mark in the security industry is an understatement. Larson serves as president and founding partner of WeSuite, a provider of industry-specific sales software for security, IT and AV integrators, based out of White Plains, N.Y. “We enable security systems integrators, alarm, fire, and technology companies to record and track prospects, accurately and profitably estimate material, labor, chargeable items and recurring services,...

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Margie Gurwin

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WISF feature: ‘Security is an industry that serves society as a whole,’ says Margie Gurwin

January 24, 2024Kenneth Z. Chutchian, Contributing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Margie Gurwin calls herself the “secret sauce” behind the development of B2B marketing content for her security industry clients. Gurwin is the founder and owner of Babylon, N.Y.-based Content Creation Partners (CCP), a developer of high-tech B2B marketing content with the goal of not only representing clients' products and services, but also communicating their vision, industry insights and success stories. “I work with clients - all...

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Alice DiSanto

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ASIS International, SIA announce details for 2024 Security LeadHER conference

January 11, 2024SSN Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va., and SILVER SPRING, Md.—ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA) have announced details for the 2024 Security LeadHER conference, a special event dedicated to advancing, connecting and empowering women in the security profession. The second annual Security LeadHER conference will be held Monday, June 24 – Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown in Arizona. Born of a need to effect change and create a more...

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Alice DiSanto

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SSN, SIA WISF to continue partnership to promote diversity in 2024

January 3, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine, and SILVER SPRING, Md.—Security Systems News is proud to be partnering again this year with the Security Industry Association's (SIA’s) Women in Security Forum (WISF) to spotlight an incredibly diverse list of security professionals to be highlighted in special features throughout 2024. 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 www.securitysystemsnews.com. "Security...

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Martha Entwistle

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Eagle Eye Networks’ Martha Entwistle – ‘It’s just a great industry at its core’

November 29, 2023Cory Harris, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Martha Entwistle’s security career has come full circle – starting from a very familiar place and culminating with one of the industry’s highest honors. Entwistle is a former editor of Security Systems News (SSN), where she spent over a decade  reporting and writing about security industry business trends, mergers and acquisitions, and technology, and directing two security technology conferences - TechSec Solutions and Cloud+ - during her tenure with...

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