ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA) have partnered to launch a new event dedicated to the advancement of women in the global security industry. 

Titled “Security LeadHER,” the event will be held at the Hilton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville and will begin with a reception on June 12 with conference programming taking place on June 13.

The conference aims to bring together security professionals committed to advancing, connecting and empowering women in the security profession. The conference agenda will also explore global security topics, answering widespread questions and discovering practical ideas driving today’s most successful women in security, according to the announcement. 

“We have done significant work to engage all security professionals to promote, recruit and cultivate the leadership of women for a more inclusive and diversified industry, and see this event as a way to advance this work,” said Kasia Hanson, chair, SIA Women in Security Forum. “We look forward to engaging a diverse group of professionals to collaborate with and see this as a preeminent educational, networking and engagement opportunity to strengthen our ability to create impactful and long-lasting change within the security industry.” 

Beginning Feb. 1, individuals are invited to submit a proposal to present and share their expertise at the inaugural event. The announcement states: “Whether your passion is leadership, power skills, or diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), or you’d rather share your industry expertise around security innovation, technology, or trends, we encourage you to submit your speaking proposal.” Proposals can be submitted here

“Our goal is to advance women in the security industry, see them succeed in their professional roles, and climb to the C-Suite inspiring industry leaders to take action to change this industry for the better,” stated Brittany Galli, chair, ASIS Women in Security Community. “We have known for decades that women are an underrepresented group within the security profession, and we aim to discuss the challenges and solutions to reach our goal – increasing the women in security data statistics far beyond its current 11%.” 

Security LeadHER welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and genders. The day and a half event has been designed to be an open, friendly and welcoming environment with numerous planned networking opportunities. The educational programming will focus on two tracks, Leadership and Security Trends, featuring more than 30 industry leading subject matter expert presenters. 

For more information and to register, go here.