The Security Industry Association (SIA) — as part of its Women in Security Forum initiative —  will host a complimentary keynote event during ISC West featuring remarks from two-time racing champion Julia Landauer on risk analysis and working with fear, the importance of STEM education, women’s empowerment and leadership.

ISC West 2021 will take place July 19-21 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. The SIA Women in Security Forum Keynote at ISC West will be held Wednesday, July 21, on the ISC West Keynote Stage at 8:30 a.m. The SIA Education@ISC West program recently revealed full conference details, with 65-plus sessions and over 115 confirmed speakers, including Dave Komendat, vice president and chief security officer, enterprise operations, finance and sustainability, enterprise services at The Boeing Company; and James Gagliano, retired FBI supervisory special agent, law enforcement analyst and adjunct assistant professor and doctoral candidate at St. John’s University.

In her racing career, Landauer is the first and youngest female champion in the Skip Barber Racing Series at age 14. She was the first woman to win a NASCAR Track Championship at Motor Mile Speedway in her division in 2015, became the first woman to lead a lap in the Canadian NASCAR Pinty’s Series and currently races in the NASCAR Euro Series. In 2017, she was selected as an honoree for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the sports category, and she was the only female member of the NASCAR Next class of 2016-2017. Landauer supports the One Love Foundation, which educates about healthy versus unhealthy relationships, as well as the TechForce Foundation, which helps students find technical vocations, and is also part of the Global Shapers community, born out of the World Economic Forum. She holds a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society from Stanford University.

In addition to hearing Landauer’s presentation, event attendees will network with women in the security industry.

“Through the SIA Women in Security Forum, SIA brings together its members and industry stakeholders to foster the advancement of women in the security industry and cultivate a diverse security workforce,” said Don Erickson, SIA CEO. “We look forward to welcoming Julia Landauer, an inspiring young female leader and advocate in the areas of technology and community, to this special event to share her knowledge, experiences and insights with ISC West attendees.”  

SIA’s Women in Security Forum is a community that works to promote, recruit and cultivate the leadership of women for a more inclusive and diversified industry. In addition to organizing the ISC West keynote event, the SIA Women in Security Forum offers a number of programs and activities, including the SIA Progress Award, which celebrates individuals who advance opportunities for women in the security industry; the SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship, which offers multiple awards worth at least $3,000 each that SIA members and students can use toward professional development and education; volunteer efforts that give back to the community; a virtual education series; collaborative projects with other organizations that seek to empower women in the security and technology fields; sponsorship of the Women in Biometrics Awards, which recognize distinguished female leaders in the biometric identity and security industry; thought leadership and speaking opportunities; and engaging networking and professional growth events. Participation in the SIA Women in Security Forum is open to all SIA members and student members.