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July 07,2019 09:04 PM Comment(s)

Panel of female security execs share their thoughts on International Women’s Day, industry’s future

International Women’s Day is a global initiative that honors the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Occurring on March 8, this annual celebration dates back to 1911. While International Women’s Day recognizes women’s achievements, it also calls for greater inclusion, action and advocacy.

As Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated, “a diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions and outcomes for everyone.” This is connected to the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, which is #BalanceforBetter. “Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue,” the organization states on its website. 

A key part of realizing this balance and diversity is encouraging greater gender participation and representation. This starts with enhancing the visibility of female perspectives at conferences, networking events, award galas as well as in editorial publications, which the Security Industry Association’s Women in Security Forum is actively spearheading. It continues with ongoing conversations that feature the varied voices of women in the security industry.

To mark the occasion, we have pulled together five female security executives and asked them to share their thoughts on International Women’s Day and the future of the security industry.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you personally and professionally?
International Women's Day is a great day for awareness and movement. When young girls are contemplating their future, they should venture on a path that captures their imagination and should not be hindered by stereotypical rhetoric. Learning and knowledge is gender agnostic. I have been fortunate enough to have experienced both science and technology in a comprehensive manner– science through my 13-year academic pursuit and technology through the past 15 plus years at IMRON Corporation.

What do you feel the future of the security industry looks like globally and domestically?
I believe that security will continue to be an extension of us. Currently, facial recognition, biometrics and Bluetooth technology are used with great proficiency and accuracy in other parts of the world.  These extensions will become more prevalent domestically as people continue to be more mindful of security.

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice to succeed in the security industry, what would it be?
Stay curious...not only for the security industry but for any industry. Curiosity leads to questions, and questions lead to the pursuit of knowledge and answers. Be open-minded with these answers and see if there is something you can do to improve, enhance and optimize the results.

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