ISC East, Security Industry Association Announce SIA Women in Security Forum Keynote Speaker Series

ISC East, in collaboration with premier sponsor the Security Industry Association (SIA), have announced the keynote speaker for the SIA Women in Security Forum (WISF) Keynote Series event at ISC East 2023. Theresa Tobin, chief of interagency operations for the New York City Police Department (NYPD), will headline the Nov. 16 WISF Keynote Series breakfast event during ISC East.

The ISC East Keynote Series is open to all badge holders at ISC East. In addition to the keynote presentations and new for 2023, ISC East attendees can access an expanded three-day SIA Education@ISC East conference program with more than 30 compelling sessions on the most current business trends and latest developments impacting the industry.

Theresa Tobin joined the NYPD in 1983 and began her career on patrol in South Jamaica, Queens. She was promoted through the ranks to her current title of chief of interagency operations. Tobin has served as the commanding officer of the Behavioral Health Division, the Office of Collaborative Policing and Staff Services Section and as the executive officer of the 1, 10 and 13 Precincts. She earned a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in criminal justice, a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Science in sociology/social work and has been a New York State certified social worker since 1985. Tobin is also a graduate of the FBI Academy, Columbia University’s Police Management Institute and Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. During her career, Chief Tobin has received numerous honors and medals, including and the NYPD’s Medal of Valor and a Special Congressional Recognition in honor of her heroism, bravery and sacrifice during the tumultuous events of Sept. 11, 2001, when she risked her own safety to rescue several individuals during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“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 Theresa Tobin – a leader whose selfless and heroic acts as a 9/11 first responder and impressive achievements with the NYPD are truly inspiring – to this special event to share her knowledge, experiences and insights with ISC East attendees.”

During the WISF Keynote Series event – presented by SIA’s Women in Security Forum – Tobin will deliver an impactful keynote presentation, and attendees will also enjoy premier networking, coffee, tea and grab-and-go breakfast options.

Learn more and register for the breakfast here.

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 keynote series events at ISC East and West, WISF offers a number of key programs and activities, including the SIA Progress Award, which celebrates individuals who advance opportunities for women in the security industry; the WISF Power 100, an annual initiative showcasing 100 women who are role models, leaders, innovators and influencers in global security; the WISF Scholarship, which awards SIA members and students with funds to further educational opportunities and advancement for a diverse security workforce; co-leadership of the Security LeadHER conference in partnership with ASIS International; volunteer efforts that give back to the community; collaborative projects with other organizations that seek to empower women in the security and technology fields; sponsorship of the SIA Women in Biometrics Awards program; thought leadership and speaking opportunities; and engaging networking and professional growth events.

Participation in the SIA Women in Security Forum is open to all employees of SIA member companies; learn more and get involved.

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