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6th Annual CSO Roundtable Spring Conference

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04 - 05 March 2013
The University Club of Chicago

The 6th Annual CSO Roundtable Spring Conference will bring senior security executives from the world's largest organizations together to share the lessons they've learned from solving their biggest challenges. From explaining how to accomplish more when budgets are being tightened to describing how a company stood up to drug-cartel attacks on its facilities, you'll find a wealth of important lessons learned that you can bring to your own company. This must-attend event will also provide unique opportunities for building critical executive skills that will assist CSOs in better understanding and performing their roles as executive leaders. Lessons learned, great networking, and executive development—you'll find it all at the CSO Roundtable Spring Conference.Important

Note: Paid CSO Roundtable members receive a $200 discount off the registration price. CSO Roundtable members must log-in to the ASIS site to receive the discount. Due to system limitations, this discount does not appear until the "review order" section of the registration process.

These sessions are open only to CSO Roundtable members and those who are eligible for membership. If you have any questions about your status or if you qualify for the discount, please Contact Us.

Written cancellations must be received by ASIS at least 10 business days before an event for a full refund. Those cancelling less than 10 business days prior to the event will be charged $100 per person. No refunds are made for cancellations received on or after the start date. Please FAX your written cancellation to +1.703.706.3710..

Registration Fees

 Program Overview

Monday, March 4

Keynote Speaker: Antonio Mendez, Author of Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

For 25 years Tony Mendez worked under cover, participating in some of the most important operations of the Cold War. To his friends he was a quiet bureaucrat working for the U.S. military. To the CIA he was their disguise master. He moved into the CIA’s executive rank over the course of his career. Mendez and his subordinates were responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives, allowing them to move securely around the world. In January 1980 he led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis. This rescue operation, the subject of a book by Tony and the new award-winning film Argo by Ben Affleck, involved creating an ostensible Hollywood film production company, complete with personnel, scripts, publicity and real estate in LA. He was awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor for engineering and conducting this operation. Attendees will receive a signed copy of Argo. Tony will also pose for photos with attendees.

An Analysis of Attacks on Sabritas Vehicles in Mexico

Delivery trucks owned by Sabritas, a snack-food distribution company in Mexico that’s part of PepsiCo, was targeted in 2012 by drug cartel members who believed the trucks were being used by law enforcement for surveillance. The Vice President of Global Security of PepsiCo will discuss the firebombings and lessons learned from the attacks.
Speaker: David Carpenter, Vice President Global Security, PepsiCo


In the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy left in its wake a tremendous amount of destruction. It also provided some amazing and hard-won lessons in how to prepare for an unforeseen catastrophe that hits a major metropolitan area. The CSO of Time Warner Cable will explain his preparation for the hurricane, and how the company managed once the disaster actually struck. Other disaster-management experts on the panel will discuss how this disaster, and others like it, will change the way that future disasters are managed.
Speakers: Brian Allen, CPP, VP, Chief of Security, Time Warner Cable; Andrew Velasquez III, DHS–FEMA–Region V Regional Administrator

Emerging Markets that Aren’t on Your Radar—But Should Be

The director of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global operational risk analysis unit will provide a look at some up-and-coming markets in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and will reveal the identity of the country he calls “The Comeback Kid.” The presentation will look at recent economic trends, the five-year horizon, and implications for business.
Speaker: Robert Powell, Senior Editor/Economist, Risk Briefing Global Manager, Economist Intelligence Unit


Setting Up Shop in Hazardous Locations
Starting up a security operation in a new region is always a challenge; but when the region seems fraught with danger to people and property, the challenge can seem overwhelming. In this session, you’ll learn how other security executives safely set up new operations in hazardous locales, and will get the chance to provide your perspective and ask questions.
Speakers: Sam Logan, Managing Partner, Southern Pulse; Mike Osborne, CPP, Vice President, Global Security, Kinross Gold Corporation; Gerald L. Kloski, Manager, Corporate Security, Marathon Oil Company

Tuesday, March 5

What Duty of Care Do You Owe to Your Traveling Employees?

Through this interactive and provocative session, you will learn the benefits of a well-considered travel-risk-management program that highlights duty-of-care requirements. In conjunction with Duty of Loyalty and Responsibility to Protect, participants will leave with a better understanding of the players internally and externally required to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees. Suzanne Garber, the Chief Networking Officer for International SOS and former managing director, South America, with FedEx, will lead this engaging workshop that will highlight real life examples from assault to fraud to kidnap across a spectrum of industries.
Speaker: Suzanne Garber, Chief Networking Officer, International SOS

Executive Coaching: Everything You Need to Know

A renowned executive coach will lead a discussion on what styles of coaching exist, how to find the right coach, and how executive coaching can help your career.
Speaker: Julie Grusin Hess

Taking a Senior Position: Lessons Learned

Getting the top security job in a multinational organization may be the dream of many security executives, but it’s only the beginning of a new challenge. From navigating corporate politics to building alliances with bosses and subordinates, there’s a lot for new CSOs to learn. In this session, four recently minted CSOs will share their struggles and lessons learned, and answer questions about their rise to the top.
Speakers: Bryan Fort, CPP, Director of Corporate Security, McCormick & Co; Melody Kratsios, Senior Vice President, Global Security, SNC-Lavalin Inc.; Scott Lindahl, CPP, Chief Security Officer, Kellogg Company; Bernie Sullivan, CPP, Director of Global Security, Hanesbrands Inc.

 Hours, Fees, & Hotels

​A limited block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at The University Club of Chicago. Michigan Room pricing is $239.00, Monroe Room pricing is $179.00 and Court Room pricing is $159.00. Each reservation is subject to an 18% surcharge per evening for the privilege of utilizing the Club.

Please make your reservation by contacting The University Club directly at (312) 726-2840, ask for guest room reservations and mention "CSO Roundtable Conference" to secure the group rate. You may also book online by using the group code ASIS.

The booking deadline is February 15, 2013. Please note that the Club has a dress code, and requires business casual attire or better while checking in and out, as well as throughout its facility.