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First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in U.S. Navy to Deliver Closing Keynote at ASIS 2017

Carey Lohrenz to share lessons in leadership from the flight deck for all ASIS 2017 attendees

Alexandria, VA 2017-08-11

Carey Lohrenz female-speaker-fighterpilot.jpgASIS International today announced that Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy and author, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck, will deliver the closing keynote address at its 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), Sept. 25–28 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX.  The leading event for security professionals worldwide, ASIS 2017 is expected to draw 22,000 operational and cybersecurity professionals for industry-leading education, peer-to-peer relationship building, and hands-on product and solution evaluation. Attendees with all badge types (All-Access, Expo-Only, Exhibitor and Security Cares) have access to this inspiring session.

As an aviation pioneer, Lohrenz knows what it takes to succeed in some of the most demanding and extreme environments imaginable, including the cockpit of an F-14 and the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. In these environments, her teams had to perform at their peak or lives were on the line. Through this experience in a male-dominated profession, Lohrenz learned valuable leadership lessons that would follow her into the corporate world.

"Carey has deep expertise in high-pressure, dangerous environments, where risk must be assessed and dealt with through split-second decision making," said Thomas J. Langer, CPP, president, ASIS International. "Her insights on the fundamentals of leadership, teamwork, winning under pressure, reducing errors, and overcoming obstacles will resonate with security professionals at all stages of their careers. Without question, her inspiring personal story is the perfect way to close out our week of intensive learning."

Lohrenz rounds out the powerful lineup of ASIS 2017 keynote speakers who will provide attendees with a comprehensive perspective on security and risk—from emerging technologies to complex global threats. The full lineup includes:

  • Opening keynote: Hon. George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States

  • Monday luncheon keynote: Mark Cuban, Technology and Media Entrepreneur; Owner, Dallas Mavericks; HD Net/AXS TV Chairman & Cofounder

  • Tuesday Keynote: Scott Klososky, International Speaker and Author, Future Point of View

  • Wednesday Keynote Panel: Global Responses to Global Threats
    • Edward F. Davis, III, Former Police Commissioner, Boston Police Department
    • Rick DesLauriers, Former Special Agent in Charge, Boston Division, FBI
    • Paul Barnard, Detective Chief Superintendent, City of London Police
    • Moderator: Bonnie Michelman, CPP, Executive Director of Police, Security and Outside Services, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Thursday Keynote: Carey Lohrenz, first female F-14 Tomcat pilot and author, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck

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About ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits

For more than six decades, ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits has been the premier event for security professionals worldwide, providing industry-leading education, countless business connections, and the latest security solutions.

Attendance at the Annual Seminar directly supports scholarship programs and the development of education, certification, and standards and guidelines year 'round. ASIS remains dedicated to expanding and enriching knowledge sharing, best practices, and peer-to-peer connections so security professionals across disciplines—and at all stages of their career—can get access to the information and resources they need to succeed, personally and professionally. For more information about ASIS 2017, visit

About ASIS International

Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world's largest membership organization for security professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Annual Seminar and Exhibits—the most influential event in the profession—ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets.  Learn more about the work we do at