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ASIS News: Awards of Excellence, Security LeadHER, and New European Committees 

ASIS Awards of Excellence Nominations Open 

Every year, ASIS International recognizes the exceptional work of its members from across the globe with a series of awards to celebrate their accomplishments and dedication to the field of security. ASIS is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 Awards of Excellence. Nominate a deserving member or organization today through our online application process.  

The recipient of each award is determined from the field of nominations by the Awards Committee, a dedicated group of ASIS members representing our global membership. The committee looks at all of the nominations and considers the criteria for the award before selecting a winner. 

Each year, all of the awards winners are recognized in a special session at GSX. 

Award categories include: 

  • President's Award of Merit 
  • Women in Security Global Community Karen Marquez Honors 
  • NextGen of the Year Award 
  • Ralph Day Memorial Security Officer Heroism Award 
  • Security Book of the Year Award 
  • E.J. Criscuoli, Jr., CPP, Memorial Volunteer Leadership Award 
  • Don Walker Memorial CSO Center Security Executive Award 
  • Roy N. Bordes, CPP, Community Member Award of Excellence 
  • Regional Certification Award 
  • I.B. Hale Chapter of the Year Award 
  • Chapter Communications Award 
  • Outstanding New/Revitalized Chapter Award 
  • Chapter Community Service Award 
  • PCB Organizational Award of Merit 

For more information on these awards, go to the awards page. Learn about last year’s award winners here.  

Submit a nomination here. Applications close 15 June 2023.  

Security LeadHER Programming Announced 

ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA) are partnering to present the new Security LeadHER conference, which will showcase women in security. Earlier this week, the event’s programming was announced, featuring a variety of speakers who will cover topics related to security, leadership, and innovation. 

The event will take place 12-13 June 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee. The second day of programming will kick off with keynote speaker Eliza VanCort in her session titled “Claim Your Success... Stand Tall, Raise Your Voice, and Be Heard.” VanCort is a well-known author and consultant in the security sector, as well as a renowned speaker. In her keynote, VanCort will share some of her personal story—from kidnappings to a near-fatal head injury to becoming a bestselling author; address some of today’s most important women’s leadership issues; and offer participants concrete skills to achieve their goals professionally and in every aspect of their lives. 

Aside from VanCort’s keynote, the event will be split into two tracks: Leadership and Security & Innovation. For an overview of the schedule, click here. 

ASIS members are eligible for a $100 discount, which brings the registration fee to just $395. Register now with the code ASISleadher23. 

ASIS International’s European Region Implements New Committees 

The ASIS European Regional Board recently approved the implementation of four new committees, which will help support regional governance. The four boards are: 

  • Regions and Chapters Committee (Chair, Andy Williams, CPP; Vice Chair, Christina Alexander Alexandropoulou)  
  • Membership Recruiting and Retention Committee (Chair, Glenn Schoen; Vice Chair, Samuele Caruso, CPP)  
  • Learning and Events Committee (Chair, Stéphanie Bergouignan, CPP; Vice Chair, Gilad Solnik, CPP, PSP)   
  • Business Development, Governance, and Finance Committee (Chair, Torsten Wolf, CPP; Vice Chair, Erik de Vries, CPP, PSP) 

In addition to the creation of these four committees, the European Regional Board has also appointed a new director, Gilad Solnik, M.Sc., CPP, PSP. Since 2013, he has served as the director for security and loss prevention, EMEA, at Amazon Global Security Operations. Solnik replaced outgoing board member Radek Havlis, CPP. 

ASIS International is excited about the creation of these new committees and the growth of the European region and looks forward to expanding the governance structure in all our global regions. You can read more about global and regional governance here. 

Upcoming Education 

Looking for more security education? Complementing ASIS’s slate of webinars, community discussions, and other learning opportunities, three ASIS subject area communities are hosting webinars in May.  

Kidnap! The First 24 Hours 

This webinar, contributed by the ASIS Crisis Management and Business Continuity Community, will guide attendees through the tried and true methods of responding to a kidnap within the first 24 hours, including setting up an initial crisis management team, establishing communications between corporate and the family, and effective ways to obtain suitable proof of life. Join the live webinar on 2 May at 12:30 p.m. ET. Earn 1 CPE. Learn more or register here.  

Lockdowns: Security, Life Safety, Code Compliance, and Other Considerations  

Join in this webinar, contributed by the ASIS Physical Security and School Safety Communities and sponsored by Morse Watchmans, to learn more about lockdown processes, technological solutions, lessons learned from specific industries, and considerations for implementing improved lockdown solutions in your own organization. The live webinar will be broadcast 16 May at 12:30 p.m. ET. Earn 1 CPE. Learn more or register here.  

Emily Callahan is a communications specialist for ASIS International.