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March 5-6, 2018
Bell Harbor International Conference Center | Seattle, WA

Two days of strategic leadership and innovative conversations.
This is where theory and practice converge.

We invite you to a powerful two-day education forum focused on both the challenges and opportunities organizations face in risk, resilience, and the business value of security.

Leaders and their teams discuss the newest and most important strategies driving our industry. And hear how those strategies are executed by how they organize their people, processes, and technology against a program road-map. 

The Great Conversation (TGC) is designed to inform, engage, and ultimately provide attendees with the tools needed to take risk, resilience, and security programs to the next level. 

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Examples of past sessions

Strategic Leadership: A Journey
Microsoft CSO Mike Howard shared his career path and lessons learned along the way. He discussed the value of mentor-ship and explained how mentors at the Oakland Police Department and the CIA influenced his own career. He shared examples of leadership and change management and his own insights on leadership.

 

The Evolution of Security: Leadership, Innovation, and a Changing Workforce
In the private-sector security community, we often focus on technological advances intended to make us more effective at executing the duties associated with our roles as security leaders. We focus on information gathering until we reach the point where we are deleting more information each day than we are digesting. However, our business is still a people-oriented business. This presentation focused on the manner each of us, as private-sector security leaders, impacts today’s security workforce, as well as challenging the too often accepted conventional wisdom about the young men and women who comprise that workforce.

 

Building a Risk Intelligence Program
The risk landscape is expanding. Many negative, as well as positive forces, are impacting today’s organization. It is vital organizations build effective capabilities to collect and analyze risk intelligence. Providing management with a constant stream of actionable intelligence facilitates making informed strategic and tactical decisions that are in the best interest of the enterprise and its many stakeholders. As well, it is also a source of competitive advantage.


Security in An Age of Technological Disruption
Traditional planning cycles that served the needs of stable hierarchies are being thrown into chaos by dynamic networks that possess the advantage of rapid adaptation and innovation. Democratizing technology and pervasive connectivity are driving a great diffusion of power that sees no signs of slowing. How can security organizations adapt to such an unpredictable environment, when we are expected to not only survive such continual disruptions, but thrive and create new sources of value?


Risk, Threat, and Vulnerability Assessment as a Foundation for Preparedness
The ability to competently and confidently address risks, creates enterprise longevity and stakeholder confidence. Waiting for an emergency to occur and then trying to figure out what to do can lead to significant loss of life and property.  When an emergency occurs, people are looking for leadership!  This session took a critical look at the organizational preparedness levels of our stakeholders.  We discussed a tried and true practice for identifying baseline risks,  how to create a plan of action which addresses your most likely risks, and the benefits of training your crisis management team, employees, and community partners in the plan – resulting in enterprise longevity and resiliency.

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"I have found the effort to genuinely engage the audience of security experts brings a singularly unique dimension to this forum so aptly named The Great Conversation."

- MIKE MAson, SVP & CSO | Verizon Communications

 

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