March 4-5, 2019
Bell Harbor International Conference Center | Seattle, WA


Monday, March 4

In choosing speakers and content for The Great Conversation, we use five educational tracks as guidelines, with the understanding we could have a session that covers one or more of the tracks. You can review more details on our educational tracks here.

Our tracks include: Leadership, Organizational Strength, Enterprise Security Risk Management, Intelligence and Technology. Each track is necessary to constructing a strategy and a plan for your organization.

7:30 AM

The Great Conversation Begins with Registration & Breakfast

8:30 AM

Your Security Program is a Business Model - and has been disrupted! Welcome to the Integrated Security Model
Scott Klososky
Founder and Partner
TriCorps Technologies

Security Executives are struggling to provide a coherent picture of risk to their organizational leaders. As well, the way they organize their people within core processes using technology has not changed much over the years. Anywhere else, this is called a business model and it is being disrupted. This session will explore the transformation that is occurring, the new delivery vehicles that will change the way you purchase solutions and services and the new value you will be able to deliver and articulate in the future. CSOs can no longer be constrained by the silos that have been constructed for physical and cyber security.

10:00 AM

Smart Company, Smart Building: Security’s Value Proposition is Changing
Dr. Zafar Chaudry
CIO and Senior Vice President
Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation

Security is not a silo. It is deeply embedded in the value proposition of the organization. With this mindset, a new approach must be defined that realizes the potential of security inside the emerging next generation organization.

11:00 AM

Lessons Learned from an Active Shooter
Cheryl Michaels
Senior Director of Security and Safety
Seattle Pacific University (SPU) | Co-Founder, Educational Safety LLC

It only has to happen once, and you never forget the lessons learned. Seattle Pacific University had an active shooter. Through the lens of the victims, the unsung heroes, and the security program, we hear the story and learn the lessons to guide our next steps in protecting our organizations.

12:00 PM

Peer-to-Peer Networking Lunch

Innovation Center opens: A discussion and demonstration of Infrastructure-as-a-Service with multiple technology vendors and service organizations.

1:30 PM

A New Business Model for Security - Infrastructure as a Service
Ed Bacco
Chief Security Officer

A cross functional industry panel discusses a new operating model for delivering value to the organization through security. But it is dependent on a knowledge of the true cost of security. And a different level of collaboration between the vendors and the client.

2:30 pm

Industry Case Studies
Case studies and technology roadmaps are critical. They provide us illustrations on how to deploy the tools that will empower our Enterprise Security Risk Management Program. These will be delivered by security executives supported by industry technology leaders.

  • Creating the Enterprise Security Intelligent Platform

    • Information is the currency of enterprise security risk management. To be able to collect the right information at the right time and drive actions based on need embarked on a strategy of moving their access control platform to an Enterprise Security Business Intelligence Platform.

  • Video Management: A Path to a Service Architecture

    • Delivering a bridge from the depth and breadth of on-premise enterprise video management to hybrid models that include off-premise command and control, will require new technology and new approaches to our security business and IT processes. Hear this executive’s story and the lessons learned.

  • Intelligent Communications in the Intelligent Organization

    • This university’s security executive defines his path to integrating intelligent communications into his security and resilience strategy. As well, learn about the future of intelligent communications and how we might be using audio in the future.

  • The Next Generation of the Mobile Credential

    • The credential, as we know it, is changing. What is the bridge from what we have now to the emerging and multiple technologies that will, at first, augment them, and, eventually replace them? Learn how one company determined their need, their approach and their long-term path to the mobile credential.

6:00 pm

President’s Dinner
Leadership is an art. So is practical execution of leadership principles. In this special invitation-only dinner, the community comes together to reaffirm the role and responsibility of leadership in creating positive change in an organization. One of our industry leaders shares their story.

Tuesday, March 5

7:30 AM

The Great Conversation Continues Breakfast & Technology Demonstrations

Featured solutions such as:

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service: Vendors team up to provide a live demonstration of access, video and communications solutions from a virtual Security Operations Center

  • Identity-as-a-Service: Vendors team up to show how organizations are integrating security and business optimization through advanced identity, video, audio and storage solutions

  • Logistics-as-a-Service: Fully leveraging your vendor ecosystem to deliver integrated solutions on time and on budget

8:30 AM

Creating a Safety and Security Mindset
Shawn Galloway
ProAct Safety

Operationalizing security and safety can create real, sustainable value over time. It is not a program. It is a mindset. One of the leading authors on creating cultures of excellence challenges us with a clear direct series of steps that can create a path to value.

9:30 AM

Intelligence is not Artificial - It is Adaptive
Claude Yusti
Partner, Public Sector Watson AI and Data Platform
IBM Global Business Services

This session explores the current state of human machine interaction and how it is transforming how we think about our business and our security.  

10:30 AM

Industry Case Studies

Case studies and technology roadmaps are critical to provide us illustrations on how to deploy the tools that will empower our Enterprise Security Risk Management Program. These will be delivered by security executives supported by industry technology leaders. Featured presentations will include the application and impact of facial recognition on mitigating all-hazards risk, driving enterprise standards and optimization in video surveillance, and managing the migration of the credential as the technology evolves.

11:30 AM

Peer-to-Peer Networking Lunch

Discover the latest in emerging technology leveraging the Great Conversations in the Solutions Hall and Innovation Center

1:00 PM

The Need for a New Learning Model for Security
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
University of Washington

Our value proposition will be dependent on the execution of a new learning model for current and future stakeholders. We must de-mystify the technology and changes that are occurring and release the innovation inherent in our people.

2:00 PM

Industry Case Studies

Case studies and technology roadmaps are critical to provide us illustrations on how to deploy the tools that will empower our Enterprise Security Risk Management Program. These will be delivered by security executives supported by industry technology leaders. Featured presentations will include the strategy behind a enterprise platform for managing critical event intelligence and actionable response, new ways of assessing and applying hi-definition camera technology to optimize spend and increase coverage, and one company’s challenge in ensuring data accuracy and data access at the time of need and at the point of need.

3:30 PM

The Path to Digital Transformation
Michael Foynes
Global Lead, Center of Innovation

Michael Foynes’ platform for reimagining the art of the possible was his 15 years as director of global operations for Microsoft Global Security.  Today he is leading the reinvention of the industry by pioneering digital innovations to enable transformational employee experiences throughout Microsoft smart environments. The Great Conversation concludes with his powerful roadmap for understanding why we should be creating our own digital transformation strategy and how to achieve it.

4:30 PM

A Call to Action

The Great Conversation Concludes with a Networking Reception

This is the time to create the relational connections with the Great Conversation speakers, technology partners and your peers that will help you take the next right steps in your career, your program and your measures of performance. 70% of last year’s attendees initiated a change or an innovation in their programs as a result of leverage this community.

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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



Because we have a community that values education and a forum philosophy of not making this a revenue driver for the producer or an association, we have been able to drive down the cost of attendance and increase the quality of the education and the speakers. With this in mind, we also value leaders and their teams, so we provide group discounts. You can learn more by contacting our event director

Registration: $750

This forum qualifies for 16 ASIS continuing education credits.



The Great Conversation in Security will be held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Opened in June 1996, Bell Harbor has continuously invested in maintaining its state-of-the-art presentation systems. This helped earn Bell Harbor the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award three times over the last decade, considered the most credible and prestigious symbol of excellence among conference center facilities.

Bell Harbor International Convention Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66
Seattle, WA 98121

hotel accomModations

Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Washington 98121

$192 Conference Rate / The Great Conversation

Booking Link

The Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington's most popular waterfront district.  It is located across the street from the Forum venue and is near Pike Place Market making it an ideal place for both business and pleasure. After recent multi-million dollar renovations, the luxurious guest rooms now features 42 inch flat-screen TVs, and freshly upgraded corridors and bathrooms.


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We recommend parking in the Art Institute of Seattle’s parking garage, which connects directly to Bell Harbor and World Trade Center Seattle via the skybridge and can be accessed on both Elliott Avenue and Wall Street.

Garage Address:
Bell Street Pier Garage #28
2323 Elliott Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

All attendees driving to the event will receive parking validation with their paid registration. The Art Institute of Seattle parking garage will be marked with The Great Conversation signage and validation will be given at the registration desk.