The Great Conversation Seattle 2015 Recap

They came from many markets such as technology, energy, aerospace, transportation, healthcare, education, and government. They came from many locations in the United States such as Texas, California, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. And they came from as far away as Canada, Saudi Arabia, and India.  All executives from the risk, resilience, and security industry. They sought insights into leadership, program management, and metrics, and an approach to technology that would accelerate their path to value. 

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March 2nd – Next Generation Security Leader Program

The first hundred leaders assembled to review the collective knowledge of the Security Executive Council (SEC) through the Next Generation Security Leader Program as well as hear from their peers on the best practices being deployed in their organizations on subjects such as:

  • Establishing a total cost of security risk and mitigation
  • Exploring the forces of change within the company and outside the company
  • Presentation of a Solution Innovation Program (SIP) designed to accredit approaches to technology that have a clear metric-based outcome
  • Advancing valued communications for all hazards protection
March 3rd – The Great Conversation

The next day, the general forum was attended by close to 300 people. It included engaging video interviews with security executives before each main stage presentation as well as an afternoon of case studies by security executives and their teams.

  • Bob Hayes from the SEC, Brian Tuskan, from Microsoft, and Phil Aronson of Aronson Security Group kicked off the forum with The State of the Industry
  • Security-as-a-Service featured a lively exchange between the attendees and panelists on the security and viability of cloud based services
  • SEC’s led a pane exploring the nine characteristics of a next generation leader with three leaders
  • Closing with a table top-like panel with the CSO of Sound Transit, Ken Cummins and representatives from technology leaders. The purpose of the discussion was to understand
    the roles, responsibilities, and value that can come from a leadership team composed of
    strategic partners

Click here to read full article – The Great Conversation: A Study of Leadership and Community

The Great Conversation: An Overview


The Great Conversation in Security is designed and produced by The Sage Group with the support of local hosts to advance the value of all the stakeholders in the risk, resilience and security industry. We do this through a strategically organized and executed leadership event. A ‘Great Conversation’ demands attention to relationships. The best ideas come from the collective strength of the stakeholders in the industry: Security and Risk Executives and their teams, Consultants, Analysts, Technology Vendors and Integrators. We listen to their questions, challenges and their answers. This is the starting point. Then we search for the threads that seem to bind them together, creating the theme for The Great Conversation. To ensure each moment is valuable, we have created an intense two-day format with the following essential components:

– The Security Executive Council's Next Generation Security Leader Program: The Security Executive Council has developed a one-day leadership forum, The Next Generation Security Leader™ program (NGSL).  A number of the industry’s “most influential leaders in security" collaborated with thought leaders and security executives to create this curriculum that guides the next generation of security leaders.  NGSL arms current and emerging leaders with the needed tools for professional development and continuous organizational improvement.

– Main Stage Key Notes: We identify thought leaders who can address the key questions & issues facing security executives and their teams. Leadership, transformation efforts, unique collaborations, emerging disruptions in technology or best practices, and new innovations are prevailing themes.

– Industry Case Studies: where we attempt to replay a particular problem or opportunity faced by a company, how it was identified, framed, resourced and, ultimately addressed. Sponsors of these events are asked to assemble or represent the team that was involved in the effort.

– Panel Discussions: where industry subject matter experts and leaders answer specific questions related to the thematic issues that are on the minds of the security community.

– The Solutions Hall: where technology and service vendors exhibit and align their products with the issues and opportunities of our Great Conversation stakeholders