What is The Great Conversation™?

The Great Conversation

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 one-day format with the following essential components:

– 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

In 2014, The Great Conversation will take place in the eastern and western part of the United States. 

Videos from The Great Conversation

In 2013 we interviewed leading executives in security to find out the questions they wanted to find answers to regarding Leadership, Resilience and Metrics. Here is what they had to say:





Be a Part of the New Breed of Leadership

In our Great Conversation in Security Events we know that, more than ever, executives must balance budgets and resources with the core mission of protecting assets and people while facilitating the objectives of their organization. How well they do this will ultimately dictate their ability to add value; through their people, processes and technology. The Great Conversation becomes a catalytic event for these conversations and other sponsored conversations throughout the year including online forums. Emerging leaders in security have the opporunity to enroll in the Security Executive Council's Next Generation Security Leader Program, now a part of The Great Conversation Event.

Our surveys show that these events and the communication platform that supports the stakeholders:

  • Drive value for the entire market ecosystem

  • Create efficiencies and a path to organizational value for the executives

  • Create alignment with their product and services vendors

  • Create a monetary impact for all the stakeholders

Download an informative datasheet on The Great Conversation or a listing of past Great Conversation Speakers or contact us to learn more today.


Supporters of The Great Conversation


Security Executive Council“The Great Conversation remains one of the best cross-functional leadership knowledge exchanges available for proven risk mitigation practices."  

Bob Hayes
Managing Director
The Security Executive Council


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"The Great Conversation" is a premier security event. It combines thought leadership with actionable intelligence that can be applied by executives and their teams."

Steve Lasky
Cygnus Security Media

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"PSA is delighted to be participating in the Great Conversation. Bringing together the full circle of decision making players in the security space is a stroke of genius. It is surprising how this seemingly simple concept has never been done before as stand alone security silos have not served the best interest of any of the security players."

Bill Bozeman, CPP,CHS
President & CEO
PSA Security Network