New Women's Security Council unveiled

March 25, 2011 -- Revamped, revitalized and renamed, a women's security industry networking organization is gathering steam and ready for official launch with special events scheduled for the ISC West tradeshow being held in Las Vegas in April.

Rebranded as the Women's Security Council, the organization formerly known as Women in Security Electronics has reopened its membership and will kick off the organization's activities at a networking reception scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the V Bar in the Venetian Hotel. Some 70-plus have registered for the reception to date, according to Rhianna Daniels, a member of the WSC founding committee and managing director of CompassPR in Grayslake, Ill.

According to Daniels, the Women's Security Council is designed as a networking vehicle for successful professionals, empowering women to realize their potential as industry leaders.

"Judging by the interest we've received with a launch of a new Web site at www.wscouncil.com, our new LinkedIn group, and for the reception and educational panel at ISC West, the time feels right for the organization," she said. Daniels added that WSC is a not-for-profit organization seeking ongoing sponsorships from the industry and that interested women can register for the networking event at rhianna@wscouncil.com.

Siemens and Milestone step up as initial sponsors

Silver sponsors for the ISC West reception include Siemens Industry Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Milestone Systems of Beaverton, Ore. The two firms have each made a $1,000 contribution to offset costs for the event and will be highlighted during the gathering. WSC sponsorship levels include: Platinum ($5,000); Gold ($2,500); Silver ($1,000); and Bronze ($500). Reception sponsors will receive special recognition at the event and on the WSC website, which will highlight and reinforce their role in contributing to the success of women in the security industry. WSC is also partnering with Reed Exhibitions and ISC events at the Las Vegas and New York shows.

"WSC provides an avenue in which women in the market can network with each other, mentor those interested in a career in security, and introduce newcomers to the benefits of working in the security market," said Amelia Hew, marketing manager of Next Level Security Systems Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., and also a member of the WSC founding committee. "It also promotes the successes of women in the security industry through online Webinars, the e-WSC newsletter, networking receptions at national conferences, ISC West and ISC East, and an awards program."

Panel discussion of women leaders at ISC West

WSC will also host an educational panel discussion of industry leaders at ISC West on Thursday, April 7 from 1 to 2 p.m. Scheduled speakers include JoAnna Sohovich, president of Honeywell Security & Communications in the Americas; Linda Mansillo-Kear, global director of marketing communications for Tyco International; and Sandra Jones, principal of Sandra Jones Company in Chardon, Ohio. SD&I magazine will moderate the panel.

Membership to the organization, open to those employed by a physical security company or consultative firm in the industry, will be priced at $50 annually for regular members, and a charter, or founding, membership will be offered at $75. This provides members with admission to two in-person networking events at ISC West and ISC Solutions, the e-WSC newsletter and access to the online membership directory as well. Membership sign up will be available at the reception at ISC West.

For more information on membership or sponsorship, contact Rhianna Daniels at rhianna@wscouncil.com; SD&I magazine at deborah.omara@cygnusb2b.com; or Amelia Hew of Next Level Security Systems at amelia@nlss.com.

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