“In our regional executive management team we are some 40 percent women, a high number compared to the industry in general. I believe that in order to be able to increase the number of females in leadership positions in the security industry it is very important to be open and discuss the topic. WSC further enables possibilities for that discussion.”
Also a WSC winner in the manufacturer category, Karen Evans, president and CEO of Sielox, Runnemede, N.J., commented that she was honored for the recognition when there are so many talented women in the security industry today.
“When I started in the industry in the early 80s, I was frequently the only female in attendance at seminars or training classes. I was a minority but I never let gender be an influence or an obstacle with anything I attempted. I have worked for distributors, integrators and the last 22 years on the manufacturing side of the industry. I found that the more technical knowledge I acquired over time, the more respect I earned from peers, employees, dealers and end-users alike. If there is one thing I would suggest to anyone entering the industry or looking to advance, become a sponge for knowledge and sharing that knowledge with others to gain credibility,” Evans said.
Other WOY winners included Martha Entwistle, editor in chief of Security Systems News and a media partner who has helped promote the WSC organization and also the role of women in the industry through regular industry articles, as well as Renae Leary, senior director of Global Accounts, Tyco International, who was recognized with Volunteer of the Year. Leary assisted WSC in getting the organization off the ground and has worked tirelessly to promote its efforts.
WSC sponsors include: ISC West, Tyco Integrated Security, MG Designs, Mobotix, Compass Public Relations, Monitronics, Next Level Security Systems, Siemens, SIA and Security Dealer & Integrator magazine.