ASIS announces lineup of keynote speakers for GSX 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—ASIS International announced its keynote lineup for the Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019, to be held Sept. 8-12 in Chicago. The schedule includes presentations from leading authorities with experience and expertise in international security, politics, homeland security, cybersecurity and corporate security.

“GSX 2019 will feature an impressive line-up of keynote speakers that truly reflects the diverse and evolving nature of the security profession, as well as the issues beyond security that ASIS members face each day,” Christina Duffey, CPP, president, ASIS International, said in the announcement. “These distinguished executives come from different facets of the security industry, and we know that GSX 2019 attendees will benefit from their insights and expertise.”

Tuesday’s general session (8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 10) will feature Steve Demetriou, chair and CEO, and Joe Olivarez, VP, Global Security, of Jacobs — a multinational engineering company with more than 77,000 employees around the world — who will address the need to think differently about the future to deliver bold solutions for changing times.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 is Military & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at GSX 2019, which honors the individuals who make our communities and world a safer place. Gen. John F. Kelly, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), headlines the general session (8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.), and as a thank you for their service, all law enforcement, military and first responders will receive free admission to GSX that day, including access to General Kelly’s keynote.

The GSX 2019 closing general session on Thursday, Sept. 12 (8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.) is open to all GSX registrants, including expo-only registration and will feature Tarah Wheeler, cybersecurity policy fellow at New America, who will discuss “Protecting Assets in the Age of Cybersecurity Leaks and Scandals: How to Plan When Risk is a Moving Target.” Wheeler is an inaugural contributing cybersecurity expert for the Washington Post and a Foreign Policy contributor on cyber warfare. She is the lead author of the best-selling book Women in Tech: Take Your Career to The Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories, as well as an information security researcher and political scientist in the area of international conflict.

Wheeler will be introduced by Brig. Gen. Stefanie Horvath, current leader of enterprise service delivery for the state of Minnesota. After her presentation, the General and Wheeler will lead a lively Q&A session drawn from their very different vantage points related to cybersecurity. 

Information on Monday’s special international keynote speaker will be released shortly.

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Entering its 65th year, Global Security Exchange (formerly the ASIS International Annual Seminar & Exhibits) is a comprehensive event for security professionals worldwide, dedicated to addressing fast-paced changes across the industry with a focus on immersive learning, revitalized networking, and a reimagined exhibit floor. Attendance at GSX directly supports scholarship programs and the development of education, certification, and standards and guidelines year-round. ASIS International remains dedicated to expanding and enriching knowledge sharing, best practices, and peer-to-peer connections so security professionals across disciplines — and at all stages of their career — can get access to the information and resources they need to succeed.

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