An article from Katie Keller, ClearanceJobs, published July 7, 2020.
If there is an organization that has resiliently adapted to these uncertain times in putting on national security symposiums, the Intelligence and National security alliance takes the cake. Additionally, they are notorious for promoting diversity in National Security, including uplifting women.
ABOUT THE NEW IC: EMPOWERING WOMEN & ENGAGING MEN SYMPOSIUM
The New IC: Empowering Women & Engaging Men Symposium is an inspiring event filled with keynotes, engaging TED-talk style ignite rounds, and lively panel discussions with a stacked line-up of all-star speakers within the national security arena. Attendees will hear the personal stories of women and men who have built successful careers and are working to create diverse, inclusive work environments grounded in mutual respect. This is the third year of this annual event, but as you can imagine, this is the first time that INSA is putting on this event virtually. The silver lining is that at home format has enabled them to expand their reach, allowing over 1000 virtual attendees.
KICKOFF OF INSA
Yesterday kicked off the start of The New IC, and Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg, President of INSA, opened the event with the introduction. Diversity and inclusion, and 2020 being the culmination of this important topic in the IC, was a large part of the introduction. Diversity naturally enriches any industry of professionals, but especially the IC.
“It’s critically important that the IC…draws on all America’s viewpoints and perspectives…it makes our society richer, stronger, and more robust,” said Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg’s in the opening speech.
Letitia “Tish” Long, the fifth chairman of the INSA Board of Directors in January 2016, spoke next during the introduction of the keynote. She served as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from October 2010 to October 2014, becoming the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency. Her opening theme surrounded the fact that women and men need to be both engaged in the national security, and it’s imperative to get it right...Read Full Article