Oct 16 2023
Women in Sports & Entertainment - Taking Charge and Making a Difference Volume 3
COPYRIGHT 2023 BY IIFXALL RIGHTS RESERVEDOn Wednesday, September 27, 2023, the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience (IIFX), in association with the Security Industry Association Women in Security Forum, hosted a virtual town hall titled “Women in Sports & Entertainment Security – Taking Charge and Making a Difference!” This was the third in a series of IIFX Town Halls featuring women in sports and entertainment security."Our Women in Sports & Entertainment Security Town Hall events feature impressive women who lead the way in sports and entertainment industry," said Kasia Hanson, Chair of the Security Industry Association Women in Security Forum.The distinguished panel talked about their leadership experiences, the pressing safety, security, and risk management challenges that women leaders are addressing today, and the future of women leaders in the sports and entertainment.The Town Hall is part of IIFX's FANCENTRIC series of podcasts and forums and is complimentary to all who can benefit from attending. It features visionary industry thought leaders, advanced practitioners, academics, authors, technologists, and fans from around the world."Sports stadiums and entertainment venues in 2030 will feature different talent, fans, and staff than what we see today. Our Town Hall series feature programs to inspire the next generation of young women who will lead the sports and entertainment industry," said Dr. Lou Marciani, Director and Co-Founder of IIFX..Our panelists included: Kasia Hanson – Global Director of Video | Security | Venues @Intel Corporation. Kasia is the Chair of the Security Industry Association Women in Security Forum, the 2022 SIA Progress Award Recipient, a Women in Security Power 100 honoree, ISJ Top Security Influencer, a Distinguished Fellow for the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience (IIFX), and was named the #3 IFSEC Security Influencer in 2021. Kasia will moderate the Town Hall.Sheryl Pinckney-Maas – CEO and Founder of Guardian Zone, LLCSheryl is the CEO and Founder of Guardian Zone, LLC, a technology company in Texas that is a leading provider of crowd-sourced security solutions. Her company is the first in the market that addresses the public-private challenges at large public venues. The Guardian Zone solution includes an innovative security mobile app and software platform that bridges the communication gap between on-site security, law enforcement, and the public during an emergency.Holli Draines – CEO, Elite Strategy Global, Inc.As a black female business leader and champion of diversity and inclusivity efforts, Holli Draines helped Elite Strategy Global (ESG) to break beyond barriers that were created by dated thinking, prejudices, and social inequality. Holli has led her team’s efforts on several major security and risk management projects through formulating effective security protocols that align with business and safety standards; successfully mitigating risk and business disruptions and saving organizations time, money, and resources.About the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience The Innovation Institute for Fan Experience (IIFX) was founded in 2020. IIFX’s vision is to be the leading and most trusted global authority on providing exceptional, memory-making fan experiences for the sports and entertainment industry. The Institute focuses on the fan journey and creating the ideal fan experience for its member organizations, one that results in increased revenue, sustainable growth, operational efficiency, a diversified workforce, new and repeat attendance, and maximized health, safety, and security through best practices, innovative technology solutions, and high-quality services. IIFX produces content and events and facilitates dialogue and collaboration around its core areas of expertise.