Women In Security News


 Work by ASIS Phoenix Chapter members Shirley Pierini, MBA, CPP, PCI; Maria Dominguez, MA, CPP; and Liz Martinez, MA, appears in the new book "Women in the Security Profession: A Practical Guide for Career Development," Sandi Davies, Ed. (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2016).

 Shirley Pierini, former President of ASIS International and current ASIS Phoenix Chapter Audit Committee Chair, wrote the preface to the book. In it, she says that the volume's purpose is to recount "the trials and tribulations that women working in the security industry have experienced, but more so to pave the way for younger generations of female security professionals to take their place in an industry that will continue to grow.... [W]omen have made terrific inroads...to showcase their intelligence, tenacity and capabilities to make significant contributions to this important industry."

 According to Pierini, "to be a woman in a male-dominated industry takes a vision to achieve, tenacity, and most importantly, the willingness to educate and gain the certifications necessary to stand out."

 In the "Industry Specific Q&A: Financial/Banking Security" profile, former Phoenix Chapter Chair and current Council Liaison Maria Dominguez describes her career trajectory after leaving the US Air Force as going from a construction site security guard to a major bank's physical security section, where she oversees "a large geographical area, including Latin America."

 In addition, Dominguez discusses the importance of having a mentor and says that she does her "best to hire women. The problem I have had is not being able to find qualified women." Her recommendation to anyone entering the security profession is to "[n]etwork, network, network."

 Phoenix Chapter Programs Chair Liz Martinez wrote three chapters of the book: "History of Women in Security," "Education and Career Advancement," and "How to Achieve Success in a Predominantly Male World."

 In the "Education" chapter, Martinez discusses the importance of higher education and creative ways security professionals can study and pay for a degree. She offers resources, pointing out that "ASIS International's Academic and Training Programs Council has compiled a list ... titled 'Academic Institutions Offering Degrees, Concentrations, or Certificates in Security Management.'"

 "How to Achieve Success," echoes Dominguez's statement about having a mentor and expands on it: "Sometimes it falls to the employee to be the person clearing the path for those who come along behind. Employees who are fortunate enough to have a mentor to help them along can turn around and follow in the mentor's footsteps with the next folks."

 In addition to the contribution by the Phoenix Chapter members, "Women in the Security Profession" provides practical information for women entering the profession or seeking to advance to its highest levels of management, as well as providing real-world tips and insights on how women can help shape its future.

 An amusing, poignant and factual account of one individual's career in the profession is revealed in the chapter "Disjointed Thoughts of a Female Private Investigator." Written by Fern Abbott, who was named the 2016 ASIS International Vince Ruffolo Legislative Advocate of the Year, this memoir alone is worth the price of the book.

 "Women in the Security Profession" is available in paperback for $28.15 at www.tinyurl.com/WISPbook. Ebook versions are also available.