Women in Security

4th Annual Women in Security (virtual) Event

We hope you will join Women in Security for a very special Annual Briefing presentation on Monday, November 16th at 2:30pm (EST).

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks.”  Over her lifetime she fought for opportunities for women; today WiS strives to carry on that mission.  Our session will feature highly accomplished women in security sharing advice to help you “make tracks.”  Panelists are Mary Welsh, Chief Security Officer of UnitedHealth Group, Karen Frank, Director of Global Security of Pratt & Whitney, and Alison Bouwmeester, a former CIA intelligence officer and the author of Mission: Career Transition.  The moderator will be Lyndall Herman with CARE.  WiS Chair Margaret Levine will also provide a brief look back at the past year and share exciting plans for the year ahead.  Registration is required to attend.  Register today!

*Please note that your OSAC login is required.*

Women in Security Agenda

2:30 – 2:35pm

Welcome (Event Opens)

Julie Cabus,
Acting Assistant Director, Diplomatic Security Service, Department of State

2:35 – 2:45pm

Women in Security Announcements

Margaret Levine,
Chief Security Officer, Bridgestone Americas LLC (WiS Chair)

2:45 – 3:00pm

Benchmarking Update & Panel Scene Setter

Kirsten Provence,
Senior Manager, Supply Chain Security, Boeing (WiS Benchmarking Subcommittee Member)

3:00 – 3:45pm

Session Panel – Career Advancement During COVID

Mary Welsh,
Chief Security Officer, UnitedHealth Group

Karen Frank,
Director of Global Security, Pratt & Whitney

Alison Bouwmeester,
former CIA intelligence officer and the author of Mission: Career Transition

Moderator:
Lyndall Herman,
Security Analysis and Communications Manager, CARE

3:45 – 4:00pm

Audience Questions & Answers

4:00pm

Event Adjourns

Women in Security: Featured Speakers

This page will be updated frequently as details evolve.  Check back for the latest updates and information.

Julie Cabus | Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary | U.S. Department of State
Acting Assistant Director | Diplomatic Security Service | Department of State

Julie Cabus

Julie S. Cabus is the Acting Assistant Director for the Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate (DS/TIA), and theDeputy Assistant Director for the Office of Intelligence and Threat Analysis (DS/TIA/ITA).In this capacity, she oversees the Diplomatic Security programs that analyze, assess, generate, investigate, and disseminate information on threats directed against U.S. diplomatic personnel overseas and domestically.

Ms.Cabus joined the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, DiplomaticSecurity Service in March 1999. Ms. Cabus served overseas at the following Diplomatic Missions; Assistant Regional Security Officer, Kinshasa, DRSC, Regional Security Officer, Niamey, Niger, Regional Security Officer, Peshawar, Pakistan, Regional Security Officer, Algiers Algeria, Senior Regional Security Officer, United States Mission to Australia, Canberra, Australia, Deputy Regional Security Officer, Kabul, Afghanistan, and Senior Regional Security Officer, United States Mission to Iraq. In addition to her overseas assignments, Ms. Cabus served in the Diplomatic Security Service Washington Field Office, Bureau Security Officer, Office of the Secretary of State,and as Division Chief for Defensive Equipment and Armored Vehicles, Dignitary Protection, and Worldwide Protective Services (WPS).

Ms. Cabus holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PAand a Master’s of Military Studies from Marine Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA. Ms. Cabus is native to Manchester, CT. and currently lives in Springfield, VA. She is married to Edward A. Cabus. They have three children.

Margaret Levine | Chief Security Officer | Bridgestone Americas LLC
Chief Security Officer | Bridgestone Americas LLC

Margaret Levine

Margaret J. Levine is the Vice President of Corporate Security for Bridgestone Americas, Inc. In this position, she develops and directs Bridgestone Americas’ strategy for managing security risks and oversees the company’s response to emergencies when they occur. In addition to her role at Bridgestone Americas, Ms. Levine is the Chair of Bridgestone Corporation’s global Working Group on Risk Management and Business Continuity.
Ms. Levine began her corporate security career as a Planner in the Global Security Department of Mobil Oil Corporation where she later directed security for the company’s operations in high-risk areas, led its threat assessment and response program, and managed protective services for the company’s top executives.
In 2000, Ms. Levine left Mobil Oil to become Director of Global Security for Capital One Financial Corporation and, in 2002, she became Director of Corporate Security for the Georgia Power Company. She assumed her current role at Bridgestone Americas in 2008.
Recognized for her leadership and community involvement, Ms. Levine is a recipient of the Nashville Business Journal’s Woman of Influence award. A former member of the Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee, she now serves on the Board of the Nashville Sexual Assault Center.
Ms. Levine has also been a leader in many security organizations. She currently chairs the Women in Security Common Interest Committee of the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council. In 2004, she became the first woman elected to the Board of Directors of the International Security Management Association, and in 2011, she became its first woman President. Ms. Levine was a member of the Steering Committee that created the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), a public-private partnership between the FBI and US corporations, and is a Past President of the Board of the Community Criminal Justice Foundation of Northwest Georgia, which awards college scholarships to students interested in criminal justice careers.
Ms. Levine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Denver in Denver, CO.

Karen previously was the Enterprise Security Program & Consulting Director for Caterpillar Inc., managing security services and associated governance in support of domestic and international corporate risk management initiatives related to the security of people, information, property and brand. Karen is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has experience as a Global Investigations & Brand Protection Manager, Strategic Planning Consultant and a Business Investigator. She has prior law enforcement experience as a Criminal Investigator for the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois.

Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University and a Master of Business degree from Illinois State University. She is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Kirsten Provence | Senior Manager of Supply Chain Security | Boeing
Senior Manager of Supply Chain Security | Boeing

Kirsten Provence

As the Senior Manager of Boeing’s Supply Chain Security program, Kirsten leads the team responsible for maintaining the security of Boeing’s global supply chains and ensuring Boeing’s compliance with global supply chain security requirements. Additionally, Kirsten leads the S&FP Program Execution team which ensures the deployment of standardized services across the enterprise. Kirsten is also the executive strategy leader for Boeing’s Security & Fire Protection organization and leads the development and delivery of the organization’s strategic direction.

Kirsten has a degree in Political Science and a MBA in Business Administration, Global Management. Kirsten joined The Boeing Company in 2001 and in addition to her organizational duties, she serves on the Governance Board of the SCRLC and Chairs the OSAC Women in Security Benchmarking Subcommittee. Kirsten resides in Woodinville, Washington with her family and their 3-legged rescued Labrador retriever, Rebel.

Mary Welsh | Chief Security Officer | UnitedHealth Group
Chief Security Officer | UnitedHealth Group

Mary Welsh

Mary Welsh is SVP and Chief Security Officer (CSO) for UnitedHealth Group, the most diversified health care company in the United States. As the largest company in the world to have a female CSO, UnitedHealth Group is based in Minnetonka, MN and is 7th on the Fortune 500 with more than 320,000 employees.

Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group in 2016, Ms. Welsh led the Global Security function at St. Jude Medical for 10 years. In the public sector, Ms. Welsh served in the U.S. Federal Government, which included multiple international assignments throughout Europe and Southeast Asia working on global intelligence issues.

Ms. Welsh serves on the Board of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST, an organization that supports and advances the careers of women leaders in health care. Ms. Welsh is also the private sector chair of the Twin Cities Security Partnership, a private-public partnership between law enforcement, government agencies, and private industry which promotes a stronger, safer Twin Cities community. In addition, Ms. Welsh is on the Advisory Board of ModernWell, a female inspired MN-based co-workspace and business incubator.

Ms. Welsh maintains active professional memberships in the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), International Security Management Association (ISMA), as well as DSAC and OSAC.

Karen Frank | Director of Global Security | Pratt & Whitney
Director of Global Security | Pratt & Whitney

Karen Frank

Karen Frank is the Senior Director, head of Global Security Services for Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies Company. In this role Karen is responsible for developing and supporting the implementation of Pratt & Whitney’s global security strategy and serves as the focal point for corporate security within the organization. Karen previously held leadership roles at Caterpillar Inc. in Enterprise Security and IT Service Management. She held global accountability to strategically transform the IT consumer experience, including supplier relationship management, asset management and infrastructure demand shaping and analytics.

Karen previously was the Enterprise Security Program & Consulting Director for Caterpillar Inc., managing security services and associated governance in support of domestic and international corporate risk management initiatives related to the security of people, information, property and brand. Karen is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has experience as a Global Investigations & Brand Protection Manager, Strategic Planning Consultant and a Business Investigator. She has prior law enforcement experience as a Criminal Investigator for the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois.

Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University and a Master of Business degree from Illinois State University. She is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Following her retirement from the CIA, Alison spent nearly a decade as a senior corporate business executive, first at TASC and at Agilex Technologies, where she rose to the level of Vice President for Business Development, and later at Accenture Federal Services where she supported corporate efforts in the Intelligence sector.

In 2018, leveraging 35 years of government and private sector experience, Alison became a Certified Professional Career Coach, and founded Futurity, LLC to coach others through successful job searches, career advancement, and career transitions. Alison is the author of Mission: Career Transition - A Career Change Guide for Intelligence, Military, Foreign Affairs, National Security and Other Government Professionals.

Alison is a member of the Board of Advisors of the International Spy Museum and an Expert for the Cipher Brief.

Alison Bouwmeester | former CIA intelligence officer and the author of "Mission: Career Transition"
former CIA intelligence officer and the author of Mission: Career Transition

Alison Bouwmeester

Alison Pentz Bouwmeester, completed a 28-year career as an Operations Officer, Chief of Station and senior leader in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations, with frequent geographic moves and job transitions worldwide.

Following her retirement from the CIA, Alison spent nearly a decade as a senior corporate business executive, first at TASC and at Agilex Technologies, where she rose to the level of Vice President for Business Development, and later at Accenture Federal Services where she supported corporate efforts in the Intelligence sector.

In 2018, leveraging 35 years of government and private sector experience, Alison became a Certified Professional Career Coach, and founded Futurity, LLC to coach others through successful job searches, career advancement, and career transitions. Alison is the author of Mission: Career Transition - A Career Change Guide for Intelligence, Military, Foreign Affairs, National Security and Other Government Professionals.

Alison is a member of the Board of Advisors of the International Spy Museum and an Expert for the Cipher Brief.

Lyndall Herman | Security Analysis and Communications Manager | CARE
Security Analysis and Communications Manager | CARE

Lyndall Herman

Lyndall Herman joined the CARE USA Security Unit in 2017 as the Global Risk Analyst, before being promoted to the Security Analysis & Communications Manager in 2020. Immediately prior to joining CARE, Lyndall completed her PhD in the political history of the Middle East at the School of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, where her research focused on the Gaza Strip, and her publications and conference presentations focused primarily on Islamic political movements. While at the University of Arizona Lyndall taught over 25 courses both in person and on-line, and received her Certificate in Collegiate Education, with a focus on learner-centered pedagogy.