Emerging Issues for Emerging Leaders Conference
12-13 November 2018
Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown

Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Emerging Issues for Emerging Leaders (EIFEL), hosted by the International Security Management Association (ISMA), is the must attend leadership event for rising security professionals. Senior security executives will be on hand to discuss their most valuable leadership insights and to offer real world advice. Participants will be challenged to think differently, develop new skill sets, and push themselves to grow as leaders. 


This program is open to ISMA members and their staff. The registration fee is $650 and includes meals, conference materials and access to the ISMA Annual Reception on Tuesday, 13 November.

Registration is full. Please email [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds on conference fees after 12 October 2018.

For registration questions, please contact [email protected] 

Hotel Information

Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
2401 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
+ 1 202 429 2400 

EIFEL attendee rate: $250.00.

All EIFEL programming takes place at the Fairmont, Washington, D.C., Georgetown and attendees should plan on staying there. 

Note: the ISMA rooming block is closed. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. 

ISMA Annual Reception

All EIFEL attendees are invited to this invitation-only reception following the EIFEL program! This is an excellent opportunity to network with ISMA members and government guests.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Willard Intercontinental
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004


Monday, 12 November

Join your fellow EIFEL attendees and speakers at a Welcome Reception from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Roosevelt Ballroom.

Tuesday, 13 November

General Sessions held in Kennedy Ballroom

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast (Roosevelt Room)
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Jana Monroe, ISMA Emerging Issues for Emerging Leaders Program Coordinator; Vice President of Global Security, Herbalife Corp.
Dr. Nicole Lipkin, Equilibria Leadership Consulting

9:10 – 10:00 a.m.

The Science of Leadership Success: 3 Factors That Propel Us Forward (or Hold Us Back)
Dr. Nicole Lipkin
, Equilibria Leadership Consulting

Do you want to understand what makes or breaks a leader? This fun, engaging keynote, based on What Keeps Leaders Up at Night, uncovers the oft-ignored core factors that underlie our impact as leaders. With insight into the neuroscience, psychology and group dynamics of leadership and business culture, you will learn the root causes that make or break our ability to bring out the best in ourselves and in others, thereby contributing to personal and professional success.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Transformational Leadership and Technology
Cathy Lanier, Chief Security Officer, National Football League

In this case study, Cathy will discuss the integration of technology in policing and lessons learned for corporate security. Bringing innovation culture change to a traditional organization can be tough, but sometimes it has to be done in order for the organization to survive. Drawing on personal experiences, Cathy will discuss the challenges she has faced, both in the public and private sector, and will provide attendees with ideas for strategy development when faced with similar challenges.

11:15 a.m. – 12 noon

Key Qualities of a Security Leader
John Imhoff
, Former Director, Global Security, Ernst & Young and ISMA Life Member

Drawing on feedback and data from current CSOs of multinational companies, this presentation will identify the top indicators and qualities needed to successfully lead a global security function. Attendees will understand which key attributes make a leader within the security field a success and will walk away equipped to develop these skills within themselves.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Roosevelt Room)
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility
Keith Slotter
, Vice President Security, JetBlue Airways

This session will offer a case study on JetBlue’s “Safe Schools” program. Mr. Slotter will discuss how leveraging corporate expertise and talent is an effective way to help protect our communities from a safety and security perspective. He’ll discuss the importance of gaining support and buy-in on security-related community initiatives from executive management and how effective leadership extends beyond the corporate team into the community at large.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Leading Through Difficult Change

David Komendat, Vice President & Chief Security Officer, The Boeing Company

CSOs not only have to keep up with the dynamic threat environment but must also navigate through a challenging, changing business environment. Learn the skills necessary to help you lead through difficult change.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. The Win/Win Factor in Leadership Development

Stevan Bernard, Former CSO, Sony Pictures and ISMA Life Member

The Win/Win factor in effective leadership is about knowing yourself and your strengths and applying those skill sets to become a successful leader. During this session, Steve Bernard will draw on his 20+ years of leadership experience to offer practical tips and takeaways to develop and hone your personal leadership style. Topics discussed include:

  • Embedding purpose in your leadership and driving social good
  • Setting your values and ethics early and without compromise
  • The importance of effective networking
  • Having the courage to make changes when necessary
  • Attaining and promoting professional certifications
  • Becoming an expert in something and learning to speak to it
  • Becoming more business savvy
  • Knowing when to say “no”
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Leadership Gems Panel 
Moderated by Jana Monroe, ISMA Emerging Issues for Emerging Leaders Program Coordinator; Vice President of Global Security, Herbalife Corp.

John Imhoff,Former Director, Global Security, Ernst & Young and ISMA Life Member
Cathy Lanier, Chief Security Officer, National Football League
Rich Davis, Managing Director Corporate Security, United Airlines
Stevan Bernard, Former CSO, Sony Pictures and ISMA Life Member
David Komendat, Vice President & Chief Security Officer, The Boeing Company
Keith Slotter, Vice President Security, Jetblue Airways

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Conference Highlights 
Dr. Nicole Lipkin
, Equilibria Leadership Consulting

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

ISMA Annual Reception
Willard Intercontinental Hotel Ballroom

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

"This conference was extremely informative and unique. The insight provided will be valuable for so many different situations I will be faced with throughout my career."– EIFEL 2017 participant