ISMA International Security Leader Conference (formerly EIFEL)
2020 Dates - Cancelled 

The ISMA International Security Leader Conference, formerly known as EIFEL, is a brand new one-day conference focused on risks and trends security professionals will face in the coming year. The event is open to both ISMA members and their staff and will feature speakers covering geopolitical topics, hot-button security issues and trends, and the latest global risk management strategies. Featured speakers will be both ISMA members and external experts. Space is limited and this conference will sell out. Attendees will also receive a complimentary registration for the invitation-only ISMA Annual Reception.


This program is open to ISMA members and their staff. Space is limited, please register as soon as possible. Onsite registration is not allowed. Please note ISMA has not reserved a room block for this event and attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. 

Registration fee: $650

2021 Registration info will be available at a later date.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Cancellation Policy: Conference cancellations received prior to 30 days before the meeting commences will be refunded in full. Cancellations received after 18 October 2020 will not be refunded.

ISMA Annual Reception

All conference attendees will also receive a complimentary registration to the invitation-only reception following the program! This is an excellent opportunity to network with ISMA members and government guests.


Sample Agenda

Tuesday, 19 November

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.     Registration and Networking
10:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks
Jana Monroe; ISMA ISLC Program Coordinator; Vice President of Global Security, Herbalife Corp.

10:05- 11:05 a.m. Evolution of Extremism 
Seth G. Jones, Ph.D., Harold Brown Chair, Director of the Transnational Threats Project (TNT), Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

This session will provide an overview of the evolution of extremis, with a focus on implications for U.S. companies. Seth will highlight the evolution of Islamic extremism (al Qaeda and Islamic State), the rise of the far right (including white supremacists and neo-Nazis), and enduring threats from left wing extremist, including groups like the Animal Liberation Front and others, which have targeted U.S. companies. 

11:05 a.m. - 12 noon

Global Responsibilities from a CSO’s Perspective
Rich Davis, ISMA Life Member

The discussion will center on how a CSO must maintain 24/7 awareness of world events, a true understanding of where all employees are and the associated risks and corporate responsibilities of these factors.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Crisis Management: Intersection of Brand Impacts and Physical Security
Cheryl Steele
, CSO, Starbucks

Increasingly, issues that used to be in the arena of public affairs or marketing and communications can cross over into physical security risks for both people and facilities; this requires improved connectivity and collaboration – in the moment – with a broader array of cross-functional partners in the business. This session will describe how Starbucks Coffee Company has approached this challenge and evolved its corporate crisis team framework to be more agile in response.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Maximizing Security’s Relationship with the Business Partners
José Freig, Managing Director, Latin America, American Airlines

This session will cover the juncture between the commercial business partners and the security function. The discussion will
center on how new or future CSOs can partner with the commercial side of the business to demonstrate the value of security to the organization.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Security & Resilience Risk Management - Challenges and Opportunities
Chris Rackow, Vice President, Global Security, Google 

Risk management is not new to the security profession but integrating security risk management into the enterprise model can be challenging both operationally and administratively. However, if comprehensively embraced, it can be a valuable addition to the enterprise's risk management portfolio. This session will take a journey from the strategic vision down to the day to day activities of building a security and resilience risk management system in a large multinational organization.

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. Closing Remarks and Conference Highlights          
Jana Monroe; ISMA ISLC Program Coordinator; Vice President of Global Security, Herbalife Corp.
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. ISMA Annual Reception
W Hotel - Altitude Ballroom (515 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C.)
All attendees are invited to this invitation-only reception! This is an excellent opportunity to network with ISMA members and government guests.