Female security professionals are shifting the perception of a predominantly male-orientated industry by taking on more high-profile roles. While women are still underrepresented in the security industry, the good news is that positive cultural change is turning stereotypes around and providing real career pathways for females.
Women in security was the topic of discussion at a recent ASIS breakfast at Sydney Opera House. Darlene Winston – General Manager of People and Partner Strategy, joined a panel of female leaders who have found success in the security industry to provide insight into their own experiences and challenges.
Jenny Muldoon – Head of Safety, Security and Risk Culture at Sydney Opera House, detailed her own success with bringing a female touch to her role. “Women are bringing a difference in opinion and a different type of conversation that is allowing businesses to see the bigger picture and have a more holistic understanding”.
In a traditionally male dominated field, communication and collaboration with female security professionals is creating real career opportunities. Emerging female leaders were advised to believe in and back themselves, ensuring they have the right skills and training. “Find a mentor you admire, and mirror their leadership capabilities”.
However the panel agreed that diversity extends far beyond a gender debate. The security industry is benefitting from different types of people from various backgrounds. While there is no doubt the industry is shifting in support of gender equality, positive cultural change is coming from the industry’s focus on empowering and cultivating people – female and male.