12th Annual ISF DINNER RECAP
The ISF Dinner Celebrating the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) on November 15, 2023 lived up to its reputation as one of the security industry’s top networking events with more than 900 guests from around the globe and across all public and private sectors.
Held once again at the beautiful National Building Museum and emceed by a welcoming and witty Jonathan Capehart, Associate Editor, The Washington Post, and MSNBC Anchor, “The Saturday/Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” the evening included numerous highlights, including inspiring keynote remarks by the Hon. Sue Gordon, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence.
THANK YOU, SPONSORS!
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the 81 dinner sponsors and multiple ticket purchasers, the event raised more than $1 million in support of OSAC . We are deeply grateful to all our sponsors, particularly our leadership sponsors:
Allied Universal® and Google LLC
Dataminr, Meta, Roku, Inc., Target Corporation
Adobe, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Delta Air Lines, Inc., International SOS, Pinkerton, RTX
Airbnb, American Airlines, AT&T, The Boeing Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Crisis24, Emergent Risk International, Global Guardian
John Deere, LifeRaft (Navigator), Ontic, PepsiCo, Inc., Sibylline, Stryker, United Airlines, Verizon, Walmart
Click the Gallery link above to see dozens of great photos of the event. (Yes, there are plenty of photos here, but there was so much networking and celebration to capture.)
KEYNOTE SPEAKER SUE GORDON
Security legend Sue Gordon gave riveting and insightful remarks on the world today and its security challenges. She noted that “this is a fraught moment and the world marked by ubiquitous technology,” but implored the security professionals attending to “keep their nose down and head up, to be big fearlessly, and not to be daunted as individual actions matter.”
Thank you, Sue, for your timely perspective, your warmth, wit and joy to be among your fellow security colleagues.
RICH DAVIS RECEIVES GEORGE P. SHULTZ AWARD
At the dinner, Rich Davis, ISF President, was honored for his six years at the helm of the ISF. He will be stepping down as President on December 31, 2023, but remains on the ISF Board. He was lauded with touching remarks by Dave Komendat, ISF Vice President and incoming President, a surprise video tribute and the George P. Shultz Award for Excellence to OSAC, presented to him by Sue Gordon.
Named for the founder of OSAC, Secretary of State George P. Shultz, this ISF award – separate and distinct from any U.S. government or State Department award program – recognizes exemplary, visionary service to the security profession
Rich Davis embodies these ideals throughout his 40-year career with United Airlines, which includes 22 years as Director, Global Security. His leadership on the OSAC Council and DSAC Council and his pioneering model of connection and collaboration created deeper partnerships between the private and public sectors.
During her remarks, Peggy O’Neill, ISF Executive Director, shared the impact Rich has had on the ISF and on her. “The relationship between an Executive Director and the Board President is critical to the success of any nonprofit organization,” she explained. “I have been blessed to have Rich as a partner in the role of ISF President. We worked hard together, laughed a lot and created a life-long friendship that I cherish. Thank you for sharing your gifts with me and so many others in this room. We are all better for having you in our lives.”
Watch the video of the full tribute to Rich during the dinner.
OSAC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Several private and public sector OSAC leaders were honored for their exceptional service during 2023. We congratulate each of you for your dedication and your enduring duty of care.
Read full descriptions of their exemplary achievements in the 2023 ISF Dinner Program.
ANNOUNCING THE SECURITY FOUNDATION!
The dinner was also the first-ever public unveiling of the new name and logo for The Security Foundation, which on January 1, 2024, will be the name of the International Security Foundation. Peggy O’Neill shared the exciting news, which was inspired by the February 2023 merger of the ISF and the Domestic Security Partnership.
The Security Foundation reflects the expanded portfolio of security programs and support of domestic and global public-private partnerships. It also acknowledges The Security Foundation’s broader initiatives and driving purpose is to support U.S. organizations and citizen’s right to feel secure whether working or traveling at home or abroad.
“We take an impartial approach to connecting public and private institutions and funding of key security programs and initiatives, paving the way for unbiased collaboration, unmatched cooperation and an unwavering commitment to supporting U.S. interests and entities around the world today, tomorrow, and far into the future,” Peggy explained. She shared the incredible 2023 impact of the ISF, which includes:
- 104 total programs funded for OSAC, DSAC and other nonprofits – an ISF record!
- The ISF-hosted and -organized first-ever Joint DEI Summit with ASIS, ISMA, ISF, DSAC and OSAC, held in April, with a shared goal of developing DEI programming, recruitment and data collection to impact every sector of the security profession in the U.S. and abroad.
- One of the DEI goals of expanding the DEI pipeline included the ISF sponsoring two young women, both Northeastern University students with security-related majors, who are interested in pursuing careers in security. They attended the OSAC Annual Briefing, the Women in Security Luncheon, the ISF Dinner and more. Read about them and the exciting week they had.
- The support for the OSAC Council in establishing OSAC’s newest Common Interest Committee – the Global Security Pride Committee and funding both its events to date.
- Funding the ISF’s first DSAC Annual Meeting and ISF Reception.
- Creating an updated strategic plan to reflect the larger scope of work of the ISF portfolio – domestic and international.
The Security Foundation will expand and deepen this impact in 2024 and in the coming years. Stay tuned for more news in the New Year!
NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMED BY USNA GLEE CLUB MEMBERS
Several members of the United States Naval Academy Glee Club performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Dinner. Under the director of Dr. Aaron Smith, Director of Musical Activities, these young leaders gave a stirring rendition. They enjoyed the dinner and several conversations with security leaders as well, continuing the Joint DEI Task Force’s goal of expanding the knowledge of what corporate security is among college students.
SAVE THE DATE for The Security Foundation’s 13th Annual Dinner in 2024
It’s not too soon to start planning for The Security Foundation’s 13th Annual Dinner Celebrating OSAC! Mark your calendars for:
Wednesday, November 20, 2024
National Building Museum