July 23 2023

Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Keynote Speaker for 2023 TSF Dinner   

We’re delighted to announce that the Honorable Sue Gordon, 30-Year National Security Leader, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI), will be the keynote speaker for the 12th Annual ISF Dinner Celebrating the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

The dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. during the OSAC Annual Briefing. The event is the global security profession’s premier networking event, attracting more than 1,000 attendees. The ISF Dinner includes the presentation of the OSAC Awards.

One of the most accomplished leaders in the history of national security, Sue Gordon was the country’s number two ranking intelligence official during her tenure as the fifth PDDNI. She co-led the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and oversaw the entire Intelligence Community (IC) of more than a dozen agencies that collect information on threats against the United States. In particular, her transformative leadership focused on integrating intelligence across the organization, expanding outreach and partnerships, driving innovation and advancing diversity and inclusion throughout the IC.

With over three decades of legendary and dedicated service, the Hon. Gordon has led at every level spanning numerous organizations and disciplines and learning to “see the world as it is, not as she prefers it to be.” During her 2023 keynote remarks, she will draw on this experience to provide a nonpartisan analysis on the future of national security and cyber security, as well as inspire effective leadership in an age of disruption. Known for her integrity, authenticity and charisma, her remarks will include personal anecdotes and inspiration for attendees to adapt to change with innovation, collaboration and leadership.

We are excited about the expertise and experience that Sue Gordon brings to this marquee event for the security community.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Questions? Contact Siobhan Clune, ISF Director of Development, at [email protected].

About Sue Gordon

Prior to assuming the role of PDDNI, Sue Gordon served as the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from 2015 to 2017. In this role, she helped to lead the agency and manage the National System of Geospatial Intelligence. She was instrumental in driving NGA’s transformation to meet the challenges of a 21st century intelligence agency, championing agile governance, recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce, and expansion of geospatial intelligence services to the open marketplace.

Before her assignment with NGA, the Hon. Gordon served for 27 years at the Central Intelligence Agency and was involved in some of the most monumental operations in U.S. history, including the raid of Osama Bin Laden. During her tenure, she rose to senior executive positions in each of the Agency’s four directorates: operations, analysis, science and technology, and support. In 1998, Gordon designed and spearheaded the formation of In-Q-Tel – a nonprofit that accelerates the development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies to national security agencies.

She has been recognized for her creative executive leadership through numerous awards, including the Distinguished Intelligence and Distinguished Career Intelligence medals, Presidential Rank awards, and the Oliver Baker and William Webster awards. She is renowned for her commitment to mentorship and diversity, equity, and inclusion, serving as a champion for the LGBTQIA+ community.

The Hon. Gordon is a fellow at Duke and Harvard Universities; serves on several boards, including as an independent director for CACI International, Avantus Federal, BlackSky and the Mitre Corporation; is a senior advisor for Pallas Advisors, the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation,, Rebellion Defense and ColdQuanta; and consults for several companies, including Microsoft Corporation. She also continues to participate on government advisory boards on national security and intelligence. She holds a B.S. in zoology (biomechanics) from Duke University where she was a three-time captain of the Duke Women’s Basketball team.