Leaders ready to Lead: Executive Summit Series 2.0


Imagine a week in Washington D.C. with some of the most influential leaders in risk, resilience and security from both government and private industry. And you have a front row seat.

The Executive Summit Series, on Monday, November 18, 2019, is the premier launching point for these senior executives attending the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) annual briefing.

OSAC was originally formed as a joint venture between the Department of State and the U.S. Private Sector in 1985 to address the gap in shared intelligence between the government and industry.

The Executive Summit Series gives back to OSAC through its commitment to the International Security Foundation to support OSAC’s programs around the world. A portion of the funding received from Executive Summit Series sponsors is being donated to the ISF. ISF was Founded in 2011 as a nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational organization, and has a simple, far-reaching mission: to fund programs and logistical support for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. ISF support dramatically expands OSAC’s ability to create a safer, more secure environment for the U.S. companies, organizations and citizens operating abroad.

Companies from market sectors such as transportation, aerospace, universities, think tanks, agriculture, technology, retail and entertainment have participated, along with senior executives from government agencies from across the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the Intelligence Community. The venue that has been provided to the Executive Summit Series is provided by one of the main participants: The Boeing Company.

We have an exciting agenda that was formed through a coalition of trusted advisors in our industry. It includes:

Emerging Risks
with William Evanina and Brian Harrell

Who better to join us in a discussion of the brutal truths of our global emerging risk situation then Bill Evanina whose interview by Lynn Mattice was one of the most engaging of last year’s forum?

As you remember, Bill is the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. He is responsible for leading and supporting counterintelligence and security activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community, the U.S. Government, and U.S. private sector entities at risk from intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries.

He will be joined by Brian Harrell, DHS Assistant Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Brian serves as the first Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security within the newly renamed U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Brian is the former Managing Director of Enterprise Security at the Duke Energy Corporation. He is also the former Director of the Electricity ISAC and Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he was charged with helping protect North America's electric grid from physical and cyber-attack.


with author Peter Singer

Author Peter Singer will discuss key findings in his book: LikeWar. he will explore the collision of war, politics, and social media, where the most important battles are now only a click away. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones.


The risks and the opportunities that emerging technology will bring. Leading technology executives will join us for a panel discussion that will explore what it means to create an intelligent platform to manage risk and to manage the growing opportunities of cross over value of the security technology infrastructure. As well, they will provide a glimpse of what is around the corner that cannot be ignored.

Executive Case Studies

This year we have reached out to our Security Executive Community to have them provide us case studies on the front of mind issues that are facing your organizations. We had an overwhelming response and chose the following:

Protecting Intellectual Property in Hostile Environments
with Tom Moyer, Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Security of Apple

One of the most innovative companies in the world is also the most attacked. And like most of us, there weakest point can be the intentional or unintentional act of an employee. Protecting a company’s Intellectual Property becomes even more complicated when State Sponsored efforts target IP theft from a particular company or industry to further the goals of that country. This will provide our community a first-hand look at the problem and the attempts at a working risk mitigation strategy and plan.


TRUTH DECAY and The Diminishing Reliance on Facts and Analysis with Jennifer Kavanaugh

Two leading RAND Corporation researchers will present the results of their pivotal studies and what they learned regarding the engagement of millennials and the risk posture of organizations.

Jennifer Kavanagh is the Director of Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program, RAND Arroyo Center a Senior Political Scientist and a Professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School

Kavanagh leads RAND's Countering Truth Decay initiative, a portfolio of projects exploring the diminishing reliance on facts and analysis in U.S. political and civil discourse. She is a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and teaches research methods courses as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Kavanagh graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in government and a minor in Russian language. She earned her Ph.D. in political science and public policy at the University of Michigan.

Over the past two decades, political and civil discourse at the national level in the United States has been characterized by "Truth Decay," defined as a set of four interrelated trends: an increasing disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations of facts and data; a blurring of the line between opinion and fact; an increase in the relative volume, and resulting influence, of opinion and personal experience over fact; and declining trust in formerly respected sources of factual information. These trends have many causes, but work and narrative video focuses on four: characteristics of human cognitive processing, such as cognitive bias; changes in the information system, including social media and the 24-hour news cycle; competing demands on the education system that challenge its ability to provide students with the skills they need to critically evaluate information; and polarization, both political and demographic. The most-damaging consequences of Truth Decay include the erosion of civil discourse, political paralysis, alienation and disengagement of individuals from political and civic institutions, and uncertainty over national policy.

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Millennials Views of Security and Why it Matters
with Marek N. Posard, Ph.D.

Marek N. Posard is an associate social scientist at the RAND Corporation and faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, baby boomers officially constitute their own generation because of the unprecedented increase in birth rates after World War II. Other groups, including millennials and Generation X, are not as readily definable as generations.

So, when Posard and his colleagues analyzed 1,600 American Life Panel survey responses to questions about perceptions of personal and national security, they knew they would have to look at the data from multiple angles. The results give rich insights into the current thinking of each generation

Posard, co-authored Millennial Perceptions of Security: Results from a National Survey of Americans with Jennifer Kavanagh, Kathryn Edwards, and Sonni Efron.


With Dr. Stephen Flynn, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Resiliency Institute at Northeastern University

Steve is the Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) at Northeastern University, a best-selling author, and has served in the White House during the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is an expert on managing man-made and naturally occurring disasters and is a leader in policy and practice of building infrastructure and system resilience.

And More

We are currently in the process of confirming other subject matter experts and executives and will be updating the agenda over the next month. However, don’t wait to register. We have limited seating.