Strategic Paths Forward: Career Transition and Risk Management

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023 10:00am EDT
Sponsored By: Alliant International University
1.5 CPE
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This webinar will detail strategies to transition one’s career from public service to private sector security; and outline an approach to facilitate business resilience in the face of natural disasters.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023 10:00am EDT
Sponsored By: Alliant International University
1.5 CPE

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In this 90-minute webinar, two experts provide strategic insights for career transition and risk management.

The webinar begins with Melissa Mack of Pinkerton presenting Making Successful Transitions: Public service to private sector security career moves.  Navigating the private sector security job market and career landscape can seem overwhelming and challenging at times, especially for those making a transition into the industry. The strength of the industry relies on the collective skillsets and experiences from various professionals including military, law enforcement, technology, academia, business, and practitioners. This necessity creates significant opportunities for those looking to transition from public service to private sector security. The discussion provides a strategic path forward to a better professional and personal experience transitioning into the private sector.

Key takeaways:

  1. Explore best practices in preparing for your public service to private sector transition.
  2. Understand the significance of articulating your value proposition.
  3. Prepare to launch your private sector security career campaign.

In the second half, Yacine Benamane, CPP of Unilever presents Resilience in the Face of Natural Disasters, where he’ll detail a 5-pillar approach:

  1. Sites Resilience & Preparedness
  2. Organizational Crisis Management Capability Fitness
  3. Operational Business Continuity planning
  4. Employees Safety & Security Readiness
  5. Supporting the Community

Although the fault system that cause earthquakes and the region’s seismicity are well documented from painstaking field studies, historical records and geophysical observations over many decades predicting the exact location, time and magnitude is almost impossible.

Continuing to prepare for further large quakes in the region is just as important as rescuing and rebuilding from the countries which have already been impacted. Key takeaways include:

  1. Adopt an all-hazard approach.
  2. Assessing and confirming building workplace structural Integrity earthquake-resistance tests.
  3. Helping employees to prepare for earthquake individually and with their families.
  4. Preparing support employees in the aftermath of the earthquake to sustain their livelihoods.
  5. Preparing the plans to sustain business operations in the aftermath of an earthquake.


Melissa Mack, CPP, CPRW, CIC
Managing Director – Pinkerton

Melissa is the Managing Director for the US - Midwest for Pinkerton providing comprehensive risk management solutions to clients supporting various industry verticals. During her 20+ year career in security management, Melissa has established herself as a trusted partner protecting global assets, educating business leaders about safety, security, and risk, and supporting the professional development of industry colleagues serving as a private sector practitioner, service provider, adjunct instructor, and in public service. Melissa is actively engaged in volunteer service within the industry and strives for the promotion of integrity and excellence in the profession.

Melissa earned both her bachelor and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. She is an active member of ASIS International currently serving on the Professional Certification Board (PCB) and holds the distinction of Certified Protection Professional (CPP). Melissa has served as the Texas Regional Vice President and Houston Chapter Chair, as well as on the ASIS Nominating Committee for the Global Board of Directors, the Professional Development Community Executive Committee, and led the ASIS Implicit Bias initiative launched in January 2022. Additional security industry member affiliations include the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). Enthusiastic about helping others, Melissa is a member of the Professional Association for Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARWCC) where she is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Interview Coach (CIC) which she utilizes to assist current and aspiring security professionals with career development.

Yacine Benamane, CPP
MENA & Iran Senior Regional Security Manager – Unilever

Yacine Benamane, CPP, has a diploma in Security Management and is a trained and qualified crisis and business risk senior manager with more than 20 years of corporate security experience in Oil & Gas and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors delivering tailored security strategies for people protection, supply chain, and route to market operations throughout North Africa and Middle East.  Currently MENA & Iran Senior Regional Security Manager for Unilever based in UAE. He is also an authorized auditor of Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), member of the Security Institute (SyI), the US Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), and Vice Chair of ASIS Dubai Chapter since 2020.

*Note:  Speakers and content are subject to change without notice.

Credit Information

Completion of this webinar is eligible for 1.5 CPE credit.  CPE credits for ASIS-sponsored webinars will be updated in your user profile within 48 hours of completion.  Self-reporting of CPE credits is not required. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 10:00am EDT
Sponsored By: Alliant International University
1.5 CPE
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