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Celebrate these Security Leaders for International Women's Day!

We asked several Women Security Leaders to tell us what drew them into the profession, along with their thoughts on continued diversification of the industry. Let's celebrate these leaders on International Women's Day and give a shout out to your Women Security Leaders by emailing us or recognizing them in the comments section of our social media posts today!

Meredith Plaxco

Security magazine: What drew you into the security profession?

Meredith Plaxco, Vice President, Loss Prevention and Safety, PetSmart: Being part of a Safety, Security and LP function is the best kind of “why,” that involves protecting people (and in our case pets), profit and pursuing the truth. As a leader it’s something you can build a meaningful career and organizational culture around particularly in the private sector. No matter what role I’ve had in supporting the team, it has always felt like work worth doing, because your team is making a difference both immediately and long term.  

Security magazine: What can the industry do to increase diversity and inclusion for security leadership roles?

Plaxco: It’s starts with hiring/promoting to amass diversity of thought in your organization’s perspectives, especially in security/asset protection roles. When you have the chance to choose between two candidates of similar attitude, competencies and experience, pick the diverse candidate, the one that is a true “culture add.” Eliminate “culture fit” from your vocabulary, because with a culture fit there is limited perspective, and diverse perspectives will win every time.

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