One of the values on which HiveWatch is built is a “passion for safety and security.” While we carry that forward in the software we’ve created, there’s something to be said for supporting the industry we’re a part of in a multitude of ways.
Recently, four of our HiveWatch team members were selected to be a part of the Talent, Inclusion, Mentorship and Education (TIME) program, presented by the Security Industry Association and its RISE Committee. This is a mentorship program for early and mid-career security industry professionals that formed during the pandemic and has since grown in scope and popularity. It was designed to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and empowerment of underrepresented identities in the security industry by creating a well-defined pathway for learning and development.
The program covers such topics as career development, skill enhancement, recruitment, and executive leadership development.
Creating a diverse workforce has been a goal of HiveWatch’s since its inception, offering a unique approach to building a workforce that fosters ideas from within and outside of the industry. So we’re supportive of entities that work to drive more diversity across the industry and beyond.
Here are some thoughts from our team members who are a part of the program and why they were called to participate:
"When I got started in the security industry, I had a lot to learn. Then as I navigated growing in my fully remote role, becoming a mom, and a changing workplace, I realized I could have benefited from having a mentor to help figure out the next steps in my career. I want to give that to someone else wading into the world of security and I hope I can help a young professional realize their full potential that allows them to grow.”
- Jenna Hardie, Sr. Manager, Content and PR
“I have benefited from amazing mentors during my career and I love the opportunity to pay it forward by participating in the SIA mentorship program. Keeping talented professionals in our industry is critical, and mentorship is a fantastic way to help provide a different perspective to security professionals that they would otherwise not have access to. The more professionals I can connect with, the larger positive impact I can make, and for me, that is a personal mission.”
- Jon Harris, Sr. Product Manager
“Protecting people has long been a passion of mine that’s driven my career path and volunteer work from a young age. That’s why the mission of the security industry resonates so deeply with me. While our industry has thrived in many ways, I’ve also long felt that it’s fallen short in recruitment of underrepresented folks with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. I’m excited to be a mentor in the TIME program because it helps attract great new talent and backgrounds to a wonderful mission-driven industry that is full of opportunity.”
- Ryan Schonfeld, Founder & CEO
“The prospect of becoming a TIME mentor with SIA and RISE was exciting because I have a more varied background than many in our industry, and I wanted to share that experience with those that may be wondering if this is for them. I am evidence that the security industry needs more people with unique perspectives in order to thrive as our company has.”
- Cheyne White, Director of vGSOC Operations