How This Woman-Owned Security Company Puts Emphasis on Character and Integrity
In this month’s SECURE Perspectives, Integrity Global Security Services CEO Aisha Turner discusses the benefits of men and women working together, industry trends, and more.
SECURE Perspectives is a monthly column by the Security Industry Association (SIA) profiling women in the security industry. This column is part of SIA’s Women in Security Forum, an initiative to support the participation of women in the security field through programs, professional development and networking events.
For this edition of SECURE Perspectives, SIA spoke with Aisha Turner, CEO of Integrity Global Security Services.
SIA: How did you get into the security industry?
Aisha Turner: I got into the security industry by means of my husband; he owned a security company prior to us meeting, and then eventually I joined him. After deciding to go our separate ways, I opened up my own security company since I had dedicated so much time towards learning and running the company, and he provides assistance when needed.
How does your organization serve the industry?
My organization — headquartered in Dallas — serves the industry by servicing the community locally and statewide by being the security company of choice for all of their needs.
What types of job functions do women fill in your company? Is there diversity of roles in your company, or do women gravitate toward certain job functions?
The types of job roles women fill in my company are administrative, HR/payroll and all levels of security. We have much diversity in our company, which allows both women and men the opportunity to fulfill any role in the company given their qualifications and experience.
With more and more data that shows diversity makes a better workforce, what opportunities do you see for women in the security industry? What impediments do you see for achieving this, and what could remedy some of these impediments?
I feel the opportunities for women are endless if they are willing. The only hindrance I see is the self! I believe that given the opportunity in this industry, women can achieve anything, and the solution would be to not take “no” or “can’t” for an answer.
What do you see as important trends in the industry?
The important trend in this industry that I have noticed is women leading instead of following. We have been in the background long enough helping to guide our leaders, and now it’s time for us to come from the shadows and lead. Women seem to be more structured than men, but I have come to understand that working together in unity, leveraging each other’s strengths, makes the possibilities endless!
More specifically, what trends are you seeing in your company’s space of private investigation, personal protection, security officers and security equipment installation/surveillance/monitoring?
Private investigation has changed over the years where the perspective of women and men working together to solve cases has increased the success rates surprisingly.
What are the top challenges your company has faced in the last year?
The top challenges that we have faced this year are staff preparation and following directions. Staying the course and being consistent are very important in any industry, not just security.
What are the biggest opportunities your company — and the industry — are seeing?
The biggest opportunity that we have seen is the need for more security. This is an industry that will always be needed and necessary, and at the end of the day, people just want to feel safe.
What do you hope the SIA Women in Security Forum can achieve for the security industry?
I hope the SIA Women in Security Forum can help bring more awareness to the security industry of what women can bring to the table if given the opportunity. I feel that we can achieve much more together than we can working against each other.
What is your best advice for women in the industry?
My best advice is for us to stick together and not feel intimidated or make this a competition. The older women need to help guide the younger ones. There is enough work in the vineyard for all of us.
Who or what was the strongest influence in your career?
My husband is my strongest influence in this industry; he caused me to face life and what it brings, which ultimately brought me to this place. We can choose to run or face life head on. You will never know what you can achieve or accomplish living in fear or regret.
How do you define success?
Success is hard work; it takes dedication to the task at hand and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to what we have set out to accomplish.
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