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From the President

Introducing ISSA International President Keyaan Williams

On June 14, 2017, I assumed the role of ISSA International President as an appointment after an affirmative vote of the International Board of Directors. "Appointment" is a key term in this conversation because the path that led me to serve in this role is different from an approach customarily used to select candidates and elect an association’s president. I do not take the responsibility of this appointment lightly.

Because I was appointed rather than elected, it is my duty to share some details about my background and my vision for the ISSA. I have a great relationship with some members and chapters, but I do not know everyone. I hope to know as many members as possible during my service in this role. I am committed to serving the mission and the best interests of the ISSA. I pray that my tenure delivers the same meaningful contribution provided by ISSA International presidents who have held this position before me.

For those who do not know me, I have been a director on the International Board since 2015. I originally submitted my application for election because I wanted to expand my service to the association by helping all members achieve the personal and professional success I realized from active participation with my local chapter. Since joining the board, I have been working as the chairperson of the Strategic Alliances Committee. This committee helps ISSA achieve its "value" goal by identifying and developing partnerships with organizations that offer education, training, or other perks that enhance the value of ISSA for our members.

I consider my new role an extension of my old role. Primarily, I am here to serve the members and stakeholders of the ISSA. I commit to blatant honesty and transparency about what we are doing at the international level to make things better locally for our chapters and our members. The association’s mission to develop and connect cybersecurity leaders globally will guide my efforts. I hope to contribute to this mission by focusing on the strategic goals established by the board: expanding the global influence of the ISSA, maximizing the value of membership, and developing effective organizational processes and procedures.

I consider it an honor to work with the International Board of Directors to provide broad support and direction for the association; however, our chapter leaders are the most important part of the ISSA equation. Dozens of presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, treasurers, and other directors work tirelessly at the local level, delivering an exceptional membership experience. Many chapters produce outstanding results with extremely limited resources because of the people committed to serving the mission and members of the ISSA.

Having been there before, I am sensitive to the challenges they face. Therefore, I am open to suggestions from members and chapter leaders about the support you receive from our International Board, whether good, bad, or ugly.

You have my promise that I will do all I can to maintain the legacy established for the ISSA before I had the privilege to serve as its president.

Keyaan Williams,

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