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Fireside Chat With Patricia Stokes: The Tug-of-War Between Passion and Security

Tricia sat down with us to talk about what she’s learned, finding her own passion in the security space, and how you can find yours.

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Patricia P. StokesSecurity Consultant
John DillardCEO, ThreatSwitch

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Here’s what you’ll learn from our time together:

Leadership lessons from Tricia Stokes’ career

How to drive innovation in a security program

Managing security relationships up, down, and sideways

About The Hosts

Security Consultant Department of Defense, Senior Executive Service (Retired)

Patricia Stokes, a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, is the Director of the Defense Vetting Directorate (DVD). In this capacity, Stokes is responsible for the implementation of the transfer of the background investigation mission from the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to DSS and operationalizing and deploying the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS). Prior to this assignment, she held federal positions in the three military departments, two defense agencies, and a combatant command, culminating in her position as Director of Security for the Department of the Army as the Senior Security Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence. In that position, she was instrumental in leading several personnel security reform initiatives for the DoD.

John Dillard
Founder and CEO

John Dillard is the Founder and CEO of ThreatSwitch and a recognized author and speaker on security, insider threat, and counterintelligence. His most recent work focuses on how technology and collaboration can improve security for both public and private sector organizations.

His company, ThreatSwitch, delivers software that helps cleared contractors build and maintain NISPOM-compliant security programs that engage employees, reduce company costs, and minimize administrative burden. Under John’s leadership, ThreatSwitch has been recognized as a 2018 NVTC Tech 100 company, 2018 Moxie Award finalist for being bold in business and 2019 Start Charlotte award finalist for Entrepreneurial Innovation.  

John started his career at the CIA, where he was an Analyst and Graduate fellow focused on nuclear proliferation and nuclear security. His 20+ year career in security and intelligence includes time as an intelligence officer in the US Navy Reserve – where he was a unit security manager – and a stint as an FSO for his cleared company. He is also a Founder of Big Sky, a consulting and training firm that specializes in security, insider threat, and counterintelligence. 

John is the author of Microslices, a book focused on how data science, artificial intelligence, and automation are driving rapid change in white collar work. He sits on the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Security Policy Reform Council and Insider Threat Subcommittee, and is the recipient of several honors and awards, including Charlotte’s Forty under 40, Charlotte Fast 50, The University of South Carolina’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award, and The US Army Commander’s Award for Public Service for his work on personnel security clearance reform.

John is passionate about three things outside of work: Nerve 2019, for which he serves as chairman; F3, which plants, grows and serves small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership; and his family of 4 in Charlotte, NC.

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