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IWP hosts Women in Intelligence and National Security Panel

Women in National Security and Intelligence Panel Participants

On Thursday, June 12th, The Institute of World Politics held a panel event as part of IWP’s Women Executives in National Security program. Several women spoke about their careers in national security and intelligence, sharing career advice and their unique perspectives on what it is like to be a woman in these fields, both in the private and public sectors.

The panel was moderated by IWP student Erin Scanlon, who currently serves as the Military Legislative Assistant (MLA) for a Representative on the House Armed Services Committee.

The panel consisted of three other women: Col. Katie Crombe (’12), Prof. Kelley DeConciliis, Dr. Saba Sattar (’22), and Jeanie Smith (’20).

A 2012 graduate of IWP, COL Katie Crombe is an Army strategist currently serving as the Chief, Joint Operational War Plans Division, The Joint Staff, J5. Katie recently served at U.S. Special Operations Command Central as the Director of Strategy and Plans (J5) and prior to this, as the Director of the Commander’s Action Group.

Kelley DeConciliis is the Chief Operating Officer of Special Aerospace Security Services Inc. (SASSI), a woman-owned small business supporting the intelligence sector. Kelley is an Exfiltration Expert and has been featured as a National Security Correspondent on CNN, Fox News, and The Washington Post. She is also a faculty member at IWP, where she teaches a course on the Fog of War.

Dr. Saba Sattar is also an IWP Adjunct Professor as well as a graduate of IWP’s doctoral program. She currently serves as a Senior Intelligence Analyst and an Asia-Pacific subject matter expert in the private sector.

Jeanie Smith, a 2020 graduate of IWP, has worked in the nonprofit sector with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; in the private sector, analyzing suspicious activity reports with TrapWire; and currently writes, briefs, and reviews strategic intelligence as a Team Lead with the Department of Homeland Security.

Erin Scanlon asked our panelists about each of their backgrounds and professional experiences. The panelists explained how they got into their current positions, gave advice on how to succeed in their positions, and addressed any challenges they have faced as a woman in the workplace and how to overcome them. To conclude, the panelists answered questions from the audience.

This panel was organized by Missy Pratt, IWP Director of Internship Programs.

Missy Pratt introduces the Women in National Security and Intelligence Panel