Sep 18, 2018 /

2018 International Travel Safety and Security Forum Recap

Thanks to the speakers and 200 registrants for making the second  OSAC International Travel Safety and Security Forum (ITSSF) a great, informative networking event. Our host, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, generously provided the perfect Seattle venue for OSAC’s robust program on strategies and real-life scenarios for today’s international travel challenges. Thank you to Target Corporation for sponsorship of this event.

Held on August 1-2, 2018, the ITSSF included a reception at the end of the first day to ensure that attendees connected with each other – one of the most important take-aways from any OSAC event.

“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was honored to host this iteration of OSAC’s International Travel Safety and Security Forum,” said Valerie Schaeublin, an ITSSF presenter and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Senior Regional Security Advisor for Global Security. “Whether we’re engaging with an OSAC Country Council in a location where we operate, benchmarking and sharing best practices amongst our counterparts through one of OSAC’s Common Interest Councils or events, OSAC and its collective community continue to be an important component of our security and risk management process.”

OSAC continued its practice of live benchmarking during the conference with the support of OSAC’s Outreach and Engagement Program Officer Rebecca Gomez, and the feedback shared is helping to shape future ITSSF and other OSAC events, including:

  • “This was my first event, and I really felt that I came away with some great nuggets of knowledge.”
  • “I have attended many conferences and training events during my career, and this was one of the best. This was really valuable, and I gained so much more new information and insight into a topic I consider myself an expert in. So glad I attended.”


Understanding Leading Causes of Injury and Death During International Travel

  • William Siegart, On Call International
  • Amy Wickenheiser, U.S. Department of State Consular Affairs
  • Marc Burdick, Swedish Medical Center
  • Moderator: Elena Carrington, Square

Keynote Conversation: Focus on Incident Management Planning

  • Connie Collingsworth, Chief Business Operations Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Shana Tarbell, Global Security Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ISF Board Member

Don’t Plan on The Fly: What to Do After Evacuation

  • Matthew Thacker, PSI
  • Carmen Dreyer, ChildFund

Duty of Care and Business Leisure “Bleisure” Travel

  • Erika Weisbrod, International SOS

Journey Lifecycle Management

  • Brian Ivie, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Charles Randolph, Microsoft
  • J. Lunardi, Starbucks

Crisis Bamako: Radisson Blu Case Study

  • Walker Hardy, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute
  • Joining Walker for remarks: Paul Moxness, founder, The Always Care Consulting Company, former Vice President, Corporate Safety and Security, Radisson Hotel Group

Traveling with Medications

  • Jen Hardwick, OSAC

Starting a Travel Risk Management Program: Lessons Learned

  • Elena Carrington, Square
  • Sarah Slenker, Capital One

Comparing Global Intelligence Sources for Global Travel

  • Kara Widhalm, Starbucks
  • Greg Hoobler, Sibylline
  • Daniel Brencic, University of Washington
  • Delena Carmichael, Caterpillar

Secure Accommodations: Risk Management Considerations for Sharing Economy and Hotels

  • Alan Orlob, Marriott
  • Nick Shapiro, Airbnb
  • Joe Gleason, AHT Insurance
  • Moderator: Tiana Mininfield, Square

Briefing on Information Security

  • Brian Olsen, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Mike Simbre, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ryan Cronk, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Thank you to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the speakers, Tom Scanlon, OSAC Executive Director, and the talented Research and Information Support Center (RISC) staff for an exceptional forum. We especially are grateful to our generous sponsor Target and to the companies, organizations and individuals who support ISF. Read why Target supports the ITSSF, ISF and OSAC.

Interested in sponsoring an OSAC event? Learn more or contact Peggy O’Neill, ISF Executive Director.