Top 10 Under 40: Meagan Brylikowski, Manager, client services, Securiguard Services
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First and foremost, I work with great people. They challenge me, support me and make me better. I’m also fortunate to have an exciting and diverse portfolio. I’m passionate about health-care security and partnering with social services in our community. I love working for an organization that has a continuous improvement mindset and supports community involvement efforts. Giving back to the communities that we serve is an immeasurable gift.
How has the industry changed since you became a security professional and what further changes would you like to see?
I’ve seen some great changes in the industry in the last 10 years. As a community, we’ve learned that the “enforcer” security professional isn’t the most effective archetype. We are evolving, and investing in training, mentorships, education and development. It is benefiting not only the security professional but also the communities that we serve.
Outside of professional training, what has helped you the most in terms of skills development?
I’ve been blessed to have great mentors, namely Don Leschuk and Aidan West, who supported me with leadership opportunities early on and encouraged me to be motivated, innovative and empathetic. Securiguard has supported me earning my IAHSS (International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety) designations, and I’m now studying for my CHPA (Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator).
How can the security industry encourage more participation and market itself as a viable and thriving career?
I think the more that security leaders collaborate with partners who are looking for skilled, quality personnel — and are willing to meet halfway in terms of creating meaningful opportunities — the more we solidify the security industry as a marketable career. Once candidates see a future in security, we can both retain and assist these individuals to grow and thrive in purposeful roles.
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