Security100Summits K12 School Safety Conference in Tucson an Amazing School Safety Event

The Security 100 Summit in Tucson last week was a truly impressive school safety conference.

The Security 100 Summit in Tucson last week was a truly impressive school safety conference.

Security100Summits K12 event was dynamic, vibrant and extremely useful

I had the chance to participate in a truly amazing international school safety Summit in Tucson this week. The inaugural Security100Summits K12 School Safety event is hosted by Focus Media Events. Hosted at an amazing resort in Tucson, Arizona, the Summit was held in one of the most beautiful conference centers I have ever presented in. Having presented at the Honolulu Country Club and many other wonderful venues, it takes a lot to impress me in this regard.

Focus Media has coordinated a series of these types of security events for higher education, stadium and arenas, hospital and other sectors, and has a stellar reputation for putting on intimate, content rich events with carefully screened attendees and vendors. Unlike the majority of events I present at, the Security100Summits are designed for a focus of guided interactive discussions between attendees rather than traditional presentations. These events create an unprecedented level of interaction and networking between attendees and subject matter experts as well as between vendors and partner sponsoring agencies and organizations.

Safe Havens International was proud to be a sponsoring agency and I was honored to serve as a keynote session speaker along with Michelle Gay from Safe and Sound a Sandy Hook Initiative and Dr. Stephen Sroka. The number of attendees was capped at around forty school safety directors and key school administrators from public, charter, independent, vo-tech and parochial schools across the United States and Canada. Similarly, the number of vendors was restricted.

I have keynoted on school safety and motivational topics at between thirty and a hundred professional conferences each year for more than twenty years now and have never participated in an event that created such intensive and productive interaction between so many participants. I had the opportunity to learn about cutting edge offerings from a wide array of school safety vendors that will enable our analysts to better serve our clients. For example, one vendor provided an exceptional ten minute demonstration of their school safety detection K-9s that was truly amazing. As a former gun detection dog handler, I was truly amazed that dogs are now trained to detect a person carrying a gun or a small explosive device in a crowded pedestrian environment such as a well-attended football game.

About a dozen of our clients attended the event and every one of them told me the event was of great value to them. Several of our clients who have been in the field for many years told me that this was the very best school safety conference they have attended.  I have already been asked to present at the Security100Summits K12 next December and am very excited about the event.

If you have interest in attending as a K-12 executive for the 2015 Security100Summit K-12, please contact Chief Community Builder, Lisa Carroll by email to For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nicole Bognar by email to . You can also visit their website at

About Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, a non-profit school safety center. The author of 27 books on school safety, Michael’s campus safety work has taken him to 11 countries over the past 34 years.