Women in Homeland Security - Southern California

Women in Homeland Security


Working Together

Welcome to Women in Homeland Security – Southern California!  We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to providing a platform for women in our industry to build relationships, grow in expertise, and contribute to philanthropic causes.  We reach 300+ women in emergency management, fire, law enforcement, defense, crisis management, cyber security and more.  Since our founding, our events have featured experts from the FBI, UNICEF, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Homeland Security Advisory Council, American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach and the City of Los Angeles Fire Department – with more to come. 

WHS is a great forum to raise up and support our exceptional peers – Trailblazers. Change Makers. Women.  So check out our rich community and join us. 




We network

Our members represent a broad spectrum, including law enforcement, emergency management, crisis management, cyber security, counter-terrorism and disaster preparedness and response.


We learn together

We foster a collaborative environment for women to learn about the discipline and share best practices in the prevention, protection and response to any type of incident.


we give back

Our goal is to have each WHS event tied to a philanthropic cause be it to help support relief efforts underway, mentorship of women new to our field, or sponsor of response/readiness organizations.

Upcoming Event


WHS Annual Holiday Luncheon - December 11th

Join us for a hallmark event, our second Annual Holiday Luncheon + Charity Event! We are thrilled to announce two dynamic, inspirational speakers. Learn more & register here.

Last Event

Resilient Leaders Luncheon

October 23, 2018 - WHS SoCal hosted a Resilient Leaders luncheon featuring an all-women panel of truly amazing speakers. They shared their experiences with the response, readiness and survival of mass shooting events. We were touched by their first-hand accounts and motivated by the best practices shared for resilience. Special thanks to our awe-inspiring panelists and moderator: Special Agent Meredith K. Davis, Jill Barnes, Ed.D, Sandra Stark Shields, LMFT, Maggie Gonzalez, MPA, and Helen Chavez, MSW. As part of this event, WHS SoCal was also proud to sponsor the National Compassion Fund where 100% of donations go to survivors of mass shootings.