About this Speaker
Maggie Feldman-Piltch is the Founder and CEO of #NatSecGirlSquad, a social impact business and community focused on building competent diversity in national security and defense.
Maggie specializes in operational art and innovation in national security strategy through human capital management. She enjoys creating order from chaos, and honed her skills in apparel showrooms in New York City, at The Conference Board and Risk Cooperative in addition to serving as the Chief of Staff to nearly 100 retired senior officers at American Security Project. Maggie led the organization’s US-Cuba Program and its 2017 Track II Dialogue, championed the Women in Security Leadership Initiative (WiSe) at ASP, hosted their weekly podcast series “What’s Next?,” and led the creation of the Business Council for American Security.
Maggie is a regular guest on podcasts (IISS Manama Dialogue Sessions; CSIS ‘Smart Women, Smart Power’; CNAS ‘Women in Security Podcast’ and ‘Brussel Sprouts’; Ploughshares ‘Press the Button’; Georgetown Security Studies Podcast;), sought-after speaker and workshop leader (DARPA, Munich Security Conference; Georgetown School of Foreign Service; Krulak Center at Marine Corps University; Institute for Security and Governance at Monterey; Defense Entrepreneurs Forum) and a columnist for ClearanceJobs.
Maggie is a graduate of Wesleyan University (honors, General Scholarship) and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program (Dean’s Merit Award). She is also working towards an Advanced Degree in Opera Performance from the Royal Academy of Music, through its partnership with the Levine School. She is a member of the LCWINS (Leadership Council of Women in National Security) Pledge Steering Committee and a Focal Point and Champion for the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy Initiative. Maggie is also a Women of Spookstock Mentor for the Spookstock Foundation, an Ambassador for MM LaFleur, and Member of the Female Founder Collective.
NatSecGirlSquad is an organic community and provides technical assistance the United States government, mission-driven businesses, and select non-governmental organizations with the express goal of revolutionizing how we recruit, retain, promote, and support the national security workforce. In addition to constant community-generated connectivity and the annual two-day #NSGSCon, #NatSecGirlSquad offers nearly a dozen trainings, professional development events, and community-building opportunities a month to its network of more than 25,000 people all over the world. Founded as a simple Google Group listserv in 2016, the business and its founder have been featured on NPR (July 2019, December 2019), MM LaFleur’s M Dash, Yahoo News, WUSA9, Forbes.com, GovernmentMatters TV, and beyond.