Following the terrorist attacks of 911 in 2001, the former Pennsylvania governor was named by President George W. Bush as the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. Two years later, Ridge became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration.
The noon program is being held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.
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Ridge is CEO of Ridge Global L.L.C. and leads a team of international experts that help businesses and governments address a range of needs including security and infrastructure security. He serves as co-founder of the strategy advisory firm, Ridge Schmidt Cyber, an executive services that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. And he is a founding partner of the Ridge Policy Group, a full service government affairs firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, PA.
During his tenure leading Homeland Security, he instituted layered security at air, land and seaports and developed a unified national response and recovery plan. Ridge served twice as Pennsylvania’s governor. Before that, he served in Congress, one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. house of Representatives.