In this session on Women, Peace, and Security: Conversations with Thought Leaders, Professors Al Shimkus and Saira Yamin, PhD speak to Dr. Dave Smith, Professor at the Naval War College and author of Athena Rising: Why and How Men Should Mentor Women and a forthcoming book titled How Men can be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace about his research, particularly as it relates to the role of women in peace and security. Adding to the wealth of perspectives in this dialogue are Ms. Sharon Feist, Ms. Monica Herrera and Dr. Dee Sawyers, Gender Advisors and Analysts at the United States Indo-Pacific Command.