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Cynthia Storer: Former CIA analyst is October speaker

Cindy Storer smallestCynthia Storer will share experiences from her 20-year career as a CIA analyst as part of the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Inspring Women's Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 14 at 11:45 a.m. in the Kline Hospitality Suite of Brooks Stadium. 

Storer was a member of “The Sisterhood,” an unofficial term for a group of mostly women CIA analysts who were the first to identify and track al-Qaida and the rise of Osama bin Laden. The group’s work provided evidence of the growing threats posed by the rise in radicalization of the militant organization – well in advance of 9/11. 

She later created the “Ziggurat of Zealotry,” a model the CIA used to identify levels of radicalization among terrorists groups. The revolutionary idea was featured in “The New York Times’ Best Ideas of the Year” in December 2006.

Storer attended the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, for the premiere of the award-winning documentary in which she appears, “Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden.” The film chronicles the CIA’s 20-year global chess match against al-Qaida. The documentary was featured on HBO in May. 

She has taught at the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland and has served as a senior analyst with Pherson Associates, a Virginia-based company that provides analytic, instructional, and management support for the intelligence community. 

Storer is in her second year as a lecturer in the new Intelligence and National Security program at Coastal Carolina University.

She earned a master’s degree in International Relations from Catholic University, and a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary.

The luncheon is $10 for WIPL members and $15 for non-members. For more information, please contact the Office of Special Events at 843-349-2811 or events@coastal.edu.