A Woman’s Journey from the Secret Service to Guarding VIPs and Working in Some of the World’s Most Dangerous Places
I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of “The Protector”. The book chronicles Dr. Mary Beth Wilkas Janke’s career path that starts in 1990 as a Secret Service Agent and ends 30 years later as a University Professor with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and as it is often said – “it’s not the destination – it’s the journey.” The journey moves on from the High-Risk environment and takes the reader into the world of protecting Corporate CEOs and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals. In a matter of weeks, Mary Beth transitions from riding in armored SUVs with an armored vest and automatic weapon to flying in a corporate jet protecting the CEO and their family. After reading the book – it was one hell of a journey.
For those involved in the profession, it is a must-read.
An outline of Mary Beth’s book from the latest issue of Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Magazine
You can connect with Dr. Mary Beth
A write-up of the book:
“A former Secret Service Agent charts her roller coaster ride of a career in Executive Protection in this gritty and inspiring memoir.”
Dr. Mary Beth Wilkas landed her dream job as one of the few female United States Secret Service agents in the early 1990s. But when her integrity is unfairly called into question, the dream dissolves. Freed from the red tape of a federal agency – as well as its standards and resources – Mary Beth takes a role as a contractor, jetting between conflict zones and lavish destinations, protecting both government officials and the super wealthy. Whether she’s responding to an assault on a presidential palace or a diplomat’s drunken advances, Mary Beth sticks to her credo: never let them see you sweat. Her skill and determination propel her to become one of the most accomplished women in the dangerous world of international executive protection, where risk mitigation is as important as marksmanship. Populated by dictators and debutantes alike, The Protector reveals how the ability to bounce back from disappointment can transform even the brightest-eyed novice into a confident, can-do leader.