Important Information: Sessions are held each morning and are targeted to meet all experience levels.
Do What You Love; Love What You Do.
The business continuity industry often requires dedication above and beyond normal duties. With high risk and multiple demands, it is easy to become mundane about your job. How do you keep the passion alive for your job?
In this fun and enlightening session, we will take a look at how passion for your job can go a long way to creating a wonderful career. Passion is the difference between a work-a-holic who puts all of his or her time into their “job” and a love-a-holic who puts all of his or her enthusiasm, creativity and human spirit into their “career.”
When you practice passion, you harvest such benefits as: joyously meeting the challenges of constant change; becoming a better leader, team player, communicator, negotiator, problem solver, creative thinker and reducing both your physical and emotional stress just to name a few.
John Powers stands out as one of the best in the business. His entire career has been one of effectively communicating with audiences. He has created and hosted a PBS series, has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television shows, and has received two Emmy awards for his work in television.
Helping Ensure Availability When Moving from Physical to Virtual
Virtualization is more than a buzzword in technology circles today. The potential for economic savings from virtualization technology is something every information systems’ executive needs to understand. The promise of virtualization is rooted in financial benefits: reduced server quantities, reduced power and cooling costs, and lower operational impact as computing demands grow.
Do you need hardened, world-class data center space to house your applications or to support a two or three data center strategy that helps to ensure your operations continue in the face of new threats?
This session will discuss how to optimize your investment, help you find operational savings, all while reducing your RTOs and RPOs.
John Lindeman is vice president of advanced recovery product management for SunGard Availability Services.
A Storm is Brewing – Climate Change and Business Continuity Planning
Whether or not you personally believe climate change is real, natural disasters appear to be on the rise. The insurance industry faced $75 billion of losses from natural catastrophes during 2007.
The trend in respect of weather extremes shows that climate change is already taking effect and that more such extremes are to be expected in the future. Scientists predict that if the increase in greenhouse gas emissions continues unabated, temperatures could rise by as much as 6 – 10° Fahrenheit by the end of this century. The consequences, both anticipated and unexpected, will have profound ramifications for all of humanity and the world as a whole.
Business continuity and disaster recovery will be on the forefront of coping with all of these dramatic changes. Attend this thought-provoking session, and begin to contemplate how to incorporate climate change into your business continuity plan.
Regina Phelps is an internationally recognized expert in the field of emergency management and contingency planning. With more than 26 years of experience, she has provided consultation, training, and speaking services to clients in four continents.
Virginia Tech: A year Later: Emergency Crisis Communication for Campuses
It has been a little over one year since the horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech University. In the past year we have experienced additional threats and crises on other campuses, a number of policy-makers have called for more proactive measures, and those in the emergency crisis management and disaster manager fields have struggled to better prepare and plan.
These incidents have challenged many of the old perceptions of indifference and have drawn new focused attention on the processes, tools, audiences, and messages in a crisis communication plan. This session will review how people process information and make decisions in a crisis situation. In addition, explore a case-study analysis of how one organization, Pepperdine University, approached crisis communication challenges for their campus.
Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D. is professor and chair of the communication division in the Center for Communication and Business at Pepperdine University specializing in crisis communication.
Global Technology Outlook: What’s on the Horizon, What it Means Today
A sound continuity and resiliency posture must constantly evolve with the information technology infrastructure on which it is based. In the long term, information systems architectures will be ever more resilient for continuous operations. IBM’s Global Technology Outlook describes the underlying developments that will drive new applications and the means to deliver them. But in the near term, enhanced continuity and resiliency must be based on the systems you are using today and solutions coming on stream now.
Tod Stathis is currently the U.S. director of sales for the Business Continuity and Resiliency Services (BCRS) business unit within IBM Global Services. In his 8 years with IBM, he has held several management assignments. He was the Regional Executive for BCRS in the west and prior to that, Tod was the BCRS National Sector Executive for the Financial Services industry, and the BCRS Segment Executive responsible for the marketing and business management of the Open Systems/UNIX Recovery Segment.
General Session 6
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Dennis Schrader, FEMA
Private Sector Roles in Building Disaster Resilience
This session will build on his presentation at Spring World 2008, focusing on new developments related to a public/private sector partnerships with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including:
• Updates on the progress of the “Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification”
• The National Response Framework and FEMA’s efforts to engage the private sector in preparedness, response and recovery
• How FEMA is working with the Private Sector to improve communications, strengthen its operations, and form partnerships.
Participants will come away with a better understanding of how the government and private sector can work together better to strengthen America’s resilience to disasters.
Dennis Schrader is the invited speaker. He currently serves as deputy administrator of the National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) terrorism.
Keeping a Regional Airline Aloft: A Risk Management and BCM Case Study
Aviation is wrought with complexity – highly-interdependent business processes and partnerships, prescriptive and voluminous regulations and volatile market conditions are just a few of the perpetually-moving variables with which the industry must juggle daily.
This discussion will take the attendee through the maze of commercial airline operations and the role that risk management and business continuity play in ensuring passenger and employee safety and continuous flight and ground operations.
Pinnacle Airlines Corp. operating units fly more than 1000 daily flights, transporting in excess of 27000 customers to 134 cities across North America.
Jeffrey M. Dato has been vice president risk management and information technology for Pinnacle Airlines Corp. since November 2006. He is accountable for the technical infrastructure, enterprise risk management and continuity of business operations for the holding company and its operating subsidiaries Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. and Colgan Air, Inc.
Creating an Adaptive Environment in a Tumultuous Time
In this entertaining multimedia presentation, learn how a variety of technology and tool trends are changing the BC/DR marketplace over the next few years and how these stand to impact your business.
Discover how to determine when these products will transition from bleeding edge to leading edge and whether they are mature enough to incorporate into your infrastructure.
Discussion will include key questions such as: How do you weigh technology promise against factors that can affect the actual impact? What do you need to assess before you can decide whether your organization is ready for change?
Michael Croy is director, business continuity solutions, for Forsythe Solutions Group.
Michael Qualley serves as Forsythe’s senior vice president of systems solutions and technology products.
Crossing the Chasm: Support Your BC/DR Case With Current State Information
Have you noticed how some people move ideas and BC/DR initiatives forward while others get hung up on the politics? Discover a key to appropriate communication so you can get the support and funding you need. If you’re dealing with committees, interviews, metrics, goals, or budgets -- then you’ll be glad you attended this session.
Your efforts can be stymied by uncooperative senior management and competing business objectives, so you know it can be difficult to get a funding team involved, excited, and committed. This session will have you rethink the value of your information, how it’s shared and help you gain internal support!
Barry Pruitt is president of PruSpeak Incorporated, a global training and consulting organization, and suffered workplace violence in 1987. He offers the workplace violence prevention seminar of choice for the National Safety Council. Pruitt is a professional speaker, trainer, and consultant with more than 22 years experience in managing and directing