General Sessions

About These Sessions

The morning General Sessions are tailored to a broad audience covering topics that appeal to all conference attendees.

Start your day of learning and networking with sessions that focus on the best business continuity strategies, trends and topics in the industry.

 

General Session 1

What if I’m the Disaster? Using Humor to Create a Personal Continuity Plan

When:
Monday, September 18, 2017
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Speaker:
Paul Osincup

If you’re a Business Continuity Management professional then you’ve probably become accustomed to, and may even take pride in being a “behind the scenes” hero who may get all the blame if things go wrong and minimal credit when they go smoothly. Not to mention, sometimes it’s just not fun being the “That sounds great, but what if…” person in the organization all the time! This funny and engaging keynote will explore how to battle burnout and improve your quality of life with a laugh!

About Paul Osincup
Paul Osincup is a national speaker, consultant, educator, and humorist. With a master’s degree in higher education leadership and administration and a background in stand-up comedy, his mission is to use his expertise in leadership and levity to equip people with the skills and motivation to create positive work climates.


General Session 2

Redefining Program Success: Establishing Command and Control

When:
Monday, September 18, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Speaker:
David Nolan, Fusion Risk Management, Inc.

This session will focus on the key strategies and tactics needed to make your BCM program succeed and thrive now and into the future. Subtle but significant adjustments can make all the difference to your success. Are you in command of your program? Are you in control of the results? Is the core of your agenda strong and stable? Are you flexible and agile to address new agendas? Learn what leading organizations do differently with ideas that make sense for the most basic to the most complex enterprise programs. The future is now!

About David Nolan
David is the Founder and CEO of Fusion Risk Management, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and winner of the 2016 BCI Global Service Provider of the Year Award. David was recognized with the MBCI (Honorary) Certification in 2016 based on lifetime contributions to the industry and was recently selected to the Crain’s Tech50 as one of the 50 most influential people in technology in the city of Chicago.

 

General Session 3

The ROI of Business Continuity? Reframing the Conversation to Talk About Value

When:
Monday, September 18, 2017
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Speakers:
Regina Phelps, EMSS

The challenge for business continuity professionals is to address the question, “What is the ROI of business continuity?” in ways that will be meaningful to someone wielding the budget stick. In the “olden days,” colleagues would point to their business impact analysis (BIA), with pie charts and bar graphs showing the cost of business downtime if an event occurred. This general session peels back the question of ROI and attempts to instead address the value proposition of business continuity. The goal is to broaden the conversation. Instead of talking about how much money business continuity efforts will save the company, we will focus on why the Bad Thing happened. By clearly understanding the whys of business continuity, you can make your organization more resilient and truly demonstrate value.lications for business continuity and organizational resilience.

About Regina Phelps
Regina Phelps, CEM, RN, BSN, MPA, president/CEO, Emergency Management and Safety Solutions.

 

General Session 4

The Risk Perception vs. Risk Reality Gap: Why What We Think We Know is Often Wrong and What We’re (Not) Doing About it

When:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Speakers:
Robert Chandler, Lipscomb University

Disaster preparedness requires an assessment of risks, consequences and potential impacts from dangers and threatening circumstances. However, when it comes to perceiving risks, threats and dangers people often get things “wrong” – at least when perceptions of risks are compared to rational and empirical assessments of actual dangers. People tend to exaggerate some risks while disregarding others. This session calls us to recognize that the powerful subconscious system of risk perception that helps humans gauge and respond to dangers, works sometimes, but can sometimes lead us to make mistakes that can result in failures to prepare, respond, behave appropriately or even to behave in ways to make the situation worse. With increased self-awareness we may be able to improve our risk perception performance and thereby enhance our decisions and planning for disaster mitigation and preparedness.

About Robert Chandler
Robert Chandler, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on multiple aspects of communication and human interaction in specialized contexts. He currently holds an academic appointment as a professor at Lipscomb University.

 

 

General Session 5

Application Resiliency in an Hybrid World

When:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Speakers:
Mike Errity, IBM

Is your resiliency program able to keep current with rapid changes created by a hybrid IT delivery model? The framework of a modern resiliency program is best constructed with agile principles, orchestrated to unique objectives, managed with transparency, and auditable for compliance. Join us for a session that shares recent client experiences and reviews findings recently published in a joint IBM and Forbes Insights research study.

About Mike Errity
Mike Errity is the vice president of IBM Resiliency Services, North America, a business line of IBM Global Technology Services.

 

 

General Session 6

How Successful Resiliency Professionals Mitigate Risks, Tackle Challenges and Win

When:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Speaker:
Barry Pruitt, PBC, Inc.

Barry Pruitt

Resiliency professionals face a unique paired challenge of uncertainty and complexity. Contrary to expectations, what should be getting easier gets harder -– and more complex. Understand why you must continue to change as a professional; learn methods that work; hear examples of application; and get ready to win big. Learn to utilize the tools of the trade and map a path of progress for your career so you can be the driver of change rather than the victim, and achieve predictable results.

About Barry Pruitt
Barry Pruitt, managing partner with Pinnacle Business Concepts, Inc.

 

 

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