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Life as a BCM practitioner in any organisation can sometimes feel like you have been sentenced to solitary confinement. Often working in isolation and surrounded by your ‘adversaries’, it can be a lonely role as you struggle to embed BCM into your organisation and to win over some of your strongest critics. Coupled with the need to be a ‘jack of all trades’ that requires you to be knowledgeable, persuasive, inspirational, and highly-organised as well as a skilled facilitator, being a BCM practitioner can be a really tough job.
Just when you feel your energy levels dwindling and see your enthusiasm ebbing into the distance, along comes the BCM World Conference and Exhibition – the one that reaches the parts other conferences cannot reach, filling you with renewed energy and rekindling your passion for the discipline that is the love of your life.
The BCM World Conference reunites you with your allies, puts you alongside the ‘already convinced’ and ‘converted’ and offers you temporary release from your ivory towers, allowing you to dip into the cool pool of BCM and immerse yourself in a world where you feel safe and understood.
Here you can find out what’s new on the BCM horizon; meet with other practitioners from a wide range of organisations from across the globe; share, exchange and learn from your peers; and develop new-found knowledge and practical insights that you can apply to your own organisation.
This year, Richard Reed, Vice President for Preparedness and Resilience Strategy at the American Red Cross will be delivering the Conference keynote, which promises to shed some interesting insights into the US approach to preparedness and societal resilience. Reed, who was the former Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Resilience at The White House, will be looking at how major events including terrorism, health emergencies, major accidents and catastrophic natural disasters have shaped and modified the approach of successive administrations.
The Conference is supported by a FREE to attend exhibition that showcases the latest BCM products and services from leading suppliers around the globe and exposes you to the latest BCM tools that will make your job and your life a lot easier. See, compare and experience first-hand the latest trends and developments in BCM products and services and be among some of the first to witness some exciting launches. With around 50 exhibitors under one roof, the Exhibition provides the perfect platform for some targeted investigation and market research and ample opportunity to talk directly to the vendors and ask the questions that are really important to you and your business.
The Exhibition also plays host to a FREE Seminar Programme that runs throughout the two day exhibition. Benefit from some insightful vendor showcasing seminars on BCM products and services as well as some thought-provoking BCM case studies delivered by an interesting line-up of international experts and established BCM practitioners. So if you don’t have the budget to attend the Conference, at least make a point of attending the Exhibition!
Is BCM World Conference and Exhibition just another event? I will leave you to decide. I don't think it is.