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

Change Your Day – Not Your Life

Monday, March 27, 2017
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Andy Core, Core Wellness

The demands of today’s working world can easily leave you overly tired, overly stressed, and sometimes, less than enchanted with work. The problem and the paradox are this: hardworkingadults striving to grow often end up defaulting to daily life that is undermining their ability to stay motivated, energized and fully present. You yearn for more balance in your life, which is the solution to your “More. Faster. Better” dilemma. Join Andy and you’ll learn how to improve your work-life balance, productivity, health and your ability to stay motivated, with a surprisingly simple premise – Change Your Day, Not Your Life.

About Andy Core
Andy Core is an author, and professional motivator with high energy & comedic timing. Andy has helped adults and organizations all over the U.S., Asia and Europe add positive energy to their work, teams and personal lives.



General Session 2

Building Resiliency Across the Value Chain – The Bigger Picture

Monday, March 27, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Patrick Potter, RSA
Tamara Zinn, Voya Business Resilience Office

Patrick Potter Tamara Zinn

A value chain is the set of activities an organization performs in order to deliver a product or service for the market. Business resiliency is those strategies, plans and actions to enable the organization to carry out those activities under all circumstances. Both concepts are interdependent in theory but not always in practice. There are many reasons, but the most overlooked include misdirected goals, inconsistent prioritization, the maturity of the organization and readiness to operationalize resiliency, and ineffective risk management. Attend this session to understand how business resiliency can be used to drive real worth across the value chain.

About Patrick Potter
Patrick Potter is currently a GRC Strategist and subject matter expert for RSA, where he oversees the direction of the Archer Business Resiliency solution.

About Tamara Zinn
Tamara Zinn is a senior manager for the Voya Business Resilience Office.



General Session 3

Looking into the Crystal Ball (2027-2047)

Monday, March 27, 2017
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Brian Zawada, Avalution
John Jackson, Fusion

Brian Zawada John Jackson BCI Certified

If this session took place in 1987, could we have predicted the existence of the internet, the pervasive of outsourcing (and the global economy), terrorism, cloud computing, smart phones and mobile computing (even laptops), or even the differences in the way we shop or “read books&rldquo;? Maybe, maybe not. This session will look for clues to help predict advances in the next 30 years and the implications for business continuity and organizational resilience.

About Brian Zawada
Brian Zawada, MBCI, director of consulting for Avalution; VP, exec director USA Chapter BCI.

About John Jackson
John Jackson, executive advisor Fusion Risk Management; and recipient of BCI’s Honorary FBCI and Lifetime Achievement Award.



General Session 4

Salt River Project Embraces the Incident Command System (ICS) – Learn Why SRP Made The Move To ICS And How You Can Too!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Regina Phelps, EMSS
Kenneth Lewis, SRP

Kenneth Lewis Regina Phelps

Many companies fail to have a great crisis management team because they lack four simple things. Are you developing or retooling the team you have? If so, you need to attend this critical session to learn how Salt River Project (SRP) reorganized their team.

The goal of this session is to help you create both a great team and a great process in order to manage incidents large and small. There are four key things that we often find missing in company teams and plans: A clearly defined structure, identified roles and responsibilities, a formal assessment process, and the ability or knowledge to develop an incident action plan (IAP).

In this session, learn how SRP has embraced the incident command system, refocusing their crisis management team and their processes to be even more effective.

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

About Kenneth Lewis
Kenneth Lewis, principal emergency management program analyst, Salt River Project.



General Session 5

The Confidence-Skill Disconnect

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

John Gelinne, Deloitte Advisory
Pete Renneker, Deloitte Advisory

John Gelinne Pete Renneke

Every month we see examples where glitches and outages impact finances and corporate reputations. This presentation will show how successful organizations are using data to help predict, prevent, and manage recovery so they emerge stronger following an event. Companies that quantify risk and objectively measure their program’s ability to respond to any event will be able to secure board support for investing and sustaining their resilience programs. By measuring confidence, these companies ensure they have the skill to respond.

About John Gelinne
John Gelinne is a Director in Cyber Risk Services for Deloitte Advisory and is a part of the Resilient practice.

About Pete Renneker
Pete Renneker is a senior manager with Deloitte & Touche Cyber Risk Services.



General Session 6

My Smartphone Made Me Stupid – The Power of Disproportional Influence

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Barry Pruitt, PBC, Inc.

Barry Pruitt

The myth of good intent is just that, a myth. There are not hundreds of things that you need to develop the right culture. There is just one. When you change it, everything else gets better culturally. What’s your culture regarding people, silence and keeping knowledge and experience to themselves? Your smart phone just isn’t – and it can’t help. Stop the déjà vu conversation that nothing ever changes and things just stay the same, and do it with accountability. Learn to clarify expectations, get focused, collaborate, and gain ideas on making consequences and results visible.

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



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