Spring World 2018

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Volume 30, Issue 3

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MONDAY 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.


Strategic Session 2

Critical Tools for Developing an Action Plan

Regina Phelps, EMSS

regina-17rt.jpgWhat is your process for assessing an event? Who comes together to make the decision to activate the plan? What criteria do they use? This relatively straightforward process is often overlooked in companies. Once the decision has been made to activate your plan, how do you get organized? What tools do you use? How do you communicate status? This second critical step is often completely absent in an incident or crisis management plan. Attend this fast paced session to learn everything you need to know about initial assessment and developing an action plan.

Regina Phelps, CEM, RN, BSN, MPA, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of emergency management and contingency planning. She has provided consultation, training, and speaking services to clients in four continents. She is founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions.


Managerial Session 2

How To Get Them to Drink the Koolaid

Tonya York, CBCP, McKesson

york-tonya.jpgWhether you have been just assigned responsibility for business continuity or you are trying to make changes to your existing program, you will need to get the initiative accepted throughout the organization to ensure lasting success. This requires getting colleagues on the same page and changing some of their closely held views or positions. In this session you will learn how McKesson utilitzed one of it’s organizational development tools to lead organizational change to ensure that the technical strategy for IT business continuity was in sync with cultural and organizational strategy.

Tonya T. York, director of Mckesson’s availability program office, has more than 20 years of senior-level experience. Prior to McKesson, York was the business continuity management practice director at Seagate Services (EVault).


Technical Session 2

BCP Software and Plan Automation (To Infinity and Beyond)

Cheryl Bieson, CBCP, Govt. of Alberta
Robert Wolf, ESponder LLC

bieson-cheryl.jpgHave you exercised plans as part of an ongoing testing program or in response to an actual disaster? Have you successfully automated any of the recovery processes? Many organizations have taken steps to automate aspects of their IT DRP plans and many have taken steps to automate BCP/DRP emergency notification processes. The software of the future will focus on the enablement and automation of actual response and recovery procedures. This session will explore the direction BCP software is taking and the types of cost effective solutions that are predicted to be reality in the not too distant future.

Cheryl Bieson has more than 25 years disaster recovery and business continuity planning experience. She is very active in the industry having held various positions on boards and committees.

Robert Wolf is founder, president and CEO of E•SPONDER, formerly Convergence Communications. Under his leadership the organization created a cutting-edge, innovative and highly relevant software solution.


Emergency Response Session 2

Making the Case for Pandemic Flu Preparedness: Lessons Learned

Jennifer Lachance, Univ. of CA, Berkeley

lachance.jpgAlthough certain employers have not yet initiated pandemic planning, others are well on their way. Based on independent research conducted with business continuity managers from a range of organizations and their public sector counterparts, this session will first discuss barriers to preparedness, followed by lessons learned, and mitigation strategies utilized by organizations for the purpose of pandemic flu preparedness. The session will then apply these lessons to preparedness for other threats, especially those which impact employee health.

Jennifer Lachance, MSE, is a candidate for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree at the University of California, Berkeley studying issues of preparedness for emerging infectious disease outbreaks among businesses.


Advanced Session 2

Making Disaster Recovery Standard Operating Procedure

Thomas Lee, CVT Global

lee-thomas-cvt-global.jpgIs disaster recovery an afterthought in your organization? Are you constantly faced with the challenge of finding budget and building DR strategies for systems after they go into production? In many organizations disaster recovery is treated as the black sheep in the family. No one wants to talk about it until an auditor shows up or even worse when faced with an actual disaster. Discover the best practices for incorporating DR into your company’s standard operating procedures and processes. Learn strategies for making disaster recovery part of the responsibility of management, operations, application developers and other groups.

Tom Lee, executive vice president, professional services, is a senior business resilience consultant. He has more than 24 years of overall Information Technology experience with 15 dedicated to data center disaster recovery.


Information Session 2

Rules and Regulations

Martin Myers, MBCP, Bank of America

myers-martin.jpgThe DRJ rules and regulations database is intended to provide each of us a singular resource where we can go to and find the most complete and comprehensive list of BC-related rules and regulations. This session is intended to review how this database is organized and used as a reference source. We will also introduce how you, the BC professional, can help us keep this valuable tool up to date. One goal is to broaden its international rules and regulations, as well as gather new sources of interest to the BC profession.

Martin Myers, MS, MBCP, serves as co chair for the EAB rules and regulations committee. He is a business continuity manager in the card services division of Bank of America. He has more than 19 years of experience in developing and evaluating disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

Other EAB committee members will also be presenters in this session.