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Volume 30, Issue 4

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Sunday Workshops

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Sessions are rated: novice for those in the industry less than two years; intermediatefor those in the industry for two to five years; and advanced for those in the industry formore than five years. 

Sunday Workshop Session 1

PPBI – Incident Management

Ken Schroeder CBCP Southeast Corp.
Deidrich Towne, CBCP Hewlett Packard
David Ziev, MBCP, Business Continuity Prof.

121212.jpgIn this highly interactive workshop you will learn to use the BCP audit checklist and the incident management plan maturity model developed by PPBI from recognized standards and industry best practices. Returning to a workshop format for this venue PPBI has condensed the one and one-half day course to share the effectiveness this process can have on your plans.

Exposure to the practical experience of the instructors in addition to recognized industry standards in measuring the maturity of your plans benefits both the public and private sectors.

You will use the checklist to assess your capability to assemble, coordinate, collect and channel the resources required for critical incident management.

The tools are free, the simulation authentic and the class is practical, immediately useful and fun!

Ken Schroeder is vice president for business continuity at Southeast Corporate. He is responsible for the life cycle management of all business continuity functions.

Deidrich E. Towne, Jr. CBCP is senior technical consultant for Hewlett Packard.

David Ziev, MBCP, MBCI is the principal of Business Continuity Professionals.

Sunday Workshop Session 2

Stress Management and Disaster Recovery

Rob Chubb, ColourSpectrums

Disasters affect people in different ways and their recoveries are vastly different too. In order to ensure a total recovery from a disaster, you must be able to deal with the different personalities of the people who were affected.

In this session, hear an innovative way to distinguish personalities and analyze their strengths and weaknesses.

You will learn how to help people recover in diverse ways. ColourSpectrums uses four colors to represent the four dimensions of personality: BLUE emotional, GREEN intellectual, RED physical and YELLOW organizational functioning. You will sort the four colorfully illustrated ColourSpectrums cards to reveal your ColourSpectrums personality; a unique spectrum of strengths and challenges. Group discussions and activities provide insights (ah-ha! learning) and humor (ha-ha! learning)

You will work in brightest color groups to identify bright color esteem needs, stressors, fight responses and bright shadow characteristics. You will work in pale color groups to identify pale color challenges, stressors, flight responses and pale shadow characteristics.

Ultimately you will identify eight sources of stress people experience in various combinations. You will be able to maximize solutions for stress management and disaster recovery. ColourSpectrums is conducted in a positive atmosphere of respect, fun and entertainment.

Rob Chubb has balanced his professional career and family life with diverse experiences in group homes, residential settings, community-based programs, therapeutic foster care, schools, post-secondary institutions and business settings for more than 25 years.

Sunday Workshop Session 3

Violence a Preventable Disaster: Understanding and Reducing the Risk

David A. Smith, Prof. Workplace Interaction

untitled-7.jpgFar too often, there is misunderstanding about what organizations can or should do to reduce and manage the risk of violence in the workplace. The good news is that much can be done to reduce the risk.

Research on workplace violence has shown that warning signs and detectable inappropriate behaviors usually precede acts of violence.


This workshop will prepare participants to recognize the basic danger signals, enabling them to provide intervention or seek assistance before problems escalate.


Participants will receive proven methods to combat the rising tide of workplace violence and proactive steps that can dramatically reduce the risk of litigation and future legal claims.

David A. Smith, founder of Professional Workplace Interaction, Inc., has extensive experience in executive management, field operations, product launch and financial management at the corporate and small business levels.

Sunday Workshop Session 4

Essential Elements of a Work From Home Program

Brandon Dempsey, Suite Commute

new_folder-026.jpgWork from home isn’t a new fad, but seems to be growing at alarming rate.

However, many companies are still struggling with how to do it right.

• How do you track performance?

• How do you track hours?

• What are the legal implications of someone working remotely?

• How can you deploy remote workers before a disaster?

Come learn what it takes to build a work from home program that can set your organization up for success and is integral to your BC program.

Brandon Dempsey is a human resources, remote work, and business continuity professional.

He is one of the nation’s leading presenters on telecommuting and business continuity dedicating more than 250 hours each year to educating audiences in both public and private seminars.

His experience stretches from helping Fortune 500 companies build work from home programs to helping state governments develop pandemic and business continuity plans.

Dempsey serves as co-chairman of PandemicPrep. Org, the nation’s leading non-profit Pandemic Planning organization and donates much of his time to helping both public and private organizations prepare.

Sunday Workshop Session 5

Current State Assessment

Michael Herrera , MHA Consulting
Barry Pruitt , Pinnacle Business Concepts

new_folder-061.jpgnew_folder-038.jpgThe current state assessment serves as an objective means of measuring the effectiveness and maturity level of the BCP program over time.

You’ll gain confidence in the CSA process for interviews, reviews, to determine preparedness levels, identify gaps, and document an appropriate action plan/roadmap to achieve the level of sophistication and maturity required by your organization.

The questionnaire scores crisis management, business resumption, DR, and enterprise capabilities on: governance, project management, policies and standards, impact analysis, risk and threat assessment, change management, escalation & notification, data backup and offsite storage, recovery strategies, event management, recovery plans and planned growth.

The CSA output score places business resumption, disaster recovery and the enterprise elements in one of six maturity levels and leads to an action plan outlining tasks to raise the sophistication/maturity of each program element. It also assists in calculating a predicted maturity level score.

Michael Herrera is the president and CEO of MHA Consulting, a leading minority owned, BCP and IT consulting firm.

Barry Pruitt is president of Pinnacle Business Concepts Inc, an organization specializing in comprehensive business continuity/resiliency planning and education.

Sunday Workshop Session 6

Mock Disaster Exercise

Session Limited to 200 Participants, Sponsored By Disaster Game

 Reduce your organization to rubble, and win the admiration of your entire company.

Experience The Disaster Game and learn to prepare for the unexpected with a tabletop exercise like no other! In this interactive session, game play and the element of chance are used to create unique and engaging exercises that make preparedness training flexible, instructional, and fun.

You and your tablemates will respond to a developing crisis where new twists wait at every turn, engage with other participants who have objectives (and challenges) of their own, and leave equipped with the know how to make your next tabletop event pop!

Seating is limited to the first 200 registrants, so sign up early!

Disaster Game LLC, is an innovative provider of business continuity tools and services that elevate your readiness. The company was founded in 2008 by Bill Ashland, a DRII Certified Business Continuity Professional who for nearly a decade directed the business recovery portion of the business continuity program at TD Banknorth (now TD Bank). The company also offers live facilitated testing and awareness training services, a family preparedness edition, and is currently developing a web-based disaster simulation tool. For more information visit http://www.disastergame.com