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General Session 1

Enjoy the Ride

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Steve Gilliland

new_folder-031.jpgBusiness continuity planners face serious and sometimes daunting taskseveryday in the workplace. Continuous crises, impossible deadlines and shrinkingbudgets can put a damper on the motivation and inspiration that are necessary togrow as employees and individuals. Fasten your seatbelt and “Enjoy The Ride!”

Steve Gilliland, CSP, is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the United States andCanada. He is one of the seven percent of speakers in the world to hold the designation of Certified SpeakingProfessional.


General Session 2

How To Design An Effective Disaster Recovery Strategy Without Breaking The Bank

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Marc Langer, Recovery Point
Stephanie Balaouras, Forrester Research

new_folder-034.jpgnew_folder-033.jpgAs we enter the second decade of the 21st century the pressureon company executives to “do more with less” shows no sign ofslowing down. Rapid changes to the economic landscape andthe continual emergence of new technologies provide many newchallenges, and potential solutions, for IT and business executivesto consider. No where are these issues more relevant than in thedisaster recovery and business continuity industry. Marc Langer,president and owner of Recovery Point will use this backdrop tointroduce Recovery Point to you and then invite Stephanie Balaouras, principal analyst at Forresterto give an independent view of the industry landscape. Balaouras will discuss the increasingpressure to improve disaster recovery capabilities. Today, companies must be back in businessand online in hours and must limit data loss to absolute minimum. Until recently, only companiesthat could measure the cost of downtime in millions of dollars per hour could justify the investmentin advanced disaster recovery solutions. But now effective disaster recovery is available andaffordable for the average company. Learn techniques for leveraging today’s technology to meettoday’s challenges.

Marc Langer is president and owner of Recovery Point, founding the company in 1999 to meet the demand for more comprehensive, integrated DR solutions consolidated under one service delivery model.

Stephanie Balaouras is principal analyst, covering business continuity and disaster recovery for ForresterResearch.

General Session 3

What Has Emergency Management Learned From The Pandemic? Findings From The Second Wave

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Regina Phelps, EMSS

new_folder-032.jpgAs of March 2010, it will have been nine months since the global pandemic was declared on June 11, 2009 with the novel H1N1 influenza virus. By now, we will allbe looking back at the experience and with hindsight evaluating our performance as an individual, a company and a nation. What have we learned from this experience? How can we translate this event into continued process improvements in the field of emergency management and continuity planning? Will it be another Y2K experience for some companies? Or will we use the incident as a tool to transform our industry.This session will look at the lessons learned and how we can use them as a positiveagent of change going forward.

Regina Phelps, CEM, RN, BSN, MPA, president of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of emergency management and contingency planning.



General Session 4

Managing Risks for Corporate Integrity: How to Survive an Ethical Misconduct Disaster

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Robert Chandler, Ph.D., Univ. of Central FL

new_folder-035.jpgBusinesses have long acknowledged that disaster preparedness and continuity planning is an essential priority in order to effectively anticipate, prevent, mitigate,and survive natural disasters, data loss, accidents, and deliberate malevolent acts. However, the risks of ethical misconduct disasters have been generally neglected by continuity planners as well as senior management.This session presents the call to expand the paradigm of continuity planning to include integrity as a mission critical factor. Managing EMD risks include developing systems and processes for recognition, prevention, discovery, response, & recovery from ethical misconduct disasters.

Robert Chandler, Ph.D. is the director of the Nicholson School of Communication at the Univ. of Central Florida. He is an accomplished researcherwith nearly 200 academic and professional papers.

General Session 5

Do you Tweet? Corporate Implications of SocialNetworking

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Joe McMenamin, McGuire Woods, LLP

untitled-1.jpgSome businesses have embraced social media:Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Others have not buttheir employees have. Social media creates both a threatand an opportunity for businesses. It can create seriousproblems for businesses criticized internally or externally.In emergencies, however, social media may allow you toget information to those that need it quickly and moreeffectively than ever before. In this presentation, weconsider the law of social media, and how businessescan diminish the threats while taking advantage of the promise.

Joseph McMenamin is a partner in the Richmond, Va., office of McGuireWoods, LLP. He is an attorney and a former emergency physician with aninterest in medico-legal topics generally, and related litigation in particular.

General Session 6

How Will PS-Prep Affect You?

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Don Grant, FEMA

new_folder-036.jpgThe Department of Homeland Security recently announced new proposed standards for the private sector to improve preparedness for disasters and emergencies.The Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep) is a partnership between DHS and the private sector that enables private entities to receive emergency preparedness certificationfrom a DHS accreditation system created in coordinationwith the private sector. Learn about these proposed standards and how they will affect business continuity, emergency management and other private and public sectors.

Donald Grant serves as the director of the Incident Management Systems Integration Division, National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).



General Session 7

“Cloud” Computing And The Lure Of Hosted Solutions

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Ben Weinberger, Lathrop & Gage,LLC

new_folder-039.jpgInterested in leveraging “the cloud” to improve yourcontinuity planning but not sure how or why? Ignore the hype and marketing and learn how to leverage current trends and technology to improve your up time. This presentation will provide an overview of “cloudcomputing” and discuss ways to integrate the latest hosted offerings into an existing network to provide bestof class performance and protection. Learn about SaaS offerings, public/private “hybrid” clouds, and how you could expect to take advantage of latest trends to improve your continuity planning.

Ben Weinberger is CIO for Lathrop & Gage, LLC. His technical skills includeexpertise in applications, infrastructures, database design and management, and telecommunications systems.


General Session 8

A Model Process for Regional Emergency Planning

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Laura Myers, Western Carolina Univ.

new_folder-037.jpgDiscover a model process for developing or enhancing an all-hazards regional emergency planning network. A local disaster can quickly overwhelm the resourcesof a community. Regional collaboration and resource allocation can remedy this problem by developing the partnerships between communities, public agencies, NGO’s, faith-based organizations, and the private sectorwithin a region. The model process and how to use it incommunities will be presented along with examples from testing locations for regional response planning.

Dr. Laura Myers is a professor of criminal justice and emergency management. She serves as principle investigator on a Department of Homeland Security contractin which a regional disaster response planning model has been developed.


General Session 9

Negotiate Strategic (and Global) Resiliency

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Barry Pruitt, Pinnacle Business Concepts

new_folder-038.jpgGlobal and strategic resiliency must be negotiated. We will start with knowing what strategic resiliency is -- and why it matters. Your definition of strategic resiliency andprocess risk management is foundational to appropriately negotiating for resources and support necessary for global resiliency (and corporate) success. Next consider the  politics, demographics, and culture of those who holdthe resources and support you need. Now weave this together with a prepared strategy and leave this session with 1. An outline of how to prepare to negotiate resiliency,2. Successful tactics/counters (and how to recognize each), and 3. The confidence to create a positive outcome.

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


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