Sunday Workshops

Sunday Workshop Sessions Sunday, September 29, 2019: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday Workshop Session 1

Birds of a Feather:
Business Continuity Roundtable Discussions

Sunday, September 29, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Robbie Atabaigi, MBCI, CISA, ITIL Foundation – KPMG LLP
Martin Myers, MS, AFBCI, MBCP, CERT
Lamar Poppell, MBCI, CBCP, PMP, Six Sigma, CERT
David Dunlap, CBCI, AMBCI, ITIL
Terri Kirchner, Ph.D., MBCP, MBCI
Colleen Huber, MBCP, CRMP, CBRM, MBCI


Fast track your networking opportunities at the DRJ Conference. Join the Birds of a Feather session to participate in a conversation with other conference attendees about key topics and areas of interest. This forum will allow participants to explore solutions, address concerns, ask pressing questions, and converse about BC planning activities. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with other professionals in similar situations.

The Birds of a Feather workshop provides a structured approach with experienced and certified BC professionals facilitating each table. The format provides the flexibility to explore specific areas of interest or pressing topics such as recent events / impacts, lessons learned, challenges, leading practices, etc.

Come join us and set the stage for a successful conference experience!
A variety of topics will be discussed. Such as recent events, enterprise risk & other topics elected by the participants.

Robbie Atabaigi, MBCI, CISA, ITIL Foundation – KPMG LLP
Industry Roundtable Facilitators:
Martin Myers, MS, AFBCI, MBCP, CERT
Lamar Poppell, MBCI, CBCP, PMP, Six Sigma, CERT
David Dunlap, CBCI, AMBCI, ITIL
Terri Kirchner, Ph.D., MBCP, MBCI
Colleen Huber, MBCP, CRMP, CBRM, MBCI


Sunday Workshop Session 2

The ALL NEW People Not Paper: Resiliency Begins with Training

Sunday, September 29, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Phil Lambert, Ripcord

Speaker Spotlight

Phil Lambert

Having plans on-the-shelf does not save lives or minimize impacts. Successful continuity planning and disaster management boils down to three primary assets: "People, Documentation and Resources." And people are the key to success before, during and after a business interruption.

Training is the building blocks of preparedness. Education is the foundation that holds an organization up when rapid response is needed.

Join us in this HANDS-ON workshop and be armed with a well-organized approach to the diversity of training types and delivery models for an effective and efficient training strategy. Learn what a training strategy looks like, how content will drive what type of training works best and learn to make training stick by delivering engaging content with just the right balance of information, instruction, and entertainment.

The crucial component of a well-prepared and resilient organization is that their people understand the "why," "what," and "how" they contribute to recovery.

Topics that will be covered during the workshop:

  • Regulations, Best Practices, and Standards
  • The New Rules of Resiliency
  • Training Program Strategy
  • Adult Learning Principles
  • Measuring Results
  • Designing effective & powerful training courses

Learn how to utilize experiential training (i.e. Exercises), maximize the learning experience, and (most importantly) measure the results.

Join us in this hands-on workshop and be armed with a well-organized approach to the diversity of training types and delivery models for an effective resiliency strategy.

About Phil Lambert
Phil Lambert is the Founder & Program Architect of Ripcord Solutions and has more than 24 years of experience with resiliency management positions at two Fortune 500 companies before he founded Ripcord. He is a well-regarded advocate and thought-leader in the BC/DR planning community. Phil is a visionary, game changer and challenges outdated program strategies that don’t produce the desired outcomes within a reasonable amount of time. Phil has evaluated dozens of BC/DR Programs in numerous industries and creates an easy to follow 2-year roadmap to significantly improve an organization’s program. Phil is a well-respected program strategist and architect who designs, develops and produces tomorrow’s resilient organizations with impressive results.

Sunday Workshop Session 3

Start to Implement BCOS Next Week

Sunday, September 29, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Brian Zawada, Avalution

Brian Zawada

Every business continuity program struggles at some point with lack of focus and lack of engagement. These challenges exist even for both robust, mature programs, as well as for programs in their first year of implementation. To help solve for focus and engagement issues, Avalution developed the Business Continuity Operating System (BCOS). We believe the right framework enables continuity professionals to answer "yes!" to the following statements:

1. I am empowered to make my organization resilient
2. I have the resources needed to protect the organization aligned to management's expectations
3. I am challenged to grow personally and mature the program
4. I enjoy my work

Attend this workshop to learn about the BCOS, why it's essential to your personal and professional success, and the core tools used to achieve focus and engagement. During this workshop, we will work through five essential topics so you can start implementing the BCOS next week when you return to the office.

About Brian Zawada
Brian Zawada, FBCI, is director of consulting for Avalution; VP, executive director USA Chapter BCI.

Sunday Workshop Session 4

Risk: Mitigate What You Can and Manage the Rest

Sunday, September 29, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Joe Layman, Cetera Financial Group
Susan Zielan, CoreLogic, Inc.

Joe Layman Susan Zielan

Risks vary from company to company. In this collaborative session, Joe Layman, Business Continuity Management Director, and Susan Zielan, Business Continuity Program Manager, will assist you with identifying risks that matter and approaches to mitigating those risks. Whether the risk is an asset, vulnerability or threat, Susan and Joe will provide criteria for prioritizing the most critical to least critical risks.

About Joe Layman
Joe Layman is the Head of Enterprise Business Continuity Office for Cetera Financial Group and oversees the Business Continuity and Emergency Management Teams. His background spans across the primary functions of business continuity management; business continuity, emergency management, disaster recovery and data center management.

Joe has a BS in Business Administration, a Master in Information Services and has numerous certifications in Business Continuity, IT Disaster Recovery (CBCP, ITIL, CRISC, CBRM, CBRITP, ISO 22301), OSHA, ICS and a member and Operations Chief for the West County Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T).

Joe serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Association of Contingency Professionals (ACP). Joe was also a firefighter and state fire instructor for 20 years.

Sunday Workshop Session 5

Successful Drills and Exercises: Here's How!

Sunday, September 29, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Steven B. Goldman, MIT

Dr. Steven B. Goldman

This workshop is where you learn how! Do your exercises provide as-close-to-real situations as possible? Are your response teams challenged properly? What do others do? How can you improve? During this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to develop, set up, and conduct your successful BC/DR drill or exercise. Students will master:

  • Exercise Planning Checklist.
  • The company politics of drills and exercises
  • Why drills/exercises are important
  • Types of drills and exercises
  • Elements of a successful exercise
  • Scope, objectives, and extent of play
  • The scenario development team
  • 101 scenario ideas you can use
  • Making it real
  • How to effectively conduct, evaluate, and critique
  • How to leverage this exercise for future gains

You will also learn to avoid common pitfalls and to anticipate and resolve problems. With his lively style and real-life examples, Dr. Goldman will lead the class through interactive discussions of successful exercise development and conduct.

About Dr. Steven B. Goldman
Dr. Steven B. Goldman is an internationally recognized expert and consultant in Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery, and Crisis Communications. He has over 35 years’ experience in the various aspects , including program management, plan development, training, exercises, and response strategies. His background is comprehensive yet unique in that he has been a professional engineer, corporate spokesperson, manager of media relations, business continuity planner, crisis responder, consultant, and a Fortune 500 Company’s Global Business Continuity Program Manager.

Steve has written or improved many corporation and government agency BCP, DRP, and crisis communications plans and procedures. He has trained all levels of response staff, from CEO’s on down. His specialty is realistic drills and exercises for clients worldwide. Steve also mentors BCP professionals to improve their programs and their careers.

Steve has published many articles and conducts several seminars on the various aspects of Crisis Management, Communications, BCP, and DRP annually. Dr. Goldman is a co-founder and Senior Lecturer at MIT’s “Crisis Management & Business Continuity” Professional Education summer course.

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