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About Pre/Post Courses

Earn up to 16 CEAPs by attending a pre- or post-conference course! Many courses offer limited space, so sign up early.

These courses require separate registration and fees.

Note - A class may be cancelled if the minimum number of registrants is not met.

Pre-Conference Course 1

Design a Highly Effective Crisis Management Team for Your Organization

Sat., March 24, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun., March 25, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

$1,650 per person

Regina Phelps

Regina Phelps

A well-trained Crisis Management Team (CMT) is critical to manage the many threats facing our companies today. Clearly identifying how they are organized, what their roles and responsibilities are, how incidents are assessed, and how it all comes together when the team and plan are activated is the hallmark of a fully-functional team and program. An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is critical for effective management of an event. It allows for command, control, and communication, and also helps to prevent the formation of “silos” that commonly develop in an emergency environment. How do you do all of this virtually and make it work? This workshop covers everything you need to know to design, develop, train, and exercise your CMT, and organize your EOC to manage the most difficult incident.

CMT Development

    • The CMT – Who should be involved.

    • Team methodologies, including the Incident Command System.

    • Incident assessment, team, and processes.

    • Incident Action Planning.

    • Role of senior management.

EOC Development

    • Risk assessment – Where to have one.

    • Physical design factors.

    • Equipment and tools.

    • Communication concerns and solutions.

    • Sustained operations.

    • Forms and processes.

    • Virtual EOCs.

About Regina Phelps
Regina Phelps, CEM, RN, BSN, MPA, president, Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of emergency management, pandemic, and contingency planning. Since 1982, she has provided consultation, training, and speaking services to clients on four continents.

Pre-Conference Course 2

Business Impact Assessment: The Foundation of a Highly Effective BC/DR Program


Sat., March 24, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$1,195 per person

Doug Cassell, MBCP

Doug Cassell

The business impact assessment (BIA) is an essential component of any solid business continuity or disaster recovery program. It lays the foundation for all of the components that follow in the creation or update of a comprehensive program, and there is no tool that provides a better view of what needs to be included in your strategies and plans, as well as what does not need to be included.

This course will take you through the fundamentals of a solid BIA. It includes “What are the MUST have components,” “The Art of getting accurate, useful information,” and “How to interpret the information you get,” and much more. We will finish with a review of a BIA Report and its key components.

Participants will leave with an understanding of how the BIA is used, essential components, potential traps and how to avoid them, and what to do next to get your BIA, and your BC/DR program up and running fast.

This session is intended for beginners getting ready to create a new program, as well as professionals that are looking to improve their skills and understanding of the BIA and related processes. For more information on this course please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Doug Cassell
Doug Cassell, MBCI, ITIL is a certified BC/DR professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He has worked in both consulting and program management roles in multiple industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, banking/finance and telecommunications among others.

Pre-Conference Course 3

IT/DRP/Certified Business Resilience IT Professional

Sat., March 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun., March 25, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

$1,695 per person

Rick Wellman

Rick Wellman

Today’s businesses rely heavily on a robust and resilient information technology (IT) and telecommunication infrastructure to deliver essential business services in order to meet company mission, objectives, and key targets. This dependence on information technology stems from several requirements and demands.

This CBRITP course teaches students how to develop, test, and maintain an IT disaster recovery plan for recovering IT and telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the event of a disaster or business disruption.

The workshop provides a comprehensive step-by-step IT disaster recovery plan development methodology, and presents key IT availability planning concepts and principles including continuous and high availability.

Students will learn various recovery techniques, strategies, and practical methods that will help them build a robust and resilient technology support infrastructure and critical process recovery capability to ensure a fast and efficient recovery of business operations and mission-critical IT systems, applications, and data. Students will receive a workbook and take-home disaster recovery plan templates. Students may also take the optional multiple–choice CBRITP (Certified Business Resilience IT Professional) certification exam. Learn more about this course and certification at or call 1-800-869-8460.

About Rick Wellman
Rick Wellman, a senior business continuity and resilience trainer and consultant for BRCCI, is a highly skilled subject matter expert with more than 25 years of training and consulting experience.

Pre-Conference Course 4

ICOR’S BCM 1000 – ISO 22301 Assessor Workshop

Sat., March 24, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun., March 25, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

$995.00 per person

Lynnda Nelson

Lynnda Nelson

Attend this one and a half day workshop and learn how to align your BCM program to the requirements of ISO 22301. Gain an understanding of the key practices of a business continuity management system for organizations of all sizes and the essential elements of the following standards: ISO 22301, ISO 22313, ISO 19011, ISO 17022.

Using the ISO 22301 Maturity Model as a tool for measuring alignment to ISO 22301, attendees receive an electronic copy of the self-assessment tool as part of the workshop fee (a $995.00 value) and will use the tool during the case study activities. The workshop also includes a review of the ISO 22301 self-declaration of conformity process.

The workshop reviews the following topics:
Part 1: Requirements for a Business Continuity Management
System, the Role of the Auditor and the Audit Process
Part 2: Developing Strategies to Mitigate Risk and
Continue Operations
Part 3: BCM Program Implementation
Part 4: Developing a BCM Culture
Part 5: Program Maintenance and Improvement

For more information regarding this class contact ICOR at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: 1-866-765-8321 or +1630-705-0910

About Lynnda Nelson
Lynnda Nelson is the president of the board of directors of The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience, a non-profit 501c3 education and credentialing organization in the disciplines that support resilience.



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