A6: Using Adaptive BC for Rapid Preparations for Impacts from the Ukrainian Crisis
David Lindstedt, PhD PMP
While most crises are fully unpredictable, some do come with a bit of warning. The global pandemic and the Crisis in the Ukraine are examples of these latter kinds. Many standard approaches to business continuity (BC) take too long to be used in such situations. There will not be time to follow all the recommended steps. What is an organization to do in such cases? Adaptive BC provides a real-world alternative, one that is especially well suited to fast implementation for fast results. Built upon a framework of Agile, Lean, and other flexible and iterative techniques, Adaptive BC allows both the practitioner and the participants to rapidly build a portfolio of capabilities to continue services under adverse circumstances. Dr. David Lindstedt will provide you with practical tips and techniques that you can you NOW to continue your preparations for evolving crises, such as plan-ahead teams, guiding principles, three-impact responses, and more. Learn from research, examples, and case studies in business continuity and organizational resilience in this timely and engaging session. Note: This session pertains to business continuity and organizational resilience, and will not focus on the specialized fields of crisis management and emergency management.

B10: Where Do We Go From Here? Continuity in Higher Education in the Post COVID World
Brandon Robbins, Washington University in St. Louis
Prior to COVID-19 emergency managers and business continuity professionals may have developed continuity plans primarily focused on continuity following a large-scale disaster resulting in destroyed buildings, staff that may have been killed or injured, total loss of information and communication infrastructure, and governments and businesses with the ability to only focus on their essential functions. COVID-19 was not an apocalyptic incident. Rather, it challenged planners because staff was lost but they were lost from being on campuses, officed, or government complexes. Employees could still do all their functions but were away from their hardened offices. Functional areas were disrupted, not because of the loss of resources or personnel, but rather the demand increased too much. What if there was a way to streamline planning efforts to reduce the amount of time spent on risk assessments? What if there was an approach to focus on continuity capabilities rather than restrictions of time, cost, and scope? What would happen if we adapted planning to areas rather than completing templates provided by FEMA? This presentation will introduce the audience to adaptive business continuity strategies that all emergency managers can understand and implement in their current environments and plans.

C19: Updated Strategies on Developing a BCDR Training Program
Linda Pace, Certified Business Continuity Professional 
This session will provide tools, techniques, and actionable steps to create a new business continuity or disaster recovery training program. Create the right type of training for your audience, determine who can facilitate the training, understand how to measure results and show the return on investment (ROI). Regardless of experience, the maturity of your business continuity programs, or your industry, having a training program is vital to your business. Participants will build an actionable plan to identify needed skills and training to design and implement a comprehensive training program. Topics will include classroom training, e-Learning, and structured walkthroughs. You’ll earn the components of a viable training program and how to measure the results. Bonus: Updating your training program during COVID-19 & Hurricane Season; practical tools and resources included.

E7: Achieve “Top Talent” Status By Honing These Five Trait
Cheyene Marling, BC Management
Degrees and certifications, although beneficial and marketable, will not necessarily predict your professional trajectory. Data shows that if you want to get hired, stay hired, and grow your career you need to embrace five very important traits, build a powerful personal brand, and be adaptable to change.