A6: Executing Adaptive Business Continuity in the Real World
Mark Armour, Brinks, Inc.Mark Armour, Brink’s, Inc.
No doubt you’ve heard of Adaptive Business Continuity. Perhaps you’ve read the book or attended one of the many presentations on the subject. You have probably also heard of Brink’s, the worldwide leader in secure logistics and cash management solutions. What does Adaptive look like at a global organization that operates in 53 countries with over 76,000 employees and $3.6 billion in annual revenue? What are the challenges and benefits of adopting a brand new approach that doesn’t come with a step-by-step instruction manual? Now is the time to find out! Join this highly engaging session to get a look at a genuinely adaptive business continuity program. You’ll see how the results speak for themselves in terms of the program’s growth as well as the experience of responding to numerous disruptive events (hurricanes, civil unrest) while also dealing with a global pandemic.

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.