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With the goal of connecting and empowering women in multiple disciplines including, business continuity, crisis management, emergency management, security, disaster recovery, risk and organizational resilience, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has formed the Women in Resilience (WiR) group.

WiR seeks to attract more women into the industry, and support, and champion those working in the field to become leaders and advance in their careers. The group was created in response to requests from the BCI membership. Currently, 30% of BCI members are female, as is 25% of the active volunteer pool leading BCI chapters, forums, and groups.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the BCI to offer its members the platform they desire to connect, support and empower industry professionals, said Heather Merchan, Director on the BCI Board. “I encourage readers to connect with the group and to get involved.”

David West, BCI Head of Communities, said “One of the key features of a mature professional body is that it provides a forum for professionals to engage with new ideas and developments in a setting they feel comfortable with. This new group will help to provide more opportunities to do this for anybody who wishes to engage.”

Gianna Detoni (Chair), Kate Needham-Bennett (Vice-Chair), Ruth Massie, Esra Gulfidan, Sandra Bell, and Julia Graham comprise the 2019 committee leading the WiR initiative.

Those interested in joining the Women in Resilience group can connect with them on LinkedIn and also with the group on the BCI website.  Learn more.

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