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Continuity Insights Management Conference: Meet Chuck Wachter and Travis Morehouse

Meet the speakers at this year’s Continuity Insights Management Conference, then click here to learn more about the 2023 event.

Chuck Wachter and Travis Morehouse
Northwestern Mutual

Chuck Wachter

How did you set yourself apart from others who wanted the same job?

One word – Passion.  We bring great value to our organizations. When done right we create a culture of recoverability.  I’m very energetic about showing the value of our processes and methodologies, incorporating what we do in to how we operate, and instilling recovery confidence across leadership.  When a person is passionate and energetic, that energy and passion transfers to the people you work with.  At that point you become an agent of change for your organization.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Ask for feedback.  It’s difficult to do but it will make you better at everything you do.  People naturally sell themselves on the positive, the meeting went well, the presentation went well, etc.  Things usually go well but there are always opportunities to improve.  It’s impossible to see yourself as others see you, it’s good to ask for feedback, from both your supporters as well as your critics.  Not everyone is open to feedback, it’s important to not take it personally or challenge the feedback, people are simply trying to help you improve.

What impresses you the most when you are considering hiring someone?

Our industry is ever evolving and requires a mix of strategic and tactical thinking.  When hiring someone I look for enthusiasm, creativity, and a willingness to challenge the status quo.  People who are positive, work towards continual improvement, and always questioning the norm catch my interest.  I look for people who are willing to try new things, not afraid of failure, and learn from their mistakes.

Travis Morehouse

When did you know you wanted this job?

I knew I wanted to pursue a career in BCP when I understood the scope and visibility of the work.  You get the opportunity to work across the enterprise and learn about every area of the business.  It also offers visibility into senior levels of the organization that other roles just don’t offer.

How did your earlier career choices lead you to where you are now?

I started in IT but I always knew it’s not where I wanted to be long term. Business Continuity was my way of transitioning to more of the business side while still being able to leverage the skills I gained as an IT Risk Analyst.

How did you set yourself apart from others who wanted the same job?

I was very clear with my manager about my goals and interest in earning opportunities that would prepare me for my current role. I also seeked out development opportunities myself and didn’t wait for my manager to find them for me.

What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of your career?

Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. Every meeting and every interaction with a colleague is an opportunity to show the value you can bring to an organization.

To learn more about Chuck and Travis’ session and to view the full conference agenda, click here.

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