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Continuity Insights Management Conference: Meet Lynnda Nelson

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

Lynnda Nelson
International Consortium for Organizational Resilience

When did you know you wanted this job?

I have always had a passion for education and teaching and have both a bachelors and a masters degree in education. I left my teaching job to be a stay-at-home mom after having my third child.  Returning to the workforce where teaching was done at a school did not meet my needs as a mom.  So I started consulting part-time where my responsibilities included teaching our clients about business continuity.  I loved this activity, decided to make this my focus, and founded ICOR in 2005.  I am a life-long learner and love the opportunity to study and learn from others.

What was your first “win” that made you confident that you were doing the right thing? 

Selling my first course!  As a consultant, DRII asked us to develop their education program.  I was the author of their courses along with BC experts and seeing that writing come to life and used to credential people in their jobs was amazing.  I took that knowledge and experience to write courses for ICOR, studying and expanding my knowledge, and working with experts on specific content.  More recently, being a global leader in organizational resilience and developing models and frameworks that are used all around the world has been most gratifying.

What is the biggest risk that you’ve taken? 

Founding ICOR was and continues to be the biggest risk of my career.  As a global leader in defining all things related to organizational resilience, it is both scary and humbling – never knowing how that content will be received.  There is risk every time we explore new course content, make changes to delivery models, create certification exams and certification renewal processes, or add new training partners.  Serving as an expert in many international standards – specifically those related to organizational resilience – is one of the most daunting activities as there is always  risk that the suggested content will be rejected.

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

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