Continuity Insights is partnering with the Disaster Conferences on this event to assist in providing compelling content and subject matter experts. Their mission is simple, to provide valuable education, training and the best practices to assist organizations and communities prepare, respond and recover from emergencies and disasters.
Since 2006, the Disaster Conferences has held over 60 conferences across more than 35 cities in the United States. With an impressive past attendee list and a collection of respectable sponsors, our conferences offers essential knowledge and education while also creating opportunities for personal interaction. Our conference provides connection and support to local, regional, state and national entities.
With a focus on delivering both informative and resourceful conferences by offering programs and activities, the Disaster Conferences succeeds by centering on relative and modern topics on disaster management.
When it comes to emergencies and disasters, getting involved in a community that includes experts and valuable resources in disaster management is the key to success. By providing these assets, our conference reaches its goal of delivering the best resources available.
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Chicago Disaster Conference
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. General Session #1
Implementing the Essential Components of a Business Resilience Program
Damian Walch, Managing Director – Cyber and Strategic Risk Services, Deloitte
Business resilience, the often misused term, is loosely applied to the disciplines of business continuity, IT disaster recovery and executive crisis management. Resilience is the coordination of those activities to help an organization understand the risk of a significant business disruption and mitigate that risk. That risk is typically understood by assessing the risks and impacts of potential disasters, disruptions and outages. The mitigation is achieved through designing a response process, developing playbooks, educating people about their roles and ultimately simulating a potential scenario.
Our goal in this interactive session is to provide you with the language and methods to understand and mitigate those risks. During the discussion I’ll give you some guidance on how management and executives typically think about resilience. We will discuss some techniques to build a resilience program that is practical, pragmatic and sustainable.
8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Break
9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. General Session #2
Five Ways to Increase Preparedness in your Organization with Minimal Budget, Time and Resources
Cynthia L. Berry, MBA CBCP, Global Information Security & Risk Management, Adtalem Global Education
Whether it is a major business interruption, natural disaster, civil unrest, or even budget cuts, crisis creates opportunity unlike anything else. Oftentimes, we are only one major crisis away from closing our doors for the day, week, month or indefinitely. Don’t let a disaster, lack of funding or even lack of top down support hold you back. In this presentation, I will show you five key strategies to do more with less, gain executive buy-in and even change your organization’s preparedness culture from reactive to proactive. And you don’t have to have a huge budget, a formal Business Continuity program or a team to do this.
9:50 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Breakout #1
Making the Case for Public and Private Sector Collaboration for Disaster Survival
Edward Buikema, Adjunct Faculty, University of Chicago and Senior Consultant, Argonne National Laboratory
As disaster and emergency events in the United States have repeatedly demonstrated, effective Emergency Management programs in the public sector and Business Continuity programs in the private sector are essential. Of note are the many commonalities of business continuity and emergency management programs which has been acknowledged in important “program standard” documents. This session will include a historical perspective and discussion of public and private emergency management and business continuity programs including the many benefits of those efforts and what challenges may lie ahead.
10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Breakout #2
Organizational Resilience is not a Plan – it is a Strategy
Lynnda Nelson, President, The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience
Organizational resilience is one the most important concerns of organizations today. Being able to identify and adapt to changing circumstances resulting from emerging threats and opportunities will separate the survivors from those organizations relegated to history. Case studies of organizational failures have shown that resilience relies upon a range of processes and organizational characteristics, many of these have not been actively considered by organizations.
10:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Breakout #3
Understanding the Crisis/Incident Timeline – What Happens Between the Point of Interruption and Business Resumption?
Natalie Jones, Business Continuity Program Specialist II, Ameren Services
Following a business interruption, whether due to a specific incident or large-scale crisis, there are critical actions that must take place and critical players with responsibilities that must be in position to move through business recovery to get back to normal, or a new normal. Getting a clear understanding of these critical actions and responsibilities to restore your business after a significant interruption is key to your continued success and sustainability. Join this session to learn what’s required to successfully move your critical business operations from the point of interruption to business resumption in an effective and orderly manner.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Breakout #4
Chris Sarcletti, MBCP, AFBCI, BMO US Business Continuity Office, and Lauren Schuster, BMO Life Safety Coordinator
Time spent on upfront planning and in the moment situational awareness are the tools that will best serve you when responding to an incident. The best way to respond to an event is to prevent an incident from happening in the first place. The session will focus on personal preparedness planning pertaining to Event Management and Life Safety.
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. General Session #3
The Cyber Threat Landscape and Operational Risk
Brian Tishuk, General Counsel, Financial Services ISAC
Some of the highly publicized cyber-attacks illustrate that adversaries not only seek to defraud, but also to disrupt operations. This session will discuss the cyber threats firms face and provide options to enhance the resilience of firms in light of them. Preparedness planning for cyber incidents should be a component of business continuity planning. The Administration’s perspective on cybersecurity will also be discussed.
2:20 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Breakout #5
Social Media and Managing Crisis Communication
Al Martinez, Fusion Risk Management
Social media has become a major channel for businesses, but ultimately it is harder to control the message on social than on other media. This session will look at the different procedures and philosophies with using social media when handling internal and external incidents.
2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Breakout #6
Emergency Response to an Active Shooter
Ted Brown, KETCHConsulting
Workplace violence and the active shooter are some of the most critical threats facing business continuity and crisis management professionals today. This session will provide a detailed analysis of the active shooter and how its elements have changed the traditional framework of emergency response planning. The presentation will also address why a terrorist attack and an active shooter should be treated as similar incidents. This seminar will provide the crisis manager and the business continuity professional with the five phases of an active shooter, enabling them to make effective plans and decisions regarding emergency response and how a crisis team properly interacts with law enforcement.
3:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. General Session #4
We Have Reached the End…Right? Hardly. I Would Argue It Is Just the Beginning.
Tracy Judge, CCEP, MBCI, CBCP, Director, Compliance Program Management, TransUnion
Over the course of today, you have listened to experienced professionals share their knowledge and best practices on many topics including- business continuity, disaster recovery, cyber response, personal preparedness, emerging risks, social media, crisis communication, budgets, executive buy-in and more. Now you have the challenge of converting this information into something actionable. Something that will move your programs horizontally and perhaps vertically. Something that will add value to not only your company but also to you professionally. No longer are we being asked to simply deliver “insurance policies” to protect our people and our assets from a storm- we are now expected to also deliver solutions that add value to our brand and the bottom line.
4:30 p.m. Conference Adjourns
There are no additional educational opportunities available beyond the conference agenda above.
We invite you to network with your fellow attendees during the breakfast and lunch hours, and the many conference breaks throughout the day.
The Campus Guides are a useful resource for visitors planning to explore the University of Chicago campus and Hyde Park neighborhood.
The following hotels listed are all part of the University’s preferred hotels program. The University of Chicago has certain relationships with hotels in Hyde Park and around the city of Chicago for visitors, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and hospital guests. Some of these hotels may offer discounted rates or special services for UChicago affiliates. Make sure to mention the University of Chicago when you make a reservation to learn more about these benefits.
Thousands of businesses and millions of lives are affected by disasters every year. Nearly 50% of the businesses affected never fully recover and almost 30% never even reopen their doors. It is only a matter of time until another major disaster will strike and all businesses need to know how to develop an effective resiliency tactic to sustain their business operations and communities during critical times.
We are looking for sponsoring partners who are able to provide information, products and services in the event of a disaster, whether it is natural or manmade! We are offering LIMITED opportunities for sponsorship as our event is not a tradeshow with 100s of booths of competing corporations but rather a legitimate educational conference that is a necessity for ANY business looking to plan ahead and recover from any emergency situation, from a brief interruption to a catastrophic loss.
The networking events at The Disaster Conferences are unparalleled. Meet, greet and network with attendees, faculty and invited guests. You’ll have the opportunity to hand out company literature and your company’s logo and booth will be displayed on signage at the event. You’ll can also provide promotional materials (for example: cocktail napkins or cups or mugs with your company logo).
Contact us for pricing. The welcome reception offers your company the opportunity to shine! The date and time are TBD.
Energize attendees with a refreshment break. Breaks will take place in the exhibit hall.
Capture the attention of attendees and network, relax and enjoy. Lunch will take place in the exhibit hall. Your company logo will be displayed on all tables and you’ll have the opportunity to distribute company literature at each seat.
Make a lasting impression on every attendee, speaker, sponsor and guest with the registration area sponsorship. Your company name, logo and booth will be displayed throughout the registration area. An attendee bag insert is also included with this sponsorship, plus recognition on the website registration page.
This exclusive sponsorship opportunity will put your company front and center. Every conference attendee becomes a walking advertisement for the duration of the conference with your logo on the lanyard attached to every conference badge. Sponsor the lanyards and attendee badge insert together for $3,500 (save $500!).
Attendees will appreciate a way to carry their conference materials. Your company name will be imprinted on sturdy, attractive bags or plastic folders that attendees will use during and after the conference.
Attendees will take note of your participation in the conference with an attendee badge insert. Your company name, logo and brief message will be imprinted on an insert that will go on the back of every name badge holder. Sponsor the lanyards and attendee badge insert together and for $3,500 (save $500!).
Every attendee refers to the onsite guide for the conference agenda, session descriptions, exhibitor information and more. This sponsor may place a full-page, color ad on the back cover of the onsite guide.
Attendees will spend hours in educational sessions and they could be looking at your logo the whole time. Conference pens or notepads can have your company logo and brief contact information printed on them. Plus, the benefits of this opportunity will last once the sessions are over.
You’ll have the ability to provide a single sheet of literature inserted in each attendee conference bag. Bag insert opportunities are limited to 5 total and are only available to exhibiting companies.