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.

A7: Elements of a Successful Resilience Program      
Jeremy Boccabello, Covenant Park
Many attempts at building a resilience program focus on the risk mitigation activities of an organization. They fail to take into consideration the changes to the way of doing business that a company must go through in order to integrate the communication and reduction of risk throughout the organization. They also fall short of bridging the gap between resilience efforts and the opportunity and competitive advantages of the organization in the marketplace. Based on 2 decades of program building experience for highly critical corporate entities and at the highest levels of all three branches of the federal government, this presentation will detail the lesser understood but critical program needs for changing every day business to build adaptive capacity into the entire organization. This is primarily for people engaged in program building efforts, or who desire to transition from project based compliance management to consistent year-over-year management of resilience for the organization. It includes many practical lessons learned for institutionalizing resilience, building leadership roles and processes, and tailoring the basic principles to a specific organization.

C18: Why You Need More Than a Simple Weather Forecast
Allison Svrcek (l) and Courtland Keith (r), StormGeo
Since 1980, there have been more than 240 weather-related disaster events in the U.S. that have exceeded $1 billion in impacts with a total cost exceeding $1.5 trillion dollars. FEMA reports that weather is the #1 natural disaster affecting businesses in the U.S.; 40% of businesses fail to recover after a significant weather event. In this session, some of the recent headline-grabbing weather events (including the 2020 Midwest Derecho and 2021 February Arctic Blast) will be examined and include a review of:

  • Lessons learned from organizations that withstood weather disasters and improved their processes
  • How savvy, resilient organizations successfully incorporate the latest weather insights and technologies into their continuity planning
  • How to immunize your business against the significant risks posed by weather-related hazards, which have the potential to impact your business more than the “major” storms dominating the headlines

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.