Professional Development

Workplace Violence Conference Set for Tuesday in Philadelphia

The first Continuity Insights “Workplace Violence: A Multidisciplinary Perspective” workshop will kick off Tuesday, December 5. The one-day event will take place DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Philadelphia. Steven M. Crimando, MA, BCETS, CHS-V, Principal of Behavioral Science Applications, will be the conference keynote speaker. Crimando will present “Today’s Workplace Violence Challenges,” redefining the workplace and workplace violence and considerations for employers and employees, including the most devastating form of workplace violence, active shooter incidents. Workplace Violence: A Multidisciplinary Perspective will feature some of the nation’s foremost authorities on this all-too-often occurring incident, individuals who will share their expertise in psychological and sociological impact, human resource, legal, law enforcement, academia, physical security, and more. The one-day program is geared toward professionals in human resources, legal, security/safety, business continuity, emergency management, public sector agencies, colleges/universities, and others responsible for the security and integrity of their organizations. The event culminates with a session on “How to Write a Violence Preparedness Plan for Your Organization.” Workplace Violence: A Multidisciplinary Perspective will be particularly important for professionals in human resources, legal, security/safety, business continuity, emergency management, public sector agencies, colleges/universities, and others responsible for the security and integrity of their organizations. Details on the full Workplace Violence: A Multidisciplinary Perspective program and registration are now available here.

New Job? Your 1st 100 Days – New Webinar

Business Continuity Professionals shift jobs for a variety of reasons but usually because of a fantastic opportunity, significant challenge, or just to find a different company culture. It could be a promotion within your current organization, a restart after a reorganization, or changing organizations altogether. No matter how you got there, it’s a fresh start. A chance to do things RIGHT! This one-hour workshop will cover how you can position yourself in the first 100 days of your fresh start to maximize and achieve the best results possible for the several years you’ll be there. Through these seven steps you’ll learn how to: Make sure it’s the right job for you Prepare yourself & making a great first impression Be People Smart: Building powerful relationships & alliances Secure quick wins Evaluate the current state and design just-the-right program Reimagine a service delivery model that works Lead without title or authority It’s up to you to set the proper framework for your success at every opportunity whether you are new at planning or going in as the program director. This workshop will be about maximizing your opportunity by increasing your influence, program significance, and your image. Phil Lambert, Founder and President of Ripcord Solutions, will moderate the discussion. With more than 23 years of experience in business continuity and disaster planning, he’s passionate about the critical role it plays in today’s increasingly fast-paced and digital world. And coming up through the ranks, he’s worked at companies large and small, and experienced ... Read more

Next-Gen Crisis Management and Business Continuity: How Gen X and Millennials Will Change the Landscape

As the power base within companies is changing include more to Gen X and Millennials, crisis management and business continuity programs will need to adapt. Our industry must find ways to communicate and implement our programs in better ways. Grace Burley, Managing Partner with Strategic Crisis Advisors, and a faculty member for the 2017 Continuity Insights Management Conference, explores how to best use metrics and the power of a great story to communicate with Gen X and Millennials to get their buy-in and develop plans and tools to support them. Her presentation profiles the optimistic, cooperative, diverse, confident, and team-oriented nature of the dominant Millennial generation. DOWNLOAD: The Next Generation of Crisis Management and Business Continuity

Program Announced for 2018 Continuity Insights Management Conference

Continuity Insights has announced the full conference program, including speakers, sessions, plenaries, and panel discussions for the 2018 Continuity Insights Management Conference, taking place April 23-25, at the Hilton Miami Downtown, Miami, Florida. The preliminary schedule kicks off on Sunday, April 22 with a selection of pre-conference workshops and certification classes, providing in-depth learning related to key business continuity and resilience topics. The pre-conference workshops will be followed by the “Get Certified!” opening night reception hosted by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI). The main conference will commence on Monday, April 23 with the opening keynote, Don’t Talk to the Media Until… Being an Effective Spokesperson in Today’s Digital Age, to be presented by international crisis communications expert, coach, trainer, and author, Gerard Braud. Braud will explore why speed is critical in both your event response and your communications response. In this digital age, the story about your response can easily get hijacked by others, hastening the need for your organization to issue a statement to all audiences, including the media. The expanded 2018 conference program will include nearly 70 sessions devoted to Case Studies, Trending Topics, Program Development & Advancement, Measurement, Metrics, and Maturity, Emerging Technology, and Professional Development, as well as the highly-anticipated “Ask the Experts” panels. Continuing education credits and certifications are available to all conference attendees. “Based on the overwhelming response from our faculty, this is the most robust conference program we’ve ever put together,” said Robert Nakao, Executive Publisher of Continuity Insights. “Our goal is to ... Read more

Full Program and Faculty Announced for Philadelphia Workplace Violence Conference

Continuity Insights has announced the full conference program for the one-day educational event Workplace Violence: A Multidisciplinary Perspective taking place December 5, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Philadelphia. This one-day workshop comprised of seven interactive sessions will feature some of the nation’s foremost authorities on this all-too-often occurring incident, individuals who will share their expertise in psychological and sociological impact, human resource, legal, law enforcement, academia, physical security, and more. The content is geared toward professionals in human resources, legal, security/safety, business continuity, emergency management, public sector agencies, colleges/universities, and others responsible for the security and integrity of their organizations. Steven M. Crimando, MA, BCETS, CHS-V, Principal of Behavioral Science Applications, Diplomate, American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and Diplomate, National Center for Crisis Management, will keynote the event and deliver Today’s Workplace Violence Challenges. The presentation will redefine the workplace and workplace violence and considerations for employers and employees, including the most devastating form of workplace violence, active shooter incidents. He will introduce evolving concepts of: Workplace violence typologies The role of warning behaviors The importance of bystander intervention EMS intervention in the Warm Zone And the important transition from early models of “Run>Hide>Fight” to “Stop the Killing>Stop the Dying>Stop the Crying” to address the complete lifecycle of extreme violence in the workplace. The conference agenda also features the following sessions: Human Resource Obligations of Workplace Violence Presenter: Norbert “Bert” Alicea Executive Vice President, EAP+Work/Life Services, West’s Health Advocate Solutions Community Violence – Prevention, Intervention, and ... Read more

Lipscomb University Offers Professional Development Program Series

The Department of Communications and Journalism at Lipscomb University has partnered with the Forum for Crisis and Consequence Management to offer a number of professional development and continuing education programs for professionals to better handle challenges related to disaster, crisis, and emergencies by acquiring the knowledge, skills, and abilities to strengthen their performance profile. Upcoming half-day sessions include: Active Shooter/Workplace Violence Prevention and Crisis Management/Crisis Stop on October 31; and Crisis & Emergency Communication Preparedness and Managing the Business Problems of a Cyber Breach: An Interactive Crisis Management Learning Exercise on November 17. Detailed session descriptions, future dates and program, and registration information can be found here.

Here’s What I Mean By “Business Continuity” – 5 Steps to Success

By Bryan Weisbard, CPA, CFE: When family and friends ask me what I do for a living, I’m almost always greeted by the same blank, confused stare when I respond with “Business Continuity.” To me and others in our profession, the words seem to fit the job. However, even business-minded individuals do not always understand what business continuity means, let alone the important role it plays within an organization. To complicate matters even further, the focus of business continuity has evolved over recent years and will continue to do so as new issues such as cybersecurity and privacy compliance gain more attention. In the simplest sense, the goal of business continuity is to enable an organization to continue fulfilling its mission, vision and objectives, even during the worst of circumstances. Regardless of what Murphy’s Law, mother nature, or those with bad intentions throw our way, we have prepared our organization to succeed. By now, you must be asking what it takes to build a successful Business Continuity program and how I can best explain it to my family and friends? I find that it’s less about the technical details and more about the strategy explained in my 5 Steps to Success: Step 1: Understand the culture and risk appetite of the organization. Each and every organization is different. This seems like a relatively simple concept, but truly understanding what makes your organization different is difficult. However, understanding the mission, vision, and culture is essential – the culture of the organization ... Read more

New Thinking, New Tips, New Advice

Vendor presentations offer plenty of opportunities for networking, learning about new trends and technologies, and being exposed to case studies that present new thinking, advice on how to tackle the latest challenges facing BC professionals, and tips you can apply when you get back to the office. The 2017 Continuity Insights New York Conference has scheduled four engaging presentations with suppliers prepared to contribute to our overall mission and goals of exchanging information, ideas, best practices, methods, and experiences. We’ve asked our vendor partners to help educate attendees to increase their knowledge of the solutions they offer to help them build a more resilient organization. This year’s presentations include: AssuranceCM – Transforming Data into Action (Sungard Availability Services) Business Continuity Management Redefined – Fusion Framework System Demonstration & Discussion (Fusion Risk Management) Sustainable Planner 4.0 – The Resilient Next-Gen solution to Support Your Organization’s Plans (Virtual Corporation) In a Crisis Filled World You Need In Case of Crisis, a Digital Crisis Management Solution (RockDove) Learn more detail on each of these sessions here.

2018 Case Studies Track

A total of 20 sessions and workshops have been scheduled for this year’s featured Case Studies track at the 2018 Continuity Insights Management Conference. The exchange of practical ideas that can help solve critical problems or improve the efficiency or effectiveness of an overall BCM program will be on full display as practitioners share information dealing with current issues based on actual events. Join representatives from Verizon Wireless, EY (Ernst & Young), T. Rowe Price, Cisco Systems, Turner, Kwik Trip, Brink’s, Nationwide, Weill Cornell Medical College, and more A1: So, You Have a Disaster…Now What? Tom Serio, Verizon Wireless The presenter will walk you through a real disaster that impacted a large business and forced them to enact ALL of their business continuity plans. What’s the reality of the situation? What’s were upper management thinking? How do quickly and successfully did employees get back to work? Learn from some very valuable and real lessons learned while recovering a corporate campus from a nine-day outage. A2: Metrics and Measures in a Large Enterprise Robin Martin, Second Vice President – Risk Management, Ameritas Using metrics and measurements to demonstrate how prepared a company is to recover from a business continuity incident. Metrics, measures, and KPI’s are a hot topic in the growing age of big data. But what metrics make sense for business continuity? The presenter will discuss her implementation of capability measures at a large insurance company. By assessing capabilities, setting a baseline, and measuring progress over time, she has been ... Read more

Workplace Violence One Day Conference December 5, 2017

Save the date and make plans to join your colleagues and Continuity Insights for Workplace Violence: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. The event will take place on December 5, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Philadelphia. This one-day workshop will feature some of the nation’s foremost authorities on this all-too-often occurring incident, individuals who will share their expertise in psychological and sociological impact, human resource, legal, law enforcement, academia, physical security, and more. Steven M. Crimando, MA, BCETS, CHS-V, Principal of Behavioral Science Applications, Diplomate, American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and Diplomate, National Center for Crisis Management, will keynote the event and present Today’s Workplace Violence Challenges, redefining the workplace and workplace violence and considerations for employers and employees. The event culminates with a session on “How to Write a Violence Preparedness Plan for Your Organization.” Workplace Violence: A Multidisciplinary Perspective will be particularly important for professionals in human resources, legal, security/safety, business continuity, emergency management, public sector agencies, colleges/universities, and others responsible for the security and integrity of their organizations. Details on the full program and registration are now available here.

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