Monday Panel Discussions – Virtual

We will host several interactive Panel Discussions that include great interactivity with the audience.

(join 1 of 4 sessions)

Monday Panel Discussions October 11, 2021, 4:35 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

1 - DEI - Top Five Challenges in Achieving Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

Monday, October 11, 2021
4:35 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

Dan Perrin, Regus
Terri Howard, Herzing University
Dr. Marie Harper, American Public University System
Cary Jasgur, Mazars

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are more important than ever. Panelists will provide key challenges encountered, share success stories, and offer insightful strategies to help foster a more inclusive and resilient organization.

About Dan Perrin
Dan Perrin runs the Workplace Recovery Group within Regus. Dan has been with Regus since 2005 and has worked in the Workplace Recovery division since 2012. Dan and his team manage and assist several thousand clients globally by using the Regus platform of over 3000 locations to design, implement, test and run their people recovery.

About Terri Howard
As an Associate Vice President with Herzing University, Terri Howard is responsible for the strategic and operational planning of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives across the central office, online, and ten campus locations.

Prior to joining Herzing University, Terri served in several key DEI roles including the Sr. Director of Organizational Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for FEI Behavioral Health, Inc. where she was responsible for coordinating the people support and psychological first aid services for those impacted by a crisis. She also contributed to several international standards and guidelines on crisis management and workplace violence prevention. Terri has also served as Vice President for the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and focused on crisis management and workplace violence prevention. While at CPI, Terri assessed the needs of hundreds of companies in their policy development, best practice, and training.

Terri has over 20 years of expertise in management consultation, coaching, training and has been responsible for managing numerous corporate and government accounts focused on DEI. She is a passionate subject matter expert in DEI training and consultation and has designed and delivered sensitive, people-focused training on topics including implicit bias, leadership development, microaggressions, teamwork, building shared vocabularies and workplace violence prevention. She is a certified assessor for the Intercultural Developmental Inventory tool and has used it with many of her clients.

About Dr. Marie Gould Harper
Dr. Marie Gould Harper is the Dean of the School of Business at American Public University System. She is a progressive coach, facilitator, writer, strategist, and human resources/organizational development professional.

About Cary Jasgur
Cary Jasgur currently holds an FBCI, MBCP, and PMP and has spoken at several conferences on a variety of topics within the Organizational Resilience industry.

2 - Career Development: Building Your Brand

Monday, October 11, 2021
4:35 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

Tracey Rice, Fusion Risk Management
Cheyene Marling, BC Management – a Castellan Solutions Company
Dan Bailey, Gateway First Bank
Bridget Guerrero, GoDaddy
Melissa Owings, Early Warning Services

At some point, there was such a thing as separation between your work life and your home and social life. For many professionals, this is no longer true. More and more resilience professionals are choosing to build a personal brand that bridges work and home life. Building your brand starts with you, it’s a conscious decision – learn to recognize your value, maximize your strengths and leverage your brand to pursue not only your career but life goals.

About Tracey Rice
With more than twenty years of experience in business continuity, Tracey Rice is an accomplished industry leader and a passionate evangelist, who builds relationships with BCM leaders in enterprise organizations across the globe.

About Cheyene Marling
Cheyene Marling is a global leader with 23 years expertise in business continuity. She founded BC Management in 2000 (now Castellan Solutions) and she is responsible for staffing strategies and research analytics for our clients globally in addition to providing career and coaching expertise. President and Founder of DCIG, LLC.

About Dan Bailey
Dan Bailey is the SVP, Operational Risk Management at Gateway First Bank in Dallas, Texas.  In this role, Dan is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Bank and Mortgage Operational Risk Management. 

Dan has been actively involved in global risk management, resilience, business continuity, and disaster recovery since 1991 and has been involved in information technology since 1985. 

He received his Certified Business Continuity Professional and Master Business Continuity Professional designations from DRI International in 1999 and 2002 respectively.  He received his Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute designation in 2006 and he received his Governance, Risk, and Compliance Professional certification in 2013.  Dan also serves on Disaster Recovery Journal’s Executive Council.

About Bridget Guerrero
Bridget Guerrero manages Operational Resilience at GoDaddy and has more than two decades experience in risk management, crisis management, intelligence and security operations. She focuses on building robust, defensible risk identification, quantification and management programs to keep GoDaddy’s employees and assets safe, wherever they may work.

About Melissa Owings
Melissa Owings joined Early Warning in 2020 as a Sr. Business Continuity Manager. Prior to joining EWS Melissa spent approx. two years as a manager within TD Ameritrade’s Enterprise Continuity/Risk department where she was responsible for Business Continuity plan development as well as vendor management and testing.

Prior to joining TD Ameritrade Owings served as the Business Continuity Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska for more than 11 years. Overall, she has harnessed her vast understanding of the business continuity industry to positively influence the organizations she has worked for in this field for more than 20 years. She currently serves as President of Great Plains Contingency Planners and as a member of the DRJ Career Development Committee.

Owings hold a Bachelor’s degree in Management of Human Resources and a Master’s Degree in Management. In her free time she enjoys mentoring at risk youth and attending her children’s sports activities.

3 - Dynamic Virtual Tabletop Exercises

Monday, October 11, 2021
4:35 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

Marie-Helene Primeau, Premier Continuum Inc.
Senad Cehajic, OMERS
Gene Carmack, Carmack Consulting LLC
Joseph Bechtold, Goldman Sachs

An energetic tabletop exercise is vital to any successful business continuity and disaster recovery program. When some or all of the participants are in a virtual environment, creating a real-world drill can be a challenge. Learn how to inject life into your regular exercises.

About Marie-Helene Primeau
With over 18 years of experience, Marie-Helene Primeau is an expert-in supporting public and private organizations on their Business Continuity lifecycle.She has conducted numerous exercises, onsite and virtually, with clients from various industries.

About Senad Cehajic
Professional in Business Continuity , Senad Cehajic has extensive experience working within multinational organizations in diverse sectors and geographies. He is recognized for his leadership and delivery of dynamic tabletop exercises with Executives.

About Gene Carmack
Gene Carmack has been involved in the Operational Resilience disciplines for over 20 years. For a variety of enterprises (HSBC, BCBSIL, Abbott Labs, WW Grainger, IBM to name a few).

About Joe Bechtold
Joe Bechtold has over ten years of experience in Business Continuity and Emergency Management across multiple sectors including the military, public health, manufacturing, and financial services. Joe obtained FEMA’s Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) certification in 2013 and specializes in the development of testing programs and building executable resiliency plans.

4 - Cyber PERX - The Panel Session!

Monday, October 11, 2021
4:35 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

Steven Goldman, MIT
Sherri Flynn, Agility Recovery
Rich Cocchiara, Cognitient Corp.
Selma Coutinho, Ericsson

October is Cyber Security month. Let’s get it started with this expert panel session on Cyber PERX – Plans, Exercises, Resiliency, and eXperience. DRJ has assembled five global experts to discuss these important cyber security topics in a practical and information-loaded panel. Time is built in to address your questions, issues, and concerns. Don’t miss this valuable session!

About Dr. Steven B. Goldman
Dr. Steven B. Goldman is an internationally recognized expert and consultant in Business Resiliency, Crisis Management, Pandemic Plans/Response, and Crisis Communications. He has over 35 years’ experience in all aspects of these disciplines.

About Sherri Flynn
Consultant of the Year 2020, Sherri Flynn is a certified MBCP, CISM & Lead Implementer for the Business Continuity Management global standard ISO 22301. Sherri provides consulting services on all aspects of Business Continuity Management, Cyber Response Planning & Vendor Management.

About Rich Cocchiara
Rich Cocchiara is the Chief Innovation & Security Officer for Cognitient Corp and he is the former Chief Information Security Officer for the NYC Dept of Education and has held positions such as CTO for Smarter Risk Corp, CTO & Distinguished Engineer for IBM.

About Selma Coutinho
Selma Coutinho is Director of Security and BCM where she directs the security operations and Business Continuity operations at America (North and Latin America). She is passionate about drive and facilitates BCM and Crisis Management changes always focusing on the continuous improvement and enhancing the company’s BC/DR posture that includes: leadership and employee’s commitment, business understanding and real lessons learned from past experiences. Selma has MBCI, CBCP and CISSP designations.