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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 05:00

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Business Continuity Professionals

Written by  Christopher Bingel, CBCP

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a business continuity event, hosted by the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, which took a close look at resilience in supply chain management. It was a wonderfully new experience, with at least two-thirds of the audience comprised of students from UMD graduate programs. Rather than a group of “seasoned” professionals having different iterations of the same conversations we’ve been having for years, these bright young minds offered fresh new perspectives on old topics. Seeing this, I wondered, “How do we convince these kids to look toward business continuity as a career?” After pondering the question for the weekend, I realized that the answer is both simple and obvious. We don’t. In my experience, good business continuity programs are never created from whole cloth. Rather, they are the result of an effective combination of good professional practices, understanding the