Sunday Workshops

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY WORKSHOP SESSION 1

People not Paper: Resiliency Begins with Training

When:
Sunday, March 15, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker:
Phil Lambert, Ripcord Solutions

Having plans on-the-shelf does not save lives or minimize impacts. Successful continuity planning and disaster management boils down to three primary assets: “People, Documentation and Resources.” And people are the key to success before, during and after a business interruption.

Training is the building blocks of preparedness. Education is the foundation that holds an organization up when rapid response is needed.

Join us in this HANDS-ON workshop and be armed with a well-organized approach to the diversity of training types and delivery models for an effective and efficient training strategy. Learn what a training strategy looks like, how content will drive what type of training works best and learn to make training stick by delivering engaging content with just the right balance of information, instruction, and entertainment.

The crucial component of a well-prepared and resilient organization is that their people understand the “why,” “what,” and “how” they contribute to recovery.

Topics that will be covered during the workshop:

  • Regulations, Best Practices, and Standards
  • The New Rules of Resiliency
  • Training Program Strategy
  • Adult Learning Principles
  • Measuring Results
  • Designing effective & powerful training courses

Learn how to utilize experiential training (i.e. Exercises), maximize the learning experience, and (most importantly) measure the results.

Join us in this hands-on workshop and be armed with a well-organized approach to the diversity of training types and delivery models for an effective resiliency strategy.

About Phil Lambert
Phil Lambert is the Founder & Program Architect of Ripcord Solutions and has more than 24 years of experience with resiliency management positions at two Fortune 500 companies before he founded Ripcord. He is a well-regarded advocate and thought-leader in the BC/DR planning community. Phil is a visionary, game changer and challenges outdated program strategies that don’t produce the desired outcomes within a reasonable amount of time. Phil is an expert at taking what is complex and simplifying it for everyone. Phil has assessed and evaluated dozens of BC/DR Programs in numerous industries and creates an easy to follow 2-year roadmap to significantly improve an organization’s program. Phil is a well-respected program strategist, architect and advisor who designs, develops and produces tomorrow’s resilient organizations with impressive results.

SUNDAY WORKSHOP SESSION 2

Recharging Your Program: A Leader’s Guide to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

When:
Sunday, March 15, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker:
Linda Pace, Advanced Business Continuity

This interactive, hands-on session provides an In-Depth review of the components of a business continuity planning. Topics include: business impact analysis (BIA), effectively identifying business functions; data backup, recovery time objective (RTO), crisis communication and training. Participants will be able to plan a mock exercise and develop a basic test plan. Upon completion, attendees will be able to review their existing program or refresh the exisiting program based on industry standards and regulatory requirements. This is a hands-on workshop, not a lecture. Participants will receive a job aid and actionable take-aways. This workshop benefits those new to the industry or anyone wanting a fresh perspective on the current BC Approach.

About Linda Pace,
Linda Pace has spent 20 years working across multiple Industries including financial, insurance, legal and international organizations. as Director, Policy, Standards and Training for a global financial services company, Linda was responsible for developing and Delivering Training and creating e-Learning courses on Business Continuity Related Topics, including Business Impact Analysis. As a Business Continuity Planner and Manager, Linda has been Responsible for business Continuity across the United States. Linda Pace has Shared her knowledge and expertise With audiences In engineering, disaster planning, and information management. Her passion is helping others by sharing her experiences and career journey. Currently based in South Florida, Linda helps organizations prepare for Hurricanes and Natural Disasters. Most recently Linda worked to Support Hurricane Dorian in August 2019. Linda is a Veteran, having Served as a Captain in US Army Reserve in Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, and Maryland for 9 years. Linda enjoys travel, and is a professional Photographer.

SUNDAY WORKSHOP SESSION 3

Birds of a Feather: Business Continuity Roundtable Discussions

When:
Sunday, March 15, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Panelists:
Moderator:
Robbie Atabaigi, MBCI, CISA, ITIL Foundation – KPMG LLP
Industry Roundtable Facilitators:
Lamar Poppell MBCI, CBCP, PMP, Six Sigma, CERT
Dave Ziev, MBCI, MBCP, ITILl
Terri Kirchner, Ph.D., MBCP, MBCI
Martin Myers, MS, AFBCI, MBCP, CERT
David Dunlap, CBCP, AMBCI, ITIL
Colleen Huber, MBCP, CRMP, CBRM, MBCI

Fast track your networking opportunities at the DRJ Conference. Join the Birds of a Feather session to participate in a conversation with other conference attendees about key topics and areas of interest. This forum will allow participants to explore solutions, address concerns, ask pressing questions, and converse about BC planning activities. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with other professionals in similar situations. The Birds of a Feather workshop provides a structured approach with experienced and certified BC professionals facilitating each table. The format provides the flexibility to explore specific areas of interest or pressing topics such as recent events/ impacts, lessons learned, challenges, leading practices, etc. Come join us and set the stage for a successful conference experience.

Potential Topics: recent events, planning and response, risk assessment and BIA, BCM exercises and testing, and other topics selected by participants.

Panelists:
Moderator:
Robbie Atabaigi, MBCI, CISA, ITIL Foundation – KPMG LLP
Industry Roundtable Facilitators:
Lamar Poppell MBCI, CBCP, PMP, Six Sigma, CERT
Dave Ziev, MBCI, MBCP, ITILl
Terri Kirchner, Ph.D., MBCP, MBCI
Martin Myers, MS, AFBCI, MBCP, CERT
David Dunlap, CBCP, AMBCI, ITIL
Colleen Huber, MBCP, CRMP, CBRM, MBCI

SUNDAY WORKSHOP SESSION 4

Interactive Workshop: Will You Be The Next Big Headline?

When:
Sunday, March 15, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker:
Linda Hanwacker, The LSH Group

It is not uncommon to see companies make the big headlines about their data being breached. They’re new stories daily. Our trusted internet models are targeted using unsecure network protocols, hidden malware, and updates to our software to name a few. In 2019, headlines read “Hospital System Halts Admissions Amid Malware Attacks”, “Third-Party Service Provider Security Incident”, “Ransomware Attack Cost City Millions”, “Hacker Steals Sensitive Details of Fragrance without leaving a Whiff of Smell” and more. This fun interactive game session will discuss credible types of threats that should be part of your organization’s risk assessment to determine what risks you face on a daily basis. Participants in this interactive workshop will be part of a fictional organization to play this game that will challenge teams to prioritize key security initiatives for our everchanging threats and risks that will have a negative impact. Types of initiatives in this game include “Two factor authentication”, “Build industry relationships”, “Endpoint protection”, “Identification and access management”, “Incident Response Program”, “Vendor Management”, “Physical Security”, “Patching”, “Penetration Testing”, etc., and of course there is always a chance of negative impacts based on the choices made. Can your team prevent your organization from becoming tomorrow’s big headline? How will your team score, risk to resilience?

About Linda Hanwacker
Linda Hanwacker is CEO/Founder of The LSH Group, LLC, a professional consultancy specializing in Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Continuity of Operations, Emergency & Crisis Management. Linda is the winner of the prestigious BCI award “Business Continuity & Resiliency Consultant of the Americas”. The LSH Group holds two Florida State Term Contracts – 991-266-11-1 Disaster Recovery Services and 973-561-10-1 IT Consulting. Linda is a Professor at Florida Southwestern College and Florida Gulf Coast University, in Fort Myers, Florida teaching computer science, business courses and the new disaster recovery programs.
Linda is an experienced executive leader with over 30 years addressing IT, BC/DR, Emergency planning initiatives. She has held several executive positions in Bell Labs, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Linda is an accomplished author and speaker. Prior to The LSH Group, at AT&T, Linda was the Director of BC/DR Professional Services. Linda managed the implementation of the $30+ million BC/DR program that included managing and planning for all core AT&T network operations. Her team played a major recovery effort for NYC.

Linda holds an MBA in Finance, MS in Computer Science and an Executive Leadership Certification. She has also completed all the requirements as a Certified Business Continuity Professional.

SUNDAY WORKSHOP SESSION 5

Start to Implement BCOS Next Week

When:
Sunday, March 15, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speakers:
Brian Zawada, Avalution Consulting
Michael Bratton, Avalution Consulting

Every business continuity program struggles at some point with lack of focus and lack of engagement. These challenges exist even for both robust, mature programs, as well as for programs in their first year of implementation. To help solve for focus and engagement issues, Avalution developed the Business Continuity Operating System (BCOS). We believe the right framework enables continuity professionals to answer “yes!” to the following statements:

  1. I am empowered to make my organization resilient
  2. I have the resources needed to protect the organization aligned to management’s expectations
  3. I am challenged to grow personally and mature the program
  4. I enjoy my work

Attend this workshop to learn about the BCOS, why it’s essential to your personal and professional success, and the core tools used to achieve focus and engagement. During this workshop, we will work through three essential tools so you can start implementing the BCOS next week when you return to the office.

About Brian Zawada
Brian Zawada is a co-founder and the Chief Visionary Officer for Avalution Consulting, a firm specializing in business continuity program design, implementation and continual improvement.

Over the past 23 years, Brian has actively managed internal business continuity programs and consulted with public and private sector organizations of all sizes, helping them not only design and implement world-class business continuity programs, but also effectively use their response and recovery strategies to minimize impact when faced with a disruptive event.

Outside of his work with Avalution and its clients, Brian previously served as the Head of the United States Delegation to ISO Technical Committee 223, the authors of ISO 22301. Brian contributed to ISO 22301 and led the project team that created ISO 22317, the business impact analysis standard, and ISO 22331, the business continuity strategy determination standard. Brian is also a frequent author and speaker, currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of Continuity Insights magazine. Brian also previously served as the Business Continuity Institute US Chapter Board President and as the President of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners

Brian is certified as a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute.

About Michael Bratton
Michael Bratton is a Managing Consultant and the Business Continuity Practice Leader for Avalution.

Over the past six years, Michael has consulted with a diverse range of clients spanning numerous industry verticals and sizes. He specializes in translating business and organizational requirements into recovery strategies and response frameworks that help organizations effectively respond to disruptions. Michael has worked with numerous organizations to implement new programs, but also has a long-standing base of clients where he continues to serve as an active and trusted advisor, including during business disruptions.

Michael regularly attends industry events and conferences and has served as a panelist at multiple conferences. His articles have been featured in Continuity Central and Continuity Insights, as well as on Avalution’s business continuity blog. Prior to joining the Avalution team, Michael was a communications officer in the US Army and led a number of IT-related projects that included IT disaster recovery initiatives.