Speaker Spotlight

Jennifer Sand

Passion, integrity, and customer focus. These traits define Jennifer Sand as an employee. She is vice president of project management at CEM at Everbridge.

The company is a global leader for integrated critical event management solutions that automate and accelerate organizations’ operational response to critical events to help keep people safe and busiensses running faster. Through its expertise in managing the complexity and unpredictability of critical events, Everbridge ensures business, government, and healthcare organizations are prepared to rapidly respond to – and even avoid – sudden, unexpected disruptions. More than 3,700 global organizations rely on the Everbridge Critical Event Management Platform to deliver organizational resilience on an unprecedented scale.

The business’s mission is to keep people safe and businesses running faster.

Sand has held her current position with the company for three years in which she has worked directly within the industry.

“But my entire career has focused on helping organizations mitigate disruptions to their business,” she said.

As for how Sand started working in the business continuity/disaster recovery profession, this was a more natural progression from her background in cybersecurity and information security.

“I am motivated by our mission at Everbridge: helping organizations keep their people safe and their businesses running,” said Sand.

Her favorite aspect of BC/DR is working with customers to understand their needs and identifying innovating ways technology can solve their problems.

She said in the BC/DR industry, often the profession is all about planning, and quite often, needs to focus much more on collaboration and communication.

Sand will present “Hindsight is 2020: Lessons Learned about Operational Resiliency in the Face of Critical Events” at DRJ Spring 2021. This session will take place on March 29 from 12:45-1:45 p.m.

According to Sand, the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, record-breaking natural disasters, and extreme weather events challenged the resiliency of organizations around the globe in 2020. Now, 2021 does not appear to be slowing down.

She will take attendees through insights to help professionals prepare for the unthinkable and how those insights are also directly applicable to mitigate risk when faced with critical events in daily operations. She also wants to share information about new considerations for crisis management and business continuity planning and response based on lessons learned and new experiences encountered during 2020.

Sand’s favorite part of DRJ conferences is presenting and networking and engaging and learning from customers.

She said, “I love learning more about the challenges our customers are facing and how we can help them overcome those challenges by leveraging technology.”

Sand had more than 15 years of experience building large-scale SaaS solutions for customers in the private sector across mid-market and enterprise, often in highly regulated industries, and public sector including K-12, higher education, state and local government, and federal agencies.

She has been managing teams across engineering, QA, product management, and UX for 12 years.

Sand has a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

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