Monday Panel Discussions

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


LIVE - Discussions (4 separate topics)

Monday, March 29, 2021
2:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. EST

1 - Managing Third-Party Risk/Supply Chain

John Liuzzi, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits

David Halford, Fusion Risk Management
Donna Nielsen, Gemstone Consulting
Margaret Millett, DRJ EAB Member

A supply chain can be defined as a complex ecosystem of people, processes, technologies, and resources that are involved in creating and delivering a product or service from a supplier to a customer.  In today’s world, the frequent and seemingly endless occurrences of natural and man-made disasters have compelled organizations to adopt a more rigorous and proactive approach to risk management and Business Continuity planning in order to protect their supply chains. Participants in this panel discussion will learn how to identify, assess, and control the risks of their supply chains. In addition, panelists will share their insights and practical suggestions on how to drive the innovation that is needed to build a resilient supply chain that will achieve world-class results.

About John Liuzzi
John Liuzzi has over 25 years of Business Continuity experience. He is an experienced company President, C-Level executive, and three term Congressional appointee. He is currently the Director of Business Continuity for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits.

About David Halford
David Halford is Vice President, Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery/IT Risk Management Solutions at Fusion Risk Management.

About Donna Nielsen
Donna Nielsen has over 25 years business operations consulting, continuity planning, disaster recovery and enterprise resilience experience, domestically and internationally.  She holds CBCI Certificate Business Continuity Institute. PMI PMP Project Management Professional , MA, Business Continuity, Northeastern Univ, and (ISC)2 CISSP Cert Information System Security.

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About Margaret Millett
Margaret Millett has been actively involved in the business continuity field since 1993 and worked for financial services companies in Boston, Massachusetts and Dublin, Ireland. She spent six years working for eBay in California. She worked for MetLife, Inc. in Cary, North Carolina for seven years managing the Global Resiliency Program in 45 countries. Margaret has held board levels positions with business continuity organizations, written publications and spoken at business continuity management conferences in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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2 - Mentor/Mentee Goal Setting Boot Camp

Tracey Rice, Fusion Risk Management

Sue Brown, Guggenheim Partners
Josh Mitchell, State Farm Insurance

Mitchell Born, Best Buy
John Jackson, Retired Risk and Crisis Management Executive

You’ve finally done it. You went to the DRJ site and filled out the information to be a mentor or a mentee and you clicked the submit button. Wow, now what?? Or, you’ve not yet hit that button and you want to better understand what you need to do. Learn from two active and seasoned mentors and mentees, the key elements that will help you as a mentor or mentee to be successful in this or any mentor program. The mentoring teams believe one of the most important aspects to a successful mentor/mentee relationship, is thoughtful goal setting and creating a roadmap to achieve those goals.

This will be an interactive session with the use of Menti software, where you have the opportunity to interact with the panelists and to voice your thoughts and opinions as they lead us through such subjects as Creating Effective Goals, Goal Setting, Best Practices and building a Program Road Map to success.

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 Sue Brown
Sue Brown is Vice President Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery at Guggenheim Partners

About Josh Mitchell
Josh Mitchell joined State Farm Insurance Companies in 2010 after serving as an Emergency Medical Technician for 10 years. Josh joined the Enterprise Business Continuity Team in 2015 as a business analyst after having various other roles within the company including Enterprise Incident Response and working with the Crisis Management Team.

About Mitchell Born
Mitchell Born is a Business Continuity Analyst who’s brief time in the industry has given him the opportunity to work within the areas of Business Continuity, Vendor Risk Management, Facility Risk Management, and Crisis Operations. Mitchell started in Business Resiliency in 2018 bringing with him over 20 years of Retail experience in the areas of Customer Relations, Commercial Sales, Supply Chain, and Merchandising. Prior to being a mentee in the DRJ Mentorship Program Mitchell had been involved in youth mentoring Middle School and High School students as a mentor.

About John Jackson
John Jackson founded Chi/Cor’s Disaster Recovery practice in 1980, launching the industry’s first BC / DR software product, TRPS. In 1984, John joined Comdisco, leading their recovery center and consulting businesses during his 18 years. While at Comdisco, John lived in London and ran their European Disaster Recovery business and also spent several years creating Disaster Recovery Hot Sites in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

3 - Cyber Resiliency: Ensuring Your Organization Isn’t the Next Headline

Matthew Butkovic, Carnegie Mellon University

John Beattie, Sungard AS
Robert Giffin, Castellan Solutions
Robert Capps, NuData Security
Eric Johnson, IBM

Maintaining cyber resiliency is a difficult proposition without a world-wide pandemic. Learn how to avoid ransomware and protect your vital data with so many employees working from home. Managing third-party vendors and other cybersecurity risks has only become more difficult in the midst of a global health crisis.

About Matthew Butkovic
Matthew Butkovic if the Technical Director – Cyber Risk and Resilience Assurance in the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

About John Beattie
As a Principal Consultant at Sungard AS, John Beattie works with companies to reduce organizational risk by establishing new BC and DR programs or transforming existing ones to improve effectiveness and address cyber-compromised data recovery.

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About Robert Giffin
Robert Giffin (CBCP, CISA) is the Chief Technology Officer at Castellan Solutions. Rob previously co-founded Avalution Consulting. Over his career, Rob has been involved in business continuity consulting at all levels. This includes consulting for hundreds of clients, building multiple continuity and information security tools, and participating in a wide range of industry groups and forums, such as the Disaster Recovery Journal Editorial Advisory Board.

About Robert Capps
Robert Capps is NuData Security’s Vice President of Marketplace Innovation. He is an industry-recognized technologist, thought leader, and advisor with over twenty-five years of experience in retail, payments, financial services, and cybercrime investigation and prosecution. Robert brings his industry insight and vision to drive market-leading products and services for NuData Security, and is the public spokesperson for the organization. He is passionate about bringing safety to the digital world in the shape of cutting-edge technologies, so companies and end users don’t have to worry about risks from cybercrime.

About Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson has over forty years of IT industry experience with a focus on the following: Solving business challenges through solutions and services, Data center infrastructure operations management and support, Systems integration, Service delivery, Disaster recovery (SME), Business resiliency (SME), Business continuity (SME), Cyber incident recovery (SME), Six Sigma Black Belt, CBCP

4 - Resiliency in a Post-COVID World or Operational Resiliency – The Next Evolution of our Profession

Brian Zawada, Castellan Solutions

Jennifer Sand, Everbridge
David Fortino, Pratt & Whitney
Shane Mathew, Virtual Corp

How can your company prepare for its reopening or employees’ return to work? Each business is facing a truly unique situation and has distinct needs and preferences when it comes to resuming operations. Experienced healthcare professionals will share critical information on their involvement in pandemic planning. From practical and insightful information to lessons learned, these panelists will show attendees how to grow and adapt to new working hours, virtual meetings, working from home while effectively balancing leadership roles and family responsibilities, and more. You will leave this interactive session feeling emotional yet inspired from the first-hand stories filled with determination, empathy, compassion, fear, and joy.

About Brian Zawada
Brian Zawada is the Chief Operating Officer for Castellan Solutions, the largest, global provider of business continuity consulting, software, managed services, and staffing. Brian has more than 25 years of experience managing and building world-class, global business continuity programs that help organizations achieve and sustain the right level of resilience.

About Jennifer Sand
Jennifer Sand leads Everbridge’s Critical Event Management product strategy. She has over 15 years of experience defining and delivering large scale SaaS products. In her last role, Jennifer was the VP of Product Management at CloudLock, which was acquired by Cisco in August 2016. Prior to that, Jennifer held a number of positions across both product management and engineering, with a focus on solving high impact problems for mid-market and enterprise customers through cloud-based solutions.

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About David Fortino
David Fortino serves as Head of Global Crisis Management for Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies Company (NYSE:RTX). Pratt & Whitney is a $20-billion-dollar, world leading company in the design, manufacturing, and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units.

About Shane Mathew
Shane serves as the leader of all professional services at Virtual Corporation. In this role, Shane oversees the consulting and software implementation services for the organization.

Prior to joining the team, Shane served in various leadership roles within business continuity and emergency management in both healthcare and governmental organizations. Most recently, Shane was responsible for the creation of organizational resilience efforts within the retail pharmacy division of DaVita, a Fortune 200 renal services and healthcare company.

Shane started his career in public health and led a team charged with developing bioterrorism response and mass prophylaxis plans for the CDC and local government.