Tuesday Panel Discussions

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


LIVE - Discussions (4 separate topics)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
2:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. EST

1- Why Operational Maturity Matters...

Mark Heywood, Cutover

Steve Piggott, Cutover
Darren Lea, Cutover
John Rosato, CS Technology

Now, more than ever, companies are doubling down on developing operational maturity strategies and execution postures. Your people matter more. Your investments in technology matter more. Your selection of eco-partners matters more. Your cloud journey matters more. Being compliant matters more. The list goes on, but the bottom line is this: providing exceptional customer experiences is essential to accelerating and sustaining revenue growth.

Simply put, the pace of change driven by the race to digital transformation is creating more risk and complexities across the IT estate than ever before. This raises big questions, including how to best compete, how your organization can thrive in the ‘new’ normal, and whether it’s possible to develop a maturity curve that is sustainable?

Join CST and Cutover as they share experiences on securing stakeholder alignment on resilience, coupled with innovative operational modeling, and an explicit focus on providing business value, digging into how this translates into a lifecycle framework of exceptional outcomes. Finally, you’ll learn about a new model of working that orchestrates humans and machine automation in seamless collaboration. If you and your organization aspire to develop and sustain a truly resilient operational maturity execution posture, the journey to developing the foundational building blocks will surely resonate with you, and you don’t want to miss this session.

About Mark Heywood
Formerly the Head of Operational Resilience for UBS, Mark Heywood has over 20 years of experience in senior risk and resilience roles and has worked across Financial Services, government departments, city and county councils and the charity sector.

About Steve Piggott
Steve Piggott works within all facets of Cutover to drive market awareness, revenue growth, and to align with our customers’ requirements and expectations in receiving exceptional enterprise resiliency results. He brings a wealth of experience in driving successful customer outcomes across business transformation, operational resilience, disaster recovery, and business continuity program development.

About Darren Lea
Darren Lea has been a Senior Customer Success Manager at Cutover for the last 3 years, and now works within the Solution Delivery team ensuring customers get the most out of their investment in not only Cutover but their own tools also. Darren worked for almost 20 years in the financial services sector prior to joining Cutover, occupying a number of technology roles, including ownership of support functions and resilience testing for a number of key business services. Having lived through resilience incidents, and the work involved in regularly demonstrating to regulators resilience of technology based services, Darren is appreciative of the place that Cutover plays in improving the lot of similarly tasked technology professionals.

About John Rosato
John Rosato, CEO of CS Technology, is a trusted advisor of C Level Executives across a number of Fortune 2000 organisations. Since being appointed CEO, John has led CS Technology to nearly double its revenue with 500% profit improvement and developed market leading transformation strategies that help CST’s clients drive agility and competitive advantage.

2 - Building Everyday Heroes: Making Resilience Your Organization’s Superpower

Tracey Rice, Fusion Risk Management

Melanie Lucht, Carnegie Mellon University
Rena Moakeh, Dematic

Building a resilient organization is not a hero’s journey. You cannot do it alone. You need fit-for-purpose teams of superheroes to make it happen. Winning teams require you to know your organization, your network of talent, and the web of third parties that comprise it, inside and out. Your needs evolve over time. Great leaders are always looking for the right data to protect and achieve organizational objectives. Join us for an interactive session and learn from the experiences, insights and lessons learned of industry leaders mobilizing their organizations at new levels, focusing on what matters, leveraging their most prized asset (their people) to protect, evolve with, and deliver extraordinary outcomes for customers.

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 Melanie Lucht
Melanie Lucht is the Associate Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Carnegie Mellon University. In this role, Melanie oversees the following Organizations: Environmental Health and Safety, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, Emergency Preparedness, and Risk Operations.

About Rena Moakeh
Rena Moakeh is a qualified solicitor of England & Wales and holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B Hons) from the University of Westminster (UK), has lived in six countries, and has 18 years of experience as a global legal & compliance team leader and strategic business partner. She is currently the global Compliance Officer of Dematic, a Supply Chain Optimization Digital Technology, Software, and Services company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, serving 8K+ employees. Prior to this, Rena was at GE for 11 years in global regulatory and compliance leadership roles supporting Transportation and Energy Management/Digital Energy businesses.

3 - DEI in Resiliency

Vanessa Vaughn Mathews,
Asfalis Advisors

Dru Levasseur, LGBT Bar Association
Curtis Brown, I-DIEM
Dr. Marie Gould Harper, American Public University System

Why are diversity, equity and inclusion more important than ever? Panelists will provide answers to these questions – and more – to help organizations get through today’s disruptions due to COVID-19. They’ll field questions around key challenges encountered, share success stories, and offer insightful information and strategies to help foster a more inclusive and resilient organization.

About Vanessa Vaughn Mathews
Vanessa Vaughn Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors.

About Dru Levasseur
M. Dru Levasseur is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the National LGBT Bar Association, and leads Lavender Law 365 ® , an LGBTQ+ inclusion coaching and consulting initiative perfect for law firms, law schools, and workplaces. As a prominent figure in the LGBTQ+ equality movement for 25 years, 15 of which in the legal profession, Dru has extensive experience in law, advocacy, philanthropy, and community organizing.

About Curtis Brown
Curtis Brown has homeland security and emergency management experience at the federal, state, and local levels. He currently serves as the State Coordinator (Director) of Emergency Management at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). In 2018, he co-founded the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) a non-profit organization dedicated to diversify the field of emergency management and promote the application of equitable practices to improve disaster outcomes and build community resilience for the most vulnerable communities.

About Dr. Marie Gould Harper
Dr. Marie Gould Harper is the Dean of the School of Business at American Public University. She is a progressive coach, facilitator, writer, strategist, and human resources/organizational development professional with more than 30 years of leadership, project management, and administrative experience. Dr. Gould Harper has worked in both corporate and academic environments.

4 - Rules and Regulations

Martin Myers, Myers & Associates

Robbie Atabaigi, KPMG
Peter Laz, Fusion Risk Management
Bobby Williams, Advance Auto Parts

Rarely do we receive advance notice of a disaster. That’s why it’s imperative to be prepared for any interruption within your organization by following regulations, standards, and leading practices – the backbones of business continuity planning. Highly-skilled experts will share current techniques and methodologies to comply with regulations and align with standards in the industry. You want to attend this session to ensure you’re prepared for whatever happens next!

About Martin Myers
Martin Myers, MS, MBCP, AFBCI, CERT, is a BC/DR/CM Consultant. He has 30 years of experience in developing and evaluating disaster recovery and business continuity plans including emergency preparedness and response, and crisis management for prominent domestic and international companies. Some of the companies he has worked for include Bank of America, CapitalOne, KPMG, HP, and SAIC. His work has taken him throughout the U.S., and to Canada, Bermuda, Panama, Costa Rica, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and South Korea. Mr. Myers is a former President of the DRJ Editorial Advisory Board.

About Robbie Atabaigi
Robbie Atabaigi, MBCP, MBCI, CISA, ITIL Foundation, ISO 22301 Lead Implementer (application pending) is a Lead Specialist with KPNG’s Cyber practice.

About Peter Laz
Peter Laz, MBCP, MBCI, is a Senior Manager with Fusion Risk Management and a member of DRJ’s Executive Council. He has 30+ years of professional experience designing, implementing, and managing enterprise-wide risk and resiliency initiatives.

Speaker Spotlight

About Bobby Williams
Bobby Williams currently works for Advance Auto Parts as the Senior Manager of Disaster Recovery. Bobby has BC and DR experience in programs for global financial companies, healthcare companies, and government power generation companies. He has consulted on DR programs for a global consulting company. He serves the business continuity profession as a Principal on the NFPA 1600 Technical committee and was the inaugural Chair of the DRI International Glossary for Resiliency.