2019 Chapter Meetings

GUEST SPEAKER: David Halford, VP of Business Continuity Management Solutions at Fusion

TOPIC: The Convergence of BCM, Resiliency, and ERM Programs

  • Enhance understanding of the concepts and program items that overlap across BCM, resiliency, and ERM programs
  • Identify an actionable methodology to enhance your enterprise resiliency program, improve linkage with your ERM program, and elevate the enterprise value or your program
  • Consider an approach and roadmap supporting next steps within your enterprise

Location:  VACO 5501 Virginia Way, Suite 120

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June 13, 2019

GUEST SPEAKER: John J. Walsh, Jr., PhD

Topic:  Perspectives Related to Disaster and Crisis Planning and Operational Management


Managing emergencies in today’s modern developed world environments is complex, requiring integrated systems of management and coordinated functionality, all the while remaining operationally adaptive and flexible to meet the multitude of situational occurrences. The presentation is designed as a preview for further talks and panel discussions that will explore more in depth how and in what way, emergency and crisis management functions in today’s response environment. This broad overview discusses some of the basics of US emergency management principles, system components, individual hazards that require specific planning, the structure of the national preparedness system, and some examples of real events demonstrating the complexity of responsive actions for mitigating the event.


John Walsh is Co-Director of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program in Disaster Research and Training and former Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the National Center for Emergency Preparedness at Vanderbilt University. His specialty fields include disaster research in emergency management, preparedness policy formulation, human and organizational system factors influencing disaster operations, utilization of Unmanned Aerial Systems in disaster operations, and exercise development. He currently serves as the International Association of Emergency Managers’ (IAEM) representative on the EMS Agenda 2050 project, and on the National Fire Protection Association Standards Council 3000 Project (Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events). He is a founding member of the National Emergency Services Coalition on Medical Preparedness and is the current chair of IAEM’s Nominations and Credentials Committee. In addition, he holds a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) certification, a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) certification, a National Disaster Healthcare certification in the specialty of Disaster Preparedness, Response, Mitigation and Recovery for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and is listed on ANCC’s Content Expert Registry. He is the former Associate Director of the National Center for Bio-Medical Research and Training, and Assistant Director of the Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.




April 11, 2019                                                                                                                                             


                                                                                                                Host & Lunch:



Workplace Violence/Active Shooter


Glenn McLea from Bridgestone is teaming with Aric Mutchnick from Experior to bring you a different approach in preparing for a workplace incident. They will take you through a process for consideration that will prepare you and your company for the next event………and it is coming. Come prepared for the inevitable. Awareness + Action = Prevention.

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February 14, 2019

Speaker:  Kyle Aebischer

Kyle has been in the technology field for 24 years serving in multiple roles from developing software, database management, infrastructure management, data center management, and enterprise architecture.

I currently work at Zerto Helping organizations achieve true IT resilience through a complete, software defined Disaster Recovery Solution for Virtualized Environments. Cloud continuity enablement - public & private cloud.

Topic:  Bridging the gap between IT and the Business Continuity Team – Integrating DR into your BC plan


 2018 Chapter Meetings

 Click Here for Patrick Leddin's Presentation

Click Here for the Bold Planning Presentation

Meeting Speaker: Melissa Rhodes, Roundtable Discussion: 
Is the traditional BIA still valid?
What program metrics are being used?
What’s the best approach to secure executive sponsorship?

Click Here to Access the Presentation

Meeting Speaker: Ranga Ramanujam, Owen School of Business Vanderbilt University

Speaker Topic: Organizing for Reliability – Click Here to Access the Presentation 

Meeting Speaker: Megan Epperson, Manager IT Risk Programs
Speaker Topic:  Business Continuity Planning Goals