Building Resiliency through Engagement in North Texas
Welcome to the North Texas Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). ACP is a non-profit professional organization, which provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information, for business continuity professionals, throughout a network of local chapters.
Founded in March of 1986, the North Texas Chapter is one of the oldest continuously meeting chapters, and among the largest by membership, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month unless the first Tuesday coincides with a holiday week. We invite you to attend our next meeting.
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Noon - 1:30 PM
Location: UT Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management Building - Additional meeting information will be provided to those who register for the meeting
Meeting registration information (to follow) will be sent to chapter members via e-vite
Virtual Meeting Information: The meeting will also be available to attend virtually - please attend in person, if at all possible. We would love to see all of you.
Topic: Elevating Your Program with Inclusion of Vendor Risk
Presenter: Christopher Duffy, CBCP, CISSP – Directory of Customer Advocacy at Infinite Blue
Attendees should anticipate a minimum of 1.5-hour meetings, with the understanding that meetings may last for 2 hours. Please join us for our next meeting!
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ACP North Texas Members,
Recently my wife and I were in Arizona and decided to go to Taliesin West. For those not in the know, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLR) desert “laboratory” located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains (Scottsdale). We enjoyed seeing his unique architecture, and as my father was an architect, I especially appreciate how FLR integrated the design of this location into the landscape that surrounds it.
As we toured the facility, there was much to observe if you changed your perspective. For example; it is amazing how when you stand in the courtyard and look back at the roof lines, the contour of the roof follows the same contour of the mountains behind it, allowing the building to just blend in with nature, and not stand out.
Observing the unique and quality construction of Taliesin West 80 years from being built did not surprise me. Let’s be honest, it was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home so only the best. But what did surprise me was to learn that it was actually built by Frank Lloyd Wright's apprentices that lived there with their families.
What I learned was that Frank Lloyd Wright freely shared his passion and knowledge with the belief that his apprentices should become active in each aspect of his projects. It was important for them to actually learn by exploring their creativity and then working to turn that vision into reality.
As we approach summer, many companies will hire interns to mentor that they may have the privilege of inspiring. Over my career, I have seen many managers just give the interns the “I do not want to do this myself” jobs. The interns will do it of course, but what do they take away? In my opinion, that does not provide a true experience in any of our disciplines as it is not engaging them, not giving them an opportunity to offer ideas, and not allowing an opportunity to make a real contribution. I am an advocate of giving interns a real challenge, something both they and I will learn from. Every person provides a unique perspective, no matter where they are on their journey.
I look at the next generation of resiliency professionals and recognize OUR responsibility to make sure they have a great start through opportunity and knowledge. Frank Lloyd Wright believed in teaching the whole person…my question today is, do you?
Chet Bojarski, MBCP
North Texas Chapter President
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