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A selection of materials from DRI International is available here as an added benefit for DRI members. We hope you enjoy this informative collection of industry information and research.

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Business Continuity as Strategic Connector: Leading Up, Across, and Beyond

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2024

Author: Eric McNulty

When the worst-case scenario becomes reality, your organization needs to respond as one. It requires more than functional expertise from Business Continuity professionals. It calls on you to orchestrate coordinated and collaborative action across organizational and hierarchical boundaries—often wielding influence beyond your formal authority. That does not happen by accident. This session draws on 20 years of research and practice from the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. NPLI Associate Director, Eric McNulty will present practical insights, tools, and techniques for leading up to the c-suite, across to peers, and beyond to stakeholders including suppliers, customers, and more. You’ll leave this session better understanding your potential as a system-wide leader and with tangible ways to increase your impact right away.

Tags: Business Continuity Program, Executive Support

Stop Being a Buzzkill and Start Cultivating Real Engagement

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2024

Author: BDO

The most critical part of any resilience program is the ability to cultivate and retain the interest of stakeholders, but more often than not, risk management and resilience programs are associated with lengthy policies, pessimistic people talking about everything that could go wrong, and complex jargon—the buzzkill of the organization. To go from buzzkill to benefit, you need to change the way you engage your audience and forge deeper emotional connections by cultivating memorable experiences. To be successful, leaders must care about and want to participate in your program. Executive sponsorship alone won’t cut it. You need to rise above the noise of internal initiatives and focus equally on what your stakeholders need out of your program, and what you need from them. In this session, we will identify and understand the needs of your stakeholders and design a memorable user experience (UX). That experience will drive engagement by blending gamification; cognitive and behavioral sciences; branding and engagement strategies and technology. But all programs have limitations of time, budget, and resources. With this reality in mind, we will teach you how to leverage personas and user journey maps to focus your efforts on activities that yield the greatest ROI (Return on Investment). This session is part of our Sponsor Track. Thank you to our sponsors for sharing their expertise!

Tags: Executive Support

Follow The Money: A Path To Resilience and C-Suite Support

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2024

Author: FM Global

You have been tasked to lead your organization’s risk management efforts. Your goal is to increase your organization’s resilience to the various risks it faces and provide recommendations to your Executive team on how to manage these risks. How do you do this? Through effective risk quantification. During this interactive session, we will delve into a methodology that will resonate with Executive management in order to drive action within your organization. As risk managers we must develop a deeper understanding of the business and related impacts. Through that understanding we will be able to develop an effective message that will drive resilience and gain support from the C-Suite. This session is part of our Sponsor Track. Thank you to our sponsors for sharing their expertise!

Tags: Executive Support

Thinking like a CBRO – Weaponizing Resilience

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2024

Author: David Young

In an era where uncertainty is the only certainty, businesses are increasingly recognizing the critical need for resilience – not just as a defensive mechanism, but as a strategic asset. In this presentation David Young will delve into the transformative potential of the Chief Business Resilience Officer (CBRO) – a position, that doesn’t yet exist, but will transcend traditional risk management and become a linchpin for competitive advantage. In this compelling session, David will explore how the CBRO operates at the nexus of foresight, innovation, and strategy to turn potential vulnerabilities into value-creating opportunities. He will unveil how this role, through a blend of visionary leadership and practical resilience strategies, can transform the very fabric of an organization, making it more agile, robust, and poised to capitalize on crisis. Key Takeaways: Understanding the Role of CBRO: Grasp the expansive scope of the CBRO, beyond conventional risk management, encompassing business continuity, emergency management, physical and information security, and crisis communications. Strategic Risk Re-framing: Learn how the CBRO’s unique vantage point enables them to identify and reframe risks as opportunities for strategic differentiation and market leadership. Resilience as a Competitive Advantage: Delve into real-world examples where resilient practices have not only mitigated risks but have also driven innovation, opened new markets, and enhanced customer loyalty. The Future-Ready Organization: Envision the future of business where resilience is embedded in the corporate DNA, making organizations not just survivable but thriving entities able to take market share in the face of adversity. This session is a must-attend for leaders who aspire to pivot their organizations from reactive risk management to proactive resilience building. It’s an opportunity to redefine the narrative of resilience in business and to equip your organization with the strategic foresight and agility needed in today’s dynamic business landscape. Join David as he details his vision to transform resilience from a concept into a tangible, strategic asset that propels your business forward.

Tags: Chief Business Resilience Officer, Executive Support

Plenary: A Conversation with Uniper CIO Damian Bunyan: What Business Continuity Professionals Should Be Asking Their CIOs

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2023

Author: Damian Bunyan

Attend this can’t miss session to hear from a C-Level executive who truly understands resilience, as DRI Board Director Ray Seid sits down with Uniper CIO Damian Bunyan. About Uniper Düsseldorf-based Uniper is an international energy company with activities in more than 40 countries. With around 7,000 employees, it makes an important contribution to security of supply in Europe. Uniper’s core businesses are power generation in Europe, global energy trading, and a broad gas portfolio. Uniper procures gas – including liquefied natural gas (LNG) – and other energy sources on global markets. The company owns and operates gas storage facilities with a capacity of more than 7 billion cubic meters. Uniper plans for its 22.5 GW of installed power-generating capacity in Europe to be carbon-neutral by 2035. The company already ranks among Europe’s largest operators of hydroelectric plants and intends to further expand solar and wind energy, which are essential for a more sustainable and autonomous future. Uniper is a reliable partner for communities, municipal utilities, and industrial enterprises for planning and implementing innovative, lower-carbon solutions on their decarbonization journey. Uniper is a hydrogen pioneer, is active worldwide along the entire hydrogen value chain, and is conducting projects to make hydrogen a mainstay of the energy supply.

Tags: Best Practices, Business Continuity Program, IT/DR, Organizational Resilience, Process, Resiliency, Technology, Executive Support

Pandemic Panel

Event: DRI Resilience Excellence Summit 2021

Author: Eric McNulty

It’s what you’ve all been working on - so let’s talk about it. Success, challenges, strategies for returning to work, it’s all fair game for our pandemic panel. - Eric McNulty, Associate Director, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Tags: Pandemic, Executive Support, Resiliency, Coronavirus/COVID-19

The Value of Cyber Resilience: Building a Case Executives Will Support

Event: DRI Webinar

Author: Wade Richmond

Join cybersecurity expert Wade Richmond for an information-packed hour of important information on one of the profession’s hottest topics. Explore aspects of cybersecurity and business continuity, with the goal of integrating the two and achieving the ultimate goal -- cyber resilience. Learn how to talk to top management about these issues and sell them on the concept of cyber resilience.

Tags: Cybersecurity, Resiliency, White Paper, Cyber Resilience, Executive Support

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Leading From the Front: Executive-Level Engagements in Crisis Management

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2017

Author: Larry Chase, Crystal Witt

Attend this session for a unique and proven approach to smashing through traditional barriers and earning a sustained executive buy-in, especially where crisis management is concerned. The presenters will share logistics of key successes in gaining significant ground in program maturity and execution through proven and thoughtfully targeted training/awareness programs. Learn more about this winning strategic model which results in a unprecedented cultural gains. See what happens when you color outside the lines and challenge everything so as to closely align a rapid program elevation agenda to a company’s most treasured values.

Tags: Executive Support

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How to Determine Appropriate BCM Program Metrics for Your Executive Management Audience

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2016

Author: Michael Kadar

This session is a continuation and expansion of the Business Continuity Management Risk Index (BCM-RI) concept introduced at DRI2012 and returning the next two years. Continued interest in program metrics for executive management has resulted in another return, expanding beyond risk and preparedness to include compliance and program maturity.

Tags: Executive Support, Case Study

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Power Up Your Program with Positive Messaging: Essential Marketing Tips to Drive Stakeholder Buy-In and Employee Management

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2016

Author: Gina Manos and Ray Bonilla

You and your teams put a lot of effort into contingency planning to ensure your business functions endure even when faced with challenges. Attend this workshop to get simple, yet powerful tips on how to transform your message and materials into compelling content your audience will embrace.

Tags: Executive Support

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Surpassing Best Practices at Warp Speed

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2016

Author: Larry Chase

Larry Chase, DRI's 2015 Business Continuity Program Manager of the Year, will share his repeatable secret sauce and game-changing winning practices that have earned numerous international honors during his two decades of private sector successes. If you are looked to or expected to deliver the wow factor with your program by your executives, staff/team members, stakeholders and partners.

Tags: Best Practices, Executive Support

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The Resiliency Yardstick: Winning BIAs and Exec Buy-In

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2015

Author: Larry Chase

Larry Chase shares his criticality matrix as well as executive fiduciary statements, as he explains how to take the BIA product to create an organizational "value chain" for mapping the critical path in people, process, and technology resilience.

Tags: BIA, Executive Support, Resiliency

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How to Determine Appropriate BCM Program Metrics for Your Executive Management Audience

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2015

Author: Michael Kadar

This session will present a step-by-step method that guides you through the identification of the most appropriate metrics to report to executive management. This includes basic foundational issues related to deciding whether to focus metrics reporting on risk, preparedness, compliance, and/or maturity.

Tags: Emergency preparedness, Executive Support, Metrics

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Launching a Sustainable Business Continuity Program in a Higher Ed Culture (Without Getting Eaten Alive)

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2015

Author: Melanie Lucht

From obtaining executive-level buy-in to applying industry best practices in a higher education environment to selecting and implementing an online tool, learn how Carnegie Mellon University launched a sustainable business continuity program that fits the culture of the institution (and can perhaps apply to yours).

Tags: Executive Support, Higher Education

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Managing Crisis Situations as Part of Resiliency

Event: Other - Conference

Author: Kanryu Nagase

This presentation at KL 2014 details Mr. Nagase's experience managing crises and the lessons learned for resiliency.

Tags: Case Study, Emergency response, Executive Support, Infrastructure, Asia, Resiliency

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Possibility Thinking in Global Business Continuity: ""They Stopped Saying 'No'"

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2013

Author: Ann Hepenstal

Possibility Thinking in Global Business Continuity: ""They Stopped Saying 'No'"

Tags: BIA, Emergency response, Executive Support

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The Business Continuity Management Risk Index (BCM-RI) Implementation Case Study

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2013

Author: Michael Kadar

Is there a metric that clearly can demonstrate to executive management the overall value of the business continuity management (BCM) program to the organization? Can BCM professionals quantitatively measure current risk levels that can be compared with established risk tolerances and report them to management in a meaningful way that drives both risk management and BCM initiatives? How could such a metric actually be implemented successfully in a large organization? This session explores these questions and presents a case study of how the BCM-RI was developed and implemented at DTE Energy. You will learn how the BCM-RI was implemented to measure the overall risk/preparedness level of DTE Energy business units, departments, subsidiaries, and the entire organization. You will see how gap analyses were performed to effectively compare BCM-RI levels to risk tolerance levels previously defined by management. Finally, you will learn how DTE Energy plans to expand the BCM-RI to develop risk indices for use by enterprise risk management and business resilience management programs.

Tags: Executive Support, Metrics, Process, Resiliency, Risk Management

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