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Collegiate Conference Details


Pace University

Start Date



$ 50


New York, New York
United States


The $50 registration fee is a donation to the DRI Foundation.

Program and Speakers:

Pathways to Resilience: Planning a Future in the Resilience Industry
Jerome Ryan, Global Head of Business Continuity and Crisis Management, State Street
Kelsey Rose, Director of Global Operations, DRI International
Join DRI board member Jerome Ryan and Director of Global Operations Kelsey Rose for an interactive discussion of the career options in business continuity and related fields. Their talk will cover everything from the current state of the industry to future trends in the resilience job market. In addition to learning the latest insights and resources from DRI, you will get to hear personal career experiences and advice from our speakers.

Resilience through Public Private Partnerships
Dr. Joseph Ryan, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Security, Pace University
In the wake of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, the 9/11 Commission Report revealed that this country was not prepared for such a horrific tragedy, and in hindsight, for any other major humanmade/natural disaster. Since that date, the world has seen numerous tragedies from mass shootings: Newtown, Connecticut, wildfires, tornadoes (more than $300 billion in losses in 2017), superstorms, hurricanes (Puerto Rico), and other catastrophes. It is now 2018 and we need to assess our preparedness not only to major events, but every day activities such as crime, vehicle accidents, etc. This presentation will focus on where we are today, and where we need to be in the future. Specifically, the will be focus on the 2010 National Security Strategy for Achieving Resilience Through Public Private Partnerships (PPP). PPP is the logical strategy for a democratic society in that it recognizes two things: the government cannot do it alone, and preparedness requires each of us to be responsible to the degree of our individual capacities. In this session, you will learn about emergency operations center (EOC) activation criteria, stakeholder identification and prioritization during critical incidents, in addition to returning to normal operations while managing recovery.

Integrating Cyber Security with Business Continuity Management to Build the Resilient Enterprise
Tejas Katwala, CEO, Continuity Logic
Current cyber response frameworks are incomplete and cyber programs in a silo are a major vulnerability. Lost business is the number one component of cyber breach cost because of customer turnover, brand reputation loss and diminished goodwill. Cyber threat and breach are business problems and business continuity professionals have the expertise that can be leveraged to reduce both the time and money associated with a cyber breach. Join Tejas Katwala to build your business case.

Public and Private…You Can’t Have One Without the Other
Ira Tannenbaum, Assistant Commissioner for Public/Private Initiatives, New York City Emergency Management Department
Planning anything in a vacuum is virtually impossible. Resiliency and continuity planning – especially searching out dependencies and preparing for them – highlights the critical connections between the sectors. Various models exist to bring us together but these partnerships, like plans, are dynamic and cannot be put on a shelf to be “referenced” when necessary. In order for everyone to be successful these mutually beneficial relationships need to be nurtured and maintained on a regular basis. In this session we will discuss some of the strategies that can be used for engaging both sides of these “institutions”.

My Hurricane Sandy Experience: Stories from an Unlikely Emergency Manager
Morgan Jones, AVP at the New York City Economic Development Corporation
Morgan A. Jones is AVP at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Previously, Jones was Chief Operating Officer of the US-China Strong Foundation, Senior Emergency Management Specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center. Mr. Jones also served at the NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery under Mayors Michael R. Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio from 2010-2015. Mr. Jones was also the YMCA of Greater New York’s membership and marketing coordinator in their Flushing, Queens branch. While living in China, Mr. Jones was a Chinese-language radio show host for three years for a Jazz-related lifestyle program called Soulfire and performed as a Hip-hop and R&B vocalist nationwide. Mr. Jones obtained his Master of Business Administration from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, his Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Middlebury College, and holds a graduate certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.