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University of Texas at Dallas

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$ 60


Dallas, TX
United States


Event Program:

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Chet Bojarski, MBCP and President of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP), North Texas Chapter will kick off our event and welcome attendees, then Dr. Steven Haynes, Director and Assistant Professor of Practice for the Risk Management and Insurance Program at The University of Texas at Dallas, will set the stage for the day’s programming.

Business Continuity Career Path and Overview
President, DRI International Foundation
Al Berman, President of the DRI International Foundation and recognized expert in business continuity, will provide an overview of this exciting career. Full of opportunity, continuity careers are a chance to affect real change within organizations and this job is never boring. Bring your questions about the current state of continuity and what’s to come. Al Berman has the answers.

Business Continuity and the Financial Sector
Marsha Buehler, MBCP
VP of Business Resiliency and Oversight Management, JP Morgan Chase
As one of the most highly-regulated industries, the final sector understands the value of business continuity and invests in it too. Marsha Buehler, VP of Business Resiliency and Oversight Management, JP Morgan Chase will share her experience in the financial sector and discuss its unique continuity requirements. Buehler is also the Mentorship and International Development Lead for the DRI Foundation’s Women in Business Continuity Management Executive Committee.

Business Continuity and the Insurance Industry
Michelle Cross, MBCP
Vice President, Business Continuity, Fidelity
Talk about risky business! One of the most fascinating and mind-bending aspects of business continuity is its relationship with insurance and risk. Michelle Cross, Vice President, Fidelity Institutional Business Continuity will discuss how these disciplines should co-exist for maximum resilience.

Business Continuity and Cyber Resilience
Roberto Zegarra, MBCP
Director of Education, DRI International
During this timely, informative session, UT alum Roberto Zegarra, DRI International’s Director of Education, will provide an in-depth analysis of current cyber threat vectors. He’ll explain how to create cyber-resilient organizations, including how preparation can effectively assist in cyberattack prevention, detection, response and recovery.

Managing the Second Wave of Disasters: A Case Study following A Tornado's Impact on a Manufacturing Facility
Steven Haynes, The University of Texas at Dallas
During this discussion, we will examine what impacts a disaster makes on the everyday supply chains of a manufacturing facility. This topic will provide a baseline understanding of normal distribution models and dive into a real-world event and how an organization was forced to change its model. Participants will learn new insights into managing resources following a disaster and become more familiar with business continuity planning processes.

Speaker Roundtable
Join DRI’s Al Berman as he brings the day’s speakers and themes together in a closing roundtable discussion.

Closing Remarks
Chet Bojarski and Dr. Steven Haynes will close the Collegiate Conference with their insights and some closing takeaways.

Happy Hour
Wrap up an incredible day with a little networking. Talk about what you’ve learned, who you are, and what’s next for your career, because – let’s be real – you don’t have anyone at home who wants to hear about this stuff. Details of the nearby off campus location will be provided at the close of the day's event.