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DRI Launches Collegiate Conference Series

NEW YORK – March 3, 2015 – Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI), the leading nonprofit business continuity professional organization, has partnered with colleges and universities in North America to host a series of one day conferences that will connect the next generation of business continuity and resilience specialists with experienced thought leaders in the field. The DRI Collegiate Conference Series will bring DRI-certified professionals together with faculty and students to exchange ideas about business continuity planning, disaster recovery and risk management.

"The concept of resilience, both through proactive and reactive efforts, has become increasingly relevant in our global economy,” said DRI President and CEO Al Berman. "Through the Collegiate Conference Series, current business continuity industry leaders, academics and students interested in this growing profession will discuss how best to continue helping businesses and organizations across industries protect their reputations despite business disruptions that arise.”

The full-day programs will provide education opportunities for DRI-certified professionals, with presentations from experts in the private and public sectors, as well as from academia. In addition, networking opportunities throughout the day will allow the current industry leaders to meet with interested college seniors, graduate students and faculty.

The first conference will be held at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on Apr. 10, 2015. This event, hosted by DRI in partnership with the Smith School’s Supply Chain Management Center, will cover business-critical skills and considerations for today’s business continuity professionals in sessions including:

• Current Issues and Careers in BCP
o Al Berman, President, DRI International

• Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management (CSCRM): Revolutionizing the Strategic Control of Critical IT Systems
o Dr. Sandor Boyson, Research Professor, Co-Director of the Supply Chain Management Center at the Smith School
• The Intersection of Business Continuity and Risk Management
o Randy Jouben, Director, Risk Management at Five Guys Enterprises
• Business Continuity in a Public Sector Environment
o John Franchy, Mission Assurance Continuity Specialist for the Department of Defense
• Successful Business Continuity Planning and Risk Management Within the Financial Sector
o Lorie Alioto, Assistant Vice President, National BCP Practice - Senior Consultant, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.

Admission for industry professionals is available for a nominal donation of $50 to the DRI Foundation, the charitable arm of DRI. The cost includes meals and materials.

Subsequent conferences will be hosted in partnership with the business schools of a diverse group of colleges and universities, including Dominican University of California and Centennial College in Toronto, Canada. Additional colleges and universities will be added to this list of participating schools and will be announced in the coming months.
Admission to the Smith School of Business event is limited. To register, click here.

About DRI International
Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) is the leading nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI has 12,000+ certified professionals in more than 100 countries and conducts native-language training in more than 50 countries, offering in-depth courses ranging from introductory to masters level, as well as specialty certifications. The organization’s annual DRI Conference brings together leading business continuity professionals from both the public and private sector to share best practices and participate in continuing education and volunteerism. Through its Collegiate Conference Series, DRI is helping to create the business continuity professionals of tomorrow, partnering with universities to introduce students and faculty to this rapidly-growing field through day-long networking and educational programs. As a recognized expert resource, DRI acts in an advisory capacity to international organizations and government institutions worldwide, helping to create industry standards and promote greater resilience through public-private partnerships. DRI is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization.

Media Contact:
Christina Atkinson
G&S Business Communications

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