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Communication for Resilience Professionals

Thursday, August 12, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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Presented by:
Steve Eberlein
Workplace Resilience + Engagement Manager, Ethos Preparedness

Steve Eberlein and his wife Lydia were living in Sri Lanka when a 9.1 subduction zone earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered a massive tsunami that took 230,000 lives in more than a dozen countries, including 35,000 in Sri Lanka. As aid workers, they were active witnesses to one of the largest multi-national relief efforts in history, starting from its earliest hours.

One of the obstacles that we face as resilience professionals is securing internal support from senior leadership. As planners, “selling” isn’t always in our wheelhouse, but it’s a skill that we all need to gain backing for our most ambitious resilience projects. If you’re looking to polish your next big pitch, are preparing to speak at a conference, or simply want to become a more impactful and persuasive communicator, this workshop is for you.

Steve Eberlein is a TEDx alum and professional speaker. In the course of delivering more than 200 live and virtual presentations, including to leadership teams of name brand companies, he’s seen everything go wrong, and has learned to do it right. His presentation will cover the following:

• The three things that you need to know about your audience
• How to deliver a noteless presentation
• Effective vs. awful use of PowerPoint
• Choosing the scope of your pitch –what’s too much, what’s too little
• Winning the day with Q&A
• Special tips for virtual presentations
 
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Can Community Resilience to Disaster be Taught?

Thursday, August 26, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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Presented by:
Dr. Bernard A. Jones
Assistant Professor St. John's University
Chapter President, ACP Garden State Chapter
Board Member, ACP National Board of Directors

Dr. Bernard A. Jones, CBCP, serves as Assistant Professor at St. John’s University. He is a certified business continuity and emergency management professional with more than 20 years of experience implementing enterprise business continuity and emergency management programs. 
The foundations of resilience research are embedded in psychology; however, the concept has been adopted in many other areas. Moreover, the multifaceted and diverse field of resilience has become more prevalent in disaster response literature but is confusing in the different ways defined and applied. This presentation will clarify the concept of resilience and develop a helpful dialogue about better ways to assist those experiencing disaster. If communities want to survive, recover, and thrive in the aftermath of disaster events, we need to begin with helping individuals and organizations in understanding resilience.
 
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ACP would like to introduce you to one of its sponsors, Fusion Risk Management.

Fusion Risk Management’s focus is operational resilience – encompassing business continuity, risk management, IT risk, and crisis and incident management. Fusion seeks to help companies anticipate, prepare, respond, and learn in any situation by equipping them with the software solutions they need to be successful. 
 
Fusion empowers organizations by allowing them to make data-driven decisions so that leaders can proactively manage what’s to come. And with Vista Equity Partners, they have the resources to continue expanding in all areas of the growing market.

“The Association of Continuity Planners is an integral part of our industry, providing practitioners with a place to learn, grow, and move their organizations forward. At Fusion we highly value community and continued learning, which is why partnering with ACP is so important to us,” said Paul Ybarra, Chief Revenue Officer,  Fusion Risk Management

The Fusion Framework System is built on the Salesforce Lightning Platform which enables clients to have access to their programs securely anytime, anywhere, from any device. Choosing the Lightning platform means peace-of-mind regarding data security, system availability, and data storage. With this leading enterprise software that is a proven platform, it also makes integrating with other platforms and systems that much easier.

Learn more at fusionrm.com 
 
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O*NET Data Collection Program Needs Your Input


RTI is assisting the National Center for Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Development in gathering occupational information from Business Continuity Planners. Submit your name, address, and the telephone number, and RTI will select people to interview. Information provided by you and by participating occupation experts is kept private; click here to view an example questionnaire.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is the primary source of occupational information used by job seekers, employers, students, workforce agencies, and others who use such information in their daily activities. You can find information about O*NET and the O*NET Data Collection Program at the following Web sites: onetonline.org and onetcenter.org.

 
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Friday, August 20, 2021
3:30 PM Eastern | 2:30 PM Central | 1:30 PM Mountain | 12:30 PM Pacific

Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) is a useful technique for obtaining public information for the purposes of protecting various types of assets for business continuity and disaster recovery. We’ll discuss how OSINT can be properly utilized in the context of critical infrastructure and protecting personnel, such as senior executives and C-Suite level. What would your business do upon a breach in personnel? How should you plan? What policies do you have in place to obtain pertinent information? We’ll explore the wide resources of OSINT in this presentation.

Learn more and register.
 
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ACP is supported by partners who enhance its mission to shape and support the global community of resilience practitioners. ACP is pleased to share the following information from one of these partners, Fusion Risk Management.

Big things are happening in risk and resilience, driven by emerging threats, new ambiguities, and the accelerating pace of change. Driven by the events of the last year, and amplified by increasing regulatory and standards expectations, leaders are making significant, enterprise-wide pivots in scaling the resiliency of their operations.

In collaboration with our user community, Fusion is leading a revolution in risk and resilience. No two crises are the same, and the ways in which companies experience crisis is markedly different, requiring intelligent and agile response.

Read more.
 
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Identify the types of events you need to prepare for and decide which channels to utilize. Prepare your organization to communicate via every channel and in every scenario throughout the duration of a wildfire.

Use these ready-to-send communication templates tailored to specific channels—text, email, phone, mobile app pushes, and webpages—to make sure you reach your employees regardless of their location.

These templates will help you craft messaging for the following phases of a wildfire:
  • Wildfire in the area
  • Office closure
  • Offer assistance
  • Evacuation
  • Wildfire contained/clear
  • Post-wildfire needs survey
 
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If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that we never know what’s around the corner. Businesses have faced severe disruption from events including:
  • A pandemic that’s taken nearly three million people while causing over 100K businesses to shut their doors.
  • Social unrest across the United States leading to more than a billion dollars in damage.
  • An unprecedented wildfire season that burned 10.3 million acres (compared to 4.7 million the year prior).
  • Several high-profile, state-sponsored cyber-attacks were affecting tens of thousands of businesses, intelligence agencies, and more.
Many businesses adapted to the changes that resulted from these events. And, of those that survived, many thrived. But why? 

Read more.
 
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U.S. President Joe Biden warned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to take action against ransomware attacks originating from the country.

During the phone conversation, Biden warned that the United States would hold Russia accountable for such attacks, even if they were not directly authorized by the Kremlin.


Read more.

 
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Our goal is to drive valuable expertise to our members. And we need you to help!

If you are an expert interested in supporting the profession through educating your peers, we’d love to consider featuring you as an ACP featured presenter.

To be considered, complete this form and email it to Rebecca Merrill. Our Education Committee will review submittals and connect with you on next steps.
We are currently looking for September- December 2021 webinars.

If you are interested in driving quality content to members behind the scenes, we invite you to consider volunteering with the Education Committee. For more information, please contact Robbie LaRocca or Ed Goldberg.
 
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We've recently experienced a renewed interest in ACP's Industry Sponsorship Program from companies providing products and services to contingency professionals. These individuals are responsible for a variety of mission critical functions including business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management, and risk management.  This is an opportunity for industry organizations to tell your story and educate an expanding marketplace as to the value of your company deliverables.  As an Association Industry Sponsor you can be assured of significant exposure to our members in a variety of mediums including our weekly communication News & Views.

Further information on the program can be found under the "Sponsors" tab of the ACP website.  Why not take the opportunity to have a conversation with ACP staff regarding the program deliverables which best align with your strategic marketing plan.  They can be reached at or by calling 1.800.445.4227 FREE.
 
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The ACP Get Connected! initiative asks every ACP member to personally reach out to one colleague, friend or acquaintance for membership this year in order to build a stronger, better ACP.
 
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