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Business Resilience Decoded is a multimedia partnership between Disaster Recovery Journal and Asfalis Advisors to educate, inform, and inspire business continuity professionals globally. Resilient organizations thrive because of the knowledge, preparation, and foresight of listeners like you.
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The Culture Shifts That Will Increase Employee Retention & Profitability

Episode 167: The Culture Shifts That Will Increase Employee Retention & Profitability Today we are joined by Vanessa’s friend, coach, and mentor: Ron Harvey, the VP and chief operating officer of Global Core Strategies & Consulting. Harvey and his team work with leaders to develop strong work cultures within their organizations, build diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, and retain top talent. In this episode, Harvey is sharing his expertise on the culture shifts that will increase employee retention and profitability. Some key takeaways from this episode include: Our core values are the GPS for the people in our organization. They are more than pretty words on a website; they are the guide from where we are to where we want to be as a company. 2024 is already starting as a tumultuous year from global and political perspectives, but the best thing we can do as leaders is listen. If we can stick to the company's core values and listen to each other, we can move forward together. Culture is how we behave, and how we behave impacts our bottom line. If you want to improve your profits and retention, pay attention to your culture. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2024: Unleashing the Power of Resilience Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: Workplace culture, leadership skills, DE&I, diversity and inclusion, profitability, core values, retaining talent
1/25/202432 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Impact of ESG on Business Continuity

Episode 166: The Impact of ESG on Business Continuity ESG – which stands for environmental, social, and governance investing – is a way for investors to evaluate risk and social responsibility before investing in companies. In this episode, we’ll be sharing some specifics of ESG, how it can affect your organization’s business continuity practices and decisions, and why you might consider becoming an ESG-compliant organization. Source: Global Risk Management Institute: What Is ESG? Some key takeaways from this episode include: ESG stands for environmental, social, and governance. ESG investors want to put their money into companies that are making a positive impact in these three areas. The policies that fall under ESG have been highly politicized, which has made companies hesitant to implement new policies. However, investors still want to see these impactful policies in place, regardless of the political landscape. Millennials and Gen Z highly value companies who have ethical business practices and support social causes. They want to work for companies who are making a positive impact, no matter the industry. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2024: Unleashing the Power of Resilience Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: ESG, environmental impact, social impact, org structure, DEI, ESG investing, ethical company, recruiting, retaining talent
12/15/202314 minutes, 51 seconds
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Best Practices to Land Your Next Big Role | Resumes, Interview Tips, & More

Episode 165: Best Practices to Land Your Next Big Role | Resumes, Interview Tips, & More If you find yourself looking for a new role, you might be wondering how to set yourself apart in the application and interview process. Enter Kim Hooper, an HR manager for Asfalis and an award-winning security professional with more than 20 years of experience at companies like Wal-Mart and Amazon. In this episode, Kim is sharing her best tips and practices for polishing your resume, nailing the interview, and more! Resources mentioned: Security Industry Association Some key takeaways from this episode include: Always do your research on the company before your interview. What are their core values? Are there opportunities for community engagement within the organization? Write down the questions you have about the company, and bring a pen and paper to take notes. Keep your resume simple and easy to digest. Avoid templates that are so detailed or stylized that you forget to remove placeholder text, and don’t try to create a super colorful resume to stand out. It’s way more important that it’s legible and quick to scan. Pay attention to your digital footprint. Clean up your social media, make sure your email address and social media handles are professional, and maintain an updated and active LinkedIn profile. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2024: Unleashing the Power of Resilience Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
11/16/202321 minutes, 33 seconds
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Should Brands Take a Political Stance?

Episode 164: Should Brands Take a Political Stance? In 2024, we are entering election season, which in the U.S. has become more and more divisive over the last several years. In this episode, we are going to dig into whether businesses or brands should take political stances on divisive issues, and how you can choose to navigate this going into 2024. Some key takeaways from this episode include: There are two ways to approach conversations about politics at work. One, if a conversation is not going to be productive, then maybe the workplace isn’t the best place to have it. And two, is it going to cause harm to have that discussion? What are your company’s values, mission, and vision? If your brand takes a political stance, can it be backed up by the company values? If there’s not a connection, it can cause problems. Safety can be a factor with taking a political stance. It’s important to consider if taking a strong stance on something could result in workplace violence or threats to your employees. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2024: Unleashing the Power of Resilience Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: politics, election year, risk management, workplace safety, workplace culture
11/2/202312 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Joy of Metrics + Training the Next Generation of Professionals

Episode 163: The Joy of Metrics + Training the Next Generation of Professionals Metrics are a huge factor in business continuity and allow us to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of our strategies. In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Bernard Jones, professor of homeland security and emergency management at St. John’s University. Throughout his career, he’s worked in several industries, including tech and data, healthcare, security, and higher education. Some key takeaways from this episode include: It’s really important to keep track of the key metrics within your organization, but measuring effectiveness comes down to how well you’re executing the BCP, and is senior leadership included in the conversation? Executive engagement is mandatory as a part of any continuity program. If they’re not bought into the plan, the processes, and the protocols, you don’t have an effective program. When it comes to leading the next generation of emergency management professionals, it’s important to understand modern and future impacts on the field, such as retrospective studies of the pandemic, and the effects of climate change. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2024: Unleashing the Power of Resilience Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: emergency management, homeland security, Gen Z, next generation, business continuity metrics, business continuity
10/19/202315 minutes, 14 seconds
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Artificial Intelligence in Business Continuity

Episode 162: Artificial Intelligence in Business Continuity | Use Cases, Risks, and Our Favorite AI Tools At the recent DRJ conference in Phoenix, the topic everyone wanted to talk about was AI (artificial intelligence). As tools like ChatGPT become more mainstream, the conversation is shifting to how we can actually use these tools in our industry. In this episode, we’re sharing some of the ways we’re using AI in our business, and how you can better leverage it as a tool for your own business. AI Tools: ChatGPT Captions.ai Claude.ai Prompt to train the AI chat on your business Some key takeaways from this episode include: Different AI tools can do different things. ChatGPT is great for coming up with ideas and written copy, but if you want to summarize or pull the main bullet points from a report, you can use a tool like Claude which can take in PDF files.  With ChatGPT, you may be tempted to ask generic prompts like “give me social media topics for a business continuity brand” or “produce a business continuity plan for XYZ,” but the more specific you can be with the prompt, the better the responses you’ll get back.  Make sure you don’t use any personal or private information, and be careful about importing documents that aren’t publicly available or contain sensitive information. Always get input from your security team before using any AI tools. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2024: Unleashing the Power of Resilience Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producerJon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
10/5/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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Supply Chain Resilience in the Wine & Spirits Industry

Episode 161: Supply Chain Resilience in the Wine & Spirits Industry Supply chains continue to be a trending topic, and in this episode, we’re digging into managing and troubleshooting supply chains for the wine and spirits industry. We’re joined by John Liuzzi, the national director for business continuity for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, who is running a “dream team” of business continuity professionals in his industry to share his insights, plus how business continuity challenges differ in the public vs. private sectors. Some key takeaways from this episode include: Some of the top challenges John’s team is planning for include natural disasters, product availability, and inflation affecting pricing and sales.  They have tools to track everything, including weather all over the world since that can affect manufacturing and shipping, and social media mentions of their brand as well as their suppliers’ brands. Having executive support is crucial for the success of your business continuity team. When the financial support and full trust is there, you can build an unstoppable business continuity program in your organization. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2024: Unleashing the Power of Resilience Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: Wine and spirits, beverage industry, business continuity, risk tracking, business continuity tools, supply chains
9/21/202323 minutes, 2 seconds
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Leadership Risks You Need to Prepare For

Episode 160: Leadership Risks You Need to Prepare For Leadership is a major factor in how smoothly your emergency management and business continuity plans are created and implemented, so in this episode, we are sharing some of the top leadership risks to prepare for in order to have a stronger team. The article Vanessa references for this episode is from Forbes on “Navigating Leadership Challenges in a Rapidly Changing World.” Some key takeaways from this episode include: Your ability to manage and regulate your own emotions during a crisis is crucial. According to Forbes, “EQ is so effective that the overall success of the business can improve by 37.2% in the first year” of improving EQ across leadership. We need our teams to be rested, ready, and responsive during a crisis, which means we need to be invested in their wellness. Create wellness programs and incentives, invite guest speakers to speak to nutrition and fitness, and encourage workers to take breaks and time off. Not being proactive about social issues is a major risk. You want to be clear on your stances before you are forced to make a statement or response, and you need to be able to point to your mission, vision, and values to back that statement up. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: Leadership, risks to watch, business continuity, leadership trends, emotional intelligence, training, social justice issues
9/7/202315 minutes, 15 seconds
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Wildfire Preparedness and Emergency Management

Episode 159: Wildfire Preparedness and Emergency Management While the top disaster threat in California is still earthquakes, wildfires have gotten a lot of attention over the last few years. We’re seeing wildfires affect more of North America recently, so in this episode, Leslie Luke, the deputy director of the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office at the Office of Emergency Management, is here to share his expertise. Leslie covers the training and exercise objectives, communication skills, and community education that are all needed to prepare for and fight wildfires. Some key takeaways from this episode include: One of the biggest parts of wildfire preparedness is educating residents and the community about evacuation preparedness, which includes telling people to have their important documents and belongings ready to go as soon as they’re told to evacuate. Many of the natural disasters hitting California are “no notice” events, so emergency management teams are reacting to them. That means training and exercises will revolve around evaluating the disaster and making decisions as quickly as possible. From an emergency management standpoint, the jurisdiction wherever the fire originates is responsible for mitigating the fire. Teams should be ready to step in and help a smaller jurisdiction if asked. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: Wildfires, emergency management, disaster preparedness, california wildfires, climate change, environmental justice
8/25/202319 minutes, 17 seconds
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How Prepared Is Your Business? | 5 Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking for Business Resilience

Episode 158: How Prepared Is Your Business? | 5 Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking for Business Resilience We’ve spent years helping businesses rethink how to measure the effectiveness of their resiliency program. In fact, we have a 200 question input form that examines just this. While this podcast episode is not long enough to share all 200 questions, we’d like to offer five metrics or key performance indicators (KPIs) you can use to help you assess your business resilience. Some key takeaways from this episode include: What gets funded gets managed. When you can show how certain risks and initiatives are being reflected in a profit & loss statement, you’ll be able to get buy-in from leadership to closely track those initiatives and get more funding to support them. Track your implementation. Do you have clear lines of authority and succession defined? Are procedures in place and are they communicated so that information can move across your organization? What is your organization’s public information system, and do you have a crisis communications team or point of contact? How information is distributed to the public during and after a crisis is crucial for managing that crisis, and for your reputation. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: business continuity, business resilience metrics, key performance indicator, program assessment, program evaluation, preparedness training
8/10/202313 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Seven Deadly Sins of Exercises | Replay

If your team is running exercises where everyone is just going through the motions, you’re missing some key blind spots in your processes. In this replay episode, Rick Christ, a senior consultant at Crisis Prevention and Response, Inc. and a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner, lays out his seven deadly sins of crisis management exercises. From focusing on shiny objects to exercising too big, Rick covers the mistakes you might be making and how to avoid each one moving forward. Resources mentioned: “The 7 Deadly Sins of Emergency Management,” presentation by former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate Some of the key takeaways include:  Many times, we do exercises to make us look good, instead of exercising to failure. We need to make sure we’re conducting exercises that show us our blind spots and shortcomings so we can make them better, not so we can practice what we already do well. Focus on small scale drills and functional exercises. When you’re running through an entire scenario, it takes forever to organize and you lose a lot of opportunity to fine tune the details. Run one section of the scenario several times, and iterate on it each time. Looking at your risk assessment regularly is what will keep you on top of the game. It will show your capabilities, what you need to focus on in exercises, and how the news and weather are going to affect your business that day. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: emergency management, disaster preparedness, FEMA, disaster training, scenario exercises, crisis management
7/27/202317 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Recent Affirmative Action Ruling, Campus DEI Efforts, and Diversity in the Emergency Management Field

In light of the Supreme Court recently ruling against affirmative action, in this episode we’re sharing clips from our past episodes on higher education. From the experience of leaders and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), to the future of security and DEI efforts on college campuses, we hope this episode spotlights the forward progress we’ve seen in higher education despite the SCOTUS ruling. Episodes referenced: Ep. 103: The Future of HBCUs and Higher Education Ep. 55: Important Issues Facing Campus Public Safety Ep. 118: Strategic Communication Methods for DEI Ep. 54: Transitioning from an HBCU to a Career in Emergency Management Some of the key takeaways include:  Losing affirmative action could mean fewer students of color in emergency management and business continuity programs, which means a less diverse workforce for years to come. And it already wasn’t very diverse to begin with! The highest priority in higher education institutions should be education. Safety is important, but ultimately the goal of a college or university is to educate its students. In our field, it’s our job to keep safety at the forefront so students can just focus on learning. Putting together a committee for diversity and inclusion efforts is fine, but it’s not enough. The initiative and investment needs to come directly from the CEO of the company or the president of the university.  Resources mentioned: Listen to Episode 146:  Human Resources Strategies for Building Culture and Acquiring Talent with Marie Mann Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: diversity, equity, inclusion, DEI, higher education, affirmative action, SCOTUS, campus safety, HBCU
7/13/202316 minutes, 45 seconds
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Answering the Tricky Questions and Critics about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Episode 155: Answering the Tricky Questions and Critics about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion In this episode, we are continuing the conversation from our DEI Microsimulation at the DRJ Spring 2023 conference and addressing some lingering questions from the audience. Vanessa is joined by Lisa Jones, the BC general manager at Control Risks, and James Green, the co-founder of Illuminate Advisory. Together, Lisa and James are co-founders of the Resilience Think Tank Advisory.  Some of the key takeaways include:  If you feel like management is just “checking the box” when it comes to DE&I initiatives, address it with them strategically. Have conversations with them about what retention and recruiting look like without a diverse applicant pool and how it will affect the organization. DE&I can become a very emotional and heated discussion, so consider the emotional intelligence of everyone involved before entering the conversation. Consider the ideas and perceptions that everyone is coming to the table with and use those to remove the barriers to entry. Some folks may have disabilities they’ve chosen not to disclose. Create a culture of trust where people feel comfortable asking for things like being camera off on a zoom call, working from home on a particular day, etc. Resources mentioned: Listen to Episode 146:  Human Resources Strategies for Building Culture and Acquiring Talent with Marie Mann Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: Diversity, equity, inclusion, DE&I, brand reputation, talent acquisition, employee retention, company culture
6/29/202318 minutes, 49 seconds
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What We Can Learn from the Silicon Valley Bank Failure and Leadership in Risk Management

Episode 154: What We Can Learn from the Silicon Valley Bank Failure and Leadership in Risk Management The Silicon Valley Bank failure sent a strong ripple effect through the financials of several prominent companies, and instilled some fear that other banks might fail as well. In this episode, we’re joined by Chris Holmes, the co-founder and CEO of RiskVersity, to explain what happened with SVB, where we’re still feeling the effects, and what you need to know to protect yourself. Connect with RiskVersity: LinkedIn  Facebook Twitter Some of the key takeaways include:  The Silicon Valley Bank failure is still having a ripple effect that affected small regional banks, but is now impacting systemically important banks (AKA banks that are “too big to fail”), showing that risk exists for all institutions. Another ramification we might see is an impact on commercial real estate. Properties like strip malls and apartment complexes could see mortgage rates see exponential increases that will make already rising rental rates even less affordable. Two numbers you should always pay attention to are your assets and liabilities. If you see the assets of your bank decrease while liabilities increase, it could be a sign they’re in trouble. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: Silicon Valley Bank, bank failure, bank bailout, risk leadership, risk management, interest rates, commercial real estate, leadership development
6/22/202319 minutes, 45 seconds
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Growing and Developing the Leaders in Your Organization

Episode 153: Growing and Developing the Leaders in Your Organization Developing leaders in your organization is mutually beneficial for your employees and the organization. In this episode, Debbie Maples, the VP of global safety and security at Salesforce, joins us to share why developing leaders is more important than ever, and how you can empower the leaders in your organization. Some of the key takeaways include:  Leaders can be born or made, it’s not necessarily one or the other. Some people do have natural leadership abilities, but whether they do or not, it’s our responsibility to nurture the leadership skills in everyone. If you’re really good at what you do, it’s easier to do things yourself, but that’s also the selfish choice. Share your knowledge freely and empower the people around you with those skills. We are living in unprecedented times that will only get more complicated in the future. We need to build teams with specialized leaders that can handle unpredictable situations. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: Leadership, leadership development, leadership skills, security leaders, business continuity leaders, business resilience
6/15/202318 minutes, 24 seconds
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Behind the Scenes of a Human Resources Case Study for a Retail Organization

Episode 152: Behind the Scenes of a Human Resources Case Study for a Retail Organization Vernetta Purcell-Morrow, the director of human resources for the Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board is back to share her experience hiring Asfalis Advisors to conduct an human resources audit. We’ll cover why Asfalis Advisors was selected, the findings from Vanessa’s team, and the results of their proposed solutions. Some of the key takeaways include:  Audits can incite some fear and tension, but choosing a team you trust that is going to be honest while being supportive is crucial to keep up morale during the process. No matter how much you want to improve, it doesn’t feel good to hear all the things you need to improve. Go into this process with a growth mindset and keep your key stakeholders in mind. If your company is trying to reach leadership to become a vendor, do your research on the company. Leaders are looking for people whose company values align with theirs, and who understand their mission and vision. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: human resources, HR audit, staffing shortage, retail, employee engagement, core values, mission and vision, company audit
6/8/202320 minutes, 5 seconds
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Retail Industry Challenges – Staffing, Employee Burnout, Customer Behavior, and Community Engagement

Episode 151: Retail Industry Challenges – Staffing, Employee Burnout, Customer Behavior, and Community Engagement Today we’re joined by Vernetta Purcell-Morrow, the director of human resources for the Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board. In this episode, Vernetta shares her experience with supporting community engagement programs as a company, and the unique challenges that came with being an essential retail business during the pandemic, staffing shortages, and more. This episode is brought to you by OnSolve, the leading platform for crisis event management. Download the 2023 OnSolve Global Risk Impact Report at https://OnSolve.com/GRI.   Some of the key takeaways include:  With businesses where in-person staffing is essential, burnout can be a huge challenge. As an HR department, looking out for your workers and promoting self-care is important. In the retail industry, some of the top signs of burnout are absenteeism and customer complaints related to customer service. As an organization, donating a portion of your gross profits to a community organization is great, but you can expand that even more through community engagement programs. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: Business continuity, crisis management, human resources, staffing shortage, retail, employee engagement, community engagement, corporate social responsibility, core values
6/1/202316 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Top Rising Risks You Need to Prepare For with Chris Hurst of OnSolve

Episode 150:  The Top Rising Risks You Need to Prepare For with Chris Hurst of OnSolve In this episode, we are unpacking data from the 2023 OnSolve Global Risk Impact Report, which details the most prominent risks and what to do with the data we’re seeing about these risks. To discuss these findings, we’re joined by Chris Hurst, vice president of value engineering at OnSolve. Resources: DRJ Spring 2023: What Will an Effective, Efficient Operational Risk and Resiliency Program Look Like in 2-4 Years? 2023 OnSolve Global Risk Impact Report This episode is brought to you by OnSolve, the leading platform for crisis event management. Download the 2023 OnSolve Global Risk Impact Report at https://OnSolve.com/GRI.   Some of the key takeaways include:  Over the last year, there have been an average of 10 incidents every minute in the U.S. There have been significant increases in incidents relating to extreme weather, infrastructure failures, and transportation incidents. Many infrastructure and transportation incidents are related to organizations being stretched extremely thin. There are more risks than ever before, so organizations need more resources to keep up. Data can help you make stronger, more strategic decisions when it comes to preparing for risks. Arming yourself with information can help you make the argument for more resources in your organization. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
5/25/202321 minutes, 15 seconds
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Vanessa Mathews’ Origin Story – Growing a Business Resilience Company, Emergency Management Programs, and More!

Episode 149:  Vanessa Mathews’ Origin Story – Growing a Business Resilience Company, Emergency Management Programs, and More! In this episode, we’re putting Vanessa in the hot seat! This week, her colleague Michelle Myrie from Asfalis Advisors interviews her on her education, building Asfalis Advisors, how the industry is shifting, and more. There are some incredible stories in this episode you don’t want to miss. Some of the key takeaways include:  Business resilience is needed in every industry and every type of company. As a field of study, homeland security and emergency management has evolved so students are encouraged to explore both the public and private sectors. There is a lot that goes into an “overnight success.” Asfalis Advisors will be 10 years old next year, and their recent explosive growth is a result of that decade of experience. The energy you bring to the table matters. Nobody cares about emergency management until an emergency happens. By being engaging and exciting, you get buy-in early in the game. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
5/18/202328 minutes, 40 seconds
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Supporting the Next Generation of Hazard & Disaster Researchers

Episode 148:  Supporting the Next Generation of Hazard & Disaster Researchers We are looking to fill roles in our organizations with talented, diverse individuals. In this episode, Dr. Nnenia Campbell, a disaster sociologist and deputy director of the Bill Anderson Fund, is sharing how this organization provides mentorship and training for the next generation of hazard and disaster researchers. Learn more about The Bill Anderson Fund Connect with Nnenia Campbell on LinkedIn Some of the key takeaways include:  The Bill Anderson Fund was created to increase the number of underrepresented individuals in the hazard and disaster industry. They partner with companies to provide internship opportunities to graduate students. There is an equity lens we need to remember when it comes to disaster recovery. Underrepresented communities of color are deeply impacted by disasters, and we can positively impact these communities by diversifying the talent in our industry. If you’re interested in providing a paid research opportunity to fellows in the Bill Anderson Fund, you can learn more at https://billandersonfund.org/ways-to-give.  Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
5/11/202317 minutes, 1 second
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What Train Derailments in the U.S. Can Teach Us About Data, Workers, and the Risk of Cutting Costs

Episode 147:  What Train Derailments in the U.S. Can Teach Us About Data, Workers, and the Risk of Cutting Costs On Feb. 3, 2023, a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio spilled thousands of gallons of toxic vinyl chloride into the town. NPR states that there are an average of three train derailments in the U.S. per day. In this episode, we’re unpacking what’s behind these derailments and what we can all take away from them regardless of your industry.  Resources: WSJ Article 1 WSJ Article 2 NPR Article BRD: How a Rail Strike Would Derail Supply Chains  This episode is brought to you by OnSolve, the leading platform for crisis event management. Learn more and request a demo at https://bit.ly/OnSolveDECODED.  Some of the key takeaways include:  What gets measured, gets managed. How often are you collecting the data you need to create your playbooks and make decisions before a critical situation occurs? We’ve seen major layoffs over the last year, so there’s been a discussion about cutting costs by letting people go. But who is critical to your organization? What is the risk of not having enough people in the right seats? If regulations are lacking in your industry, how would your values guide your decisions in these areas? How can you lead your industry in a way that reflects positively on your brand? Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
5/5/20238 minutes, 1 second
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Human Resources Strategies for Building Culture and Acquiring Talent

Episode 146:  Human Resources Strategies for Building Culture and Acquiring Talent Over the last few years, trends in recruiting, hiring, and retaining talent have changed drastically. In this episode, Marie Mann, an executive partner at Gartner and former chief HR officer and C-suite advisor, is sharing her perspective on what we can expect from a hiring perspective and how to make sure we’re following best practices for retaining talent. Mann has more than 20 years of executive-level HR experience in delivering global strategies to engage employees, drive profits, and generate growth. Some of the key takeaways include:  Some of the hiring and HR trends to look out for this year are quiet quitting and quiet hiring, hybrid workforces, and investing in training managers as they’re promoted within a company. Companies are really evaluating their employee value proposition. Beyond salary and benefits, what are you offering your employees in terms of engagement and upward mobility? Company culture is all about how you treat each other within your company. You can have collaboration, respect, and teamwork virtually, so you can build culture virtually. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: Human resources, CHRO, hiring, recruiting, employee retention, employee engagement
4/27/202319 minutes, 18 seconds
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Preparing for Global Conflicts, Insider Threats, and Other Things You Can’t Predict

Episode 145:  Preparing for Global Conflicts, Insider Threats, and Other Things You Can’t Predict If there’s one thing we can all agree on in business, it’s that sometimes things happen that are unpredictable. In this episode, we’re looking at some of the most pressing threats from a 50-foot view and discussing all the factors that might present a risk to your organization. This episode is more about the “what” than the “how,” and we’d love to hear how you’re thinking through these issues with your organization. This episode is brought to you by OnSolve, the leading platform for crisis event management. Learn more and request a demo at https://bit.ly/OnSolveDECODED.  Some of the key takeaways include:  The mental and physical health of your employees is a big part of the conversation. It’s difficult for employees to show up at 100% when they’re personally impacted by civil unrest and global conflicts. It’s important to address your work culture and how you’re handling differences in political opinions and affiliations among employees.  As you’re solving challenges that affect your region, meet with other business leaders in your region who are also troubleshooting in various industries. This is one of the most efficient ways to get support and stay prepared. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producerJon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
4/20/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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Evaluating the Safety, Hazards, and Risks in Your Organization’s Physical Environments

Episode 144: Evaluating the Safety, Hazards, and Risks in Your Organization’s Physical Environments When was the last time you evaluated the threats to your physical environment? There is so much to consider beyond processes and security. In this episode, we’re sharing how to evaluate the safety, hazards, and risks of the physical environments of your organization, and how to eliminate those vulnerabilities. Some of the key takeaways include:  You need to be able to see your risks in order to address and solve for your risks. Just because you’re not aware of a certain safety risk, doesn’t mean it’s not there. The physical upkeep and aesthetic appearance of your facility can pose a risk factor. Things like graffiti, vandalism, or even cracked sidewalks or unkempt landscaping can welcome unwanted activity near your facility. Geography can impact potential risks to your organization. The local climate and weather patterns, access to strong internet and cell phone service, and political risks are all impacted by your geography. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
4/13/20239 minutes, 35 seconds
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Let's Talk About TikTok – Use Cases, Risks, and Strategies

Episode 143:  Let's Talk About TikTok – Use Cases, Risks, and Strategies We’ve all heard about TikTok being a key player in the social media world, but how do we actually leverage that platform as a brand? In this episode, Katie McKiever, an award-winning social media and thought leadership consultant, is here to share her expertise on how TikTok has changed video marketing, how to leverage short-form video and influencer marketing, and the next big thing in social media. This episode is brought to you by OnSolve, the leading platform for crisis event management. Learn more and request a demo at https://bit.ly/OnSolveDECODED.  Some of the key takeaways include:  Platforms like TikTok have flipped traditional marketing to focus on authenticity, vulnerability, and behind the scenes content, rather than polished advertisements. Don’t put all your social media eggs in one basket. You should be present on multiple platforms, and you should have an email list to market directly to your leads as well. To stretch your resources, you can make your internal employees the face of your brand and have them share their expertise and behind the scenes on video. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. KEYWORDS: Social media, TikTok, short-form video, video marketing, influencer marketing, TikTok Ban, social media strategy, content marketing
4/6/202315 minutes, 39 seconds
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Design Training Programs That Set You Up to Win

Episode 142: Design Training Programs That Set You Up to Win As a vendor in business resilience, Asfalis Advisors often gets called in to do a one-and-done training with companies, but we know there is a lot more that goes into proper training than covering the basics one time. In this episode, we’re sharing how you can design a training program for your teams that sets everyone up for success. Some of the key takeaways include:  Identify who you’re training. Are you training at the strategic level, the operational level, or the tactical level? What are the behaviors you want to see change and evolve over time? One and done training is not going to create the muscle memory for your teams to jump into action during a crisis. Determine how frequent your training needs to be in order to promote that muscle memory. Is it monthly training on the basics followed by quarterly tune-ups? The cadence should be tailored to your goals. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
3/30/202310 minutes, 34 seconds
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Four Strategies to Get Buy-In While You’re Building Crisis Management Programs

Episode 141: Four Strategies to Get Buy-In While You’re Building Crisis Management Programs If you’re in the process of building a crisis management program, or if you’ve ever struggled to get your organization to adopt or train for your program, this episode is for you. Vanessa shares the four strategies you need to get buy-in for your crisis management program at all levels of your organization.  This episode is brought to you by OnSolve, the leading platform for crisis event management. Learn more and request a demo at https://bit.ly/OnSolveDECODED.  Some of the key takeaways include:  People don’t buy what they don’t understand. You need to be clear on what your crisis management program does, the problems it will solve, and why those solutions are important to the company’s success. Who are the people you need at the table, and why do you need them there? Research these stakeholders and what’s important to them before you meet with them. This is going to help you build a relationship where you’re supporting each other’s goals. Also before you meet with stakeholders, set a clear agenda. Outline the questions you have, what the outcomes of the meeting will be, and what you need from your stakeholders. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series ⁠Register for DRJ Fall 2023: Focus on Resiliency⁠ Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
3/23/202316 minutes, 10 seconds
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How Leadership Affects Your Policies, Processes, Playbooks, and Practices

Episode 140: How Leadership Affects Your Policies, Processes, Playbooks, and Practices We all know how important it is to document your systems, but what about leadership’s role in making sure these systems are followed? In this episode, we’re covering the differences between policies, processes, playbooks, and practices, and how your leadership can make or break the effectiveness of each. Some of the key takeaways include:  Everything begins and ends with leadership. It’s so important for leadership to have a clear vision, build strong relationships and partnerships, and set expectations of how teams need to execute their roles. Always consider the stakeholders in your plans. Who are they? What do they care about? What is their “why?” Consistency is key. As a leader, you need to be consistent in messaging, communicating, managing, and training. Without consistency, there will not be effective execution. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
3/16/202310 minutes, 35 seconds
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How to Attract Top Talent and Build a High Performing Team

Episode 139: How to Attract Top Talent and Build a High Performing Team No matter which industry you’re in, chances are your organization is struggling to recruit and retain top talent. If you’re frustrated with constantly hiring folks who aren’t a good fit, or with losing great team members, this episode has the tactical strategies you need to build a high performing team that wants to stay a part of your organization long term. Some of the key takeaways include:  Your organization needs a clear vision. Does your team know the vision the company is working towards and how they fit into that vision? Make sure each person on your team has a key performance indicator that they are accountable for. This tells them exactly what they do and do not need to be focused on, and gives them a way to showcase and celebrate their contributions. Build an employee persona. If you think about the last three members you hired who were a great personality, skills, and culture fit, what were those qualities? Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
3/9/202316 minutes, 26 seconds
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Unpacking the Recent Tech Layoffs: What Companies and Candidates Can Learn From Them

Episode 138:  Unpacking the Recent Tech Layoffs: What Companies and Candidates Can Learn From Them It seems every day there’s a new company in the news announcing mass layoffs, especially in the tech industry. In this episode, Karen Weeks, the chief people officer at Ordergroove and host of the Shine at Work Podcast, is sharing more than 20 years of HR experience in the tech industry to help us unpack what we can learn from these layoffs and how companies and candidates can approach them with resilience. Some of the key takeaways include:  The tech industry is famous for having huge upswings in sales or demand that eventually comes back down, and they also have opportunities to automate roles that are currently delivered manually. These are two major reasons we’re seeing layoffs hit this industry so hard. If you need to conduct layoffs, take the time to do it right. Have the paperwork ready for your former employees to complete, provide resources on applying for unemployment or networking opportunities, whatever you can do to soften the blow. If you find yourself recently laid off, don’t be afraid to share that information on LinkedIn and in job interviews. Tell everyone in your network the type of role you’re looking for and let them help you land that next role. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
3/2/202324 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Effect of Artificial Intelligence on Supply Chains and Cybersecurity

Episode 137: The Effect of Artificial Intelligence on Supply Chains and Cybersecurity Take our LinkedIn poll to let us know how you’re using AI in your organization! Artificial intelligence and ChatGPT (short for Generative Pre-Training Transformer) are dominating the conversation in every industry from marketing to fine arts to business continuity. Should we be steering clear of AI, or is it time to embrace it for our benefit? In this episode, we’re sharing some of the applications of AI on supply chains and cybersecurity. Some of the risks we’re covering include:  AI can identify what conditions provide for the most optimal value chains, which factors – such as COVID-19 and geographic conditions – will affect supply chains, and how chains can be redesigned to remove or reduce these risks. Acumen Research and Consulting released a report in July 2022 stating that the market for AI-based cybersecurity tools is estimated to reach $133.8 Billion by 2030. Phishing emails and cyber attacks are getting more and more sophisticated thanks to AI, so it’s crucial to train your teams to identify potential attacks. Sources: 2021 McKinsey & Company report CNBC: AI & Cybersecurity Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals,
2/16/20235 minutes, 52 seconds
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Business Continuity Risks to Watch in 2023

Episode 136: Business Continuity Risks to Watch in 2023 You might have business continuity plans drawn up for the usual, everyday business risks, but every year there are specific threats we need to consider based on political climates, the economy, and global conflicts. In this episode, we’re sharing the top risks you need to consider in 2023. Some of the risks we’re covering include:  Global conflicts are at the forefront in 2023, including the Russia-Ukraine war and China’s threats to invade Taiwan. Both have a huge impact on supply chains and the U.S. economy as they escalate. Artificial intelligence, including AI-generated content and other AI tools, is getting better and better - as long as it’s in the right hands. There are ways to leverage AI for good, but are you preparing your teams for AI’s risks? The need to plan for compounding risks is more important than ever. Brainstorm ways that one disaster’s solution might be thwarted by the effects of another disaster. Sources: Forbes New York Times Politico CNN Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow Asfalis Advisors: Apply to be a guest on the podcast Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker  Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
2/9/20237 minutes, 6 seconds
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Moving Your Company’s IT Forward as a Chief Information Officer

Chief information officers (CIOs) are facing a lot of challenges these days: there are not enough people going into the field, resources are scarce, and security concerns continue to grow. At the same time, businesses want to move forward in the IT realm. How do these two needs resolve themselves and where is the future of IT going? Vanessa talks with Chief Information Officer Garrett McAlister of SUNY Westchester Community College about all this and more. If your business has IT goals, you’ll want to listen in. If your business does not have IT goals, you NEED to listen in so you can craft those goals. Three things to consider when moving your company’s IT forward: Embrace the digital transformation age. Everything is moving toward IT and AI; think automations, accessibility, and connectivity. Cultivate the IT talent pool – There is a shortage of talented people who understand IT. Start to form partnerships with local colleges and universities, create internships, and hopefully gather some future staff early on. As IT continues to become more and more intertwined in our lives, we need to continue to dedicate time toward staff education. In addition, network security infrastructure should be a top concern. Connect with Garrett McAlister: LinkedIn  Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow Asfalis Advisors: Asfalis Advisors website Apply to be a guest on the podcast! Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Website Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Channel Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. Book Mathews as a speaker Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.
1/12/202317 minutes, 40 seconds
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How Can Small, Diverse Businesses Compete for Government Contracts?

This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! “Truth = Business” contracts are often not equitable for women and minority owned businesses. When they subcontract with a larger contractor, they often encounter predatory behaviors such as late payment, tokenism, or they are stealing a lot of your scope. How can small businesses not only get a seat at the table, but a fair seat? Listen in as Vanessa talks about all this and more with Dr. Kristen Williams. Williams is a community engagement data analyst and the founder of Amalgamation as well as Nineteen Eleven Consulting. Connect with Dr. Kristen : LinkedIn = https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-n-williams-ph-d-76804115a/ Website = https://www.nineteenelevenconsulting.com/ Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. 3 Takeaways from this episode include: Small businesses need to be able to access opportunities. Applying for a government contract can be confusing and time consuming, especially when you don’t have one person solely dedicated to proposal writing. Small businesses need to pool resources and share information in order to get a seat at the table. Cold bids do not end in success, pretty bids don’t equal success as well. Those who have relationships with government offices such as big contractors are in much better shape to secure contracts. Unfortunately, when companies know they will get the bid (over and over again), their deliverables are often sub-par. Equity is not here yet. What is valued can show up in strange ways. A DBE (disadvantaged business enterprise) business can be certified in one state but it doesn’t translate over onto other states. In comparison, a concealed carry license carries over to all states. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow: https://www.drj.com/spring2023 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos
1/5/202337 minutes, 11 seconds
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How a Rail Strike Would Derail Supply Chains

Episode 133: How a Rail Strike Would Derail Supply Chains While the government has narrowly avoided a rail strike for now, it still looms as a possibility in the future. As we saw last year with the Suez Canal sideways ship block, a supply chain disruption can have a ripple effect across different industries that can linger for quite some time. As continuity professionals, we need to be constantly planning for possible disruptions. Tune in as Vanessa talks with Ken Baker about key things to consider when planning for supply disruptions whether they stem from lumber, microchips, paper products or corn. Baker is the director of procurement at AMCOR Specialty Cartons Americas LLC with a demonstrated history of success in supply chain and procurement roles. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Connect with Ken: LinkedIn = https://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-baker-2a916a15/ Procurement Foundry Community on LinkedIn = https://www.linkedin.com/company/procurement-foundry/ Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. 3 Key Considerations for a Rail Supply Chain Disruption include: – Understand your criticality. In order words, how critical are your products? The more critical your product is to the public, the more planned and thought out your continuity plan should be. – Talk to your suppliers about their continuity plans. If their plan is that the government will not let this happen, gently push back on them to come up with another plan. – Consider asking these questions when talking to your suppliers. What are your supply chains? How far away are your direct material suppliers? How many people do you have in a certain region? How many facilities do you have if this facility goes down? Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow: https://www.drj.com/spring2023 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
12/15/202227 minutes, 46 seconds
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Using Podcasts To Reach Your Business Goals

Episode 132: Using Podcasts To Reach Your Business Goals This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! If you haven’t thought about using podcasts to help reach your business goals in 2023, you might be missing the boat. Whether you are using podcast advertisements or demonstrating your expertise as a podcast guest, podcasting is a great way to grow your brand, increase sales and talk intimately with a niche audience. Tune in as Vanessa shares some surprising podcast stats as well as 3 key reasons to leverage podcasts for your business. Podcast Growth & Advertising Stats Podcasting is a rapidly growing industry. Insider Intelligence projects podcasting to be a $94 Billion industry by 2028. https://www.insiderintelligence.com/insights/the-podcast-industry-report-statistics According to Global Newswire, podcasting is also projected to have a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 30%, meaning you can expect to make at least a 30% return on your investment in the industry. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/07/24/2484741/0/en/Podcasting-Market-Size-is-projected-to-be-worth-USD-153-071-Million-by-2030-at-a-CAGR-of-31-2-Owing-to-Rising-Penetration-of-the-Smartphone-and-Internet-Report-by-Acumen-Research-a.html Insider Intelligence also projects there will be 424.2 million podcast listeners worldwide in 2022, accounting for 20.3% of internet users. About 120 million of those listeners are in the U.S. "54% of podcast consumers say that they are more likely to consider the brands they hear advertised on podcasts. (Edison Research)" https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/podcast-stats "NPR notes that 75% of its podcast listeners will respond or take action after hearing sponsored content. (National Public Media)" https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/podcast-stats Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Three key reasons to leverage podcasts for your business include: Increase sales or build brand awareness. We all know how incredible referral marketing and relationships can be for sales, and when your target audience hears a podcast host they trust share about a company, it makes a strong impact. Hire top talent. When you promote a role in a podcast with a niche audience, you hit your target talent pool directly. This can be a more cost effective investment for hiring because you pay one flat fee for your advertisements that will generate traffic year-round, rather than paying per job posting or per applicant on other sites. Be the go-to subject matter expert in your field by guesting on podcasts. Choose a dynamic representative from your company to share their perspective on a relevant and interesting topic. If you’re looking to build your personal brand, come up with some topics you can have talking points for, then tweak those to make them specific to each podcast audience. To learn more about partnering with the Business Resilience DECODED podcast, download our media kit here: http://asfalisadvisors-6532828.hs-sites.com/business-resilience-decoded-media-kit Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow: https://www.drj.com/spring2023 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos
12/8/20228 minutes, 23 seconds
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How the Presence of Women in Business Continuity Is Changing

How the Presence of Women in Business Continuity Is Changing by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
11/18/202218 minutes
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Building Financial Resilience to Secure Your Family’s Future

Episode 130: Building Financial Resilience to Secure Your Family’s Future As BCP professionals, we spend a lot of time discussing financial resilience from a corporate or business perspective, but we don’t have conversations about personal finance nearly enough. Personal financial resilience is crucial for preventing and bouncing back from personal challenges. In this episode, Melanie Boykin is sharing her more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry with us. Melanie is the business continuity and disaster recovery planner for Commerce Bank. In addition to her work in the business continuity field, she also teaches financial literacy to crucial age groups and underserved communities. Connect with Melanie Boykin LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/melanie-boykin-cbcp-she-her-aab17b38/ Girls Talk Money Podcast - https://www.youtube.com/c/GirlsTalkMoneyMoneyTSimplyCee/videos Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Some key takeaways from our conversation with Melanie include: We need to talk about numbers – especially financial numbers – early and often. You don’t have to share your salary with everyone, but it’s important to have a mindset where money isn’t a taboo topic. It’s healthy, educational, and beneficial to discuss it. Get crystal clear on what your income and expenses look like every month. Do you know where your money is going? If your expenses are higher than your income, you need to start cutting expenses to gain back control of your finances. Get to know your personal banker and the opportunities available to you from your bank. They are a resource for you, and can advocate for you on your financial journey. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow: https://www.drj.com/spring2023 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
11/10/202217 minutes, 10 seconds
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How to Build a Business Continuity Management Program That Lasts

Episode 129: How to Build a Business Continuity Management Program That Lasts This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! With a recession looming, climate change, and political strife ever present, more and more organizations are looking to an uncertain future. One way to help mitigate this uncertainty is to build a lasting business continuity program. But how exactly do we do this? Vanessa talks with business continuity expert Shane Mathew about key steps to take when building a program that will last. Shane Mathew has years of experience working in public health building emergency response plans and is currently the head of enterprise resilience for Zoom. Connect with Shane Mathew LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shanemathew/ Failover Plan Podcast - failoverpodcast.com Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Three things to consider when building a lasting business continuity program: Don’t just jump in. Develop a transformational statement of where the business currently stands and where they would like to be in the future. Look at the culture and big picture of an organization and make sure your business continuity program matches that culture. Make sure your purpose is in alignment with what they want. What they say is not always what they want. For example, they may say they want a business resilience plan, when in fact, they want a compliance program. Scope and order. Scope needs to be clearly defined in terms of what comes first and what comes afterwards. Prioritize your timeline and then you’ll know where and how to proceed. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow: https://www.drj.com/spring2023 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
11/3/202219 minutes, 54 seconds
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Is Your Inclusive Messaging Backed Up By Inclusive Practices?

Is Your Inclusive Messaging Backed Up By Inclusive Practices? by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
10/27/202215 minutes, 50 seconds
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Strategic Communication Methods for DE & I

Episode 127: Strategic Communication Methods for DE & I This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! Business continuity professionals need to focus on strategic communication and how corporations take responsibility for their actions. In this episode, Vanessa Mathews talks with Richard Bynum, chief corporate responsibility officer at PNC, about how to best serve your employees and customers in this age of social justice, community impact, and sustainability. A lot has shifted since the start of the pandemic and corporations need to think deeply not only about how they want to shape the new world we are in, but how their actions reflect on their reputations. Tune in to hear an insightful discussion about how we need to serve our market communities individually and lead by what we do, not what we say. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Three key things to keep in mind when we talk about corporate responsibility: Treat communities as individuals. Each has unique needs and solutions should be rooted in that. Larger corporations should consider having a market point person in each large market area precisely for this reason. Invest in communities. Just like our banks, we need to make a deposit before we can make a withdrawal. Don’t get caught up in analysis paralysis. Too often we get caught up in round tables, reports and long-range plans instead of taking direct action. Take actionable steps to make a difference now. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow: https://www.drj.com/spring2023 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
10/20/202223 minutes, 11 seconds
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Developing Strong Teams Remotely and In-Person

Episode 126: Developing Strong Teams Remotely and In-Person As we move out of the pandemic and into 2023, we need to invest in developing strong teams. Teams cannot be put on a shelf and called upon when needed, teams evolve and we have to be intentional about how we nurture them. Energy, engagement, and exploration are three different dimensions of communication that are effective for measuring the performance of teams. In this episode, Vanessa dissects several ways we can grow strong teams including the need for face-to-face meetings (even if on Zoom) to keep teams effective. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Statistics and Links mentioned in this episode: In 2019, the Society for Human Resource Management found that the biggest benefits to virtual teams include global perspectives (81%), diversity (72%), creativity (54%), access to talent anywhere (53%), cost-effectiveness (32%), and productivity (31%). (SHRM, 2019) The same SHRM study also noted that virtual teams are highly collaborative. In fact, 48% of HR practitioners said that they have global teams that work closely and collaboratively daily. On the other hand, 86% of virtual teams work together at least once a week. (SHRM, 2019) According to Culture Wizard’s 2018 Virtual Teams Survey, the top challenges faced by virtual teams are time zone differences (88%), difficulty in communication (86%), managing conflict (86%), building relationships (86%), timelessness, and responsiveness (80%), understanding different accents (80%), and lack of engagement from all members (76%). (CultureWizard, 2018) The same study found that for 84% of virtual workers, virtual communication is more difficult than face-to-face communication. (CultureWizard, 2018) https://financesonline.com/virtual-team-statistics/ https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/04/22/how-remote-work-impacts-collaboration-findings-team/ Three key things to keep in mind when developing strong teams: When choosing communication methods, give priority to video or in person communication. A team that communicates primarily through face-to-face (even on Zoom) interactions will have more energy than a team communicating strictly via email. In-person interactions correlate strongly to successful teams. When one person grows, we all grow. Leaders need to provide guidance and encourage collaboration. Additionally, they need to find and offer opportunities for self-development. As each individual grows and matures in their role, so too shall the team. Give your team a why. Give them the motivation to show up everyday and keep creating work that matters. By showing members that what they are doing matters and is needed, they will be more likely to engage with one another and take the initiative to connect with other teams. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow: https://www.drj.com/spring2023 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos
10/13/202212 minutes, 25 seconds
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5 Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking for Business Resilience

Episode 125: 5 Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking for Business Resilience This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! Every organization should have a dashboard that measures their preparedness, but how exactly does one measure preparedness? We’ve spent years helping businesses rethink how to measure the effectiveness of their resiliency program. In fact, we have a 200 question input form that examines just this. While this podcast episode is not long enough to share all 200 questions, we’d like to offer five metrics or key performance indicators (KPIs) you can use to help you assess your business resilience. Stay tuned as Vanessa dives into the five areas organizational leaders can look at to answer the question “how prepared is my business?” Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. 5 metrics to examine for business resilience include: Program Management: Examine the program coordinator role – what does this role entail? Program administration – is there a budget and is it adequate? Are you looking at laws and authorities that your program may be required to follow? Planning: How do you measure your planning efforts? Start by looking at the planning and design process. Is there a process for you to involve your stakeholders from the planning and design perspective? Implementation: What are the common plan requirements that you are measuring or evaluating? Do you have clear lines of authority and succession defined? Are procedures in place and are they communicated so that information can move across your organization? Training and education: Does your program have a curriculum? Does your curriculum provide training for employees to make them aware of your emergency response plans and continuity plans? Exercises and tests: Are program plans and procedures evaluated through periodic exercises and tests? Are these tests designed to determine the capabilities needed? Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow: https://www.drj.com/spring2023 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
10/6/202214 minutes, 24 seconds
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A Business Continuity Framework You Can Use in Your Personal Life

Episode 124: A Business Continuity Framework You Can Use in Your Personal Life This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! As business continuity professionals, we prepare for possible disasters that may strike the business world. That being said, how prepared are you for personal disasters? Author and business resilience expert Michele Turner talks with us about a framework you can use in your personal life. Tune into today to learn more about the P.A.R.S.E. framework and how it can apply to both your personal and professional life. Michele Turner is an Amazon bestselling author as well as the global senior director – deputy chief continuity and resilience officer at Expedia Group. Contact Michele Turner at: Twitter: https://twitter.com/michelelturner LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michele-l-turner-mbcp-fbci-cisa-crisc-ccrp-311600/ Links mentioned: Episode 09 with Michele Turner: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/michele-turner-009/id1435369997?i=1000424237554 Michele’s book: “Lessons Learned: Short Stories of Continuity and Resilience” https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Learned-Stories-Continuity-Resilience/dp/B09FFNCTJQ/ref=sr_1_1 Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Three takeaways from today’s episode include: P.A.R.S.E. Framework, which stands for Prepare, Assess, Remediate, Sustain and Examine When you have a framework that works, you can apply it to any company or any situation. An important note when applying a framework: be prescriptive without being restrictive. Examine the culture of a company first before applying it. Stockdale paradox: Have you acknowledged where your challenges and vulnerabilities are in order to get to the good? If you don’t acknowledge them, you won’t get to where you need to be. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow: https://www.drj.com/spring2023 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
9/29/202217 minutes, 54 seconds
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DRJ Fall 2022 Conference Recap

Episode 123: DRJ Fall 2022 Conference Recap This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! While the DRJ Fall 2022 conference is now over, it proved to be a lively mix of businesses, vendors, and professionals coming together to discuss all things business continuity and disaster recovery. Vanessa Mathews and Jon Seals discuss their takeaways including the thrill of having their own booth for the Business Resilience DECODED podcast. The podcast audience for BRD continues to grow and we want to thank everyone who tunes in each week and finds value in the content. We will continue to investigate the hot topics, the uncomfortable topics, and everything in between. In addition to our favorite conference takeaways, in this episode we discuss the topics and trends business continuity professionals need to focus on in 2023. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Here are some topics and trends that business continuity professionals should be paying attention to in 2023: Supply chain issues, especially in regards to our dependence on rail transportation. Investing in leadership and development for the next generation. Millennials are entering key leadership positions and Gen Z is entering the workforce… are you ready? Cybersecurity: how exposed are you to cyber threats, and how prepared are you for a cyber attack? Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2023: Solutions for a Resilient Tomorrow: https://www.drj.com/spring2023 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
9/22/202214 minutes, 43 seconds
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5 Things Business Continuity Professionals Should Focus On Next

5 Things Business Continuity Professionals Should Focus On Next by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
9/15/20223 minutes, 59 seconds
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Are You Prepared for an Active Shooter Situation?

Episode 121: Are You Prepared for an Active Shooter? This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! Active shooter scenarios are an increasingly prominent threat to public safety, especially in schools and in the workplace. In 2022 alone, we’ve seen examples of workplace violence related to active shooters, whether they were disgruntled employees or angry customers. In this episode, Vanessa is sharing her tips for evaluating whether you’re prepared for an active shooter in your workplace. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Some key takeaways from this episode include: Be proactive – establish systems, protocols, and communications BEFORE the crisis, not afterwards. The more you and your organization prepare for crises, the shorter your response and recovery times will be. Involve everyone – the senior leadership team and front-line employees have different roles in a crisis. Communicate with your team, and ensure they are clear with expectations and responsibilities. Practice – plans are words on a shelf until you put them into action. Your team will respond confidently the more you practice. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
9/8/20225 minutes, 2 seconds
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Crisis Communications Mistakes Your Organization is Making

Episode 120: What We Tend to Forget About Crisis Communication | DRJ Spring 2022 Panel At DRJ’s Spring 2022 conference in Orlando, Vanessa spoke on a panel about Crisis Communications with Ashley Goosman, Prashant Darisi, and Peter Steinfeld. In the clip from today’s episode, you’re about to hear our discussion on mistakes we’ve seen in terms of crisis communications, and what companies can do better to demonstrate more integrity, transparency, and compassion. Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Some key takeaways from this episode are: Organizations make mistakes. They’re inevitable. But if we want to demonstrate integrity and accountability, we have to own those mistakes and be willing to talk about them openly and honestly with our key stakeholders. Your statements about any current event – from social justice to politics and news – need to be grounded in your core values, and they need to be the words of your top leader. If, as a CEO, you cannot find the words yourself, you have some work to do. There’s a difference between duty of care and duty to care. Duty of care is just a set of procedures to make sure you’re compliant in responding to a disaster. Duty to care means you approach your work with compassion and any other core values that are important to your company. Part of our role is to overcommunicate, especially in a world where people are used to instant access to news and information. If we don’t tell people what’s happening as it’s happening, they will take it upon themselves to find out. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
9/1/202214 minutes, 56 seconds
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Business Continuity in a Recession – What You Need to Know

Episode 119: Business Continuity in a Recession – What You Need to Know This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! There’s a lot of buzz going on about a looming recession, and we’ve already seen mass layoffs affecting many industries this year. In this episode, we’re sharing how business continuity professionals in any industry can plan for a recession, and important reminders on how treating people well during this time can have a lasting impact. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Some key takeaways from this episode include: Recessions are an inevitable part of the ebbs and flows of the GDP. This means we can plan for them, and that we shouldn’t panic when talks of a looming recession start coming up. Focus on the cash flow of your business, as well as your personal finances. Look at your business savings and calculate how many months that could sustain the company if revenue decreased significantly. Is it possible for you to cut expenses in an area unrelated to payroll to avoid layoffs? Consider cutting CEO or executive salaries if that can help to prevent layoffs. If you do need to conduct layoffs, how can you do so in the most empathetic way possible? A cold mass Zoom call is not it. How you conduct your layoffs will impact the morale of the remaining employees and your ability to recruit talent in the future. Recessions are temporary, but how you operate through them can have an impact that outlasts the recession. What are your company’s core values? How are you living those out during this time? Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
8/25/20227 minutes, 56 seconds
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Strategic Communication Methods for DEI

Strategic Communication Methods for DEI by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
8/18/202218 minutes, 39 seconds
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Lessons Learned From Dynamic Risks Like Supply Chain Issues, Natural Disasters, and Civil Unrest

Episode 117: Lessons Learned From Dynamic Risks Like Supply Chain Issues, Natural Disasters, and Civil Unrest At our DRJ Spring 2022 conference in Orlando, Brian Zawada, the chief operating officer for Castellan Solutions, and Matt Bradley, VP of global security solutions for Onsolve, presented on “Achieving Operational Resilience in 2022: Lessons Learned from Supply Chain Disruption & Other Dynamic Risks.” In this short portion of their session, they cover how these issues have affected businesses, and what we need to be cognizant of. Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Some key takeaways from this episode are: - Dynamic risks are what happen when Risk A becomes Risk B. A lot of the disaster plans we have are curated for disasters happening in isolation, but sometimes disasters stack up. How are you preparing for second or third order risks in your plans? - Civil unrest can lead you to need to make decisions not just on government sanctions, but on personal sanctions. The Russia-Ukraine conflict has caused a lot of global companies to question if they should pull out of Russia if that’s applicable to them. - Sometimes Risk B is completely unrelated to Risk A. Meaning, you’re prepared for one disaster or scenario but then a completely different scenario happens. This demonstrates a need for awareness of all risks in an area including social, political, and geographic risks. - Supply chains are extremely fragile, and we’re all becoming more aware of that as we’re personally and professionally impacted by supply chain disruptions. So many things, including government action, severe weather, protests, material shortages, and staffing can affect supply chains. It’s crucial to monitor supply chain risks at all times to keep operations going. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
8/11/202215 minutes, 30 seconds
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Disruptive Innovation and Design Thinking

Episode 026: Disruptive Innovation and Design Thinking Today’s episode is a rebroadcast of our most popular episode, "Disruptive Innovation and Design Thinking" with David Phillips of Faster Glass. Contact David Phillips at: https://www.fasterglass.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillipsjdavid/ https://twitter.com/FasterGlass Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Disaster Recovery Journal: • Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ • Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: • Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com • Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ • Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! • Email us: [email protected] • Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
8/4/202219 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Russia-Ukraine Conflict and Its Effect on Energy Industry

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict and Its Effect on Energy Industry by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
7/28/202219 minutes, 29 seconds
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Creating a Resilient Future for Charlotte with Mayor Vi Lyles Pt. 2

Creating a Resilient Future for Charlotte with Mayor Vi Lyles Pt. 2 by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
7/21/202213 minutes, 46 seconds
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Creating a Resilient Future for Charlotte with Mayor Vi Lyles Pt. 1

Episode 114: Creating a Resilient Future for Charlotte with Mayor Vi Lyles Pt. 1 In this two-part series, Vanessa sits down with Mayor Vi Lyles to discuss how she is creating a resilient future for Charlotte, NC. Part I focuses heavily on the citizens that make up the community, and why it’s so important to invest in them through community engagement, job creation, and racial equity. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. Some key takeaways from this episode include: People are our biggest asset. It’s very important to invest in communities by creating job opportunities for all education levels. The new medical school in Charlotte will create 10,000 new jobs, only 5,000 of which will require a college degree. Engagement is a huge component of resilient communities. Citizens need a way to provide feedback that’s accessible and easy to contribute. It’s not about getting any businesses to open in your community, it’s about getting the right businesses to open in your community. There should be support and infrastructure for both large and small businesses to succeed. Communities need to invest in corridors of opportunity. That means supporting citizens who have contributed to the growth of a community who have not had an opportunity to benefit from that growth. Private sectors have an opportunity to support community resilience by providing things like computers to underserved groups within the community. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
7/14/202215 minutes, 45 seconds
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Leadership Skills You Need for Crisis Management and How to Build Them

Leadership Skills You Need for Crisis Management and How to Build Them by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
7/7/202216 minutes, 11 seconds
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Case Study: Lessons Learned from Conducting a Cybersecurity Audit

Case Study: Lessons Learned from Conducting a Cybersecurity Audit by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
6/30/202216 minutes, 38 seconds
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When Is It Time to Hire a Crisis Management Professional?

Episode 111: When Is It Time to Hire a Crisis Management Professional? This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! In this episode, Vanessa shares 13 different reasons to know when it's time to bring in an external crisis management firm to supplement your internal team. Although your team might be prepared for the most obvious catastrophes from natural disasters to data breaches and supply chain disruptions, there are many more risks to assess beyond these, and a crisis management professional can help you with that. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. In this episode, you will learn: How to know when it’s time to bring in an external crisis management firm Why you need a crisis management firm in a public relations disaster Why it’s important to talk to an external crisis management firm when your company grows to 50+ employees Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
6/23/20226 minutes
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Protective Measures for Tornadoes and Best Practices

Protective Measures for Tornadoes and Best Practices by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
6/16/202220 minutes, 55 seconds
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Why We Need Transparency Around Root Cause Analysis

Episode 109: Why We Need Transparency Around Root Cause Analysis This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! What is root cause analysis and how can it benefit your business? In this episode, Vanessa talks about the top three questions she gets regarding root cause analysis. She also exposes the top reasons many companies aren’t looking at their best practices. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. In this episode, you will learn: What is root cause analysis What prevents companies from looking at best practices How your business can benefit from conducting and sharing root cause analysis Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
6/9/20224 minutes
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Sustainability Is the Missing Key to Risk Management

Episode 108: Sustainability Is the Missing Key to Risk Management Sustainability is a huge buzzword in the context of the environment and business practices. But what is sustainability, and why does it matter? In this episode, Keith Alyea, global head of business resiliency at Wells Fargo, explains the relationship between resiliency, sustainability and equitability. More importantly, he shares where some organizations fall short and how we can all do better. Keith has more than 20 years of experience in energy market development and energy trading and risk management. He specializes in program planning, implementation (systems and process), market design, adaptive resiliency planning and operational improvement for market participants. He also serves on the Sustain Charlotte Board of Directors which advocates for smart, equitable, and sustainable growth for the city including public transit, pedestrian-oriented development, affordable housing and green spaces. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content, bonus interviews, and more at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners. In this episode, you will learn: The relationship between resiliency, sustainability and equitability What sustainability is and why it matters How organizations might be falling short when it comes to sustainability What sustainable capital is and what this shift means How to make strides towards sustainability in your personal life and in your communities Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
6/2/202222 minutes, 4 seconds
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We Need to Talk About the Silos in Business Resilience

Episode 107: We Need to Talk About the Silos in Business Resilience This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! There are a lot of industries and specialties that fall under business resilience, including – but not limited to – risk management, emergency management, business continuity, and public safety. Unfortunately, a lot of these specialties can be siloed from each other, both within organizations and across companies. In Vanessa’s work, she has noticed several opportunities for bridging the gap between these silos and what’s at stake if we don’t. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content and bonus interviews, and more - https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners In this episode, you will learn: Where silos exist within the disciplines that fall under business resilience How silos affect the efficiency and expenses in an organization Where to look for silos in your organization What’s missing from your organization when companies are siloed The risks that are in play as a result of silos How to rectify silos in your organization and across our disciplines Procedures to adopt to keep the flow of communication between departments Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
5/26/202213 minutes, 39 seconds
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Preparing for Weapons of Mass Destruction

Preparing for Weapons of Mass Destruction by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
5/19/202213 minutes, 4 seconds
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6 Ways To Leverage LinkedIn And Why It’s Important

6 Ways To Leverage LinkedIn And Why It’s Important by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
5/12/202211 minutes, 17 seconds
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What a Remote and Hybrid Workforce Means for Cloud Security

Episode 104: What a Remote and Hybrid Workforce Means for Cloud Security with Justin Augat Remote and hybrid (a combination of remote work days and in-person days) has become the “new normal” work environment since the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020. With more and more of the workforce preferring a remote work environment, companies not only had to pivot, but now have to figure out long term solutions to support remote teams to retain and recruit talent. In this episode, Justin Augat shares his perspective on how your workforce can strengthen its cloud security to adapt to remote and hybrid work environments. Connect with Justin on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinaugat/ Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content and bonus interviews, and more - https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners In this episode, you will learn: Why offering remote work is a benefit from a recruiting perspective The challenges of working on remote teams The risks to cloud security in this new workforce environment How companies can build resilience for cloud security Ways organizations can train their employees to avoid cloud security risks Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
5/5/202214 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Future of HBCUs and Their Emergency Management Programs

Episode 103: The Future of HBCUs and Their Emergency Management Programs This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) faced a series of bomb threats in February this year. Though no physical harm has come from them, the ever present threat and psychological trauma from these events has shaken HBCUs across the country… but they’re still standing strong. In this episode, President Kimberly Ballard-Washington of Savannah State University joins us to share her perspective on the matter, as well as insights into the homeland security and emergency management program at SSU (of which Vanessa was the first female graduate!). Kimberly Ballard-Washington, J.D., is the president of Savannah State University in Georgia. She has practiced law in the state of Georgia for 20 years and, prior to becoming president of SSU, most recently served the University System of Georgia (USG) as associate vice chancellor for legal lffairs and as the assistant secretary to the board of regents. To date, Ballard-Washington is the only person to have led all three of Georgia’s public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Savannah State University Website - https://savannahstate.edu/ Homeland Security Program at SSU - https://www.savannahstate.edu/class/departments/political-science/homeland-security.shtml Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content and bonus interviews, and more - https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners In this episode, you will learn: How she became the first person to lead all three public HBCUs in Georgia How SSU is approaching bomb threats to HBCUs from both emergency preparedness and campus morale perspectives The vulnerable conversations around HBCUs being targeted How the Emergency Management program at SSU is shifting The input emergency management programs need from professionals in the industry at all levels to help these programs improve Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
4/28/202216 minutes, 58 seconds
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What Happens When Data Loss Happens to You?

What Happens When Data Loss Happens to You? by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
4/21/202213 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to Make Your Supply Chain Resilient

Episode 101: How to Make Your Supply Chain Resilient This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! All eyes are on supply chains right now. From the shortages we’ve seen resulting from the pandemic, to the Suez Canal Obstruction in 2021, we’ve seen some unprecedented supply chain crises in a short period of time. In this episode, Kate Needham-Bennett of Fusion Risk Management is sharing her expertise on how to make your supply chains more resilient to alleviate and prevent disruptions. Kate Needham-Bennett is a resilience specialist based in the UK working with organizations worldwide, exploring how they might develop their risk and resilience programs with Fusion. To date she’s been working as a practitioner in financial services setting up programs for M&A resilience onboarding, crisis management, and operational resilience to meet the regulations. She’s focusing on how technology can help make resilience easier, quicker and more affordable for others, leaving them room to focus on innovations. Connect with Kate on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-needham-bennett/ Fusion Risk Management - https://www.fusionrm.com/ Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content and bonus interviews, and more - https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners In this episode, you will learn: How third party due diligence plays a role in supply chain management Evaluating concentration risks in supply chains in terms of geography, software, and transparency What we can learn from supply chain issues caused by the pandemic and the Suez Canal obstruction How all industries are connected in the world of supply chains and the risks associated with these The ripple effect caused by issues with supply chain management How Fusion Risk Management software can help you evaluate and prepare for risks in your supply chain management Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
4/14/202219 minutes, 40 seconds
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Celebrating Our 100th Episode

Episode 100: Celebrating Our 100th Episode + The Top 5 Business Resilience DECODED Episodes Today marks a huge milestone for our show: this is our 100th episode! Today, we are sharing the top five most downloaded episodes ever of the podcast. The dynamic speakers in these episodes gave amazing value to our listeners, and we’re sharing just one of many key takeaways from each of them in today’s episode. Sign up for our Four Corners newsletter for opportunities to connect, access to exclusive content and bonus interviews, and more - https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners Our Top 5 Podcast Episodes: Episode 26: Disruptive Innovation and Design Thinking with David Phillips Episode 38: The Art of Relationships with Damian Walch Episode 37: What Has Risen to the Level of Concern? with Philip Bigge Episode 1: Developing a Successful Crisis Management Program with Regina Phelps Episode 69: The Myth of Best Practices with Dr. Cliff Thomas In this episode, you will learn: All about our new, free Four Corners community email newsletter - Sign up at https://bit.ly/BRDFourCorners Why all crisis managers should understand how to market who they are & what they do The soft skills needed to become a great leader What the biggest risks are today vs. ten years ago Why organizational fit is so important when evaluating best practices Why you should design systems for people as they are and not how you want them to be Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
4/7/202216 minutes, 34 seconds
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How Small Issues Can Lead to Big Consequences

Episode 99: How Small Issues Can Lead to Big Consequences with Kevin Kupietz This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! As emergency managers and leaders in the business resilience industry, we have seen a lot of incidents where seemingly small incidents or decisions led to huge consequences. Sometimes when we are so focused on the big decisions and best practices, we lose perspective on how public perception and minute details can cause big problems. In this episode, Kevin Kupietz shares his experience and tons of relevant stories on how small issues led to big consequences, and how to evaluate your decisions to factor in those potential consequences. Dr. Kevin Kupietz is the chairperson of the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Department of Aviation and Emergency Management. He is a NC certified firefighter/paramedic with more than 20 years of emergency response experience with local, state, and federal agencies. He comes with a diverse emergency response and educational background with teaching certifications in a variety of emergency service topics. Connect with Kevin: Elizabeth City State University Website - https://www.ecsu.edu/academics/academicaffairs/aviation_emergmangmt.html ECSU Emergency Management Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ECSUEmergencyManagement/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-kupietz-ph-d-efo-1059746b/ In this episode, you will learn: How aviation ties closely to emergency management - even outside the transportation industry The need Kevin saw for diversity in emergency management and how that led to him working for an HBCU How a lack of exclusion does not mean you’re being inclusive Why an awareness of public relations is crucial in emergency management Stories of small incidents that led to huge consequences for an organization How public perception should impact decisions in a crisis How to evaluate the potential consequences of seemingly small decisions Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
3/31/202218 minutes, 14 seconds
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Why Relationships Are Crucial for Business Continuity

Episode 98: Why Relationships Are Crucial for Business Continuity with Mark Armour Have you ever been in an emergency management situation where you had to contact a vendor or key player in your plan that you’ve never spoken to before? In this episode, Mark Armour, a key business continuity leader and industry disruptor, is sharing why relationships in the business continuity space are so crucial to the success of any business resilience plan. No matter what your role is, you’ll find valuable information in this episode on how to initiate relationship building with more contacts in your industry. Mark Armour, the senior director of IT governance, risk and compliance at Brink’s Inc., is leading the revolution to change how business continuity is practiced and perceived. He developed the “Adaptive Business Continuity Manifesto” with David Lindstedt, Ph.D. and co-authored “Adaptive Business Continuity: A New Approach.” Adaptive is a groundbreaking concept with the potential to change the practice of business continuity globally. Connect with Mark: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/markarmour/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/BC_Revolution Email - [email protected] Website - https://adaptivebcp.org/ In this episode, you will learn: Why relationships are important in business continuity How resilience and initiative in an emergency are improved through relationships How trust factors into risk management Why it’s important to build relationships with vendors before an emergency arises How to set introductory meetings to build relationships The barriers to initiating relationships and how to overcome them Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2022: The Evolution of Resilience: https://www.drj.com/fall2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
3/24/202215 minutes, 41 seconds
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Effective Communication Skills to Increase Your Influence & Persuasion

Effective Communication Skills to Increase Your Influence & Persuasion by Disaster Recovery Journal & Asfalis Advisors
3/17/202217 minutes, 16 seconds
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How Ignoring Data Backups Puts Your Processes, Products, and People at Risk

Episode 96: How Ignoring Data Backups Puts Your Processes, Products, and People at Risk with Brian Kuhn Cybersecurity and data protection have been an especially important topic since so many of our workforces went remote in 2020. While larger companies quickly adapted, many small and medium businesses have not prioritized cloud safety and data backups. In this episode, Brian Kuhn helps us explore the risks to running a business on outdated software systems. Brian Kuhn is an executive-level leader with more than 25 years of strategy, vision-setting, planning and execution experience in technology and services. He is currently the chief operating officer of Infrascale. Brian is especially attuned to dynamic landscapes with a sharp focus on business growth and customer delight. Connect with Brian: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/bgkuhn/ Infrascale website - https://www.infrascale.com/ In this episode, you will learn: Why it’s risky for businesses of all sizes to run software and data that’s outdated The specific risks to your data if it’s not protected Questions to ask yourself about the data in your business Why people, processes, and products should all be factored into protecting your data Why satisfied clients and happy employees should be at the root of your efforts to reduce risk to your tech processes The future risks you need to anticipate as cloud data becomes smarter and more decentralized Why just being on the cloud is not enough to protect yourself from risk Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed: http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
3/10/202220 minutes, 32 seconds
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Building Personal Resilience Through Gratitude and Meditation

Episode 95: Building Personal Resilience Through Gratitude and Meditation with Lori Saitz Emergency management and business resilience professionals are often in high-stress situations and can be among the key decision makers in a crisis. While we focus so much on the resilience of our organizations, we might forget to pay attention to our personal resilience as well. In this episode, Lori Saitz of Zen Rabbit dives into the practices of gratitude and meditation to build personal resilience habits that will keep you grounded in a crisis. Lori is the founder and CEO of Zen Rabbit, a mindfulness company created to empower Gen-X leaders to step fully into gratitude to be more grounded at work and in life. She is an accomplished life coach, speaker, podcast host, and corporate wellness expert. Connect with Lori: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorisaitz/ Fine Is a 4-Letter Word Podcast - http://TheFinePodcast.com Zen Rabbit Website - https://zenrabbit.com/ In this episode, you will learn: What risk looks like from a personal resilience perspective Why mindfulness is so important as a key decision maker in the resilience industry How public health, social justice movements, and politics over the last two years affect our stress levels How meditation and gratitude lower stress hormones and raise feel-good chemicals in our bodies How our mental and emotional states impact the decisions we make in a high-stress situation How gratitude can actually rewire your brain and thought patterns Exercises you can implement to practice more gratitude in your life and at work Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed: http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
3/3/202215 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Risk Of Exclusion – How Avoiding Diversity Puts Organizations At Risk

Episode 94: The Risk of Exclusion – How Avoiding Diversity Puts Organizations at Risk with Raven Solomon This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! Raven Solomon is back to dive deeper into the topic of generational diversity, and how Gen Z is modeling the future of diversity in the workplace. As future generations become more and more diverse by way of ethnic and gender diversity, organizations need to be preparing now to create more inclusive and equitable environments for these employees. As professionals in emergency management, we understand risk, but have you evaluated the risk of not taking your DEI practices seriously? This episode explores that and what to do so you don’t get left behind. Raven Solomon is a global diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leader and nationally recognized keynote speaker who helps organizations get future-ready by understanding generations, racial equity, and their intersection. Raven's mission is simple – to solve for racial inequity by breaking down generational and racial barriers in the workplace, replacing them with empathy and synergy that fosters productive working relationships, drives business results, and prepares organizations to compete in the not-so-distant future. Connect with Raven: Visit her website - https://www.ravensolomon.com/ Listen to The Generational View Podcast - http://www.thegenerationalview.com/ In this episode, you will learn: How ethnic and gender demographics are changing with Gen Z entering the workforce What to expect from gender diversity in the coming years What the moral case is for equity and inclusion work in your your organization How avoiding diversity, equity and inclusion work can cost you your business Why you need to start applying risk management principles to preparing for an increasingly diverse workforce What we can learn from the 2020 election about succession planning Why it’s more important than ever for you to diversity your organization’s board members Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed: http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
2/24/202219 minutes, 12 seconds
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A Global Perspective On Equity – DEI Statements Vs. Commitments

Episode 93: Olanike Ayomide-Mensah What does equity look like on a global scale? In this episode, Equity Strategist Olanike Ayomide-Mensah joins us to share her perspective on moving from Nigeria to Ohio as a young girl and navigating adolescence as both an American citizen and an immigrant. Olanike has worked with several organizations through her DEI consulting firm Mosaic Consulting, and she shares what she believes differentiates organizations who have made statements about DEI from organizations who have made commitments to become more diverse and equitable workplaces. Olanike is a workplace equity strategist and executor rolled into one. She is experienced in applying a justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) lens to all aspects of workplace management. She has applied her organizational development and leadership skills in both the non-profit and business/ corporate sectors, spending 20 years leading local, national, and international organizations. Her experience living on two continents gives her a unique, global lens that enriches her perspective. Connect with Olanike: Olanike’s TEDx Talk - https://www.ted.com/talks/olanike_ayomide_mensah_the_big_lie LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/olanike/ Website - https://www.mosaic4equity.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mosaic4equity/ Podcast - So You Wanna Be an Ally - https://anchor.fm/soyouwannabeanally In this episode, you will learn: Olanike’s unique experience and perspective as both an American citizen and as an immigrant from Nigeria How her gift for identifying who was being excluded led to her career in DEI How designing systems without equity in mind means increasing risk in your organizations Why diversity in a team means diversity of thought and the insight you lose when you don’t prioritize diversity Why you need to evaluate diversity at the leadership level of your organization - this is where the representation should be happening How to recognize the difference between statements and commitments about diversity Why hiring an external DEI consultant is effective for identifying opportunities for change in your organization Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed: http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Please take part in our podcast listener survey: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
2/17/202216 minutes, 37 seconds
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How DEI Should Connect To Your Business Goals And Operations

Episode 92: How DEI Should Connect to Your Business Goals and Operations with Kevin Clayton, VP of diversity, inclusion and community engagement for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! There have been so many conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) since 2020, but few of those have discussed a return on investment for money and time spent on DEI. In today’s episode, Kevin Clayton, the vice president of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, is sharing his unique perspective on DEI. In his role, Kevin has worked to connect DEI to all business operations, a key connection that so many organizations are still missing. Kevin also shares his story of how sports taught him about inclusion from a young age, and why it’s important to separate emotions from discussions about DEI. Connect with Kevin Clayton on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kevinlclayton, LinkedIn, or via email at [email protected]. In this episode, you will learn: How diversity initiatives have expanded to entail conversations around inclusion and equity How Kevin leveraged playing sports to be included in a predominately white school The business operations behind the Cleveland Cavaliers The risks associated with sports events and risk mitigation strategies they need to put in place How the Cleveland Cavaliers’ efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion are tied to all the systems in their business including metrics, accountability, bonuses and compensation Why you should care about DEI as a director or a VP Why diversity means more than just outward differences between individuals Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed: http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Please take part in our podcast listener survey: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
2/10/202224 minutes
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How Generational Diversity and Racial Equity are Getting Companies Future-Ready

Episode 91: How Generational Diversity and Racial Equity are Getting Companies Future-Ready with Raven Solomon This month, the Business Resilience DECODED Podcast will be focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Avoiding this important topic and all the critical conversations around it means accepting risk in our organizations, so in this episode, Raven Solomon is guiding us through generational diversity to support and recruit employees of all ages, as well as how racial equity is preparing businesses for the future. Raven Solomon is a global diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leader and nationally recognized keynote speaker who helps organizations get future-ready by understanding generations, racial equity, and their intersection. Raven's mission is simple – to solve for racial inequity by breaking down generational and racial barriers in the workplace, replacing them with empathy and synergy that fosters productive working relationships, drives business results, and prepares organizations to compete in the not-so-distant future. Connect with Raven: Visit her website - https://www.ravensolomon.com/ Listen to The Generational View Podcast - http://www.thegenerationalview.com/ In this episode, you will learn: What generational diversity is and why it’s so important How generational diversity and inclusion can solve almost any problem Why there can be conflict between generations in the workplace and how to prevent those conflicts How to attract and retain young talent in our industry Why your actions as an individual contribute to or detract from workplace equity The skills you need to develop to become a more inclusive leader Resources Mentioned: Take our podcast listener survey: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed: http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
2/3/202216 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Role of Individuals and Local Government in Disaster Preparedness

Episode 90: The Role of Individuals and Local Government in Disaster Preparedness with Former FEMA Administrator Brock Long This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! While FEMA is the first organization mentioned when a disaster hits a community, there is actually a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of state and local governments to prepare their communities. In this episode, Brock Long is sharing his expertise on FEMA’s role in disaster recovery, how state and local governments can better support and prepare their communities, and how to build individual resilience that you might need to support your neighbors in a crisis. Long is the former administrator of FEMA and a 20-year veteran of emergency management and homeland security. Most recently he led the nation through the worst series of disasters ever experienced including hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, Michael, Yutu, and the devastating California wildfires. In this episode, you will learn: Long’s career journey from executive vice president of an emergency management consulting firm to the administrator of FEMA What actually happens behind the scenes of FEMA’s role in natural disaster recovery The extent of FEMA’s global reach to assist in disaster recovery in other countries The four “legs” of a proper disaster preparedness, response, and recovery plan The role of local and state governments in disaster recovery Long’s perspective on financial prosperity and how income poverty and asset poverty decrease disaster resilience on a local level The primary drivers for why public and government infrastructure is prone to failure Some key takeaways on preparedness how it affected recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and in Hawaii after Hurricane Lane The lifelines that support disaster recovery on a local level The tactical approach to achieve resilience in both the public and private sectors How community resilience starts at an individual level and how local governments can promote disaster preparedness among individuals and families The role of emergency managers in the future to educate their superiors on what funding is realistically available and how to leverage that funding to build resilience for future disasters Resources Mentioned: Listen to “The Art of Relationships” with Damian Welch: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/business-resilience-decoded/id1435369997?i=1000464468779 Building Resilient Infrastructure & Communities (BRIC) Grant: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities Connect with Brock Long on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brock-long-62742a17/ Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed: http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Please take part in our podcast listener survey: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
1/27/202249 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Four Vectors of Risk – Risk Management Strategies to Follow in 2022

Episode 89: The Four Vectors of Risk – Risk Management Strategies to Follow in 2022 This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! I sat down with James Donnelly of M Booth Public Relations to discuss our thoughts on the unique challenges emergency managers will be facing in a post-pandemic world. Together we came up with four vectors of risk that leaders in our field should be aware of to prepare for any scenario in 2022. The four vectors of risk are top-down risks, bottom-up risks, inside-out risks, and outside-in risks. For a more in-depth explanation and discussion questions of each vector, please visit https://bit.ly/FourVectorsofRisk. In this episode, you will learn: How to approach the four vectors of risk Why there’s usually a shift in leadership after a disaster Why you should have a personnel contingency plan that includes building leadership from the bottom up How to maintain a steady stream of talent at all times to be prepared for a personnel shift What employees value about the companies they work for - and how they’re holding them accountable How systems, industries, and society as a whole have shifted during the pandemic and what to expect post-pandemic Resources Mentioned: M Booth Agency: https://www.mbooth.com/expertise/issues-crisis-management/ Asfalis Advisors Blog Post: https://bit.ly/FourVectorsofRisk “American companies pledged $50 billion to Black communities. Most of it hasn’t materialized” – Fortune https://fortune.com/2021/05/06/us-companies-black-communities-money-50-billion/ Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed: http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: Visit our website here: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Please take part in our podcast listener survey: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
1/20/202213 minutes, 33 seconds
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How Strong Negotiation Skills Build Strong Business Relationships

Episode 88: How Strong Negotiation Skills Build Strong Business Relationships Negotiation is a skill that so many leaders don’t practice before they need them. While negotiation might bring to mind some imagery of a power struggle, it can actually be an excellent tool for building your business relationships. In this episode, Richard Coughlan is giving us a short masterclass on the skills we need to become better negotiators, and how practicing these skills can improve our relationships at work and at home. By the end of this episode, you’ll have three action and mindset items to work on to start improving your negotiation skills today. Richard Coughlan is an educator, speaker, and consultant on the best practices of negotiation for business leaders. He is a professor and faculty director at the University of Richmond, and he is also a frequent facilitator of negotiation workshops for business leaders. Connect with Richard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardcoughlan/ In this episode, you will learn: Why it’s important for organizations to understand how to negotiate The skills you need to build to be a great negotiator How to reframe your view of negotiation as a collaborative experience Using your negotiation skills in interpersonal relationships Applications for negotiation in the business resilience industry Three things business leaders can do right now to improve their negotiation skills Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed: http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Please take part in our podcast listener survey: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
1/13/202216 minutes, 19 seconds
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How the Great Resignation is Affecting Business Continuity & How to Prepare for It in 2022

Episode 87: How the Great Resignation is Affecting Business Continuity & How to Prepare for It in 2022 We’ve all heard of “The Great Resignation,” but many of us in the business continuity space are on the frontlines witnessing and feeling the effects of massive staffing shortages. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is only continuing into 2022, but with the right action steps, you can reduce its effects on your organization. In this episode, Vanessa shares tangible and actionable tools for preparing for and reducing the effects of the Great Resignation in 2022. In this episode, you will learn: How the Great Resignation is impacting the business continuity profession (there is some good news!). Some of the reasons employees are leaving their jobs right now. The breakdown of demographics in the workforce and their plans to leave their jobs in the next 12 months. How you should be re-evaluating your 2022 recovery plans to prepare for a staffing loss of any kind. Actionable steps to document and run your processes in the event of a staffing shortage. The cost of maintaining the people you need in key roles. Resources mentioned: BC Management for Staffing Insights & Research: https://www.bcmanagement.com/ Ergonomic Trends: “11 Shocking Statistics on the Great Resignation” https://ergonomictrends.com/great-resignation-statistics/ Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series: https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed: http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! Please take part in our podcast listener survey: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 Email us: [email protected] Podcast website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw/videos Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
1/6/202210 minutes, 47 seconds
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2021 Year in Review

Episode 86: 2021 Year in Review In this episode Vanessa takes a solo tour through the past year, looking at some of the big public events as well as some private lessons learned. She remembers the election of Raphael Warnock as the first African-American to represent Georgia in the Senate, the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, and the victory of her hometown Atlanta Braves in the World Series. She also shares some of the challenges she personally overcame and some of the tips and strategies Asfalis Advisors used to move forward as a company this year. In this episode, you will learn: • The necessity of defining and living by your core values. • The difficulty and value of apologizing. • The perils of micromanaging. • The importance of identifying people you can trust and then trusting them. • The benefits for a leader of setting a one-year plan, a three-year target, and a “Big Hairy Audacious Goal™” 10-year goal (coined by Jim Collins) Vanessa also thanks her listeners, subscribers, and guests and wishes everyone a happy and safe new year. [LINKS MENTIONED] CNN.com 2021 in Review: Fast Facts: https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/19/us/2021-in-review-fast-facts/index.html [BOOKS MENTIONED] “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies,” by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras “Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business,” by Gino Wickman Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed at http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: • https://www.asfalisadvisors.com • Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ • Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! • Please take part in our podcast listener survey at: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
12/22/202121 minutes, 36 seconds
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Below the Headlines: The Real Details of a Cyber Attack

Episode 85: Below the Headlines: The Real Details of a Cyberattack Every executive has been warned about cyberattacks. Few are prepared for the stress that occurs when a hacker encrypts their data and their insurance company tells them they won’t pay. This week Vanessa talks cybersecurity with Mark Sangster, vice president of industry security strategies at eSentire and the author of “No Safe Harbor: The Inside Truth About Cybercrime and How to Protect Your Business.” Their conversation focuses on the emotional impact of being hit with a ransomware attack and the importance of looking at the root causes of cyberbreaches rather than just the symptoms. In this episode, you will learn: • What it feels like to be the victim of a ransomware attack. • How executives err in assuming that negotiating with a hacker will be coolly transactional. • The legal department’s role in cybersecurity. • Why companies should report cyberbreaches even if they aren’t required to by law. • How company postmortems about cyberbreaches are frequently distorted by biases, such as time bias and hindsight bias. In addition, Mark recalls the early days of his career working on encryption technology with the U.S. government, when reading an encrypted email meant clicking on it then going to get coffee and hoping it was open when you came back. Disaster Recovery Journal: • Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ • Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed at http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: • https://www.asfalisadvisors.com • Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ • Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! • Please take part in our podcast listener survey at: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Mark Sangster, guest Mark Sangster is vice president of industry security strategies at eSentire, a computer and network security firm in Toronto. He is also the author of “No Safe Harbor: The Inside Truth About Cybercrime and How to Protect Your Business.” He previously worked at Blackberry, Intel, and Cisco and has been in the IT security field for more than 20 years. His next book will look at the human element of being the victim of a ransomware attack and offer a playbook for managing such an attack. • LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/mbsangster • Web site: https://mbsangster.com • eSentire: https://www.esentire.com/ Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
12/16/202117 minutes, 14 seconds
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Solutions To Financial Services Risks in 15 Minutes

Episode 84: Solutions to Financial Services Risks (in 15 Minutes) What are the main risks facing financial services companies today? How can these risks be minimized? These are the questions Vanessa tackles in this week’s fast-paced and insight-packed solo edition of the podcast. The past couple of years have been hard on financial services companies. Independent reports have shown that the COVID pandemic and its repercussions have turned the financial services sector into one of the most crisis-prone industries. Vanessa breaks down the five main risks facing financial services companies today. She also shares five ways financial companies can make themselves more secure. In this episode you will learn: • How the pandemic and the public health measures adopted to fight it have created risk for financial services companies. • How new technology such as AI and robotics are challenging financial services companies’ ability to compete. • How financial services companies are threatened by the widening racial wealth gap. • What financial services companies can do to improve their resiliency in 2022. Vanessa also talks about the challenges facing financial services companies that are trying to change from brick and mortar companies into fin tech organizations and why fewer and fewer people are visiting their local bank. EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVES ON TOP RISKS FOR 2021 AND 2030: https://graces.community/executive-perspectives-on-top-risks-for-2021-and-2030/ ICM Annual Crisis Report 2020: https://crisisconsultant.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ICM-Annual-Crisis-Report-for-2020.Issued-August.3.2021.pdf Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed at http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: • https://www.asfalisadvisors.com • Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ • Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Connect with the podcast! • Please take part in our podcast listener survey at: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
12/9/202116 minutes, 26 seconds
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Infrastructure Considerations For Disaster Recovery

Episode 83: Infrastructure Considerations for Disaster Recovery What infrastructure do companies need to make sure their precious data doesn’t vanish into thin air? That’s the topic of this week’s episode, in which Vanessa interviews data security expert Jeff Barber, partner and executive vice president for sales and business development for Prime Data Centers. Vanessa and Jeff chat about what organizations need to think about in terms of data centers and other infrastructure to make sure their data remains secure. Jeff points out that the considerations for citing data centers can be divided into two buckets—physical/infrastructure and data/virtual—and shares the key considerations for each one. This episode will teach you: • Why companies should divide their data into three categories: mission-critical, business-critical, and noncritical. • Why a backup data center should be approximately 50 miles away from your main data center and in a different biosphere. • Why it’s important to have good transportation links between the main data center and the backup data center. • How placing a backup data center too far from the main data center can create too much latency. • What the biggest trend in data storage and backup is likely to be in 2022 (hint: its initials are DRaaS). Finally, Jeff explains why Sacramento is a good Goldilocks location—not too near, not too far, and out of the earthquake zone—to serve as a location for backup data centers for firms in Silicon Valley. Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed at http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Request Vanessa Mathews as a Speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Connect with the podcast! • Please take part in our podcast listener survey at: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Jeff Barber, guest Jeff Barber is a partner and the executive vice president for sales and business development at Prime Data Centers. He has a deep understanding of the entire storage technology stack and has extensive experience managing national and global sales teams for some of the world's largest companies. Before joining Prime Data Centers, he worked for Apeiron Data Systems, Oracle, EMC, and Hewlett-Packard, among others. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jabarber1 • Prime Data Centers: https://primedatacenters.com/ Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
12/2/202114 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Intersection of Logistics and Crisis Management

Episode 82: The Intersection of Logistics and Crisis Management Vanessa is joined by logistics expert Fred Cartwright, business development manager with Haversack, for a talk about the crisis facing the global supply chain. There’s a worldwide shortage of semiconductors, space in U.S-bound cargo ships is at a premium, vessels are backed up outside U.S. ports, everybody wants everything right now, the domestic auto industry lacks critical parts, and the pandemic has made a bad situation worse. The result, says Fred, is “mass chaos.” In addition: • Fred says that even professional forecasters “are having trouble figuring out when the end of this is going to be.” • Vanessa asks Fred what he’s currently seeing in the market from the supply chain perspective. • Fred shares his thoughts on what companies can do to make their supply chains more resilient. Finally, Vanessa explains how a business should be like a basketball and Fred describes how throwing boxes for FedEx International during college put him on a path to becoming a logistics and supply chain expert. “Logistics gets under your skin,” he says. [LINKS MENTIONED] Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed at http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Connect with the podcast! • Please take part in our podcast listener survey at: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Fred Cartwright, guest Fred Cartwright is business development management with Haversack, a North Carolina–based logistics consulting firm. An 18-year veteran of the supply chain field, Fred previously worked in logistics and transport roles with companies such as Honeywell, Best Buy, BMW, and Coca-Cola. He got his start in working on the supply chain by loading boxes on the night shift at FedEx International while studying music in college. • Haversack: https://www.gohaversack.com/ • Haversack LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gohaversack • Haversack Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Haversackthefuture/ • DAT Freight and Analytics: https://www.dat.com/ Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
11/11/202116 minutes, 45 seconds
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Diversity Is More Than Skin Deep

Episode 81: Diversity Is More Than Skin Deep In this episode, Vanessa talks diversity with Dan Rector, business resilience advisor with her company, Asfalis Advisors. In addition to being content coordinator for the Business Resilience DECODED podcast, Dan helps organizations prepare for the unexpected. Prior to joining Asfalis, he served six years on active duty in the Coast Guard and worked full-time for the National Guard helping agencies and schools prepare for incidents involving chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. Dan was the first military veteran to join the Asfalis team. Highlights of the episode: • Dan and Vanessa discuss how there is more to diversity than shape, size, and color. • Dan shares lessons he learned in the military about how to forge people from different races, genders, and backgrounds into effective teams. • Vanessa asks Dan about how working for a woman-owned minority business has changed his perspective around diversity issues. Dan sums up a key takeaway: “If you have 10 people that are all different shapes, sizes, and colors, but they all came from the same background and think the same way, then you are not as diverse as you think.” This prompts Vanessa to give him “a virtual round of applause.” [LINKS MENTIONED] Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed at http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Connect with the podcast! • Please take part in our podcast listener survey at: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Dan Rector, guest Dan Rector is a business resilience advisor with Asfalis Advisors and the content coordinator for the Business Resilience DECODED podcast. A Certified Emergency Manager, Dan spent six years on active service with the Coast Guard and later worked with the Connecticut Army National Guard helping agencies and schools prepare for CBRN incidents, those involving chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons. He has a Masters degree in Emergency Management and is working toward his doctorate in Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-rector-ms-cem-871188203 • Asfalis LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/asfalis • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ • email: [email protected] Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
11/4/202115 minutes, 23 seconds
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Personal Resilience

Episode 80: Personal Resilience Vanessa’s guest is Marie Hale, cofounder and visionary at @revenue, the innovative Chicago sales and marketing agency. The topic is personal resilience. Vanessa defines personal resilience as the “ability to absorb an impact or disruption and be able to bounce back.” Marie has thought a lot about personal resilience over the past few years. She had no choice after the passing of two people close to her—first her life partner and mentor, then a close friend and colleague—and the onset of skin cancer affecting her face. In confronting these losses, says Marie, “I had to learn to pick myself up and put my lipstick on and keep walking.” In addition: • Marie discusses how to develop personal resilience and its benefits in connecting with others and thriving in business. • Marie explains how vulnerability and authenticity have become two of the strongest tools in her skillset. • Marie gives her answer to the question, “When you walk through an experience of having your entire chosen family eliminated and you still have to lead, what do you have to fall back on?” Finally, Vanessa gets Marie to connect the dots between sales and resilience. Marie explains why CRM is her love language and encourages listeners not to do business with jerk-faces. Please take part in our podcast listener survey at: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 [LINKS MENTIONED] Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Spring 2022: Resiliency Transformed at http://www.drj.com/spring2022 Connect with the podcast! • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Marie Hale, guest Marie Hale is the co-founder and visionary at @revenue, a leading Chicago sales and marketing agency. She has spent more than 20 years revolutionizing small business marketing and sales in the Chicagoland area. She was formerly the owner of marketing agency Lipstic Logic. A graduate of Jim Rosas’ Sales Results, Inc., program with a Black Belt in Sales, she speaks all over the country on sales and marketing topics as well as her own story of resilience. • @revenue: https://www.atrevenue.com/ • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-hale • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mariehaleinspired/ • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/atrevenue/?hl=en • Twitter: https://twitter.com/realmariehale?lang=en • Red Lipstick and Resilience on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cztOT4F-gtE • fwdrEvolution: https://www.fwdrevolution.com/author/marieh/ Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
10/21/202116 minutes, 39 seconds
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Understanding Ransomware

Episode 79: Understanding Ransomware Vanessa is joined by Brian Kirk, director of cybersecurity for Elliott Davis, LLC, a Southeast-based accounting and consulting firm. The subject is ransomware, specifically ransomware, as it impacts small businesses. Ransomware attacks on companies with 100 or fewer employees get little publicity, says Vanessa, and most small business owners underestimate the danger. Brian explains that fully half of the ransomware attacks are against small companies. Brian and Vanessa make the following additional points: • Small business owners should not assume their managed IT service providers will protect them from ransomware attacks or give assistance if attacks occur. • Small businesses are strongly advised to set up offsite data backups, implement audit logging, purchase cyber insurance, and devise an incident response plan. • Obscurity does not equal security. Cybercriminals are proficient at finding vulnerable companies, even ones with few employees and a low profile. Vanessa also points out that small businesses provide most jobs in America and make up the supply chain for the Fortune 500 companies. Brian shares the bizarre story of a doctor's office that was hacked and—after paying the ransom—was coached on how to recover its files by a help desk person working for the hacker. [LINKS MENTIONED] Disaster Recovery Journal: Register for DRJ's weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/ Register for DRJ Fall 2021: A Virtual Experience at https://drj.com/fall2021/virtual/ Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com Apply to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ Download the 5 Step Crisis Strategy: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/services/ Request Vanessa Mathews as a Speaker: https://bit.ly/VanessaMathews Connect with the podcast! • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Brian Kirk, guest Brian Kirk is the director of cybersecurity at Elliott Davis, LLC. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, he has worked in the information security field for 11 years and in IT for a total of 29 years. He was formerly the head of information security for a Fortune 500 engineering and construction firm and is a graduate of Clemson University. • Elliott Davis, LLC: https://www.elliottdavis.com/professionals/brian-kirk/ • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianekirk Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe's Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
10/7/202116 minutes, 23 seconds
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BONUS EPISODE: Sound Practices for Leadership

Episode 78: Sound Practices for Leadership Please take part in our podcast listener survey at: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 In this bonus episode of the podcast, Vanessa sits down with Margaret Millett of Uber Technologies, Inc. Margaret is a global resilience senior manager with more than 25 years of experience leading business continuity programs. She is interested in helping interns and newcomers fill their toolkits to become future leaders in the business continuity industry. Key points include: • When talking about partnerships between departments, Margaret said, “If you are not a people person in this profession, you are going to have a challenge. It’s all about who has the data? Who can you work with to make the program successful? There are so many components to running a business continuity program, and so many people that you need to work with in the organization.” • Margaret is a big proponent of volunteering. Within your organization, volunteering will help get your name out there and form partnerships with your program. Volunteering with local planning groups like ACP, or speaking at global conferences like DRJ, can help propel your career and spread your network far beyond your organization. • The pandemic has also helped Margaret lead her staff to become “more human.” She has encouraged staff members to take time off, hold Zoom Happy Hours, and talk about things other than the company’s latest objectives. LINKS Please take part in our podcast listener survey at: https://forms.gle/XDuYPcFjXaydkEXV6 Disaster Recovery Journal: • Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/. • Register for DRJ Fall 2021: A Virtual Experience at https://drj.com/fall2021/virtual/. Connect with the podcast! • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Margaret Millett, guest Margaret Millett is a global resilience senior manager at Uber Technologies, Inc. She has extensive global experience developing and leading high-performance enterprise risk management solutions, mitigation and recovery strategies, crisis management, pandemic planning, and business continuity management programs. Her range of experience includes diverse countries and cultures, across financial and e-commerce sectors. Millett has a Master of Science degree in business continuity management and several industry certifications. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and have written industry publications. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaretjmillett/ Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
10/1/202115 minutes, 25 seconds
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Attracting and Recruiting Talent for a Crisis Management Company

Episode 77: Attracting and Recruiting Talent for a Crisis Management Company This week on the podcast, Vanessa sits down with one of the key behind-the-scenes players at her company to talk about attracting and recruiting talent for a crisis management company. Her guest is Venus Arthur, Asfalis’s director of administration. Venus has a master’s in accounting and financial management and spent many years as an independent financial analyst and tax accountant. She plays a key role in hiring and recruitment at Asfalis. In their conversation, Vanessa and Venus talk about what Asfalis looks for in seeking new talent (the company is hiring, Vanessa says). They also give advice to applicants seeking positions in crisis management and companies that are recruiting CM staff. Key points include: • Good interview etiquette is critical, even for remote interviews, says Venus. Applicants should research the company ahead of time, make sure their technology works, be on time, and send a prompt thank you message to the interviewer afterward. • In seeking talent for Asfalis, Venus looks for “strong, confident people who can think quickly during a crisis and develop a plan to stop the ship from sinking.” • One of the best ways companies can mitigate the risks of hiring the wrong person, says Vanessa, is by honing in on their core values throughout the recruiting process. Venus also explains why Microsoft Excel is her “happy place” and Vanessa talks about the high cost to Asfalis of her biggest hiring mistake. Vanessa also reveals the secret, patented “airport test” she uses to evaluate potential new hires. LINKS Disaster Recovery Journal: • Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/. • Register for DRJ Fall 2021: A Virtual Experience at https://drj.com/fall2021/virtual/. Connect with the podcast! • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Venus Arthur, guest Venus Arthur is the Director of Administration at Asfalis Advisors. A resident of the Atlanta area, Venus has graduate degrees in finance and accounting from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. Before joining Asfalis, she worked as an independent accountant and financial analyst managing budgets for municipal governments and preparing tax returns for individuals and businesses. She plays a key role in hiring at Asfalis and describes herself as “an introvert who loves people.” LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/venus-arthur-b53388208 Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
9/23/202116 minutes, 5 seconds
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Recruiting Talent in Emergency Management

Episode 76: This week Vanessa talks with Justin Pierce, emergency management director at Los Angeles World Airports in L.A., about the challenges involved in finding the right people to fill positions in emergency management. Earlier this year, Justin published an article on his LinkedIn page called “Coffee Shop Thinking: Hiring the Next Emergency Managers.” Vanessa loved the article, and this was the starting point for their conversation. Justin said he was motivated to enter emergency management by the attacks of 9/11. Vanessa interviewed him about some of the issues surrounding hiring new people for emergency management positions that he discussed in his article. • When hiring someone to fill a vacancy, Justin said agencies should not seek to duplicate the skillset of the departing person but instead look for someone who can help them meet their most important goals of the next three to five years. • When he interviews job candidates, Justin looks for the intangibles of critical thinking, problem-solving, and a willingness to take the initiative. • For people trying to get started in emergency management, Justin suggests they get their foot in the door by joining a disaster aid organization, taking a free FEMA Independent Study (I.S.) course, or talking to their local fire or police chief. Justin also said he only recently discovered Business Resilience Decoded and that he thinks the podcast is “amazing.” Vanessa summed up the ideal attitude for a new hire in emergency management as, “Put me in, coach!” [LINKS MENTIONED] “Coffee Shop Thinking: Hiring the Next Emergency Managers,” by Justin Pierce at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coffee-shop-thinking-hiring-next-emergency-managers-justin-pierce FEMA Independent Study (I.S.) Training Courses: https://training.fema.gov/is/ Disaster Recovery Journal: • Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/. • Register for DRJ Fall 2021: A Virtual Experience at https://drj.com/fall2021/virtual/. Connect with the podcast! • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Justin Pierce, guest Justin Pierce is the director of emergency management at Los Angeles World Airports at the City of Los Angeles. He formerly worked for the Government of the District of Columbia as the deputy chief of the homeland security and preparedness division and executive director of the Fusion Center. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justincarrollpierce Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
9/9/202116 minutes, 22 seconds
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The 7 Deadly Sins of Exercises

Episode 75: This week’s podcast is all about sin. Vanessa’s guest is Rick Christ, a senior consultant at Crisis Prevention and Response, Inc., and a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner. Rick lays out his seven deadly sins of crisis management exercises. The sins are mistakes organizations commonly make in preparing for and conducting exercises to demonstrate their readiness to respond to a disaster. Vanessa draws Rick out on the details and asks what organizations can do to avoid committing the seven sins. Rick and Vanessa hit on these key points: • One problem with traditional crisis response is it is usually limited to response, leaving out such critical steps as prevention and mitigation. As Rick puts it: “After I break all your windows and fill your basement with water, I leave.” • Organizations don’t put enough effort into our Exercise Evaluation Guides. Rick says, “The difference between having fun with your toys and an exercise is measuring against your goal and recording that on your EEG.” • Too many organizations exercise specific scenarios rather than capabilities. As Vanessa says, “The crisis is insignificant; I don’t care how it happened. The issue is, it happened.” Rick also explains what he means by saying most organizations exercise too big and dream too small, and he and Vanessa bond over their shared connections to Virginia, his current home, and the state she grew up in. [LINKS MENTIONED] “The 7 Deadly Sins of Emergency Management,” presentation by former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRWfDFM19e8 DRJ Webinars: • Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/. • Register for the DRJ Fall 2021 conference in Phoenix at https://drj.com/fall2021/. • Register for DRJ Fall 2021: A Virtual Experience at https://drj.com/fall2021/virtual/. Connect with the podcast! • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Rick Christ, guest Rick Christ is a Senior Consultant at Crisis Prevention and Response, Inc., and a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner. He is a former firefighter who designs, delivers, and evaluates readiness exercises to improve resilience to all hazards. He has worked in wilderness search and rescue and led a strike team of human remains detection canines and their handlers in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickchristcpr Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
8/26/202118 minutes, 38 seconds
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After-Action Reports and the Blameless Postmortem Concept

Episode 74: After-Action Reports and the Blameless Postmortem Concept This week on the podcast Vanessa explores a new approach to an old tool with Justin Kates, the head of the Nashua (NH) Emergency Management Agency and president of the International Association of Emergency Managers, Region 1. The tool under discussion is the After-Action Report (AAR). Justin explains that in the past few years a new approach in preparing these reports has arisen as an alternative to the old approach, which was heavy on finger-pointing. He and Vanessa make the following key points: • The blameless postmortem concept, which was pioneered in the tech sector by companies like Google and Microsoft, encourages openness by putting the focus on improving things for the future. • A critical part of conducting a blameless postmortem is identifying the root cause of the emergency, something many emergency managers neglect to do. • Justin’s agency in New Hampshire has adopted the new approach as have many other emergency management agencies nationwide. • Two things an organization can do to determine if the blameless postmortem is right for them are: getting better at root-cause analysis and reading some of the resources on the concept prepared by Google and other organizations that are available for free on the Internet. On the lighter side, Justin talks about the surprising number of emergency exercises that fail because the organizers don’t feed the participants, and Vanessa reveals what she’s like when she gets “hangry.” Justin Kates • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kb3juv/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/kb3juv Asfalis Advisors: • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ DRJ: • Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/. • Register for the DRJ Fall 2021 conference in Phoenix at https://drj.com/fall2021/. • Register for DRJ Fall 2021: A Virtual Experience at https://drj.com/fall2021/virtual/. Connect with the podcast! • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
8/13/202114 minutes, 41 seconds
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Crisis Management With an Equity Lens

Episode 73: Crisis Management with an Equity Lens Vanessa is on her own and speaking truth to power in this episode on crisis management and the ongoing racial-justice crisis. Directing her remarks toward people responsible for diversity and inclusion at their organizations, as well as forward-thinking business continuity and risk management professionals, she lays out some of the key issues lying at the intersection of race and the business resilience profession. Her main points include the following: • Many organizations talk a good game about diversity and inclusion but don’t back it up with a written strategy or clear KPIs. • Many organizations say they want to diversify at senior levels, but their efforts to connect with minority professionals are half-hearted and misguided. • Even well-meaning organizations’ efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion are often hampered by weak execution, lack of budget, and the failure to hold anyone accountable when DEI goals go unmet. She also harks back to her days working as a business continuity professional in the aerospace industry and explains why you can’t find salmon in the pork section of the grocery store—and what this means for organizations’ efforts to be more diverse and inclusive. [LINKS MENTIONED] • “Managing the Racial Wealth Gap Crisis” – https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • “Achieving Resilience with Diversity and Inclusion” – https://continuityinsights.com/oct-4th-230-p-m-to-345-p-m-breakout-sessions/ DRJ Webinars: • Aug. 4: “Protecting the Anywhere Worker” –https://drj.com/webinars_main/august-4-2021-protecting-the-anywhere-worker/ • Aug. 11: “There’s a Fine Line Between Managing a Crisis and Mismanaging It” – https://drj.com/webinars_main/august-11-2021-theres-a-fine-line-between-managing-a-crisisand-mismanaging-it/ --- • Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/. • Register for the DRJ Fall 2021 conference in Phoenix at https://drj.com/fall2021/. • Register for DRJ Fall 2021: A Virtual Experience at https://drj.com/fall2021/virtual/. Connect with the podcast! • Email us at [email protected] • Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ • Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ • Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ • Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
7/29/20219 minutes, 25 seconds
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Recover and Reset - Navigating the Road to Resilience

Episode 72: ‘Reset and Recover: Navigating the Road to Resilience’ In this special extended edition of the podcast, Vanessa and guest cohost Jeni Bukolt, president and founder of Haven Creative, talk to three dynamic local leaders from around the country about how they have been helping their communities navigate the road to resilience following the public health and economic crises of the past year and a half. Panelists include: Bradley Ford, city manager of Waco, Texas Janet LaBar, president and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Lily Mei, mayor of Fremont, California The panelists talk about the priorities, policies, and partnerships they’ve leveraged to promote economic development and the overall health of their communities through the COVID-19 crisis. They also discuss how they’re reimagining and rebuilding for the future. Janet LaBar explains the power of social media and digital platforms in helping communities stay connected in times of crisis. Lily Mei emphasizes the importance of empathy and explains how her city has promoted resiliency by configuring three fire stations to run off the grid. Bradley Ford “drops the mic” (as Vanessa says) by describing how important it is local leaders “to put programs together, put money behind it, and go do it, for the betterment of the world.” Links mentioned: Road to Resilience Training Program: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/register/ Register for DRJ’s weekly (Wednesday) webinar series at https://drj.com/webinars/up-coming/. Register for the DRJ Fall 2021 conference in Phoenix at https://drj.com/fall2021/. Register for DRJ Fall 2021: A Virtual Experience at https://drj.com/fall2021/virtual/. Connect with the podcast! Email us at [email protected] Podcast Website: https://drj.com/decoded/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRDecoded LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/ Vanessa Mathews, host Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ Book Mathews as a speaker: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/public-speaking/ Asfalis Advisors: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/ Jeni Bukolt, cohost Jeni Bulot is the founder and president of Haven Creative, a community-branding agency based in Charlotte, NC, that specializes in developing strategic marketing and communications campaigns for governments and nonprofit organizations. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenibukolt Haven Creative: https://havencreativeagency.com/about/ Jon Seals, producer Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Disaster Recovery Journal: https://drj.com/
7/15/202153 minutes, 54 seconds
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Embracing Emerging Leadership

Episode 71: Doniella Mckoy of Health Partners Plans and University of Alaska Fairbanks Contact Doniella Mckoy at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doniella-mckoy/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
7/1/202114 minutes, 8 seconds
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2021 Business Continuity Employment Market

Episode 70: Cheyene Marling of BC Management Powered by Castellan Solutions Contact Cheyene Marling at: https://www.bcmanagement.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cheyenemarling/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
6/17/202118 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Myth of Best Practices

Episode 69: Dr. Cliff Thomas of Colorado State University and University of Denver Contact Cliff Thomas at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cliff-thomas-bizprofile/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
5/27/202114 minutes, 8 seconds
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Recovery In The Caribbean

Episode 68: Malcolm Reid of Brison LLC Contact Malcolm Reid at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/malcolmreidmba/ https://twitter.com/MalcolmBReid Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
5/13/202113 minutes, 24 seconds
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Using Technology For Global Planning

Episode 67: Anne-Marie McLaughlin of New York University Contact Anne-Marie McLaughlin at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anne-marie-mclaughlin-cem-cbcp-mep-68a1976/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
4/29/202113 minutes, 31 seconds
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Adventures in Water and Waste Water Utilities

Episode 66: Julia Halsne of East Bay Municipal Utility District Contact Julia Halsne at: [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/julia-halsne-0656503/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
4/13/202114 minutes, 35 seconds
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Diversity and Inclusion in Management Consulting

Episode 65: Cary Jasgur of Mazars Contact Cary Jasgur at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cary-jasgur-fbci-mbcp-pmp-9624673b/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
3/23/202110 minutes, 28 seconds
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Gender Diversity in IT and Disaster Recovery

Episode 64: Ray Holloman of HCA Healthcare Contact Ray Holloman at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rayholloman/ https://twitter.com/raymkholloman Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
3/8/202116 minutes, 51 seconds
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Elevating Risk Management

Episode 63: Diego Palacios of FM Global Contact Diego Palacios at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diego-palacios-9269169/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
2/25/202110 minutes, 28 seconds
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2020s Impact on the Hemp Industry

Episode 62: Matt Ziska of Charlotte's Web Contact Matt Ziska at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-ziska-ph-d-csp-chmm-cbcp-6b3496b3/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
2/8/202114 minutes, 35 seconds
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Discussion With an IT Leader in a Healthcare System

Episode 61: David Snyder of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Contact David Snyder at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/snydertech/ https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/ https://changeisyou.com/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
1/25/202114 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Importance of Non-Profit and Government Partnerships For Small Business Success

Episode 60: Kevin Dick of the Carolina Business Development Fund Contact Kevin Dick at: https://carolinasmallbusiness.org https://twitter.com/CarolinaSmBiz https://www.linkedin.com/company/carolina-small-business-development-fund/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
1/11/202114 minutes, 54 seconds
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Technology Leadership in Data Protection

Episode 59: Jerome Wendt of DCIG Contact Jerome Elliottt at: https://dcig.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerome-wendt-3430412/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
12/21/202013 minutes, 1 second
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The Importance of Research in Business Continuity

Episode 58: Rachael Elliott Contact Rachael Elliott at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachael-elliott-63735a/ https://www.thebci.org/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
12/7/202013 minutes, 16 seconds
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Employee Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Episode 57: Peter Steinfeld of AlertMedia Contact Peter Steinfeld at: [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-steinfeld/ Visit The Employee Safety Podcast at: https://www.alertmedia.com/podcast/ Subscribe on all podcast apps or connect with AlertMedia: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/3582832/ Twitter: @alertmedia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alrtmedia #TheEmployeeSafetyPodcast Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
11/6/202010 minutes, 27 seconds
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Planning A Virtual Conference

Episode 56: Lesley Vinyard of Disaster Recovery Journal Contact Lesley Vinyard at: [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesley-vinyard/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
10/22/202010 minutes, 34 seconds
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Important Issues Facing Campus Public Safety

Episode 55: Phillip Johnson of Phillip A. Johnson & Associates Contact Phillip Johnson at: [email protected] Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
10/8/202014 minutes, 1 second
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Transitioning From A Historically Black College and University To A Career In Emergency Management

Episode 54: Destiny Ruffin of Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency Contact Destiny Ruffin at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/destiny-ruffin-b3703456/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
9/18/202013 minutes, 29 seconds
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Newcomers and Business Continuity

Episode 53: Selma Coutinho of Ericsson Contact Selma Coutinho at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/selma-coutinho-mba-mbci-cbcp-6613169/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
9/3/202014 minutes, 58 seconds
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Equity as a Primary Focus of Leadership

Episode 52: Chauncia Willis of Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management Contact Chauncia Willis at: https://i-diem.org/ https://twitter.com/IDIEM_Global https://www.linkedin.com/in/chaunciawillis/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
8/19/202014 minutes, 56 seconds
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Part II: A 10-Step Guide For Governments To Help Small Businesses Survive A Crisis

Episode 51: Vanessa Mathews of Asfalis Advisors. Contact Vanessa Mathews at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ [email protected] https://twitter.com/VanessaVMathews Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
7/31/202014 minutes, 32 seconds
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Part I: A 10-Step Guide For Governments To Help Small Businesses Survive A Crisis

Episode 50: Vanessa Mathews of Asfalis Advisors. Contact Vanessa Mathews at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ [email protected] https://twitter.com/VanessaVMathews Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
7/16/202013 minutes, 57 seconds
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How To Communicate During Difficult Times

Episode 49: "How To Communicate During Difficult Times" with Jeni Bukolt of Haven Creative. Contact Jeni Bukolt at: https://havencreativeagency.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenibukolt/ https://twitter.com/MavenJeni Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
7/2/202014 minutes, 59 seconds
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How Do You Craft A Message You Can Sell?

Episode 48: "How Do You Craft A Message You Can Sell?" with Michael Reddington of InQuasive Inc. Contact Michael Reddington at: https://disciplinedlistening.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelreddingtoncfi/ https://twitter.com/mreddingtoncfi Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
6/18/202014 minutes, 39 seconds
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What Can You Do About Racism?

Episode 47: "What Can You Do About Racism?" with Vanessa Mathews of Asfalis Advisors. Contact Vanessa Mathews at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ [email protected] https://twitter.com/VanessaVMathews Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
6/3/202014 minutes, 9 seconds
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Behind-the-Scenes of the Business Resilience Decoded Rebranding

Episode 46: "Business Resilience Decoded Rebranding" with Vanessa Mathews of Asfalis Advisors and Jon Seals of Disaster Recovery Journal. Contact Vanessa Mathews at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-mathews-mba-cbcp-70916b4b/ [email protected] https://twitter.com/VanessaVMathews Contact Jon Seals at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
5/26/20208 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Fourth Line of Defense: A Relationship with Regulators

Episode 45: "The Fourth Line of Defense: A Relationship with Regulators" with Dan Newton of PNC Contact Dan Newton at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-newton-mbcp-mbci-7318b11/ Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com/decoded/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEIrqWlxuyDvkXB24h6Obw https://twitter.com/BRDecoded https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/business-resilience-decoded/
5/7/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Crisis Leadership

Episode 44: "Crisis Leadership" with Vanessa Vaughn Mathews and Jon Seals. Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
4/23/202014 minutes, 57 seconds
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Climate Change Resilience: A Business Imperative

Episode 43: "Climate Change Resilience: A Business Imperative" with Joyce Coffee of Climate Resilience Consulting. Contact Joyce Coffee at: https://www.climateresilienceconsulting.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/joycecoffee/ [email protected] Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
4/10/202032 minutes, 14 seconds
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20 Years in the Making

Episode 42: "20 Years in the Making" with Cheyene Marling and Alicia Stevens of BC Management, Powered by Avalution Contact Cheyene Marling and Alicia Stevens at: https://www.bcmanagement.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/cheyenemarling/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/aliciastevensbcm/ https://twitter.com/bc_management Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
3/26/202017 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Intersection of Reputation Management and Resilience

Episode 41: "The Intersection of Reputation Management and Resilience" with James Donnelly of M Booth.. Contact James Donnelly at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesjdonnelly/ https://twitter.com/jamesjdonnelly http://www.mbooth.com Blog post mentioned: https://www.mbooth.com/blog/the-five-tiers-of-brand-resilience/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
3/12/202024 minutes, 36 seconds
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Responding to the COVID-19 Outbreak with Dr. Lisa Koonin

Episode 40: "Responding to the COVID-19 Outbreak" with Dr. Lisa Koonin of Health Preparedness Partners. Contact Lisa Koonin at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-koonin-a4a3a410/ https://www.healthpreparednesspartners.com Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
2/28/202012 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Power of Stories

Episode 39: "The Power of Stories" with Jacinthe Galpin of The Risktory Podcast. Contact Jacinthe Galpin at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacintheagalpin/ https://twitter.com/RisktoryPodcast http://www.risktorypodcast.com/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
2/13/202019 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Art of Relationships with Damian Walch

Episode 38: "The Art of Relationships" with Damian Walch of Deloitte Advisory. Contact Damian Walch at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/damianwalch/ https://twitter.com/dnwalch https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/services/advisory.html Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
2/3/202028 minutes, 43 seconds
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What Has Risen To The Level Of Concern?

Episode 37: "What Has Risen To The Level Of Concern?" with Philip Bigge of Continuity Logic. Contact Philip Bigge at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philipbigge/ https://twitter.com/philbigge https://www.continuitylogic.com/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
1/17/202029 minutes, 54 seconds
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What If Your Ladder Is Against The Wrong Wall?

Episode 36: "What If Your Ladder Is Against The Wrong Wall?" with James Green of SAI Global. Contact James Green at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesegreen/ https://twitter.com/TheJamesGreen https://www.saiglobal.com Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
1/7/202025 minutes, 29 seconds
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Contingency Planning for Airports

Episode 35: "Contingency Planning for Airports" with Yumiko Sato of Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. and Noriyuki Sakamoto of Tokio Marine & Nichido Risk Consulting Co., Ltd. Contact Yumiko Sato at: [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/yumiko-sato-52ab11186/ Contact Noriyuki Sakamoto at: [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/noriyuki-sakamoto-bb1b34186/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
12/19/201914 minutes, 32 seconds
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Birds of a Feather: Rules and Regulations

Episode 34: "Birds of a Feather: Rules and Regulations" with Robbie Atabaigi of KPMG. Contact Robbie Atabaigi at: [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/robbie-atabaigi-65b3461/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
12/5/201919 minutes, 47 seconds
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Competencies to be a Leader in Organizational Resilience

Episode 33: "Competencies to be a Leader in Organizational Resilience" with Lynnda Nelson of ICOR. Contact Lynnda Nelson at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynnda-nelson-7817206/ https://www.build-resilience.org/ https://twitter.com/theicororg Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
11/21/201925 minutes, 49 seconds
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Resiliency in Higher Education

Episode 32: "Resiliency in Higher Education" with Melanie Lucht of Carnegie Mellon University. Contact Melanie Lucht at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melanie-lucht-mbcp-mbci-cic-ccm-3526758/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
11/8/201918 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Need To Establish Public & Private Partnerships

Episode 31: "The Need To Establish Public/Private Partnerships" with Dan Schreiter of Kwik Trip, Inc. Contact Dan Schreiter at: (608) 793-6394 [email protected] https://www.kwiktrip.com/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
10/24/201917 minutes, 53 seconds
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Preview of Upcoming Guests from DRJ Fall 2019

Episode 30: "Preview of Upcoming Guests from DRJ Fall 2019" with Vanessa Vaughn Mathews and Jon Seals. Vanessa and Jon discuss the first series of upcoming guests recorded at DRJ Fall 2019 in Phoenix: Dan Schreiter, Robbie Atabaigi, Melanie Lucht, Yumiko Sato and Noriyuke Sakamoto, Lynnda Nelson, and Damian Walch. This discussion was filmed for possible release on YouTube. James Green and Philip Bigge were added to the slate of interviews in Phoenix after this recording, so they were not discussed. We're looking forward to releasing both of those interviews in the coming months as well. Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
10/11/201912 minutes, 24 seconds
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Preparing for DRJ Fall 2019 in Phoenix

Episode 29: "Preparing for DRJ Fall 2019 in Phoenix" with Bob Arnold, Patti Fitzgerald, Rose Chotrow, and Jon Seals. Contact DRJ staff members at: https://www.drj.com https://twitter.com/drjournal https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-arnold-209b078/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/pattifitzgerald/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/rose-chotrow-987a5a10/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
9/16/201915 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Future of Safety and Emergency Response

Episode 28: "The Future of Safety and Emergency Response" with Greg Artzt of Punch Technologies, Inc. Contact Greg Artzt at: https://www.punchalert.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregartzt/ https://twitter.com/PunchTech Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
8/29/201925 minutes, 57 seconds
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Entrepreneurship in Business Continuity

Episode 27: "Entrepreneurship in Business Continuity" with Laura Toplis of BCP Builder. Contact Laura Toplis at: https://www.bcpbuilder.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-toplis/ https://twitter.com/BCPBuilder Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
8/16/20198 minutes, 18 seconds
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Disruptive Innovation and Design Thinking with David Phillips

Episode 26: "Disruptive Innovation and Design Thinking" with David Phillips of Faster Glass. Contact David Phillips at: https://www.fasterglass.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillipsjdavid/ https://twitter.com/FasterGlass Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
8/1/201918 minutes, 59 seconds
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Organizational Resiliency and Technology

Episode 25: "Organizational Resiliency and Technology" with Alice Kaltenmark of The Business Continuity Institute. Contact Alice Kaltenmark at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicekaltenmark/ https://www.thebci.org Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
7/18/201923 minutes, 16 seconds
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Soft Skills with Brian Zawada and Cheyene Marling

Episode 24: "Soft Skills" with Brian Zawada of Avalution Consulting and Cheyene Marling of BC Management. Contact Brian Zawada at: https://avalution.com https://twitter.com/Avalution https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianzawada/ https://twitter.com/brianzawada Contact Cheyene Marling at: http://www.bcmanagement.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/cheyenemarling/ https://twitter.com/bc_management Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
7/15/201932 minutes, 31 seconds
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Civil Unrest and Employees

Episode 23: "Civil Unrest and Employees" with Terri Howard of FEI Behavioral Health. Contact Terri Howard at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/terri-howard-2a34757/ https://www.feinet.com Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
6/20/201914 minutes, 26 seconds
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Hacks for Managing Stress

Episode 22: "Stress Hacks" with Heidi Hanna, Ph.D., of Synergy and The American Institute of Stress. Contact Dr. Heidi Hanna at: https://heidihanna.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidihanna/ https://twitter.com/heidihanna Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
6/6/201934 minutes, 20 seconds
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Crisis Communications, Business Continuity, and Emergency Notifications

Episode 21: "Crisis Communications, Business Continuity, and Emergency Notifications" with Ann Pickren of OnSolve. Contact Ann Pickren at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annpickren/ https://www.onsolve.com https://twitter.com/OnSolve Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
5/28/201916 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ethics in Cybersecurity

Episode 20: "Ethics in Cybersecurity" with Gwen White of Xavier University. Contact Gwen White at: [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/gwenwhite/ https://twitter.com/grdw2011 Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
5/9/201913 minutes, 12 seconds
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High Performing Business Continuity Programs

Episode 19: "High Performing Business Continuity Programs" with Rob Giffin of Avalution Consulting. Contact Rob Giffin at: [email protected] linkedin.com/in/robgiffin https://avalution.com Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
4/18/201933 minutes, 25 seconds
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Preview of Upcoming Podcasts Recorded at DRJ Spring 2019

Episode 18: "Preview of Upcoming Podcasts Recorded at DRJ Spring 2019" with Jon Seals of DRJ and Vanessa Vaughn of Asfalis Advisors. Contact Jon Seals at: [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ Contact Vanessa Vaughn at: https://www.asfalisadvisors.com https://twitter.com/MsV_Vaughn https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-cbcp-70916b4b/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
4/4/20199 minutes, 11 seconds
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Optimizing Your Multi-Tier Recovery Strategy

Episode 17: "Optimizing Your Multi-Tier Recovery Strategy" with Joseph George of Sungard Availability Services. Contact Joseph George at: https://www.sungardas.com/en/ https://twitter.com/SungardAS https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-george-33408b2/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
3/14/201910 minutes, 13 seconds
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Crisis Communications For Public Libraries

Episode 16: "Crisis Communications For Public Libraries" with Cordelia Anderson of Cordelia Anderson Consulting. Contact Cordelia Anderson at: https://www.cordeliaandersonapr.com https://twitter.com/CordeliaBA https://www.facebook.com/cordeliaandersonconsulting/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cordeliaanderson/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
3/6/201923 minutes, 21 seconds
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Adaptive Business Continuity

Episode 15: "Adaptive Business Continuity" with Mark Armour of Brink's. Contact Mark Armour at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markarmour/ https://twitter.com/BC_Revolution https://www.adaptivebcp.org Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
2/15/201924 minutes, 36 seconds
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Vendor Malpractice

Episode 14: "Vendor Malpractice" with Vicky McKim of Aureon Consulting. Contact Vicky McKim at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vicky-mckim-afbci-mbcp-crmp-027ab12a/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
1/31/201921 minutes, 40 seconds
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Transforming and Strengthening Your Organization's Cyber Resilience

Episode 13: "Transforming and Strengthening Your Organization's Cyber Resilience Through Operational Effectiveness, Change Management, and Business Continuity" with Ria Aiken of the City of Atlanta. Contact Ria Aiken at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/riaaiken/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
1/18/201928 minutes, 32 seconds
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Leveraging Your BCM Program in Cyber Security Incident Response

Episode 12: "Leveraging Your BCM Program in Cyber Security Incident Response" with Ramesh Warrier of eBRP Solutions. Contact Ramesh Warrier at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rameshwarrier/ https://twitter.com/DRWarrior https://ebrp.net Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
1/8/201917 minutes, 53 seconds
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Advisory Boards, Resources, and Business Continuity Career Development

Episode 11: "Advisory Boards, Resources, and Business Continuity Career Development" with Colleen Huber of Nelnet. Contact Colleen Huber at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-huber-mbcp-crmp-cbrm-mbci-a2460810/ https://www.drj.com/about/editorial-advisory-board.html https://www.drj.com/resources/dr-rules-regulations.html https://www.drj.com/resources/drj-glossary-of-business-continuity-terms.html Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
12/20/20189 minutes, 54 seconds
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If I Knew Then What I Know Now...

Episode 10: "If I Knew Then What I Know Now" with Steve Goldman of Steve Goldman Associates and MIT. Contact Steve Goldman at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-goldman-5668844/ http://www.stevegoldmanassociates.com https://professional.mit.edu/programs/short-programs/crisis-management Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
12/7/201818 minutes, 21 seconds
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Managing Business Resiliency via Geographic Redundancy Strategies

Episode 9: "Managing Business Resiliency via Geographic Redundancy Strategies" with Michele Turner of Amazon. Contact Michele Turner at: https://twitter.com/michelelturner https://www.linkedin.com/in/michele-l-turner-mbcp-fbci-cisa-crisc-311600/ Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
11/20/201818 minutes, 34 seconds
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How Are We Maturing As An Industry?

Episode 8: "How Are We Maturing As An Industry?" with Michael Herrera of MHA Consulting and BCMMetrics. Contact Michael Herrera at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miherrera/ https://twitter.com/mhaconsulting https://www.mha-it.com https://bcmmetrics.com Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
11/9/201816 minutes, 45 seconds
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Growing Up In Disaster Recovery with Bob Arnold

Episode 7: "Growing Up In Disaster Recovery" with Bob Arnold, president of Disaster Recovery Journal. Contact Bob Arnold at: [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-arnold-209b078/ https://www.drj.com Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
10/26/20186 minutes, 18 seconds
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Building An Engaging Program with Tracey Forbes Rice of Fusion Risk Management

Episode 6: "Building An Engaging Program" with Tracey Forbes Rice of Fusion Risk Management. Contact Tracey Forbes Rice at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/traceyrforbes/ https://twitter.com/TForbesRice https://www.fusionrm.com Business Resilience Decoded: www.drj.com/decoded/ twitter.com/BRDecoded
10/11/201814 minutes, 48 seconds
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Introducing the DRJ Fall 2018 Podcast Recordings

Episode 5 - "Introduction" with Vanessa Vaughn of Asfalis Advisors and Jon Seals of Disaster Recovery Journal. ... This is the first release of episodes recorded at DRJ Fall 2018 in Phoenix. We had several technical difficulties for our first set of face-to-face interviews so the audio quality isn't nearly as good as we had hoped. (Please bear with us. We already have new equipment ready to go for the next face-to-face interviews in March.) ... We're releasing a regular episode with Tracey Forbes-Rice at the same time with more business continuity content. We just thought we'd take this time to introduce ourselves to our listeners. Contact Vanessa Vaughn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-vaughn-cbcp-70916b4b/ https://www.asfalisadvisors.com https://twitter.com/MsV_Vaughn Contact Jon Seals at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonseals/ [email protected] https://twitter.com/drjournal https://www.drj.com Business Resilience Decoded: https://www.drj.com/decoded/ https://twitter.com/BRDecoded
10/11/201814 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Importance of Emotional Intelligence and Crisis Management

Episode 4: "The Importance of Emotional Intelligence and Crisis Management" with Keith Frederick of Duke Clinical Research Institute at Duke University. Contact Frederick at https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithfrederick/.
9/19/201810 minutes, 26 seconds
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Racing With Blindspots

Episode 3: "Racing With Blindspots" with Mike Mooney of Mooney Consulting Group. For more information, visit https://www.mikemooney.com - https://twitter.com/Mike_Mooney - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-mooney-0a242b4/
9/14/201819 minutes, 18 seconds
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America's Talent Pipeline – People Continuity

Episode 2: "America's Talent Pipeline – People Continuity" with Cheyene Marling of Firestorm People Solutions. Website: https://www.firestorm.com/home/firestorm-verticals/people-solutions/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cheyenemarling/
9/4/201810 minutes, 31 seconds
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Developing a Successful Crisis Management Program

Episode 1: "Developing a Successful Crisis Management Program" with Regina Phelps of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions. Website: https://ems-solutionsinc.com LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/reginaphelps/
9/4/201820 minutes, 52 seconds