Summit on Resilience Retrospect

The summit may be over, but the discussion has just begun. Watch highlights of the event including UN Special Representative Margareta Wahlström and the Honorable Tom Ridge.

“We need to put life-sustaining commodities on the ground for 1.5 million people in 72 hours. How are we going to do that?” posited David J. Kaufman, Director of Policy and Program Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, at Pace’s Summit on Resilience, January 11, 2012. “And that’s not ‘we FEMA,’ and that’s not ‘we the Feds,’ that’s ‘we as a nation.’”

This was just one among many questions and issues explored last month as Pace University partnered with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security to present the Summit on Resilience, a one-day summit focused on the involvement and partnership of the public and private sectors after disaster. The summit featured guest speakers Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations and the Honorable Tom Ridge, President and CEO of Ridge Global and the First United States Secretary of Homeland Security.

In addition, three panels comprising experts and decision-makers from both sectors—including Ivan G. Seidenberg, retired CEO and Chairman of the Board of Verizon, Joseph F. Bruno of the New York City Office of Emergency Management, and security expert Bonnie S. Michelman, as well as many others—discussed the changing model of recover after disaster and the interdependence needed for communities to recover.

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Summit on Resilience

If disaster strikes, are the public and private sector ready to work together to recover? Join Pace University and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security for this important one-day seminar.

If disaster strikes, what is the best way to rebuild communities, reinforce infrastructure, and keep business running smoothly? Where do the government and private sector converge and collide throughout this process? Where do each sector’s responsibilities lie in the quest for resiliency?

On Wednesday, January 11, 2012, Pace University will partner with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security to bring us an important one-day seminar that seeks to answer these and other critical questions. Keynote speakers include the Honorable Tom Ridge, first Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security and Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reductions within the United Nations.

You can join more than 20 international experts and hundreds of security professionals at this one-of-a kind event. Panelists include top executives and security experts from FEMA, Verizon, JetBlue, Target, the City of Los Angeles, and more in a day devoted to answering critical questions including:

  • When should the private sector put their resources to work?
  • What support can or should businesses and communities expect from the government?
  • What is government’s role after the humanitarian and law enforcement stage is over?
  • Should they just “get out of the way,” or play a strong central planning role?
  • How does the media cover disaster and what impact does it have on response and recovery?

For more information regarding the development of the Summit and panelist information, please see the Pace University press release.

Want to attend the Summit on Resilience? Click here to register. Early bird rates in effect until December 15.