Summit on Resilience

2012 Conference Schedule

January 11, 2012
9:00AM-4:00PM, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038


Registration - Refreshments will be provided.


Welcome and Conference Introduction
Stephen J. Friedman, President, Pace University


Opening Address
Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations


Panel 1 – Private Sector Challenges and Opportunities

When should you put your resources to work? What support can or should you expect from the government?

Moderated by Stephen J. Friedman, President, Pace University

Controlling more than 90% of the critical infrastructure, the private sector plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of not only their business, but also their workforce, customer base, and the surrounding community. Engage with peers and leaders in the field to ensure your organization is at the cutting edge of new practices and technologies that will give you the critical tools you need to prepare, respond, and recover from disaster.




Panel 2 – Public Sector Approaches

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?

Moderated by Philip J. Palin, Director, Private Sector Integration, Center for Homeland Defense and Security

Experts and decision-makers in preparedness at the city, state, and national levels share decades of first-hand experience preparing, responding, and recovering from disaster.  From infrastructural challenges, to policies and procedures, to navigating the local, regional, and national landscape, join leaders in the field for a riveting discussion on emerging practices and lessons learned.


Keynote Luncheon featuring The Honorable Tom Ridge, First US Secretary of Homeland Security and President and CEO, Ridge Global


Media Synthesis

Join Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, renowned journalist, and author of “Dot Earth” blog for The New York Times Andrew Revkin for a unique perspective on the day’s events and the impact of media on response and recovery.


Panel 3 - Public-Private Partnerships: The Secret to Success

The right partnership, with the right people, at the right time, can be crucial to success – and never more so when facing a critical event for your company or community.

Moderated by Rose M. Littlejohn, Managing Director, National Operations and CTE, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Get inside tips from chief security officers on emerging practices – what works and what doesn’t – when developing a working partnership between the public and private sectors.


The Future of the Field: Open Panel and Q&A

What are the emerging trends in the field?  What does current research show?  What happens next?

Hear an academic synthesis of the day’s events and ask hard-hitting questions of our panelists.


Closing Remarks

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