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In-person events are hosted by member companies at their sites, those meetings rotate around the greater Indianapolis area. Virtual events are most often open to everyone, but sometimes require you register in advance.

If your company would like to host an in-person event please reach out to us. If you are a vendor you can also host an event and/or a lunch-and-learn before the group meeting (if you host a lunch you'll have an opportunity to discuss your product, showcase your facility, or service).

If you are a first time guest attendee registration is free. If you attend multiple events we ask that you consider joining our group and enjoy even more benefits. We look forward to meeting you at our next educational event! 

Upcoming events

    • May 07, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • May 15, 2021
    • (EDT)

    From Continuity & Resilience (CORE)

    The window for the free access to the recordings of our March 2021 Summit will close in a few days.

    You may be aware that our Online Global Resilience Summit was held on March 17-18.  A number of our speakers for this summit were Global BCM Heads, DRI or BCI Awards winners and Lifetime Achievement winners and finalists, Hall of Fame winners, BCM Book authors – and others!

    Although, participation in this event was on payment, the purpose of this mail is to provide complimentary VIP access  to entities who may have been keen but were unable to join the event due to budget or other reasons. Through this free access, you would be able to see recordings of most of the sessions.

    Kindly let us know by return email latest tomorrow, and if possible even today, so that we can set up the free access login for you. Offer open while stocks last. The system will be disbanded on May 15.

    By the way, we have already announced our next Global online Summit to be held on Aug 25-26 2021. For now, please do block your diary! On that, we hope to be in touch with you later.

    Below are some of the March 2021 session recordings which you can see via this VIP access (you should be able to see at least 40+ sessions): 





    Edna Conway – Chief Security & Risk Officer, Azure – Microsoft

    The Security and Resilience architecture in intelligent  Cloud Platforms


    Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan – Former IMF Chief Economist and ex-Central Bank Governor

    Financial Resilience


    Steve Mellish – Past Chair of the Business Continuity Institute (2 Terms) and BCI Director (12 years)

    Food for thought - how Supermarket Business Continuity  has contributed to Societal resilience


    Lyndon Bird – Chief Knowledge Officer – DRI International (Disaster Recovery Institute)

    Home working or smart working?


    Katherine Whitaker – Head of Business Continuity & Resilience – Nestlé

    Can Data Visualization Help Drive Resilience?


    Flick March – Security and Resilience Director – IBM Europe

    Cyber resilience - how to fail gracefully!


    Roger SELS – Vice President Solutions – Blackberry EMEA

    How to Harness the Power of AI to Streamline the Cyber Resilience of your Business.


    Mark Armour – Author “Adaptive BCP” Global Director of BCM – Brink’s, USA

    The Adaptive approach - thinking differently about Business Continuity


    Pompy Das – Director, Asia Head of Operations Resilience – Barclays

    The Amazing Barclays BCM Story


    Sarah Garrington – BC Manager – Irwin Mitchell

    Business Continuity and Resilience in legal firms and professional services


    Virag Shah – Global Head of BCM – Hitachi Vantara 

    Planning a Cyber-Security simulation exercise


    Marzia Haenen – Business Resilience Tooling Lead – Direct Line Insurance

    The Value of BCM Automation Software


    Kersi Porbunderwalla – CEO,  E-Compliance Academy, a division of Copenhagen Compliance

    Learn how to enhance corporate value and reputation through GDPR Compliance


    Michael Botnik – Chairman & Founder – CyberHook, Israel

    Resilience through Automatic Cyber Defence and Attack Solutions – EDR &BAS


    Paul Gant – Continuity Logic

    Discover 4 different approaches to conducting a BIA


    Vanessa Thurlwell – Knowledge Management Expert – Mondial Consultants

    How can Knowledge Management strengthen BCM and make an organization truly resilient


    John Graddon – Business Resilience Manager - Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in conversation with Julie Goddard – FBCI Founder – Humanex Resilience

    Agility During COVID-19 - How the UK's Solicitor's Regulation Authority showed BCM Leadership during the pandemic


    Steve Yates – BCI Founder Member & Chair, Resilience Association – Acertia

    Business Continuity Planning for the biggest show in town


    Chittaranjan Kajwadker  – Winner of BCI Global Industry personality of the year – Continuity and Resilience

    Disaster Recovery post COVID-19


    Chris Miller – Winner of Australasia Industry personality of the year – B4 Crisis

    We have the COVID vaccines. What next for Business Continuity?

    • May 17, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • May 21, 2021
    • (EDT)

    Theme: ‘Business continuity starts with you’

    What is it: The Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) campaign was designed by the BCI to help organizations across the globe to raise internal awareness of the importance of business continuity, its basic and essential best practices, and how to embed it within the organizational culture. In the last few years, the campaign has explored new themes and expanded in new and trending topics, but for this year we are taking it right back to the start. The pandemic and its consequent disruptions have shed a light (once again!) on how important it is for businesses, of any size and in any industry sector, to have business continuity plans in place. BCI research has also showed that organizations with business continuity plans in place were able to respond to the pandemic much more effectively compared to those without business continuity measures in place. But the pandemic has also demonstrated that business continuity is not just a ‘plan’; it is a process, a collaborative discipline that involves everyone within an organization – and not just one individual. Business continuity works best when employees are engaged and aware of their organization’s plans in case of a crisis; when they know how to behave to mitigate risks and threats; and when they know how to react to certain situations. Business continuity starts with each member of staff, from top to bottom.

    Videos, Posters and More can be found at: Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2021 | BCI (thebci.org)




    Business Continuity Institute USA Chapter

    • June 08, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://expedient.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwoceGurzsqHddLyZw9wvnhcFvV5BaEUI3w

    Stay Tuned - we are working on our agenda and speakers

    Castellan’s COO Brian Zawada announces the release of his debut book, The Business Continuity Operating System (BCOS). Throughout the book, Zawada explores how to strengthen the seven core elements that differentiate a high-performing business continuity program from an under-performing one. (Photo: Business Wire)

    • Business Meeting incl election of officers if not previously done online
    • Feature Presentation followed by Q&A time

    An Introduction to the Business Continuity Operating System (BCOS)

    Please join us in June to learn about the BCOS, and how it can help you and your organization do what the best do differently to achieve success! We’re very excited to have the author, Brian Zawada, join with us virtually to share what the book is about, why he wrote it, and what it is about the BCOS that will work for any organization, regardless of size. 

    Brian Zawada is the Chief Operating Officer for Castellan Solutions, a firm specializing in business continuity and operational resilience program design, implementation and continual improvement delivered via consulting, software and staffing services.

    Prior to being acquired by Castellan, Brian was the co-founder and the Chief Visionary Officer for Avalution Consulting. Over the past 25 years, Brian has actively managed internal business continuity programs and consulted with public and private sector organizations of all sizes, helping them not only design and implement world-class business continuity programs, but also effectively use their response and recovery strategies to minimize impact when faced with a disruption.  In early 2019, Brian and the Avalution team pooled their collective experiences and formally introduced the Business Continuity Operating System (BCO) to help organizations achieve – and sustain – the right level of resilience.

    Outside of his work with Castellan and its clients, Brian previously served as the Head of the United States Delegation to ISO Technical Committee 223, the authors of ISO 22301. Brian contributed to ISO 22301 and led the project team that created ISO 22317, the business impact analysis standard, and ISO 22331, the business continuity strategy determination standard. Brian is also a frequent author and speaker, currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of Continuity Insights magazine. Brian also previously served as the Business Continuity Institute US Chapter Board President.

    Brian is certified as a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute.


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