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Rethinking Readiness Book Launch

August 11, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us for the launch of Rethinking Readiness, by Jeff Schlegelmilch, which offers an expert introduction to human-made threats and vulnerabilities, with a focus on opportunities to reimagine how we approach disaster preparedness.

Introduction:
– Ruth Defries, University Professor; Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

Speakers:
– Jeff Schlegelmilch, Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, the Earth Institute
– Chloe Demrovsky, President and CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute International

Jeff Schlegelmilch is a Research Scholar and the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. In this role he oversees the operations and strategic planning for the center. Before becoming director, he served as the center’s deputy director for more than five years. He also oversees projects related to the practice and policy of disaster preparedness, including the multi-award winning Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative. His areas of expertise includes public health preparedness, community resilience and the integration of private and public sector capabilities. Prior his role at Columbia, he was the Manager for the International and Non-Healthcare Business Sector for the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. He was also previously an epidemiologist and emergency planner for the Boston Public Health Commission. He has advised leaders on preparedness systems and policy at all levels of government. He is an Opinion Contributor with The Hill and is frequently utilized as a subject matter expert for numerous media outlets.

Chloe Demrovsky is the President and CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute International, the oldest and largest nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity, disaster recovery, cyber resilience and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI has certified 15,000+ resilience professionals in 100+ countries and at 95 percent of Fortune 100 companies. In her previous role as Executive Director, she led DRI to a record number of certified professionals with a 42% increase and oversaw the launch of a number of valuable initiatives including the DRI Online Library, the Collegiate Conference Program, the DRI Webinar Program, the Future Vision Thinktank, a new risk management training and certification program, the launch of DRI’s premier organizational certification, and the most substantive revision of DRI’s core training program in the history of the organization. She designed DRI’s international market development strategy operating in over 50 countries. During her tenure, DRI’s conference reached a record level of attendance and the organization launched a series of new committees dedicated to better serving the industry’s diverse needs including Women in Business Continuity, Young Leaders in Resilience, and the Veterans’ Outreach Program. She built the relationship with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, is a Board Director for the DRI Foundation, and a Certified Business Continuity Vendor (CBCV). She is a senior Forbes contributor, has appeared on Bloomberg TV, MSNBC and Fox and has served as an expert source for The Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, Conde Nast Traveler, ABC News and more. She has presented at dozens of events across four continents, is a Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities Subject Matter Advisor, and served as an editor for the 2017 verversion of The Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management and the coordinator for the first International Glossary for Resiliency. She is an adjunct professor at New York University, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a US-Japan Foundation Scott M. Johnson Fellow and a French-American Foundation 2019-20 Young Leader. She holds a Master’s of Science in International Business from New York University, a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and speaks four languages. Follow her @ChloeDemrovsky.

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