If the United States is the lifeblood of the global economy, New York City is its heartbeat. Home to over a half-million employees, the Big Apple is the epicenter of the nation's finest businesses and industries, something we at Continuity Centers are keenly aware of, having many clients in the city that never sleeps.
To steal another line from the great Frank Sinatra, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere, which is why thousands of New York-based business owners are expected to attend the annual Continuity Insights Conference next month. However, entrepreneurs from around the country – not to mention the world – are also highly encouraged to attend.
"The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel will be the place to be for advice on overcoming today's challenges, from cyberspace to natural disasters and more."
What is it?
On Oct. 13-14, the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, will play host to the annual Continuity Insights gathering, which over the years has drawn household name companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, T. Rowe Price, Time Warner Cable, Tiffany & Co., Reader's Digest and even the New York Yankees. And yes, this includes Continuity Centers, as we'll be in attendance to provide invaluable information on how to roll with the punches and be truly recoverable when adversity rears its ugly head.
Over the two-day period – which is actually three days if you include the pre-conference workshop that kicks off at 9 a.m. on Oct. 12 – participants will be peppered with news and information they can put into practical use as soon as they get back to their home turf.
Why you should be there
If you take a look at the agenda that's scheduled, you'll see just how eventful this year's Continuity Insights will be, which is why we here at Business Continuity Centers are honored to be a part of once again. After a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at in the Wyndham New Yorker's grand ballroom, the proceedings keynote speaker will kick things off. Jeff Parness, founder and executive director of the New York Says Thank You Foundation will discuss how companies the charitable organization has worked with have bounced back when faced with adversity. He'll also discuss some of the lesser-known perks of corporate volunteerism.
Following his speech, two more presentations are on tap, each delving into the ins and outs of business continuity. All of the workshops are roughly 60 minutes in length, immediately followed by 15-minute breaks so attendees have time to stretch their legs a bit and converse with friends, coworkers and acquaintances. If you're planning on going and haven't already come by to see us at this point, please do. We'll be at booth No. 17.
"Disaster recovery is critical to overcoming business interruptions …no matter what form they come in."
No stone left unturned
Continuity planning is essential because hardships can come in a variety of forms, not just natural disasters. This is something Continuity Centers knows full well. As such, weather-related catastrophes won't be the only topic at hand during the mid-October mixer. Other issues that will be on the docket include how to manage public relations in a social media world, cyber warfare and how to be protected from it, as well as the legal side of crisis management, a major issue in today's increasingly litigious society. This is a topic that will be tackled by Stephen Williger, partner in business litigation for the Cleveland-based law firm Thompson Hine.
From IT disaster recovery to professional development, crisis management to compliance issues, you'll be hard-pressed to find an issue that's not covered at this year's Continuity Insights Conference. We're looking forward to being there to share, teach and inspire, as we're all in this better business building challenge together!