2017 Program

This annual event includes three days of conference education in the form of individual speaker forums, idea exchanges, plenary sessions and more. Special events include a competition for innovative ideas in resiliency, new attractions and demonstration areas in the exhibit hall and more.

Concurrent Speaker Forums

These daily interactive sessions range in length from 60 to 90 minutes and feature the brightest minds and top-level professionals. Engage with the session leaders in an intimate setting to create a dynamic, collaborative learning experience. Topics will include: Community & Social Cohesion, Leadership + Strategy, Risk + Economy, and Technology & Innovation.

Idea Exchanges

For attendees wanting to dive into key resilience issues on a deeper level–with speakers, experts and fellow participants—be sure to join the Idea Exchanges on Tuesday, March 7th (1:00-2:00), Wednesday, March 8th (8:30-10:00) and Thursday, March 9th (10:30-Noon). The facilitated-dialogue format of the Idea Exchange will utilize case studies as anchors for smaller group discussions in order for attendees to share their own resilience building experiences, learn from peers, and engage in conversations outside of the traditional session format.

NOLA Learning Laboratory (limited participation; special sign-up and additional fee required)

Over the last decade, New Orleans has become a laboratory for advancing the global practice of resilience, embracing its changing environment, diversifying and strengthening its economy and seeking solutions to build community and social cohesion amongst its residents. Hosted by GNO, Inc and Building Resilience Workshop, on this tour with regional leaders from urban planning, water management, and disaster planning sectors, attendees will visit projects around the city practicing revolutionary work. This site-specific tour will highlight concentrated efforts to redesign the natural environment, encourage neighborhood revitalization and urban corridor planning.

Specific stops will include visits to:

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from these leaders as they discuss their successes, challenges, lessons learned and much more!

Thought Leadership Forum (limited participation; special sign-up required)

For communities impacted by disasters and crises, collective action is essential to assessing, building and implementing resilience strategies in order to achieve tangible outcomes. This exclusive thought leadership program will center on the necessary role of the private sector in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery at the national, regional and global levels. This session will profile leading practice and provide a forum for interactive dialogue between the private sector, Government, civil society and the international community. The facilitated discussion will focus on areas where innovative approaches to private sector engagement have proven to be successful models for strengthening resilience.

Economic Resilience Workshop (limited participation; special sign-up required)

The resilience of local economies is integral to every aspect of disaster recovery. However, even in the absence of a disaster preparing for economic resilience can generate near-term sustainability. This workshop builds capacity in economic resilience for emergency managers, economic developers, and other stakeholders who are responsible for the protection and growth of local economies. It provides tools and methods for increasing economic resilience, and case studies of successful implementations in both North America and internationally.


Conference participants will receive a summary, providing an overview of discussion outputs and making recommendations identified in the RES/CON forums. Delivery of the final report will enable conference participants, government and private sector organizations as well as research, professional, and academic institutions to leverage the report’s data and recommendations in their work.