2016 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 45 to 60 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: Emergency Management, Social Vulnerability, Communications in Disasters, Technology & Innovation, Business/Industry, and more.

Idea Exchanges

For attendees wanting to dive into key resiliency issues on a deeper level–with speakers, experts and fellow participants—be sure to join the Idea Exchanges on Wednesday, March 2nd (9:15-10:00) and Thursday, March 3rd (11:15-noon).  The facilitated-dialogue format of the Idea Exchange will provide an opportunity for a diversity of practitioners attending RES/CON to engage directly with panelists and one another to share their own resiliency experiences, learn from peers, and engage in conversations outside of the traditional session format.  Featuring key thought leaders and experienced facilitators, the Idea Exchange is the opportune time to share, learn and network during RES/CON.

Global Resiliency Forum (limited participation; special sign-up required)

This exclusive thought leadership program will concentrate on issues critical to community and regional resilience. The program will occur concurrently with other conference education. Data collected will be leveraged into a summary describing how leaders from specialized, but interdependent, domains can work together to improve community, regional and national resilience.


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.

Innovation Collaborative

This brand-new conference offering will showcase up to six new innovations in the field of resiliency. The inventors will present their idea to the full conference for a chance to be named the top innovation at RES/CON 2016. Enjoy the excitement of this new platform and help select the winner!

A Special Breakfast for Women in Resilience and Disaster Management

This important event, sponsored by GCR Inc., is designed to catalyze a cross-sectoral network of women working on issues and managing initiatives critical to the safety and cohesion of our communities.

Locals Day
“Building Regional Resilience in Southeast Louisiana: Identifying Gaps in Resiliency Approaches and Aligning Synergies Between Partners”

Resilience is an adjective cutting across disciplines and issues areas in Southeast Louisiana—whether it’s our food, football or festivals, the Greater New Orleans region proves time and time again that we bounce back from crisis unlike any other region of the country.