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Author: Devin Sirmenis, Managing Director Corporate Resilience, Witt O'Brien's

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PandemicBuzz is a snapshot-in-time interview series, where crisis management, business continuity and crisis communications experts talk about their current pandemic efforts, state of mind, and corporate path forward.
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S1 | E1 Please join us on this episode of PandemicBuzz where we are talking to Chris Malpass, Executive Director at Social Simulator. Chris joins us from his home office, in what is at the time of this interview, one of the United States’ pandemic hotspots – Brooklyn, New York. Chris shares insights and ideas on how his company is continuing operations, who he is surrounding himself with to inspire and drive the company forward, and how he is caring for his staff, customers, himself, and Social Simulator’s brand and reputation during these unprecedented times.
S1 | E2 Join us on this episode of PandemicBuzz where we are talking to Dustin Eno, COO and Crisis Manager at Navigate Response. Dustin shares insights and ideas on:·       Business continuity strategies invoked·       Who he works with to determine what’s next·       The people he surrounds himself with·       Policy changes·       Staff and self-care routines·       Taking care of customers·       Growth under the pandemic·       Brand and reputation·       Real-time lessons learned·       Preferred sources of information
S1 | E3 Join us on this episode of PandemicBuzz where we are talking to Julie Allison, Director, HSER Programs and Systems at Crestwood. Julie shares insights and ideas on how her company is continuing operations, who she is surrounding herself with to inspire and drive the company forward, and how she is caring for her staff, customers, herself, and Crestwood’s brand and reputation during these unprecedented times.
S1 | E4 Please join us for this episode of PandemicBuzz where we get insights and perspective on how the corona virus is impacting business and being managed from halfway around the world – in Sydney, Australia. We are talking to James Boddam-Whetham, CEO at Noggin. Ever optimistic, James talks about how to be ‘gracefully conservative’ under pandemic times and how his company is continuing operations.
S1 | E5 Join us on this episode of Pandemic Buzz where we get insights and perspective from Evan Chuck, Partner, Head of Asia at Crowell & Moring. Evan talks about how his human capital-intensive business is adjusting to the Covid-19 environment. He explores ideas on how to strengthen and account for third-party supplier risk in business continuity efforts; the need to aggregate the constant flow of information as they help clients respond to changes at the national, state, county and local/municipal levels; compliance problems that could arise when managing an overseas procurement process; and, the benefits of weaving tax incentives into any organization's human resources planning.
S1 | E6 Please join us for this episode of PandemicBuzz with Humana. We are talking to Dr. William Fleming, Humana Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions President and Crystal Witt, Crisis Management & Policy Governance, Enterprise Risk Management. Dr. Fleming and Crystal talk about the importance of having the right ‘listening posts on the front line’ so you can understand what problems need to be solved; how they are intentionally ‘moving slow to then move fast’ during this hybrid time period between pandemic ‘containment’ and the impending ‘recovery’ phase; lessons learned to date in terms of ‘interoperability’ in healthcare; and, why telehealth needs to thrive as the next way of care delivery.  
S1 | E7 Please join us for this episode of PandemicBuzz with the CFA Institute. We are talking to Mandy Shuker, Senior Manager, Global Risk Management and Emergency Response. Mandy talks about how the institute is focusing on ‘corporate listening’ – keeping up to date with how the world is going to change and how that will impact the needs of all valued customers; rising to the challenge of delivering more value virtually to the constituency; lightening internal team mindsets through emphasis on the positives of working from home; and, why they added the words “for the ultimate benefit of society” to their mission statement.  
S2 | E1 Please join us on this episode of PandemicBuzz with Continuity Logic. We are talking to Phil Bigge, Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions. Phil talks about how the resilience community needs to mature in vendor continuity – moving to the use of quantitative questions to assess vendor capability versus qualitative; elevating BC and ITDR by tying everything to the products and services being delivered to the customer as the starting point, instead of the processes that the business performs; using planning and training to build muscle memory that will allow you to follow the adage of ‘respond in minutes, recover in hours’; and, the positive behavioral changes that may come about in tangential areas, like wage equality, based on the learnings the pandemic is providing in terms of role flexibility across genders.
S2 | E2 Please join us on this episode of PandemicBuzz with Fusion Risk Management. As Fusion turns 14, we are talking to Bob Sibik, Senior Vice President and Co-Founder. Bob talks about site readiness, the challenges true capacity planning presents, how a new movement called de-densification will thrive in order to instill confidence in employees in safe workplaces, how the future is about delivering the ‘outcome’ to your clients - and not about ‘recovering the process’, the trend towards consequence-oriented plans versus scenario-based plans, and how the pandemic is serving as an age of leadership enlightenment where the practices of providing inspiration and support to the human spirit are being recast.
S2 | E3 Please join us on this episode of PandemicBuzz with Baker Hughes. We are talking to Josh Walker, Director of Global Security, Crisis Management and Business Continuity. Josh talks about how his resilience programs are set up to serve 68,000 employees, working across 120+ countries; how consistency is created at the site-, country-, regional- and global-levels to promote “autonomy of the parts but unity of the action of the whole”; overcoming the challenges of communicating to employees and customers in dozens of languages; and, the lessons he will impart to the next generation of resilience practitioners and how they should “plan to be surprised.” 
S2 | E4 Please join us on this episode of PandemicBuzz with MIT’s Senior Lecturer Dr. Steve Goldman. Steve joins host Devin Sirmenis for a wide-ranging discussion on leadership, crisis management and business continuity in our Covid19 world. Our distinguished guest even gives our host an off-the-cuff ‘pop-quiz’.  
S2 | E5 Please join us on this episode of PandemicBuzz with Facebook’s Global Head of Crisis Management Larry Cristini. Larry joins host Devin Sirmenis for a wide-ranging discussion on leadership, crisis management and communications in our Covid19 world. 
S2 | E6 Please join us on this episode of PandemicBuzz with Shell’s Global Head of Crisis Management Carlo Parrado Curros. Carlo joins host Devin Sirmenis for a wide-ranging discussion on Shell’s approach to managing the impacts of the global pandemic, lessons learned thus far, leadership, crisis management and communications in our Covid19 world. 
S2 | E7  Please join us on this ‘special edition’ of PandemicBuzz with BC Management’s Managing Director of Talent Management & Program Analytics Cheyene Marling. Cheyene joins host Devin Sirmenis to talk about the launch of the 9th Annual Event Impact Management Study. New this year is the collaboration between BC Management and Witt O’Brien’s; an expansion of the question set across resilience disciplines (Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Crisis Communications, etc.); and, a more granular dive into program maturity driven by the inquisitive minds of seasoned practitioners. Information is provided on how to participate in the survey and gain access to the valuable data and insights it will provide.
Season 3 of PandemicBuzz starts with ‘the Honeywell Sessions.’ Please join us for Episode 1 where Guy Gryspeerdt, VP and Global Head of Business Resilience, joins host Devin Sirmenis for a wide-ranging discussion on building an effective, global resilience program. This conversation takes place as the world moves into a period of the pandemic where glimpses of the finish line are coming into view on the distant horizon, in a grueling 12-month+ race now being run between ‘vaccination’ and ‘virus mutation’. 
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