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Business Resilience DECODED is a multimedia partnership between Disaster Recovery Journal and Asfalis Advisors to educate, inform, and inspire business continuity professionals globally. As of June 2024, the Business Resilience DECODED Podcast will no longer release new episodes. We encourage you to revisit our catalog of almost 170 episodes here on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify covering a comprehensive range of topics in the business resilience, emergency management, and disaster prev ...
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Episode 168: Generative AI | How to Write Thorough Policies for GenAI in Your Organization One of the biggest trends across all industries is the use of AI tools, specifically Generative AI or GenAI. The World Economic Forum’s 2024 Global Risk Impact Report lists misinformation, societal polarization, and cyber insecurity among the top risks to wat…
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Episode 167: The Culture Shifts That Will Increase Employee Retention & Profitability Today we are joined by Vanessa’s friend, coach, and mentor: Ron Harvey, the VP and chief operating officer of Global Core Strategies & Consulting. Harvey and his team work with leaders to develop strong work cultures within their organizations, build diversity, eq…
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Episode 166: The Impact of ESG on Business Continuity ESG – which stands for environmental, social, and governance investing – is a way for investors to evaluate risk and social responsibility before investing in companies. In this episode, we’ll be sharing some specifics of ESG, how it can affect your organization’s business continuity practices a…
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Episode 165: Best Practices to Land Your Next Big Role | Resumes, Interview Tips, & More If you find yourself looking for a new role, you might be wondering how to set yourself apart in the application and interview process. Enter Kim Hooper, an HR manager for Asfalis and an award-winning security professional with more than 20 years of experience …
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Episode 164: Should Brands Take a Political Stance? In 2024, we are entering election season, which in the U.S. has become more and more divisive over the last several years. In this episode, we are going to dig into whether businesses or brands should take political stances on divisive issues, and how you can choose to navigate this going into 202…
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Episode 163: The Joy of Metrics + Training the Next Generation of Professionals Metrics are a huge factor in business continuity and allow us to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of our strategies. In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Bernard Jones, professor of homeland security and emergency management at St. John’s University. Throughout h…
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Episode 162: Artificial Intelligence in Business Continuity | Use Cases, Risks, and Our Favorite AI Tools At the recent DRJ conference in Phoenix, the topic everyone wanted to talk about was AI (artificial intelligence). As tools like ChatGPT become more mainstream, the conversation is shifting to how we can actually use these tools in our industry…
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Episode 161: Supply Chain Resilience in the Wine & Spirits Industry Supply chains continue to be a trending topic, and in this episode, we’re digging into managing and troubleshooting supply chains for the wine and spirits industry. We’re joined by John Liuzzi, the national director for business continuity for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, who …
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Episode 160: Leadership Risks You Need to Prepare For Leadership is a major factor in how smoothly your emergency management and business continuity plans are created and implemented, so in this episode, we are sharing some of the top leadership risks to prepare for in order to have a stronger team. The article Vanessa references for this episode i…
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Episode 159: Wildfire Preparedness and Emergency Management While the top disaster threat in California is still earthquakes, wildfires have gotten a lot of attention over the last few years. We’re seeing wildfires affect more of North America recently, so in this episode, Leslie Luke, the deputy director of the Los Angeles County Chief Executive O…
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Episode 158: How Prepared Is Your Business? | 5 Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking for Business Resilience We’ve spent years helping businesses rethink how to measure the effectiveness of their resiliency program. In fact, we have a 200 question input form that examines just this. While this podcast episode is not long enough to share all 200 qu…
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If your team is running exercises where everyone is just going through the motions, you’re missing some key blind spots in your processes. In this replay episode, Rick Christ, a senior consultant at Crisis Prevention and Response, Inc. and a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner, lays out his seven deadly sins of crisis management exercises. From focus…
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In light of the Supreme Court recently ruling against affirmative action, in this episode we’re sharing clips from our past episodes on higher education. From the experience of leaders and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), to the future of security and DEI efforts on college campuses, we hope this episode spotlights t…
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Episode 155: Answering the Tricky Questions and Critics about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion In this episode, we are continuing the conversation from our DEI Microsimulation at the DRJ Spring 2023 conference and addressing some lingering questions from the audience. Vanessa is joined by Lisa Jones, the BC general manager at Control Risks, and Jam…
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Episode 154: What We Can Learn from the Silicon Valley Bank Failure and Leadership in Risk Management The Silicon Valley Bank failure sent a strong ripple effect through the financials of several prominent companies, and instilled some fear that other banks might fail as well. In this episode, we’re joined by Chris Holmes, the co-founder and CEO of…
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Episode 153: Growing and Developing the Leaders in Your Organization Developing leaders in your organization is mutually beneficial for your employees and the organization. In this episode, Debbie Maples, the VP of global safety and security at Salesforce, joins us to share why developing leaders is more important than ever, and how you can empower…
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Episode 152: Behind the Scenes of a Human Resources Case Study for a Retail Organization Vernetta Purcell-Morrow, the director of human resources for the Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board is back to share her experience hiring Asfalis Advisors to conduct an human resources audit. We’ll cover why Asfalis Advisors was selected…
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Episode 151: Retail Industry Challenges – Staffing, Employee Burnout, Customer Behavior, and Community Engagement Today we’re joined by Vernetta Purcell-Morrow, the director of human resources for the Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board. In this episode, Vernetta shares her experience with supporting community engagement progr…
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Episode 150: The Top Rising Risks You Need to Prepare For with Chris Hurst of OnSolve In this episode, we are unpacking data from the 2023 OnSolve Global Risk Impact Report, which details the most prominent risks and what to do with the data we’re seeing about these risks. To discuss these findings, we’re joined by Chris Hurst, vice president of va…
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Episode 149: Vanessa Mathews’ Origin Story – Growing a Business Resilience Company, Emergency Management Programs, and More! In this episode, we’re putting Vanessa in the hot seat! This week, her colleague Michelle Myrie from Asfalis Advisors interviews her on her education, building Asfalis Advisors, how the industry is shifting, and more. There a…
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Episode 148: Supporting the Next Generation of Hazard & Disaster Researchers We are looking to fill roles in our organizations with talented, diverse individuals. In this episode, Dr. Nnenia Campbell, a disaster sociologist and deputy director of the Bill Anderson Fund, is sharing how this organization provides mentorship and training for the next …
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Episode 147: What Train Derailments in the U.S. Can Teach Us About Data, Workers, and the Risk of Cutting Costs On Feb. 3, 2023, a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio spilled thousands of gallons of toxic vinyl chloride into the town. NPR states that there are an average of three train derailments in the U.S. per day. In this episode, we’re un…
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Episode 146: Human Resources Strategies for Building Culture and Acquiring Talent Over the last few years, trends in recruiting, hiring, and retaining talent have changed drastically. In this episode, Marie Mann, an executive partner at Gartner and former chief HR officer and C-suite advisor, is sharing her perspective on what we can expect from a …
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Episode 145: Preparing for Global Conflicts, Insider Threats, and Other Things You Can’t Predict If there’s one thing we can all agree on in business, it’s that sometimes things happen that are unpredictable. In this episode, we’re looking at some of the most pressing threats from a 50-foot view and discussing all the factors that might present a r…
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Episode 144: Evaluating the Safety, Hazards, and Risks in Your Organization’s Physical Environments When was the last time you evaluated the threats to your physical environment? There is so much to consider beyond processes and security. In this episode, we’re sharing how to evaluate the safety, hazards, and risks of the physical environments of y…
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Episode 143: Let's Talk About TikTok – Use Cases, Risks, and Strategies We’ve all heard about TikTok being a key player in the social media world, but how do we actually leverage that platform as a brand? In this episode, Katie McKiever, an award-winning social media and thought leadership consultant, is here to share her expertise on how TikTok ha…
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Episode 142: Design Training Programs That Set You Up to Win As a vendor in business resilience, Asfalis Advisors often gets called in to do a one-and-done training with companies, but we know there is a lot more that goes into proper training than covering the basics one time. In this episode, we’re sharing how you can design a training program fo…
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Episode 141: Four Strategies to Get Buy-In While You’re Building Crisis Management Programs If you’re in the process of building a crisis management program, or if you’ve ever struggled to get your organization to adopt or train for your program, this episode is for you. Vanessa shares the four strategies you need to get buy-in for your crisis mana…
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Episode 140: How Leadership Affects Your Policies, Processes, Playbooks, and Practices We all know how important it is to document your systems, but what about leadership’s role in making sure these systems are followed? In this episode, we’re covering the differences between policies, processes, playbooks, and practices, and how your leadership ca…
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Episode 139: How to Attract Top Talent and Build a High Performing Team No matter which industry you’re in, chances are your organization is struggling to recruit and retain top talent. If you’re frustrated with constantly hiring folks who aren’t a good fit, or with losing great team members, this episode has the tactical strategies you need to bui…
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Episode 138: Unpacking the Recent Tech Layoffs: What Companies and Candidates Can Learn From Them It seems every day there’s a new company in the news announcing mass layoffs, especially in the tech industry. In this episode, Karen Weeks, the chief people officer at Ordergroove and host of the Shine at Work Podcast, is sharing more than 20 years of…
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Episode 137: The Effect of Artificial Intelligence on Supply Chains and Cybersecurity Take our LinkedIn poll to let us know how you’re using AI in your organization! Artificial intelligence and ChatGPT (short for Generative Pre-Training Transformer) are dominating the conversation in every industry from marketing to fine arts to business continuity…
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Episode 136: Business Continuity Risks to Watch in 2023 You might have business continuity plans drawn up for the usual, everyday business risks, but every year there are specific threats we need to consider based on political climates, the economy, and global conflicts. In this episode, we’re sharing the top risks you need to consider in 2023. Som…
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Chief information officers (CIOs) are facing a lot of challenges these days: there are not enough people going into the field, resources are scarce, and security concerns continue to grow. At the same time, businesses want to move forward in the IT realm. How do these two needs resolve themselves and where is the future of IT going? Vanessa talks w…
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This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! “Truth = Business” contracts are often not equitable for women and minority owned businesses. When they subcontract with a larger contractor, they often encounter predatory behaviors such as late …
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Episode 133: How a Rail Strike Would Derail Supply ChainsWhile the government has narrowly avoided a rail strike for now, it still looms as a possibility in the future. As we saw last year with the Suez Canal sideways ship block, a supply chain disruption can have a ripple effect across different industries that can linger for quite some time. As c…
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Episode 132: Using Podcasts To Reach Your Business Goals This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today!If you haven’t thought about using podcasts to help reach your business goals in 2023, you might be missing the boat. Whether you are using …
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Episode 130: Building Financial Resilience to Secure Your Family’s FutureAs BCP professionals, we spend a lot of time discussing financial resilience from a corporate or business perspective, but we don’t have conversations about personal finance nearly enough. Personal financial resilience is crucial for preventing and bouncing back from personal …
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Episode 129: How to Build a Business Continuity Management Program That LastsThis episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today!With a recession looming, climate change, and political strife ever present, more and more organizations are looking to …
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Episode 127: Strategic Communication Methods for DE & IThis episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! Business continuity professionals need to focus on strategic communication and how corporations take responsibility for their actions. In thi…
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Episode 126: Developing Strong Teams Remotely and In-Person As we move out of the pandemic and into 2023, we need to invest in developing strong teams. Teams cannot be put on a shelf and called upon when needed, teams evolve and we have to be intentional about how we nurture them. Energy, engagement, and exploration are three different dimensions o…
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Episode 125: 5 Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking for Business ResilienceThis episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today! Every organization should have a dashboard that measures their preparedness, but how exactly does one measure preparedne…
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Episode 124: A Business Continuity Framework You Can Use in Your Personal LifeThis episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today!As business continuity professionals, we prepare for possible disasters that may strike the business world. That being …
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Episode 123: DRJ Fall 2022 Conference RecapThis episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today!While the DRJ Fall 2022 conference is now over, it proved to be a lively mix of businesses, vendors, and professionals coming together to discuss all thin…
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Episode 121: Are You Prepared for an Active Shooter?This episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today!Active shooter scenarios are an increasingly prominent threat to public safety, especially in schools and in the workplace. In 2022 alone, we’ve …
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Episode 120: What We Tend to Forget About Crisis Communication | DRJ Spring 2022 PanelAt DRJ’s Spring 2022 conference in Orlando, Vanessa spoke on a panel about Crisis Communications with Ashley Goosman, Prashant Darisi, and Peter Steinfeld. In the clip from today’s episode, you’re about to hear our discussion on mistakes we’ve seen in terms of cri…
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Episode 119: Business Continuity in a Recession – What You Need to KnowThis episode is brought to you by Fusion Risk Management, Building a More Resilient World Together. Request a demo at https://bit.ly/FusionDECODED today!There’s a lot of buzz going on about a looming recession, and we’ve already seen mass layoffs affecting many industries this y…
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