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2014 Public / Private Sector Leadership Conference - "Perception vs Reality"

FEMA Region IX & The Arizona Division of Emergency Management

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM (MST)

Phoenix, Arizona

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“Perception vs. Reality”


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Allen Readiness Center

Papago Park Military Reservation

5636 E. McDowell Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85008


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NOTE: If you are a FEMA employee in any capacity - make sure to obtain your supervisor's written approval prior to registration and/or travel reservations and associated expenses for this event.

If you’re on Twitter, please follow @FEMARegion9 and @AzEIN from your personal and/or professional networks for updates relating to the conference.  We’d also encourage you to pick and choose from the messages at the bottom of this page to share some of the postings below with your personal and professional networks and help us create a buzz on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn!    

Follow #PPP2014AZ for live updates and to engage before and during the conference! 

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Registration, Check-in & Networking

8:30 am - 8:35 am


Michael Cummings, FEMA Region IX / Layton Dickerson, AZDEM

8:35 am – 8:45 am

Morning Keynote

Nancy Ward, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region IX

8:45 am – 9:30 am

Public/Private Partnerships at the State Level

Moderator - Layton Dickerson, Private Sector Liaison, AZDEM

Panelists - Jan Williams, President, ArizonaFirst, Jennifer O’Neil, Arizona Counter-Terrorism Information Center

Arizona’s state level Public/Private Sector program will address Arizona Partners for Safety and Security information sharing and the Business Emergency Coordination Center concept as well as emergency preparedness partnerships.


9:30 am –10:15 am

Public/Private Partnerships at the County Level

Moderator - Lou Miranda, Director, Department of Emergency Management, Pinal County, Arizona

Panelists - Denise Stiger, Economic Development Advisor, Wickenburg, AZ, Scott Miller, Fire Chief

This session will discuss the Business Ready Partnership program in Casa Grande, AZ, the Pinal County Public/Private partnerships, and lessons learned from a business that experienced disaster and the recovery process.

10:15 am –10:30 am


Networking Break (15 Minutes)


10:30 am - 11:45 am

Monitoring Social Media During and After Disasters

Moderator – Mary Simms, Public Affairs Officer, FEMA Region IX

Panelists - Dr. Dawn Gilpin, Assistant Professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Arizona State University - Ethan Riley, Public Information Officer, Arizona Division of Emergency Management - Adam Fuller, Sr. Corporate Communications Strategist, Salt River Project - Ryan Beck, Digital Communications Specialist, Facebook

This panel of social media and crisis communication experts will explore the ever expanding role of social media leading up to and during emergency events.  The representatives from the public and private sector will discuss some of the latest trends in digital outreach, discuss their own lessons learned and share best practices for engagement.

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Offsite Lunch & Networking (90 Minutes)

1:15 pm – 1:25 pm


Afternoon Keynote


Wendy Smith-Reeve, Director, Arizona Dept. of Emergency Management 

1:25 pm – 2:10 pm

Public/Private Partnerships, Corporate Social Responsibility

Moderator – Michael Cummings, Private Sector Liaison, FEMA Region IX

PanelistsJodie Ryan, Senior Incident Coordinator, Microsoft IT Security Operations Incident Response, Microsoft - Joe Heckman, Manager, Emergency Planning & Preparedness, Emergency Management Division, WalMart – Tom Serio, Regional Crisis Response, Verizon

A very candid conversation about innovative steps private sector firms are taking to protect their operations -and- serve disaster survivors before, during and after disasters.

2:10 pm – 2:55 pm


Cyber Security – Emerging Threats

Moderator - Jay Gatten, Cyber Security Services Consultant, Salt River Project

Panelists - Todd Stewart, Cyber Security Services Sr. Analyst, Salt River Project

Emerging threats and what you need to know to be safe.

2:55 pm – 3:15 pm


Open Forum Questions and Closing Remarks

Wendy Smith-Reeve & Nancy Ward

Shareable Social Media Messages Below:



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-        Is your Business Ready for a disaster? Register now for an exciting conference in AZ next month to learn how to prepare. #PPP2014AZ

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When & Where

Papago Park Military Reservation
Allen Rediness Center
5636 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85018

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM (MST)

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