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Failure Is An Option: 12 Essential Elements of Crisis Resilience

Phillip Van Saun, M.A., Continuity & Emergency Services, UC San Diego
Feb 07, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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This presentation will review the findings presented in Phillip Van Saun’s book, Failure Is An Option: A Primer and Guide for Managing Crises, and will focus on steps government agencies can take to develop internal process-improvement toward a higher state of crisis resilience.

Phillip Van Saun is Director of Continuity and Emergency Services at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). At UC San Diego Phillip serves as a member of the campus Executive Policy Group and co-chairs the campus pandemic and epidemic response committee and behavioral threat assessment and management team.

He is a graduate and former instructor of the national interagency crisis communications program and the White House Military Office’s executive support program. He developed and served as Faculty Director for the Leading in a Crisis program in the executive education department at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management and served as a lecturer in the University of California Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation Public Policy on Biological Threats program.

He has served in the field of crisis management since 1987 when he was a Marine assigned to the White House emergency response mission as a member of Marine One – the Presidential Helicopter Squadron. Following military service Phillip served as a consultant to the White House Military Office providing emergency response training to White House support personnel. In 1990 Phillip was awarded the Presidential Service Award by President George H. W. Bush for his service to the White House. In 2003 he served as an advisor during the evacuation of American oil company employees in Venezuela and in 2002 as a trainer and evaluator to the security and safety elements of the Panama Canal Authority.

He holds a Master of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in communication from Trinity International University and completed the executive seminar in crisis management at Harvard University.

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