DRI Veteran Engagement: Giving Back to Move Forward
DRI, in partnership with RP6, recently held a Business Continuity Review (BCP 501) course geared toward members of the military who are transitioning out of military careers. The purpose, in addition to giving back to a community that has done so much for the country, was to better understand and potentially drive action on alignments of continuity-related service activities with the DRI Professional Practices.
The course was held in late May and was attended by eight students, who represented various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Army and Air Force. It was funded by the DRI Foundation, a direct contribution and a matching donation.
The course instructor, Michele Turner (MBCP), in addition to her role as Sr. Compliance Program Manager at Microsoft, is a volunteer Director of Giving for the DRI Foundation.
“There was such a high level of engagement from these attendees,” Turner said. “They were invested, interested, and very receptive. I feel privileged to have been able to teach the course. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to bring this information to veterans, in honor of their service.”
Turner says there was lively discussion about the alignment of business continuity principles and military experience. “They were great in giving me feedback on the strong connections and potential opportunities for continued alignment. As if their service wasn’t already enough, here they were jumping in to help and serve again. They may not have experience in a business continuity role, but they probably know more testing, exercising, and risk management in their context than many of us will ever know, based on their experience with driving action for our country in these areas. Amazing!”
Results of this course will be reviewed to determine what opportunities may be available to expand certification requirements across the DRI certification spectrum. Said DRI Veterans Committee Co-Chair Larry Chase, “This is definitely the model we want to use going forward.”