DRI Board Spotlight: AnneMarie Staley
The boards of DRI International and the DRI Foundation are comprised of some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable professionals in BCM and resilience, working together to make DRI an indispensable, inclusive, and diverse organization. In this ongoing series of interviews with the board members, you’ll learn more about them and why they’re passionate about the resilience community.
AnneMarie Staley, CBCP
AnneMarie Staley was most recently the Global Business Continuity Manager for AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. in New York. AmTrust is a multinational property and casualty insurer specializing in coverage for small to mid-sized businesses. Prior to AmTrust, AnneMarie was the Managing Director for Global Business Continuity Management at the New York Stock Exchange between 2000 and 2014. She is also Chair of the DRI Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DRI International, and Chair of the DRI Awards of Excellence Program.
How did you first come into the BCM/resilience field?
2000 was my first year in the resilience field. I worked for the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC). Our primary mission was to administer and maintain the data centers for the New York and American Stock Exchanges. That experience afforded me a lot of valuable knowledge.
Why did you accept a position on the DRI Board?
I was one of three Certified Professionals voted to the Board in 2009 or so by my fellow Certified Professionals. I had put myself forth in the election process as I felt strongly that I could represent the diverse views of certified professionals everywhere. I am grateful to have had and still have that opportunity to serve.
What is your proudest moment or most valuable contribution as a DRI board member?
Introducing and implementing the Awards of Excellence Program and Gala, and serving as the DRI Foundation Chair. The AoE is a marvelous way for the resilience community to see our BCM professionals’ talent and contributions to the industry recognized and honored. The DRI Foundation has given voice to underrepresented groups like the Veteran’s Outreach Program and the Women in Business Continuity Management committees, allowing them opportunities to educate, mentor and grow. And the Foundation’s volunteerism efforts and grant giving has made a tremendous difference to communities before, during and after disasters.
What new responsibilities or skill sets do you think resilience professionals should take on?
I believe we can improve soft skills by incorporating behavioral science and psychology tenants. Having a good understanding of what motivates, inspires and interests people makes it easier for collaboration and engagement across an enterprise or in life.
What words of wisdom do you have for resilience professionals?
There’s never enough time to do it, but there’s always time to do it again! So try to get as close as possible the first time.
What’s one interesting or unique thing that we should know about you?
While my hobbies and tastes are eclectic, I particularly enjoy classic and film noir movies, and Karaoke!