Letter from the President: 2021 at-a-glance
From the President:
There are many ways to describe the global events that have unfolded over the course of the last year. Overwhelming, uncertain and pivotal come to mind. But also courageous, caring and resilient are a few ways that we might describe our collective experience as resilience professionals.
Our goal at DRI International is always to provide you with learning-focused opportunities that will add value to your certification, help you grow as professionals and empower you to give back to your community. In 2021, that goal felt more meaningful than ever. We worked hard to bring you quality virtual programming to support you through your response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the seemingly never-ending onslaught of cyberattacks, severe weather events, supply chain disruptions and the like. Read on to learn about just a few highlights from our activities over the last year.
Despite these useful and necessary offerings, nothing truly beats the power of the in-person connection. That’s why we are particularly thrilled to bring you together to share your insights and lessons learned since the start of the pandemic and all that followed over the last two years since we were all together at the last in-person industry event, DRI2020 in Savannah, Georgia. The enclosed letter from Chairman Al Berman explains our reasoning for moving forward with a live event. On a personal note, I simply can’t wait to reconnect with all of you. DRI2022 in Las Vegas will be just the beginning of the next chapter in continuity and resilience.
We recognize that not everyone will emerge from the pandemic unscathed. Our hearts are heavy for the losses that have touched the lives of our community. The pandemic also reminded us of vulnerability, compassion, and the value of reflection. DRI International is here with you to celebrate the good moments, work through the challenges, and to honor the accomplishments of our resilience community.
Chloe Demrovsky, CBCV
President & CEO