The DRI Foundation’s Women in Business Continuity Management (WBCM) community provides female business continuity, crisis management and disaster recovery professionals with learning and networking opportunities. It also has an equal and much deeper purpose – a forum for women supporting women!
WBCM’s goals are to:
- Bring women together to forge strong personal networks and assist women in advancing within their chosen fields.
- Explore and recommend specific actions and strategies to serve the needs of women in these professions.
WBCM Executive Committee
The WBCM is led by the Executive Committee, made up of business continuity professionals representing a range of industries within the field.
Mitzi Harlor, Chair
Robyn Kimbro, Vice-Chair
Leah Sawyer, Vice-Chair, Scholarship Lead
Marsha Buehler, Mentorship Lead, International Development Lead
Karina de Allicon, Development
Santita Hyman, Scholarship
Diane Doering, Past Chair and Advisor
Camila Pezzutti Domingues Ishikawa, Founder, Latin America and the Caribbean
DRI Foundation Support
Many thanks are due to the DRI Foundation for creating the WBCM group and providing broad-ranging support that enables our success.
Al Berman, DRI Foundation President
Buffy Rojas, DRI International Director of Communications
If you are interested in becoming a member, please click here to access the application.
Our goal is to connect mentors with mentees. According to the 2017 DRI WBCM white paper, 45% of respondents identified the lack of a mentor as one of the biggest challenges to entering the field. 45% have never had a professional mentor, and 53% have never been mentors.
Request a Mentor
Please click here to access the application to request a professional mentor and provide some information about yourself.
Volunteer to be a Mentor
Being a mentor can be deeply rewarding – you get to pass along your hard-won lessons learned, help someone new to the profession avoid pitfalls and learn the ropes, and pay back the universe for all the people who helped you in your life. It can also help your career, as mentorship also allows you to learn from people with different experiences, and demonstrates a commitment to leadership and helping the broader community.
Please click here to access the application to offer your service as a mentor and provide some information about yourself.
WBCM’s most important intellectual capital is you. From leveraging your practical know-how to showcasing the instinctive skills that have paved the way for your success, WBCM is committed to the goal of helping women in our industry learn from one another’s experiences.
What Do You Want to Learn About?
Stay tuned for periodic surveys. WBCM wants your priorities to drive our efforts to bring you speakers, events, and opportunities based on what you want to learn about and share.
We very much encourage you to consider sharing your knowledge, whether that’s hosting a training session, writing an article, or sharing best-practice methodology. Please send ideas on what you can contribute here.
Download WBCM’s white paper, surveys, and presentations on women in the business continuity field from the DRI Resource Library. Select the “Women in BCM” tag to view the materials. Click here to access the DRI Resource Library.
WBCM Scholarship for Women
Helping women succeed in a new career
Do you want a professional career that you can get excited about? We are delighted to introduce a scholarship to help propel women into professional jobs in the field of business continuity management. Training is held in cities across the country.
About the WBCM scholarship
DRI offers courses in cities around the country, teaching the basics and core practices of business continuity, and how to execute best practices in different organizations. The goal is to prepare students for professional certifications like ABCP and CBCP. The scholarship is a $3,000 value for the 4.5-day workshop and exam; hardship subsidy is available as needed.
The scholarship will entitle each selected candidate to attend a DRI International credentialing class, take the qualifying examination, and upon successfully passing the examination, complete the application and associated experience essay requirements needed to become certified.
Requirements for the scholarship
Learn more about the WBCM Scholarship for Women including the requirements, information needed to complete the application, and support after training.
WBCM Scholarship for Women
WBCM Scholarship for Women Application
If you meet the requirements and are interested in stepping into a new field and taking this worthwhile challenge, please follow the link below to submit your application.
Apply for the WBCM Women Scholarship
For more information contact WBCM@driif.org or call (646) 619-3599.
Thank you for your interest in the Women in Business Continuity Management Committee.