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SORM Symposium


The State Office of Risk Management, Institute for Homeland Security at SHSU, and the Continuity Council hosted their first SORM Symposium in August 2023. Located at the beautiful SHSU Woodlands campus, the Symposium featured presenters from an array of fields and discussed topics such as cybersecurity, program management, exercise creation, and business continuity. The event also featured wonderful offerings from sponsors such as an evening happy hour at Gooses Acre Pub with Arthur J. Gallagher, daily snacks and coffee with BELFOR, and promotional items and a raffle from Alliant, Aon, and ServPro.

Here is what some attendees have to say about the event.

“I bonded with many new friends and new professional contacts at the Symposium. The event is less than a month ago and a new partnership has already formed to assist with our next Cyber Event tabletop”

Melody Nunn, CBCP, Business Continuity Coordinator, HHS (Attendee)

“The SORM Resilience in the Workplace Symposium was a valuable knowledge sharing and networking event for the experienced practitioners and those newer to their role. The Institute was a great venue fostering open and honest dialogue between attendees and presenters on a variety of risks, planning approaches and mitigation strategies of interest to the diverse audience of resilience practitioners.”

Susana Thorne, CBCP, Risk & Business Continuity Program Manager, LCRA | Resilience (Attendee)

“I am incredibly encouraged and grateful for the partnerships and participation of the community for this continuity effort. The steps we took together toward dialogue and education in this inaugural event are hard to overstate. We learned so much, and I look forward to our growth in knowledge and impact in the future.”

Stephen Vollbrecht, JD, MA, AINS, AIS, ARM, CTCM, MCP, MEMS, WRP; State Risk Manager for Texas, Executive Director, State Office of Risk Management

“The SORM Symposium provided some incredible opportunities to learn from a vast variety of people who support risk management.  The Symposium brought in many experts in different areas, to help participants return to their respective organizations much more informed and prepared.  The State Office of Risk Management is a wonderful group to help agencies be ready for a range of issues they might have to face.  The Symposium was very beneficial for colleagues to network and share ideas, and engage with experts in so many different areas.”

Tammy Kleine, Belfor Property Restoration

We look forward to seeing you at our next event the week of July 29th, 2024. SHSU will kindly host as we learn more about continuity, network with other practitioners, and learn best practices from wonderful presenters.

More information coming soon.