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  • June 7, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Eastern)

Brought to you by the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM) and the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at The George Washington University (GW-CEPL).

As a snowstorm headed for the mid-Atlantic region in early January 2022, Virginia state agencies activated and relied on the same readiness plans they had used to successfully manage and respond to previous storm events. Yet this time, those plans didn’t work as expected, and despite their best efforts, the snowstorm overwhelmed the region, resulting in the closure of 48 miles of Interstate 95 in Virginia, stranding hundreds of motorists overnight on the roadway in frigid temperatures. An after-action report pointed to a confluence of factors, cascading risks, and unexpected challenges that contributed to the severity of the risk event.

On Tuesday June 7th (Noon – 1 p.m. ET), join Tom Brandt, Natalie Houghtby-Haddon, and Thomas Holland for a FREE webinar where they’ll explore what happened and highlight several of the report’s findings and recommendations that offer important lessons for risk managers.

Topics to be covered include: risk assessments and risk response plans; simultaneous multi-risk event manifestation; mitigation plan failure; situational awareness; risk monitoring, communication and reporting practices; and, risk elevation and escalation procedures.

About the Presenters

  • Tom Brandt is a risk management practitioner in the federal government. With nearly three decades of federal service, he is currently the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) and Director of Planning and Risk for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. He previously served as the CRO for the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Natalie Houghtby-Haddon is the Associate Director of The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (GW CEPL), and an Assistant Professor in the GW College of Professional Studies. She teaches leadership theory, ethics, change management, and personal development for a number of the Center’s leadership development programs.
  • Thomas Holland is a Director at Guidehouse LLP and a Board Member of AFERM. He has over twelve years of federal government consulting experience, including developing, implementing, and enhancing ERM programs at federal agencies.

Event Details & Registration

The webinar will be hosted online. Registration is free, but required. If registered, instructions for accessing the webinar will be sent via email prior to the event, which will be hosted on WebEx.


Professional Development Units (PDUs)
Upon successful completion of each webinar, participants receive 1 CPE (Field of Study: Business Management and Organization). In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 50 minutes equals 1 CPE. CPEs will be issued by GW-CEPL.

GW-CEPL ERM for Government

GW-CEPL offers a 10% discount to AFERM members for their ERM programs:

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