Previous Events

The First 48: Crises in Ventura County

February 7, 2019

November 2018 truly tested Southern California’s preparedness. From the tragic Borderline Shooting on the 7th to the start of the Woolsey Fire on the 8th, Southern California had to quickly respond to two competing crises.

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Geoff Dean, Former Ventura County Sheriff

Andy Fox, Former Mayor of Thousand Oaks

Managing Disruptive technology in crisis management

November 29, 2018

On November 29th, 2018, three global technology leaders took the stage to discuss their experiences developing technology in the crisis management arena, their challenges and successes, and their take on the future of technology in the field.


Timothy B. Paydos, V.P., Government Industry Solutions, IBM Corporation

Jon Pedder, Patterns & Practices Solutions Engineer & EPSAP Tech Lead, Esri

Greg Brunelle, Director of Global Engagement, One Concern

Crisis Leadership: paths to success

September 18, 2018

On September 18th, 2018, four individuals who have successfully led the Los Angeles region through many crises, recounted their experiences managing the 2018 event at LAX airport, the San Bernardino terrorist attack, and several wildfires throughout Southern California. All four women spoke to the need to share information between departments during an emergency and to share information with the public so they may be empowered to act.


Donna Boston

Director of Emergency Management, Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Holly Crawford

Director of the Office of Emergency Services, San Diego County

Eileen Decker

Former United States Attorney, Central District of California

Ethel McGuire

Assistant Chief of the Office of  Homeland Security and Intelligence, Los Angeles Airport Police

Nim Kidd: Learning from Hurricane Harvey and Previous Disasters

January 11, 2018

Hurricane Harvey is estimated to have caused nearly $200 billion worth of damage to the state of Texas. The recovery from Harvey will take at least a decade. 

On January 11, 2018, we heard from from Nim Kidd, Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) as he discussed his experiences and lessons learned from Harvey and previous disasters. 

The TDEM coordinates the state emergency management program, which ensures the state and its local governments respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters.


Chief W. Nim Kidd

Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management

"A Conversation With Craig Fugate"

November 3, 2017

Mr. Craig Fugate, the former Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator, discussed the successes, challenges, and the future of crisis/emergency management in our nation, including the "Seven Deadly Sins of Emergency Management."


Mr. William Craig Fugate

Former Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Crisis Management: An Evolving Perspective and Developing Leaders

oCTOBER 11, 2017

How has our perspective of crisis leadership and leadership development evolved?

Our distinguished speakers discussed this question, their roles leading through crises, the development of crisis leaders, and more.   

"A leader must provide direction and respond to the situation in a timely fashion." - John Baldoni


Mr. Brad Kieserman

Vice President, Disaster Operations and Logistics, American Red Cross, and Former Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Mr. Peter V. Neffenger

Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), and Former Administrator, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Women and Crisis Leadership: A Panel Discussion

October 5, 2017

Do women hold the key(s) to success in crisis management?

On October 5, 2017, a panel of nationally recognized public safety professionals explored the roles women play in crisis leadership. The panel also discussed challenges, insights, and lessons learned throughout their respective careers. 


Captain Charlene Downey

Commander, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, U.S. Coast Guard

Assistant Chief Bea Girmala

Director, Office of Special Operations, Los Angeles Police Department



Professor Samantha Phillips

Director, National Center for Security and Preparedness, University of Albany

Ms. Kari Tatro

EVP/COO, Administration, Education & Emergency Operations, BCFS