By: Mollie Marti, PhD, JD


Given the nature of our work, we at the National Resilience Institute intimately understand that one cannot predict situations such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks that may occur prior to an event and how they will impact the event. With recent experiences, including major tropical storms that have impacted many across the southern United States and beyond, we were inspired to reconvene with our 2017 Resilience Summit sponsors, speakers, and some past participants to ask how we might make our upcoming event even more relevant to the current state of our world.

“In this time of uncertainty, stress, and devastation, a Resilience Summit is needed more than ever.”

With a high level of collaboration, we have refined our agenda to focus on 5 key topics:

  1. Collaborating for better solutions
  2. Leading through adversity
  3. Putting resilience research into practice
  4. Building psychosocial resilience
  5. Responding after crisis

Focus on Collaborative Learning

In addition to these refined five focus areas, each session now allows for more robust Q & A sessions and intentionally dedicated time for collaborative learning where attendees are invited to throw the specific challenges they are facing in their lives onto the collaborative table to be discussed and strategized upon by an impressive team of colleagues and experts.

As returning participant Jennifer Tischer observed about the Hot Topics and Guided Solutions time, “You are now taking the discussions we tend to have during breaks, where we grapple with

“You are now taking the discussions we tend to have during breaks, where we grapple with real life situations we’re dealing with in our community, and you’re bringing them into the heart of the Summit. The type of help we will receive in these sessions will make all the difference when we return home. Boom!”

Benefiting Those in the Field

The depth of experience in the room is immense, with researchers, academics, and practitioners who have studied, responded to, and provided support to communities after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, Columbine and Sandy Hook school shootings, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the recent wave of natural disasters, as well as to international disruptions.

To further leverage this formidable expertise to benefit those working in the human resilience field, we invited our experts to join our Resilience First Aid™ project by filming brief resilience tips and tools to be delivered to those working in the trenches of their communities to build psychosocial resilience before, during, and after crisis. A special thank you to our sponsor, Rush University Medical Center, who stepped forward to provide support for this impactful project.

“You are now taking the discussions we tend to have during breaks, where we grapple with real life situations we’re dealing with in our community, and you’re bringing them into the heart of the Summit. The type of help we will receive in these sessions will make all the difference when we return home.”

JOIN US!

With registered attendees from 25 States and three countries, you will be learning side by side with extraordinary resilience builders and return home inspired by hope and equipped to provide essential leadership in building psychosocial resilience. We invite you to join us as a representative of your community and if you need scholarship assistance, please ask.

We truly understand that it is more difficult than ever to justify time away from the demands of daily living and working.  And yet, we also hold a front row seat to the consequences of not taking the time to learn, plan, and prepare for whatever crisis might be around the corner. It is exactly because the demands are so high that we need to take the time to come together, learn better ways forward, and strengthen each other.

In the wise words of presenter Dr. Robert Brooks, PhD, an internationally renowned resilience researcher and author of 17 books who will be sharing lessons from his work in the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and other national crises,

“In this time of uncertainty, stress, and devastation, a Resilience Summit is needed more than ever.”

Join us in Chicago, and learn how you can help those you serve prepare for, respond to, and grow through disruptions with strength. View the agenda here

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