Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM CDT
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM CDT

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Hilton Suites Oakbrook Terrace 
10 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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Brooke A. Newton, Deputy Director 
SVDPUSA-Disaster Services Division 

SVDP Disaster Services Annual Disaster Resilency Conference

Meet the experts and learn about disaster preparedness and recovery! Join us in OakBrook Terrace, a suburb of Chicago. We have a full schedule lined up: local government, NGO, and motivational key-note speakers touching on Disaster Preparedness. FEMA, American Red Cross, and other Voluntary Organization Partners will be represented. There will also be time to enjoy a local theater production on Saturday night and we will close the Conference with Mass and a Conference Brunch.

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Thursday July 20, 2017
-Registration Begins 3:30-7:30 pm
-Disaster Chair Meeting 4:00 - 5:30 pm
-Welcome Reception (Cash Bar) 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

We have two full days of training where the following speakers will be presenting:

Friday July 21, 2017
-Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, COO of SVDP Disaster Services
-Ret. Col Jill Morganthaler, Keynote 
-Jeanne Moran, FEMA Region V Agency Liason 
-Illinois VOAD
-Illinois American Red Cross
-Jame D. Aten, Ph.D, Founder and ED of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute of Wheaton College
-Nancy Depcik, Motivational & Inspirational Speaker
-Conor Cunneen, Irish Author and Business Humorist
Dinner and evening on your own


Saturday July 22, 2017
-Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, COO of SVDP Disaster Services
-A tour of DuPage County Emergency Management Facility with Sabit Abbasi
-Dan Constintine, First Responder and Captain of the East Hampton, Massachesuests Fire Department
-Jim Butler, House in a Box Director and Mideast Region Chair
-Dinner on own
-8:30 PM Play at the Drury Lane Theatre "The Gin Game"  (Be sure to select the appropriate registration option below to ensure your ticket is included in our group reservations). 


Sunday July 23, 2017
-Breakfast on own
-Mass at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church
-Champange Brunch at Drury Theatre  (Be sure to select the appropriate registration option below to ensure your ticket is included in our group reservations)




About our Keynote Speaker 

Ret. Col Jill Morgenthaler 

Colonel Jill Morgenthaler is a woman of many firsts. She was one of the first women to enter an experimental class for women in the U.S. Army ROTC and train as an equal with men. Overcoming obstacles, she was the first woman Battalion Commander in the 88th Regional Support Command Division, the first Brigade Commander in the 84th Division and then rose to the rank of Colonel. She was also the first woman to run homeland security for the state of Illinois. During her military career, Colonel Jill led hundreds of men and women around the world in war and peace, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit for her lifelong leadership.

Now, after 30 years of success in high-stakes fast moving environments, Colonel Jill shares her leadership secrets with the world. Leaders are not born, they are grown. She is fiercely committed to guiding women and men to achieve success as they take their organizations forward in the best and worst of times. Colonel Jill’s ability to inspire, educate and entertain audiences have made her a sought after and unforgettable leadership speaker.

A dynamic and masterful speaker, Jill shows audiences how to lead with confidence through her content rich, high-energy keynotes and seminars. Her unique experiences, ranging from a showdown with Saddam Hussein to saving an American engineer from a Soviet kidnapping, translate into universal lessons. She doesn’t simply tell audiences what to do. Her tailored speeches leave them with proven action steps so they can start leading the very next day with confidence.

Colonel Jill is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Courage to Take Command:  Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer. Over 25,000 people have watched her TEDx Talk, “Fake It ‘Til You Make It.