Managing Uncertainty

Managing Uncertainty

Flexing Muscle Memory to Protect our Business


Maricarmen Suarez, PMP

Business Continuity Strategic Program Manager

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

Mon Ami Gabi
11950 Democracy Drive
Reston, VA, 20190

Agenda and Cost:

11:30 am: Networking 12:00 pm: Program PMIWDC Members $28 Non-Members: $28 *Lunch will be served

Presentation will illustrate the criticality of Resilience (Incident Management, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery planning) and highlight the pivotal role of Risk Management to ensure all angles are covered when the time comes. A disruption to our business doesn’t necessarily equate to a natural disaster anymore. It can take many forms: equipment failure, application failure, human error, malicious software attacks, blackouts, fire, or even workplace violence. These may occur anytime, so we need to be prepared to minimize the disruption and keep personnel safe and our business competitive. Continuing our business is dependent on planning, communication, and coordination – all key functions of our Program Management Organization. Issues in these areas include (but are not limited to): safety, identification of critical assets, processes and personnel, established command structure / roles and responsibilities, managed communications and training, testing, exercising, and continual improvement. How does Verisign leverage the risk register as a tool to make decisions and REACT, RESPOND, RECOVER in case of a critical incident? The PMO has developed an integrated tool to help us assess those areas of risk and facilitate contingency plans. The goal is to facilitate an integrated approach to ensure that critical processes continue to function during and after a disaster or incident that interrupts the operation of the organization. The key message is that business disruptions (i.e., Bad Things) will happen and we need to be prepared to respond accordingly – it is going from the total chaos at the moment of disaster to flawless execution in the face of adversity.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speaker

Maricarmen Suarez, PMP

Business Continuity Strategic Program Manager
Maricarmen Suarez has been a professional project and program manager for over a decade. She is currently a Senior Program Manager at Verisign, the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. In this role, Maricarmen champions advancement of all Verisign programs and provides recommendations mapping to strategic goals. In addition, she is leading the development of the PMO process framework for Program Management.  Over her career, Maricarmen has proven to be a leader with an extensive track record of success in driving the design, building and rollout of multi-million dollar solutions in complex multi-vendor environments. Her accomplishments include:
  • Project manager responsible for the build-out, implementation, and product migration to Verisign's tertiary data center in Europe, as well as one of Verisign's primary data centers in the East Coast. Scope included migration of 500+ servers encompassing systems, storage, backup and network infrastructure.  Led requirements management, project plan development, scheduling, resource planning and issue resolution among all stakeholder groups. 
  • Oversaw the Business Continuity Strategic Program – Managed all projects associated with the implementation of business continuity suite of products. Led an external team through the completion of a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) of our services. Active member of the Corporate Incident Management team.
  • Recipient of VeriSign’s 2010 CTO Leadership Excellence Award
A graduate in Interdisciplinary Studies from Old Dominion University, Maricarmen holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is an active volunteer of the PMIWDC chapter.

About the Reston Local Community

Each month, PMIWDC Reston Local Community volunteers strive to bring you interesting and informative speakers from a wide range of professions. They present these speakers to you at the Leidos building or other organization located at Reston Town center. This is an opportunity to network with other professionals of the PMI. The conference center at Leidos offers a maximum seating of approximately 30 guests. Pre-registration is required. Luncheons are held every third Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in presenting please contact the PMIWDC Staff who can put you in touch with the Luncheon Committee Volunteers. List of past events can be viewed below. Please follow PM Reston on facebook.

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