TB-S15 Resilience: From Strategy to Action  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
0.2 CEU

Once you've engaged with stakeholders and developed your resilience strategy, how do you take action? From ensuring leadership buy-in to finding funding to implement your projects, and training your workforce, the successful execution of a resilience strategy involves many moving pieces. Learn from the experiences of our panel of experts from both the federal government and the private sector. They will describe their experiences setting up resilient systems and workforces that can swiftly respond to emergencies caused by weather events or the COVID-19 pandemic.


Shawn Norton, Sustainability Coordinator, National Park Service  

Shawn Norton currently serves as the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) agency lead for Sustainable Operations. He is responsible for programs centers including climate change resiliency and adaptation, sustainable building design and construction, energy/ water conservation, greenhouse gas mitigation, and renewable energy system design. Shawn has a master's degree in environmental science and engineering from Virginia Tech, and a bachelor's degree in forest biology from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, New York. He is married with three children and lives in Arlington, Virgina. He loves hiking, biking, and kayaking among other outdoor activities.

Ken Gray, Civil Engineer Branch Chief, Air Force Civil Engineer Center  

Ken Gray, PE, is currently the renewable energy and energy resilience subject matter expert at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC). He brings a wide background in facility, program, and construction management; Naval Construction Force (Seabees); and contracting, which was gained in a 20-year career as a Civil Engineer Corps officer with the U.S. Navy and 10 years in the private sector. He is a registered mechanical engineer in Mississippi. Ken has been with AFCEC (previously AFCESA) for more than 10 years and has held positions as the Energy Rates and Renewable Branch Chief and the Civil Engineer Branch Chief.

Akiya Simms, Risk, Resilience, and Sustainability Planner, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport  

Akiya Simms, a Risk, Resilience, and Sustainability Planner at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, offers a decade of strategic planning experience in Enterprise Sustainability and Risk Management for airport programs and projects, including the material formulation of contract risk and holistic information systems analysis. Akiya's subject matter expertise emphasizes interdisciplinary capacity for developing secure cost center solutions that increase airport self sustainability and value-added governance toward improved aeronautical, non-aeronautical, and airport community stakeholder interconnectedness.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session attendees will:

  • Understand how to use data to inform resilience planning;
  • Understand some of the funding mechanisms for federal resilience projects;
  • Understand the importance of training for a resilient workforce; and
  • Understand the International WELL Building Institute's WELL Concepts and how they contribute to creating a resilient workforce.
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