Disaster guide and crisis manager. Expert at things going sideways. Founder OurDailyToast. Previously of Nike and one of the Army's special branches. Writer. Speaker.
I've had an opportunity to serve as head of programs, adviser to corporate executives and boards, team leader in extreme environments, and crisis leadership instructor. Some things work better than others.
For over 20 years I have been engaged in planning, risk assessment, mitigation, crisis and disaster response and recovery, and strategic risk reduction efforts. I’ve handled restoration, recovery, and conflict operations in Haiti, Bosnia and Afghanistan and served as head of crisis management and business continuity for global multi-nationals. Deep expertise in natural hazards, anti-terrorism, pandemic planning, and security operations.
Thinking about taking a gig or working and living in a country most consider unusual at best or is just down right dangerous -- I've been there. I can help you get set up right before you go for the best experience and ensure you've got the right plan to stay safer while you're on the road. (Techniques for dodgy places included). Good for you and those who worry about you. (And I never say don't go).
Shelby is a consummate business professional that can leverage first hand crisis experience and leadership abilities for the good of the business/organization. I have had the pleasure of working with her in several organizations and environments. Whether she is in the remotest developing country or the board room, she can master a complex scenario and marshal the resources to solve the problem. She is a leader with a unique ability to operate under any circumstances and overcome all obstacles. Shelby brings considerable talent and experience to every role but beyond that, she is the one you want on any initiative regardless of previous experience because of her unusual ability to rapidly grasp the variables and execute to achieve the objective.
I had the pleasure of working with Shelby for several years while I was Application Services Manager at PEMCO. I had first hand knowledge of the intelligence and integrity that Shelby brings to her work. She skillfully moved the company from simplistic thinking and action focused on disaster recovery to a robust program addressing business continuity at an operational and strategic level. Shelby is an exceptional professional who delivers results regardless of obstacles and never makes excuses in the face of challenge. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Shelby again.
It is a pleasure to recommend Shelby. In her role as Business Continuity Manager, was conscientious, thorough, hard-nosed (when necessary), and fair. She was an agent of change in terms of recognition and education around business continuity issues (lifting our eyes from the simplistic thinking around disaster recovery). She maintained the fine balance of realistic caution and preparedness as opposed to being too casual or losing effectiveness with “chicken-little” behavior. Shelby is dedicated to results and will not be intimidated when important issues are on the line. I would be pleased to work with Shelby in any future engagement.