Student/New Emergency Manager Program

Come join others for these dynamic sessions tailored for students and new emergency managers.


Sunday, November 5, 2023

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

EMbark Career and Emerging Professionals’ Day at the IAEM Conference 

Come join us for the sixth annual offering of EMbark Career and Emerging Professionals’ Day. EMbark is your introduction to IAEM and the Annual Conference! Whether you're a student, scholar, new practitioner – or all three – as an emerging professional you'll find something of value. EMbark brings you interesting speakers, beneficial topics and the opportunity to learn more about the emergency management field. EMbark aims to give you information on navigating academics and practice to successfully transition to the workplace, including networking, identifying mentors and more.


12:00pm – 12:20pm

Welcome and Introduction to IAEM

12:30pm – 1:30pm

How Do You Professionally Say… Embrace Generational Communication Style Differences to Break the Fourth Wall So We Can Finally Have Taboo Talks

Beating around the bush almost seems common in a workplace with five generations. Unfortunately, beating around the bush is not how generations are communicating today. We want to talk about the bush, analyze it, talk to it, and take it to therapy. There is a new way to communicate and nothing is taboo anymore. Lay it all out! – Isamar Garcia, Communications Strategist, Evacuate Our Allies

1:30pm – 1:45pm

Networking Activity - The Big Wind Blows

An icebreaker activity that involves movement and gets people learning about one another.

1:45pm – 2:45pm

Things I Wish I Knew

This panel is an excellent opportunity to glean what may be encountered within emergency management. Panelists bring considerable depth and breadth of experience including local, state, and federal; critical infrastructure; public health; private sector crisis management, and consulting. Panelists will share about aspects they wish they knew when entering the profession; offer insight and advice on how to position oneself for success when starting out, and things likely to be encountered as one progresses though their career. Audience participation is encouraged; this is a valuable session for students, emerging professionals, and anyone looking to grow their knowledge of what to expect within emergency management. 

Rachell Gallagher – Crisis Manager, L3harris
Brianna Lentz - Founder of Emerge-Z and an Access and Inclusion Specialist for the Resiliency Initiative (TRI)
Leslie Luke – Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Office Of Emergency Management
Gregory Vernon - Emergency Manager, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Networking Activity - The Big Wind Blows

An icebreaker activity that involves movement and gets people learning about one another.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Speed Networking Palooza Workshop

This session will share networking tips, tricks, and success stories to develop your skills for when you meet new colleagues and quickly form a meaningful connection. Attendees will be able to use the skills they practiced at the First Steps Mixer.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

8:00 am – 9:30 am

IAEM Career Workshop - Life is a Highway: All Roads Lead to Emergency Management

Over the past few decades, we have witnessed numerous changes in our profession as emergency managers continue to define their identity. Emergency management positions can now be found at many public and private sector organizations, and higher education programs of all types and size have been created. But what are the backgrounds of today’s emergency managers? Where did they come from and how did they get to where they are? Join this facilitated group discussion as we explore the many roads that lead to careers in emergency management.

Career Workshop and Resume Reviews

9:40am - 10:10am, 12:30pm - 1:15pm and 2:45pm – 3:15pm

Bring two copies of your resume and a winning smile! During this time you will receive individual feedback and have an opportunity to ask specific questions regarding improving your resume.

Participants must sign up at the IAEM Store in the Registration area for available time slots.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Career Workshop - Looking for a Job in All the Right Places

Emergency Management is a fast growing, diverse profession. Given the “new normal” and reliance on phone and video to conduct interviews, will explore recommendations for your resume, how to prepare for an interview over the phone or through video conference, cover letters, thank you notes, and social media. Participants should learn how they can make themselves more competitive in today’s job market.  Once you’ve identified that exciting job opportunity, ever wonder how you could make yourself more competitive? These questions are being asked more frequently by people looking at changing jobs, individuals transitioning to a new career completely, seeking a promotion, and students enrolled in emergency management degree programs. As our field continues to evolve, come hear successful strategies used by others to begin developing answers for yourself. We will provide information on finding the right job for your interests, outlining strategies for making yourself more marketable to recruiters, crafting an effective resume, and discussing ways to prepare for interviews.

“As a first time attendee and a student, I was nervously excited about networking at the conference. The EMbark session on the Sunday of the conference helped break the ice for networking. During that session, I was able to meet other people who were new to EM and who also did not know many people at the conference. By the end of that session, I had a new group of contacts. A few of us would eat lunch together throughout the conference and we would introduce one another to other new connections we had met. Networking at the conference and navigating the conference was much easier thanks to the EMbark.” - Jill Caputi
“As a first-time attendee at IAEM, the EMbark program was invaluable to me. I was able to meet experienced EM professionals and learn about how to make the most of the conference to advance my knowledge and skills.” - Grant Finch, AEM


“It opened my eyes to the vastness of the field and that a majority were like minded individuals that wanted nothing more than to help. Made me feel like I was on the right path.” - M. Cole Baker
“I found networking with people from all over the world valuable. Learning about what they do in emergency management was interesting and comparing/contrasting to what I’ve learned in school.” - Willow Rivera
Contact Us
For any questions contact the IAEM Conference Director, Julie Husk at jhusk@iaem.com or 703-538-1795 x 1789.
201 Park Washington Ct,
Falls Church, VA 22046
Dates and Locations

Dates and Locations of Future IAEM Annual Conferences:

 Nov. 3-9, 2023*
 Long Beach, California

 Nov. 14 – 21, 2024*
 Colorado Springs, CO

*The core program dates are Sunday-Wednesday, with additional Friday-Saturday and Thursday-Friday pre- and post-conference training and other options.

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