Student/New Emergency Manager Program


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

Sunday, November 13, 2022

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

EMbark Career and Emerging Professionals’ Day at the IAEM Conference 

EMbark Career and Emerging Professionals’ Day at the IAEM Conference  Come join us for the fifth annual offering of EMbark Career and Emerging Professionals’ Day on Sunday, November 13th. 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 - 12:35pm
Welcome and Introduction to IAEM - featuring members from our IAEM Leadership Team

12:45pm - 1:30pm
"Navigating your Career in EM: Developing your Professional Pathway" - Christopher Boyce, MPA, MBA, MPH, CEM, TEM, PMP, Senior Emergency Management Specialist
Port of Corpus Christi
No two careers in Emergency Management are the same.  Whether you are new to the field or seasoned in the profession.  Come spend some time thinking about the professional you – skills, education, experience, training, and relationships are all part of the EM journey but mistakes and of course some disasters make up the rest.  This session will discuss elements for you to develop a professional development and career plan that is part journey and destination.

1:45 pm – 2:45pm
“Emergency Manger by Any Other Name: Highlighting Nontraditional Emergency Management Positions ” – moderated by Michael Teener, James City County OEM & IAEM-USA Emerging Professionals Caucus, Vice Chair


  • Cullen Case Jr., CEM, Sr. Manager, Business Continuity – National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match Program Director – Radiation Injury Treatment Network;
  • Travis Cryan, CEM, Principal Consultant, Bent Ear Solutions, LLC;
  • Rachell Laucevicius, AEM, Crisis Manager, L3Harris Technologies; and
  • Sadie Martinez, AFN Coordinator, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Emergency Mangers increasingly can be found practicing their craft beyond the traditional areas. Their job title may not say “Emergency Manager” but their work is unmistakable. Join us for a dynamic session bringing together four emergency managers from organizations not commonly thought of as having emergency managers.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Speed Networking Palooza Workshop - Maribel Street, CEM – University of Richmond Emergency Management; Michael Teener – James City County OEM & IAEM-USA Emerging Professionals Caucus, Vice Chair; Robert Gelormine – City of Chesapeake OEM 
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. 

4:15pm – 5:15pm

First Steps Mixer 

After the huge success of last year’s inaugural event, this mixer is a must attend event for those who are students, new to Emergency Management and/or IAEM, and looking to break through. You will have the opportunity to meet IAEM Leadership across the organization. Plus mingle and network with other seasoned members who represent a wide variety of Emergency Manager professions. We will have some fun games and prizes in store for you as we work to build strong and resilient partnerships across the profession.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

8:00 am – 9:30 am

IAEM 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, this year’s workshop 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 an extension of this workshop, the conference committee has created opportunities for resume reviews scheduled during the EMEX Exhibit Hall breaks on Tuesday. Reserve your resume review spot at the Ribbon Table in the Registration Area on Monday! Please check the conference schedule for exact times, and bring hard copies of your resume for this portion of the workshop.

9:40am - 10:10am, 12:15pm - 1:00pm and 2:30pm – 3:00pm

Career Workshop and Resume Reviews

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 Ribbon Table in the Registration area for available time slots. 

“The 2021 IAEM Conference in Grand Rapids was the first time I attended an IAEM Conference. At the time I was a student and 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
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. 11-17, 2022*
 Savannah, Georgia

 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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