Student/New Emergency Manager Program

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


Sunday, October 17, 2021

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

EMbark Career and Emerging Professionals’ Day at the IAEM Conference 

Come join us for the fourth annual offering of EMbark Career and Emerging Professionals’ Day on Sunday, October 17th. 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 & Introduction to IAEM – featuring members from our IAEM Leadership Team

12:45pm – 1:30pm “Looking Back to Research and Looking Forward to Using It” by Larry Porter, Ph.D., CEM, Adjunct Associate Professor, Arkansas Tech University

1:45pm – 2:45pm – “How to Set Yourself Up for Success within the Emergency Management Profession” – moderated by Michael Teener, Emergency Management Planner for James City County, Virginia

Panelists: Lorraine Schneider, CEM, Program Manager, Training & Exercise Design, The Walt Disney Company, Matt Green, Director of Engagement / Manager, Epicenter Deployment Support Unit at Epicenter Innovation, Carol Cwiak, Associate Professor, North Dakota State University, Mike Gavin, Emergency Manager, Fort Collins, Colorado (Retired)

3:00pm – 4:00pm – “Is Your NETworking NOTworking?” by Diane Logsdon, IPEM, President, The Logsdon Group

4:15pm – 5:15pm – "First Steps Mixer"  –  We will all depart together and join other EMs for an evening of networking with IAEM leadership and seasoned members who represent a wide variety of Emergency Manager professions. This year we have some fun games and prizes in store for you as we work to build strong and resilient partnerships across the profession.

“Everyone I met was affable and loved being able to engage with students/EM NextGen. During lunch I happened to sit next to the lead mitigator for King County. We had a fantastic and insightful discussion on the direction mitigation needs to go and they shared how the county is approaching mitigation through the lens of equity and social justice. Attending EMbark supported my growth into the field. It gave me a sense of belonging.” - Michael Teener

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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.

Career Workshop and Resume Reviews

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

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. 


“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 Manager, 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:

 Oct. 15-22, 2021*
Grand Rapids, Michigan 

 Nov. 11-18, 2022*
 Savannah, Georgia

 Nov. 3-10, 2023*
 Long Beach, California

*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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