Student/New Emergency Manager Program

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

Sunday, November 17, 2024

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

EMbark Career and Emerging Professionals’ Day at the IAEM Conference 

Come join us for the seventh 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 Introductions

12:30pm – 1:30pm

How to Gain Practical Experience and Break into the Field

Attendees with hear from several speakers on ways they gained experience and leveraged cross functional skills to land a position in the field. 


  • Michael Teener, CEM, Rachell Gallagher, AEM, David Hogg and Andre Briggs, CEM

1:45pm – 2:45pm

Cross-Cutting Collaboration - An Introduction to the Integrated Warning Team Concept

Providing timely and effective weather information to the public is a huge undertaking - and one that is too big for just one agency or office to truly accomplish. Rather, it takes a coordinated effort across three different sectors - the National Weather Service, media, and emergency management. EMbark attendees will come away with a greater appreciation for the coordination needed during significant weather events, as well as with a charge to become an active participant in the local IWT that serves their home jurisdictions.

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.

4:15pm – 5:15pm

First Steps Mixer 

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 19, 2024

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

Career Workshop – Mock Interviews, Resume & Cover Letter Reviews

Receive individual feedback by signing up for a one-on-one meeting with a seasoned emergency management professional.

Participants must sign up for available time slots. Sign-ups will be available as the conference draws near.

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Career Workshop – Tips and Tricks to Acquiring that Job!

This year’s Career Workshop Spotlight will focus on a couple of unique topics which will assist you in preparing to obtain that job you’ve been seeking.  Our speakers this year will focus on the topics of cover letters, letters of recommendation, transitioning from one career to another, and also tips in working through USAJOBS process for a federal position.

The process in obtaining any job can be tough, the process of obtaining a job within the federal government can be overwhelming for many.  Our speakers will cover unique strategies that can be used by anyone for any position for which they may be applying.

As competition increases for emergency management careers, we want to offer insights to techniques that will improve your opportunity to achieve that dream position.

Once again this year, as an extension of the workshop, we will be scheduling mock interviews, resume revues and listing various job/career opportunities.

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. 15 – 21, 2024*
 Colorado Springs, CO

Nov. 14 – 20, 2025*
 Louisville, KY

*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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