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Leadership Conference

Leading in Times of Crisis: Guiding your organization through emergencies,

disasters, and critical incidents.

9:00am - 4:30pm

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fredericksburg, VA

Seating is limited - Reserve your seat today!

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About This Conference

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Organizations and their people face increasingly complex and challenging situations. It is hard to keep pace and adapt to the ever-changing environment where we work and live. Leadership and foresight matter, and getting caught unprepared leads to short-sighted responses that can often create even greater challenges down the road. Leaders must be prepared to respond to anything...or possibly risk losing everything.


Harkcon Academy presents, “Leading in Times of Crisis,” a one-day conference focused on preparing your organization for, and guiding it through, emergencies, disasters and critical incidents.  The conference will be held at the 6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Company Brew House in Fredericksburg, VA.


Seating is limited to the first 80 people to register for this intimate, thought-provoking conference featuring some our nation’s premier crisis leadership experts.


Spend a day outside the beltway at a unique venue in historic Fredericksburg listening to compelling information and first-hand accounts from highly-experienced leaders and subject matter experts regarding effective crisis leadership philosophies, principles, tactics and techniques.

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Conference Speakers

Conference Speakers & Panel Members

Admiral Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.)

Admiral Allen is THE crisis leadership expert. In 2010, President Obama selected Thad to serve as the national incident commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to that, he was designated principal federal official for the government’s 2005 response and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander, Thad led the area forces following the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton, and former Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard

Ms. Kyra Phillips

An award-winning journalist, Ms. Phillips joined CNN in 1999 anchoring Live From, CNN Newsroom, and American Morning. She moved to HLN in 2012 to anchor Raising America with Kyra Phillips, and is now a correspondent for the CNN investigative and documentary units.​  Throughout her career, Ms. Phillips has garnered exclusive interviews with some of the world's most public figures, including Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Author. Anchor. Correspondent.

Vice Admiral Dean Lee, USCG (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Lee retired from the Coast Guard in 2016, following his final assignment as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he oversaw a force of 21,000 active duty personnel conducting missions spanning across 40 states, the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean.​ In addition to his duties at Atlantic Area, he served as Commander, Defense Force East, and provided Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders in the Arabian Gulf.

Vice Admiral, United States Coast Guard (Retired)

Rear Admiral Thomas Atkin, USCG (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Atkin retired from the Coast Guard in June 2012 after serving more than 30 years in various operational and strategic roles, including serving as Chief of Staff to the DHS Principal Federal Official for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He has significant government experience, including serving as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Transborder Security on the National Security Council, and filling various roles for the Department of Defense, DHS, FEMA, and the U.S. Navy. 

Founder & Managing Partner of The Atkin Group

Mr. Darrell Darnell

Mr. Darnell is The George Washington University's first Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and comes to the university from the White House, where he served as director of critical infrastructure protection and resilience policy for its National Security Staff. A retired Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force, Mr. Darnell has nearly a decade of experience at the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice.

Senior Associate & Vice President for Safety and Security; The George Washington University

Rear Admiral Mary Landry, USCG (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Landry retired from the Coast Guard in 2011. One of her assignments included commanding the Coast Guard’s 8th District in New Orleans, LA, where she served as the Federal On-Scene Commander during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She was the Coast Guard's inaugural Director of Incident Management and Preparedness from 2012-2015, and from 2013 to 2014, she served at the White House as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy.

Rear Admiral, United States Coast Guard (Retired)

Dr. Jeff Stern

Dr. Jeff Stern was appointed to lead the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Commonwealth’s all-hazards disaster preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery agency, in 2014. Dr. Stern previously served in both the public & private sectors and academia. A former firefighter/paramedic, battalion chief, special ops team leader, and local emergency manager, his career has spanned operational, policy-making, and advisory roles from the local firehouse to the White House. 

Virgina State Coordinator of Emergency Management

Navy SEAL Command Master Chief William Dewilde (Ret.)

Master Chief Dewilde retired from the Navy in 2017 after serving more than 30 years in various operational and strategic roles. He has vast experience in leading SEALs and other Special Operations units worldwide. His operational assignments and leadership tours include SEAL Team Two, Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGROUP), Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Naval Special Warfare Center, and Naval Special Warfare Group Two. 

Independent Executive Leadership Advisor and Business Development Professional

Mr. Craig Henzel

Mr. Henzel is a global business executive, entrepreneur and advisor to C-Suite Executives in the Global Fortune 100 / FTSE 50. He has 25+ years of experience at General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, AstraZeneca, Genpact, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Homeland Security. Delivering a track record of consistent business success in Management Consulting, Mr. Henzel has broad business exposure in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific markets.

C-Suite Advisory -- Fortune 100 / FTSE 50

Dr. Kevin Harkins

Dr. Harkins is the CEO of Harkcon, Inc., an award-winning Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned business, and has more than 30 years experience leading and consulting across a broad-spectrum of human performance improvement areas in the public and private sectors. A retired U. S. Coast Guard officer, he is recognized as a subject matter expert in discerning the nature of work and creating an environment where people thrive, and is the driving force behind Harkcon Academy.

Chief Executive Officer, Harkcon, Inc.

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Conference Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 am

​Doors open; social networking, breakfast & coffee

9:00 - 9:30 am

Dr. Kevin Harkins, MC, Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 am

VADM Dean Lee: "Setting the Stage - Fundamental Principles of Crisis Leadership"

10:30 - 10:50 am

Networking Break

10:50 - 11:20 am

Ms. Kyra Phillips: "Communicating in Times of Crisis"

11:20 - 12:00 pm

Admiral Thad Allen: "Leading in Times of Crisis"

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Joint Session with Ms. Phillips & Admiral Allen: "Crisis Leadership Stories and Lessons Learned"

1:00 - 2:00 pm


2:00 - 2:45 pm

Interactive Discussion w/ Audience & Experts: "Crisis Leadership Concerns, Fears, and Regrets"
- Mr. Craig Henzel - Facilitator

2:45 - 3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:00 - 4:10 pm

Panel "Leading in Times of Crisis: Individual Attributes - What Makes a Great Crisis Leader?"
- RADM Tom Atkin - Moderator
- Dr. Jeff Stern
- RADM Mary Landry
- Mr. Darrell Darnell
- Master Chief William Dewilde

4:10 - 4:30 pm

MC Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

4:30 pm

No-Host Reception

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The cost of the Crisis Leadership Conference is $150 per person


Register now for the early registration price of only $125!


The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and one drink coupon for the afternoon session.


Seating for this intimate discussion on leading in times of crisis is limited to the first 80 people. 
Reserve your seat today!


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in helping sponsoring this important event? We offer ample opportunities to promote your brand and share your message with decision makers within the regional business community.

We want to make your sponsorship experience as easy and smooth as possible.  To get started, download our sponsor package or simply call or email our event coordinator, Ms. Laurie Mosier at 800-499-6456 Ext 5123 or  

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Location & Directions

6 Bears & a Goat Brew House

1140 International Parkway

Fredericksburg, VA  22406

Tel: 540-356-9056

From the North: Travel South on I-95 to Exit 133B. Turn right at the bottom of the off-ramp onto Warrenton Road (Route 17). Travel approx 1.7 miles, and turn right onto International parkway. The Brew House is 0.3 miles down the road on the left.

From the South: Travel North on I-95 to Exit 133. Turn right at the bottom of the off-ramp onto Warrenton Road (Route 17). From there, follow the directions above.

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