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Jeff Schlegelmilch
New York - New York City
"Building Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty"
  • State
    New York
  • City
    New York City
  • Job Title
    Member / Proprietor
  • Company
    Schlegelmilch Advisers LLC
  • Associations
    Columbia University, The Earth Institute, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
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    • Local
    • Within 50 miles
    • Within 100 miles
    • Within 250 miles
    • Within 500 miles
    • Nationwide
    • Internationally
  • Private Response & Coordination of Public/Private/Nonprofit
    Bring the Whole Community to Disaster Response - Having worked with numerous private sector, government and non-profit partners, it is clear there is a tremendous amount to learn from each other, as well as energy and innovation to harness towards building resilience in all sectors of our communities at the local, state, national and international levels.
  • COVID-19
    Decision Support with an Uncertain and Evolving Evidence-base - As a former epidemiologist and pandemic planner I have been actively supporting public and private sector partners navigating the uncertainty of the pandemic, and in translating a shifting evidence-base into actionable guidance for ongoing operations.
  • Exercises, Drills & Training
    Getting the most from your Drills and Exercises - As a FEMA certified Master Exercise Practitioner I have led dozens of exercises ranging from simple tabletop exercises to complex full-scale exercises, with various partners in the public and private sectors.
  • Healthcare & Public Health
    Public Health Preparedness - As a former epidemiologist and public health planner, I have worked on planning efforts at local, state and international levels focused on issues such as infectious disease outbreak management, pandemic preparedness, bioterrorism readiness and response, as well as developing new frameworks for performance measurement and the integration of complex epidemiological information into decision support.
  • Leadership, Communication & Motivational
    Managing Disasters also Means Managing People - I have led and supported organizational development in the public and private sectors, with increasing responsibility and attention towards managing for excellence, understanding the underlying business model influencing actions in support of the mission, and organizational development to address uncertainty and embrace diversity.
  • Resilience
    Resilience is an Ecosystem - Resilience is not a singular end-point, but rather the intersection of many different components that make up civil society. In this regard, the notion of resilience has to acknowledge the interplay of these different sectors, and to understand how changes in one area impacts others.
  • Vulnerable Populations & Diversity
    Supporting those Most in Need - This is a broad topic, with vulnerability defined many different ways. But in short, disaster management and response should be there for those that need it most. Those that are most vulnerable before the disaster, tend to be the most vulnerable afterward. But in focusing on the most vulnerable, you also begin to build resilience for the whole community. A key component is to meaningfully engage those who are defined as vulnerable, rather than simply seek buy-in for pre-determined approaches.
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  • Summary
    Jeff Schlegelmilch is the founder and proprietor at Schlegelmilch Advisers LLC. He is also a Research Scholar and the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Before becoming director, he served as the center’s deputy director for more than five years. He oversees projects related to the practice and policy of disaster preparedness, including the multi-award winning Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative. His areas of expertise includes public health preparedness, community resilience and the integration of private and public sector capabilities. Prior to his role at Columbia, he was the Manager for the International and Non-Healthcare Business Sectors for the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. He was also previously an epidemiologist and emergency planner for the Boston Public Health Commission.

    He has advised leaders on preparedness systems and policy at all levels of government. He is an Opinion Contributor with The Hill and is frequently utilized as a subject matter expert for numerous media outlets. He is also the author Rethinking Readiness: A brief guide to twenty-first-century megadisasters published by Columbia University Press.

    He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from UMASS Amherst in Health Policy and Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Quinnipiac University.
  • Highlights
    - Author of Rethinking Readiness: A Brief Guide to Twenty First Century Megadisasters, published by Columbia University Press
    - Director of the multi-award winning Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative
    - Numerous appointments to boards and commissions on sustainability, disaster philanthropy, and sustainable development projects
    - Regular contributor to media outlets as an opinion contributor and subject matter expert
    - Proven leader in organizational development and managing uncertainty
  • May Waive Fee
  • Session Types
    • Keynote
    • Workshop
    • Breakout Session
    • Panel
    • Trainer
    • Planning/Meeting Facilitation
    • Master of Ceremonies/Moderator
    • Remote/Webinar/Live Video
    • Consulting
  • Cancellation Policy
    Moderate: Full refund up until 14 days prior to event, except fees (travel and service)
  • Price Range
    $2500 To $10000
  • Experience
    16 Year(s)
    Events Last Year 1
  • Languages
Event TitleEvent DateLocation
Responding to Global Emergencies and Best Practices from COVID-19. Presentation and panelist for the UNGA Conference 2020September 23, 2020New York City, NY (Virtual)
Helping Vulnerable Communities Whether the Storm. Panelist for the Congressional Hurricane Maria ConferenceSeptember 20, 2018Washington, DC
Public Lecture on Planning for Urban Disaster Resilience. Presented public lecture and facilitated a panel discussion at the Columbia University Global Center BeijingJanuary 25, 2018Beijing, China
Engaging Civil Society Before, During, and After Extreme Events, and Population Health Resilience: Disaster Medicine and Healthcare Systems. Panelist on two panels for the US Dept of State’s Inaugural Working Group for the US Caribbean Resilient PartnershOctober 23, 2019Bridgetown, Barbados
Power of Storytelling: How Sharing Emergency Response Stories Impact Policy and Saves Lives. Town Hall panel moderator at the Annual Public Health Preparedness SummitMarch 27, 2019St. Louis, MO
Financial Literacy & Disaster Preparedness: How Individuals and Organizations can Prepare for an Uncertain Future. Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on EM & Homeland SecurityMarch 21, 2019Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The Need to Overcome Persistent Budgetary Limitations. Invited panelist providing testimony for the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense briefing: “Budget Reform for Biodefense: Leadership and Coordination”May 01, 2017Washington, DC
Keynote presentation at the Primary Care Emergency Preparedness Network 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness SeminarMarch 15, 2018New York City, NY
Delaware Children in Disasters Workshop. Keynote Speaker and Moderator for the Delaware statewide planning workshopJanuary 08, 2020Cheswold, DE

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